2020 LEASING YOUR LAND FOR SHALE AND SOLAR WEBINARS

Across the state of Ohio, landowners are receiving offers to lease their property for the development of oil and natural gas wells, pipelines or utility-scale solar projects. While the state is regionally divided between the two, with shale development primarily occurring on the eastern side of the state and solar development being concentrated in southwestern Ohio (with some exceptions), the questions about legal agreements, construction and oversight of both are similar.

Join OSU Extension June 23rd, 24th, and 25th for a webinar series that addresses some of these questions landowners and local governments may have on shale and solar projects. These sessions will be focused on surface and subsurface rights, and participants may choose which webinars they are most interested in learning about. The first webinar will be focused on utility-scale solar projects while the other two sessions will cover oil and natural gas production, pipelines and mineral rights.

The schedule for the webinars is as follows:

Tuesday, June 23 – Utility-Scale Solar Construction and Leases for Land Use – Join OSU Extension for a discussion of what to expect for construction of utility-scale solar, regulations and questions to consider for leasing land for solar development. Speakers include Eric Romich, OSU Extension Field Specialist for Energy Development, and Peggy Kirk Hall, Associate Professor and Field Specialist, Agricultural & Resource Law. Q&A with the energy experts from OSU and Ohio Farm Bureau will be held at the conclusion of the webinar.

Wednesday, June 24 – Negotiating Leases for Oil & Natural Gas Development – OSU Extension Educators Clif Little, Dan Lima, and Erika Lyon will cover considerations for leasing property for oil and natural gas. Topics include understanding leasing agreements, an overview of water rights, and what to know about pipelines, including land use expectations and reseeding right-of-ways. A representative from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas Resources will also be present to answer questions.

Thursday, June 25 – Mineral Rights and the Dormant Mineral Act – Learn about what to know when considering leasing or selling mineral rights for oil & natural gas development from Extension Educator Dan Lima. Peggy Kirk Hall, Associate Professor and Field Specialist, Agricultural & Resource Law will discuss the Dormant Mineral Act and implications for land/mineral owners. A representative from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas Resources will also be present to answer questions.

There is no cost to join in on each session. To register, visit https://go.osu.edu/2020shaleandsolar. Zoom links to each webinar will be distributed to participants one week prior to the event. Contact Erika Lyon at 740-461-6136 / lyon.194@osu.edu or Dan Lima at 740-695-1455 / lima.19@osu.edu with questions regarding these webinars.

OSU Extension will provide reasonable accommodations to handicapped persons needing assistance to participate in Extension programs. If you require accommodations to attend programs or to access information, contact the event coordinators in advance.

Originally posted at https://energizeohio.osu.edu/news/2020-leasing-your-land-shale-and-solar-webinars

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course

Ohio State University Extension Muskingum County and the Muskingum Valley Park District will be offering an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course (OCVN) beginning April 16, 2020.  The mission of the OCVN program is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio’s natural resources through science-based education and community service. This course will meet the 40-hour instruction requirement to become an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist. More information, syllabus, and application are available at muskingum.osu.edu/ocvn.

Muskingum County Master Gardener Youth Education Program

The Muskingum County Master Gardener Volunteers have provided educational support for area teachers and youth leaders in the past nine years to utilize in teaching horticultural principles and practices. Master Gardener Volunteers receive training through OSU Extension and then share their knowledge with others in the community. This opportunity may help a teacher or youth leader enhance an existing project or provide some “seed” money for a new activity.

Enclosed is an application that teachers and youth leaders should complete to compete for project support. Refer to the attached application for specific details. Please share this information with any educators in your school/organization who might have an interest. This letter and application is also available at https://go.osu.edu/mgvedgrant. Feel free to contact me by e-mail at martin.2422@osu.edu  or by phone at 454-0144 if you have any questions about the program. Deadline to apply is March 6, 2020.

