Sheep 101 February 8, 2020

Zanesville, OH–The Muskingum County Sheep Producers Improvement Association will be hosting a free informational workshop for everyone currently raising sheep and interested in raising sheep, open to all ages.  The workshop will be Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Chruch, 400 Pleasant Grove Road, Zanesville, OH 43701.  A light lunch will be provided.  Braden Campbell, Program Coordinator with the OSU Sheep Team will keynote the program by discussing Pasture Management.  Dr. Clay Elliot from Purina will speak on Nutrition and Dr. Brian Williams will speak on Sheep Health.  A light lunch will be provided.

Sheep 101 Program Flier

OSU Sheep Team

Monday, January 13 Press Release

We had a lively January Ag Network Breakfast program this month (January) as a guest from the Public Utilities commission of Ohio (PUCO) joined us for the morning.  We benefit greatly from access to excellent electricity and natural gas, but as with many things, there are challenges and controversies.  PUCO regulates investor-owned utilities of natural gas, electric, telephone (local and long-distance), water and wastewater, commercial motor carriers and moving companies, and railroad crossing safety.  They do not regulate cell phone service and towers, internet service, cable service, propane and fuel oil, municipal utilities, or electric and natural gas cooperatives. For many of us the most visible place we see the role of PUCO is in our electric and natural gas service.  One resource we discussed at length during our program was the Apples to Apples Comparison Charts which provide a comprehensive listing of the companies electric and natural gas billing services.  As it turns out, it can be a bit dicey navigating through all the offerings to see where your best options are.  This chart can be found at https://energychoice.ohio.gov/ApplesToApples.aspx.

PUCO: https://www.puco.ohio.gov/

PUCO Apples to Apples Comparison Charts: https://energychoice.ohio.gov/

AEP  Ohio’s Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program: https://www.aepohio.com/save/business/programs/Agriculture.aspx


Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Calendar:

January 13.  Extension Advisory Committee Meeting

January 14.  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

January 30.  Ohio Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management School Session 1.

January 30.  Ohio Beef Cow/Calf Workshop Session 1.

February 4.  Muskingum Ag Network Breakfast

February 4.  Pesticide and Fertilizer Applicator Recertification

February 6.  Pesticide and Fertilizer Applicator Recertification

February 8.  Sheep 101 (Muskingum County Sheep Producers Improvement Association)

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.

Calendar:

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. (https://w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KZZV.html).  In 2019, annual rainfall was 41.71 inches.

Monday, Dec 23, 2019

Holiday season is in full swing and with that our Extension programming is focused on our upcoming new year.  Enjoy these holidays, but note the schedule beginning in January.  Early in January, we host Jill Kocher from the Ohio Public Utilities Commission at the Muskingum Ag Network Breakfast on Tuesday, Jan 7.  Then, we offer several opportunities in Pesticide Safety education and will offer an opportunity to take the Private Pesticide Applicator exam here in Zanesville.  We provide a training session on January 16 at the Extension Office in preparation for hosting the Ohio Department on Agriculture on January 23.  Opportunities for current license holders to earn their continuing education credits are coming up February 4 and February 6.

Calendar:

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)

A check on the weather (as of Dec 12)  shows 0.03 inches at the Zanesville Weather station (Zanesville Municipal AP) in the past seven days. 30-day rainfail total is 2.13 inches and a total of 41.35 inches is recorded for the year. (https://w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KZZV.html)