Monday, January 6, 2020.

2019 is in the books and was a year dominated by international trade, hemp legalization, and significant weather impacts on Ohio agriculture.  What is in store for 2020? One list highlights farm income, farm finances, African swine fever, trade war, D.C. drama, U.S. economy, global unrest, acreage debate (planted crops), weather, ending grain stocks, and trade impacts on livestock producers as the conversations that lie ahead for the industry. We can only do our work and wait to see what comes to pass.  In the meantime, our work remains and programs from OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources are on the immediate horizon.

“For the true measure of agriculture is not the sophistication of its equipment, the size of its income, or even the statistics of its productivity, but the good health of the land.”  Attributed to Wendell Berry.


January 7.  Muskingum Ag Network Breakfast, 8:00 AM, Friendly Hills Grange

January 10. Pizza, Pop and Profit, 12:00 PM, Rural Services Building

January 14. 5:30 PM, Master Gardener Training Class Begins

January 16. Private Pesticide Applicator Exam Training, 6:00 PM, Rural Services Building

January 23. Private Pesticide Applicator Exam Session, 1:00 PM, Rural Services Building (Register for Exam at this link)

January 28.  Agronomy School

A check on the weather (as of Dec 12)  shows 1.10 inches at the Zanesville Weather station (Zanesville Municipal AP) in the past seven days. 30-day rainfail total is 3.85 inches and a total of 1.09 inches is recorded for the year. (  In 2019, annual rainfall was 41.71 inches.