OSU Extension to Host 7th Annual East Ohio Women in Ag Conference

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will host the 7th Annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference. This year’s conference convenes on Thursday, March 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the RG Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Drive SE in Massillon. All women and young women (high school age) who are interested, involved in, or want to become involved with food, agricultural, or natural resources production or small business are encouraged and welcomed to attend.

The conference program features an agency/vendor fair and eighteen educational breakout sessions presented by OSU Extension educators, producers and partner agencies. Sessions focus around five themes: Business & Finance, Plants & Animals, Communication, Home & Family and Special Interest (areas of specific interest to attendees). Farm and Dairy Editor, Rebecca Miller is the conference featured keynote speaker. Her presentation will engage and enlighten participants on “Clinging to context in a noisy world: don’t lose sight of your “why”.

Interested individuals can register for the conference on-line at go.osu.edu/eowia2020. Cost of the conference is $55 for adult participants and $30 for students. Conference fee includes conference participation, continental breakfast, lunch and conference handouts. Deadline for registration is Thursday, March 12.

New Fertilizer Applicator Certification

A New Fertilizer Applicator Certification class will be held in Licking County on March 5, 2020, at 6:00 PM.  This is a 3-hour long class. This is currently the only 3-hr class in the region that will meet certification requirements.  Send an email to me at martin.2422@osu.edu or call the Licking County Extension Office to register at 740-670-5315.
In lieu of this class, applicators may take an exam to earn the fertilizer certification but must register for an exam session with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

More information on the Fertilizer Certification program can be found at https://nutrienteducation.osu.edu

Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification Opportunities

March 31, 2020, is the deadline for renewing private applicator licenses with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  Recertification classes in Muskingum County have concluded, but opportunities are still available in the region.  Follow the link here to locate other regional recertification programs.  Check the status of your license with the Ohio Department of Agriculture on their website or call 614-728-6987.

Agronomy School, January 28, 2020

Zanesville, OH–Join OSU Extension in Muskingum and Coshocton Counties for the 2020 Agronomy School. This school will focus on topics to increase corn profitability, improve grain crop nutrient management, and understand new trends in Ohio weather. Also learn more about the farm bill, commodity prices, and trade issues. Featured speakers include Aaron Wilson, Atmospheric Scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center; Ben Brown, Program Manager for Farm Management; Glen Arnold, Field Specialist, Manure Management; and Harold Watters, Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems.

Date and time: Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Location: Dresden United Methodist Church, 1014 Main Street, Dresden, OH 43821.

PRE-Registration is required, and the fee is $30 per person. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 22, 2020. This fee includes refreshments, hot lunch, handouts, and a copy of Bulletin #969 – A Field Guide to Identifying Critical Resource Concerns and Best Management Practices. Fertilizer Certification and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits have been applied for. A program registration form is available at go.osu.edu/2020agschool. The event website can be found at muskingum.osu.edu/agronomyschool. Contact the Muskingum County Extension office at 740-454-0144 or martin.2422@osu.edu with questions.

Preparation Class for Ohio Private Pesticide Applicator Exam, January 16, 2020

Zanesville, OH–OSU Extension Muskingum County will offer a training class on January 16, 2020, at 6:00 PM, for individuals interested in taking the Ohio Pesticide Applicator Exam.  This session will cover topics and information commonly covered by the exam and include approved practice materials and additional materials for study. The class will be held at the Extension Office, 225 Underwood St, Zanesville, OH. One week following this class, OSU Extension will host the Ohio Department of Agriculture on January 23, 1:00 PM, at the Rural Services Building to offer an opportunity to take the Private Applicator Exam.  RSVP for the training class by contacting the Muskingum County Extension Office at 740-454-0144.  To register for the exam, you must contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture using the link below or call ODA at 614-728-6987.

Several resources exist for individuals interested in the exam to review.

ODA Private Applicator Page: https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/pesticides/private-applicator

Exam Registration: https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/pesticides/exam-registration

Ohio State University Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program: pested.osu.edu

Exam Study Materials: https://pested.osu.edu/home/privateapplicator/studymaterials