Beef Quality Assurance for Producers

In the past three years, many beef producers in Ohio were certified in the Beef Quality Assurance program.  We encourage every producer to complete this certification and to participate in the program.  For those who entered into the program three years ago, the re-certification cycle will begin soon.

Online certification and recertification is available at

At this time, it is strongly encouraged for those who have access to complete certification online. At OSU Extension, we will continue to monitor public health guidance, and when appropriate offer in-person certification opportunities.

Extension News Highlights

Harvesting and Handling Moldy Corn | Agronomic Crops Network

Track Cover Crop Species through the Winter | Agronomic Crops Network

Watch Vomitoxin Levels in Feed | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Reducing Winter Feed Costs | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Agricultural & Natural Resources Income Tax Issues Webinar | Ohio Ag Manager

Beef Producers Should Consider Signing Up for CFAP-2 | Ohio Ag Manager

Don’t Blow your Cover | OSU Sheep Team

Feed for Profit: Mineral Supplementation | OSU Sheep Team

Newborn Lambing Management | OSU Sheep Team

Sheep and Goat Vaccine and Health Management Schedule | OSU Sheep Team

Upcoming Classes from Ohio Woodland Stewards

Timber Rattlesnake Ecology and Conservation in Ohio

Nov 20, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Join Bill Peterman, Associate Professor in Wildlife Ecology and Management, in the School of Environment and Natural Resources as he shares with us his research on the endangered timber rattlesnake.


The Importance of Dead Wood for Wildlife

Dec 11, 2020, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Join Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension’s Wildlife Program Specialist, within the School of Environment and Natural Resources as she shares how dead wood (standing and on the forest floor) is important to a variety of wildlife species. She will also discuss ways to create and maintain dead wood in your woodland.

Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Organizers of the 2020 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference hosted by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University, say the aim of this year’s conference is to offer much-needed insight to those involved in the agricultural industry during a time marked with so much global uncertainty. Past attendees, ranging from producers to consumers and agribusinesses leaders to elected officials, say the annual conference provides information and outlooks that influence their businesses and decision making processes.

A core mission of Land-grant institutions like Ohio State is to take research and knowledge from the university and share it with those in the communities they serve. This mission remains at the fore front even when social distancing measures prevent large group gatherings. According to Ben Brown, assistant professor of agricultural risk management at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the virtual, four-day event will be structured in a way that provides an even wider variety of perspectives and viewpoints from policymakers to academics to industry leaders, giving the conference a unique degree of depth on topics.

“Unfortunately, we cannot be together in-person sharing thoughts over a baked potato bar,” says Brown. “But this virtual format offers a smorgasbord of impactful economic and policy information from a corral of experts.”

Brown adds that this conference with its access to leading subject matter experts within Ohio and across the country, is walking the walk of being a modern land grant institution.

Bailey Elchinger who works for StoneX Inc., a global institutional-grade financial service network and who will be a panelist on day four of the conference, plans to attend all four sessions so she can gain information to empower her customers with the grain market information and historical analysis required to make sound business decisions for their operations.

“Ideally, producers make grain marketing decisions based more on ‘dollars and cents’ than ‘ifs and buts,’” says Elchinger.

With the pandemic continuing to effect markets and demand, Amanda Douridas, an OSU Extension Educator, plans to attend the conference so she can best inform producers in Champaign County as they continue to weather supply chain disruptions and react to the unexpected effects of the volatile grain markets on their farm incomes. She says the conference is critical to gain some understanding of what markets and policy may look like moving forward.

Other big issues covered during the week:

  • Trade and macroeconomic policy outlooks and how agriculture could be impacted,
  • The enduring impact of COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures, along with continued immigration policy uncertainty, on the industry’s access to a stable and healthy labor pool,
  • If and when consumer purchasing behaviors will revert to pre-COVID patterns, and
  • Outlooks for the US livestock sector facing global income impacts and a grain and oilseed sector witnessing rapidly improving fundamentals.

Bennett Musselman, a producer in Pickaway County and agricultural service provider, says the line-up of speakers is top notch and the variety of topics will help him keep up to date on the many areas that impact the agricultural industry from local, state, national and global levels. He continues, “If you are in the agricultural industry in any capacity this is a must attend event as the information provided is invaluable.”

The conference is free and open to the public. For the complete program and to register, visit For questions, contact Ben Brown at or Kelli Trinoskey at

Spotted Lanternfly in Ohio

We have been closely monitoring the spread of spotted lanternfly out of Eastern Pennsylvania and a population was recently confirmed in Eastern Ohio.

Spotted Lanternfly Found in Jefferson County (Ohio Department of Agriculture)

Concern about this invasive pest arises from damage caused by feeding on fruit, ornamental shrubs, and woody trees.  As information is gathered about this invasive insect, the general public is asked to report any sightings through the Extension Office or through the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).  October and November are the best months to identify spotted lanternfly because the insect is in its adult form which is very colorful and easily recognizable.

ODA Spotted Lanternfly Information Page:

Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania:

Extension News Highlights

Planting Fall Cover Crops | Agronomic Crops Network 

Fall-Applied Herbicides: Odds and Ends | Agronomic Crops Network 

Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) has Made Itself at Home in Ohio | Agronomic Crops Network 

For Safety’s Sake: Don’t Take Drying Shortcuts with Stored Corn | Agronomic Crops Network 

Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Pre-Exam Training | Agronomic Crops Network 

Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference | Agronomic Crops Network 

Farmer and Farmland Owner Income Tax Webinar | Agronomic Crops Network 

Freezer Beef Sales Explode During COVID-19 . . . Will Your Customers Be Ready to Buy Again? | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter 

Beef Producers Should Consider Signing Up for CFAP-2 | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter 

Lamb Finishing Weights and Carcass Quality | OSU Sheep Team 

Destroyed: the First Asian Giant Hornet Nest in the U.S. | BYGL

Developing a Farm Digital Strategy 1 – Introduction

Digital technologies today are shaping how we do business and how we conduct our personal lives. Smart phones, iPads, tablets, and other devices are used daily by people of all ages around the globe. Precision agriculture (PA) technologies are also now common on farms. Farm machinery comes from the manufacturer with technologies already embedded including internet connection capabilities already installed. This abundance of technology is capable of collecting large volumes of data for a field.

From OSU Factsheet FABE-555, Developing a Farm Digital Strategy 1 – Introduction

This fact sheet is part of a 3-part series examining digital technology in agriculture and considerations for farm managers.  Links to all three are below.

Developing a Farm Digital Strategy 1 – Introduction

Developing a Farm Digital Strategy 2 – Precision Technology and Data Generation

Developing a Farm Digital Strategy 3 – Data Management Considerations

Establishing a Fair Pasture Rental Rate

Questions often arise as to what constitutes a fair rental price. Since there is not a commercial market for pasture, determining the price often becomes a matter of bargaining. Supply and demand is probably the most important factor in determining the price. If there is a large quantity of pasture available in a given area and very few farmers needing extra pasture, rents may be low. Likewise, if there were little pasture acreage for rent but many farmers needing extra pasture, rents may be bid higher.

From OSU Factsheet, Establishing a Fair Pasture Rental Rate, FR-8, By Jeff Fisher and David Mangione.

This is a good source for information if you are in discussion for pasture rental agreements and seeking guidance on setting a price.