The Coshocton County Extension office will be hosting the 2022 Beginner & Small Farm College on October 24, 31 and November 7 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Roscoe Village Visitor’s Center. This college is designed to help landowners examine potential ways to increase profits on their small acreage properties. The program is open to all new or aspiring farmers, new rural landowners, small farmers, and farm families.
During this college, participants will be challenged to develop realistic expectations for their new farm business. They will receive information on getting started, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their property, and developing a farm business plan. Information on farm finances, insurance, liability, labor and marketing will be covered during the college.
The registration fee for this program is $30 for the first person and $15 for each additional. Registration is limited to the first 50 registrants and registration is due by October 17. Registration can be made on-line at: go.osu.edu/smallfarmcollegereg or by calling the Coshocton County Extension office at 740-622-2265.
Have a small herd of beef cattle, goats, or a flock of sheep? Are you a new or beginning ruminant livestock producer? If yes to either of these questions, this program is for you!
Join OSU Extension educators and state specialists for an all-day workshop covering topics every ruminant livestock producer needs to know from grazing and nutrition, livestock marketing, facilities and housing. This event is slated to be held on Saturday, October 8th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the OSU ATI Beef Center located at 2736 S. Apple Creek Road, Apple Creek, Ohio 44606. After lunch, those who have an interest in sheep or goats will depart to the Small Ruminant Research Unit located on Fredericksburg Road (5651 Fredericksburg Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691), while those focused on beef cattle will remain at the ATI Beef Center.
Afternoon training sessions will be species-specific that include hands-on training in animal care and handling, basic animal health, livestock evaluation, and much more.
Join us for a field scouting walk to look at row crop corn and soybean agriculture and pest management issues in Ohio. We will meet at 310 Hicks Rd, Zanesville at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, August 31 and wrap up by 12:30 PM. We will be joined by Kelley Tillmon and Andy Michel, State Extension Entomology Specialists. RSVP to Clifton Martin at email@example.com or 740-454-0144. There is no cost for this program.
The next Muskingum Ag Network Breakfast will be Tuesday, September 6, 8:00 AM, at Friendly Hills Camp and Conference Center. Brady Campbell, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, will be our guest. Breakfast is $9.
Field days have long been a great educational tool used to show farmers new technologies and management practices. OSU Extension is pleased to announce the return of a statewide Ohio Beef Cattle Field Day and Tour. It has been several years since an Ohio Beef Field Day has been held, and the program will make it reappearance in Muskingum County on Saturday July 16, 2022.
Pre-registration for the program is required and can be completed online at go.osu.edu/2022beefday by July 7. The program fee is $10 per person to cover costs. An information folder, refreshments, lunch, and Beef Quality Assurance certification will be provided to all attendees. More detail will be forthcoming as the date approaches but in the meantime if there are any questions regarding the program contact Garth Ruff, Beef Cattle Field Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-305-3201.
We hope to see you in Muskingum County on July 16!
The Muskingum County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is offering a spring project for teachers or youth leaders with an interest in horticulture. This year (2022), teachers and youth leaders in Muskingum County may apply for a seed starting kit by completing the attached application. We expect that they will be used in conjunction with instruction about seed germination, pollination, and growing food as appropriate.
Twenty kits will be available. If more applications than that are received by the deadline of March 16, 2022, awards will be made in order of date submitted. Kits include labels, growing media, seeds, and three 24-cell self-watering seed starting tray systems. We hope these can aid in in providing an enjoyable experience for you in your classroom.
The OSU Extension Beef Team is offering a Virtual Beef School with one webinar per month beginning next week and concluding in April. Two nights remain: March 21 and April 11. Interested attendees can register for the webinars for free by visiting: https://go.osu.edu/beefschool22.
Ohio State University (OSU) Extension will host the 2022 Annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference on Friday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, 3266 Dyewood Road SW, Carrollton, OH 44615. 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 to attend.
The conference program features a networking fair and sixteen breakout sessions presented by OSU Extension educators, producers, and partner agencies. Sessions this year are focused around four themes: Natural Resources, Plants & Animals, Home & Family, and Special Interest (includes break-out with Ohio FFA State Officers). The conference keynote will be led by Bridget Britton, OSU Extension Behavioral Health Field Specialist. She and her team will lead participants through “Stoic or Stressed? Talking through difficult topics in a safe space.”
Registered participants, community organizations, or businesses interested in sponsorship can contact 740-461-6136.
Interested individuals can register for the conference online at go.osu.edu/eowia2022. Cost of the conference is $55 for adult participants and $30 for students. Conference fee includes conference participation, breakfast, lunch, and conference handouts. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 11.
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