Beef Quality Assurance

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 March 15

Is your bull ready for work? | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Managing the Breeding Season and Reproductive Performance of the Beef Herd | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Don’t let the green grass fool you | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

The Buckeye Beef Byte; a Conversation with OSU’s Meat Lab Manager Ron Cramer | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Farm Office Live Continues! | Ohio Ag Manager

Wheat Growth Stages and Associated Management- Feekes 6.0 through 9.0 | Agronomic Crops Network

Forage Planting – How to Do It Well | Agronomic Crops Network

Marketing Lamb and Goat for Holidays | OSU Sheep Team

Basic Reproduction and Breeding Systems of Meat Goats | OSU Sheep Team

Attention all U.S. Sheep and Goat Producers: Let your Voices be Heard! | OSU Sheep Team

Soilless Strawberry School | VegNet Newsletter

OSU Extension Webinars Available This Week


Ohio Cow/Calf Management Webinar School

06:00pm to 07:00pm

Planning for the Future of Your Farm Workshop

06:30pm to 08:30pm


Ag Tech Tuesdays (Virtual)

10:00am to 11:00am

High Tunnel Production School (Virtual)

12:30pm to 01:30pm

Small Ruminant Production Webinars

07:00pm to 08:00pm


Commercial New Applicator Training Webinar

(All day)

Southern Ohio Farm Show (Virtual)

10:00am to 11:00am

Organic Winter Webinars

11:00am to 12:00pm

Technology and Data Management on the Dairy Farm- Mini Series Session 1 (Virtual)

12:30pm to 01:30pm


The Dirt on Soil Health: Investing Below the Surface (Virtual)

08:00am to 08:30am

Managing Water in Today’s Wet and Dry Growing Seasons (Virtual)

08:30am to 10:00am

Disease Management Options for Today’s Weather (Virtual)

09:00am to 10:30am

GAPs Training Webinar

06:00pm to 09:00pm


County Outlook Meeting (Virtual)

10:00am to 11:30am

Extension News Highlights Feb 15

Providing Extra Energy in Bad Weather | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
Utilizing Annual Forages for Cattle Feed | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
What Does the Increased Grain Prices Mean for Backgrounders? | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
The Buckeye Beef Byte; a Conversation with Jessica Pempek, Extension Animal Welfare Specialist | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
Grazing Management Minute: Winter Hay Storage, Access Road and Feeding Pad | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
2021 Buckeye Fresh Mini Meat Cutting Workshops Available | OSU Sheep Team
Colostrum and Milk Management for Newborn Lambs and Kids | OSU Sheep Team
Shepherding 101: Lambing | OSU Sheep Team
A Guide to Tube Feeding Lambs and Kids | OSU Sheep Team
Ag Tech Tuesday Webinars Highlight 2020 eFields Results | Agronomic Crops Network
Herbicide Resistance in Ohio Waterhemp Populations | Agronomic Crops Network
Crop Diversification to Improve Your Bottom Line | Agronomic Crops Network
Crop Insurance and Farm Bill Decision | Ohio Ag Manager
Lady Landowners Leaving a Legacy Series  | Ohio Ag Manager
Whole Farm Planning – Take Time to Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan | Ohio Ag Manager
Good Agricultural Practices Trainings | VegNet Newsletter

Webinars this week (Feb 1)

ANR Programming Newsletter: Week of February 1, 2021



Ohio Cow/Calf Management Webinar School

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Webinar Series

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm



Ag Tech Tuesdays (Virtual)

10:00 am to 11:00 am

High Tunnel Production School (Virtual)

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Dairy Labor Management Mini-Series (Virtual)

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Webinar Series

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm



Commercial Industrial Vegetation, Natural Areas, and Aquatic Pesticide Applicator Recertification Webinar

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Organic Winter Webinars

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Pasture for Profit Course (Virtual)

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Webinar Series

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm



Getting Started With Seed Production (Virtual)

8:00 am to 10:00 am

The Dirt on Soil Health: Investing Below the Surface (Virtual)

8:00 am to 8:30 am

Disease Management Options for Today’s Weather (Virtual)

9:00 am to 10:30 am

SowBridge (Virtual)

11:15 am to 12:15 pm

PorkBridge (Virtual)

11:15 am to 12:15 pm






Living Landscape Speaker Series (Virtual)

10:00 am to 12:00 pm







Small Ruminant Webinar Series

Ohio State Extension invites you to the 2021 Small Ruminant Webinar Series! The information provided will be applicable to both sheep and goat producers large and small. Register online for no cost at:

Webinar One- Lambing and Kidding: 90 minutes Tuesday, January 19th | 7 p.m.

Members of the OSU Sheep Team will cover preparing for lambing/kidding season, ewe/doe and lamb/kid care before, during, after birth, managing dystocia, troubleshooting and addressing health concerns, colostrum, bottle feeding, creep feeding, castrating, tail docking, vaccinations, and allow time for Q&A.

Webinar Two- Small Ruminant Nutrition: 90 minutes Tuesday, February 16th | 7 p.m.

We will address the importance of providing adequate protein, carbohydrates, and minerals in the forms of processed grains, hay, grazed pasture, minerals, and supplements to your flock/herd. Q&A included.

Webinar Three- Weaning, Sorting, and Selling- Lambs, Kids, and Spent Breeding Stock: 90 minutes Tuesday, March 16th | 7 p.m.

We will offer strategies for weaning lambs/kids and preparing them for joining the breeding flock or entering the meat processing chain. Also included will be examples of marketing strategies and determining what to do with ewes/does and rams/bucks that are no longer meeting breeding needs of the flock/herd.

Extension News Highlights January 11

Winter Into Spring Outlook | Agronomic Crops Network

Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage for the 2021 Crop Year | Agronomic Crops Network

Let the 2020 eFields Report Help You Reach Your Farm’s New Year’s Resolutions | Agronomic Crops Network

Register Now for Upcoming Virtual Agronomy Team Programs | Agronomic Crops Network

Water Quality Wednesday | Agronomic Crops Network

Farm Office Live Winter Edition | Agronomic Crops Network

Organic Production Winter Webinar Series | Agronomic Crops Network

Upcoming Beef and Forage Programming Moves On-line This Winter | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Preventing Calf Disease Starts with the Pregnant Cow | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Weekly Livestock Comments for December 31, 2020 | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Management Considerations for Warm-Season Perennials | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Colostrum and Passive Immunity are Critical to the Health of a New Born Calf | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Colostrum and Health of Newborn Lambs | OSU Sheep Team

Baleage Mistakes can Lead to Major Health Consequences | OSU Sheep Team

Ohio General Assembly agrees on water quality bill | Farm Office

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 – Highlights of Tax Issues Impacting Farm Businesses | Farm Office



Extension News Highlights Jan 4

Management Considerations for Warm-Season Perennials | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
Winter Application of Manure; Remember Setbacks | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
Visit our ‘One-stop Shop’ to View Agriculture and Natural Resources Programs | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
Having Your Cake . . . | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
Cattle on Feed | Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
Register Now for OSU Extension’s Online Winter Programs! | Agronomic Crops Network
Preparing for Lambing Season | OSU Sheep Team
Nothing Good Happens During Hay Storage | OSU Sheep Team
Tips for Improving Out-of-season Reproduction | OSU Sheep Team
Ohio Ag Manager | Management Information For Today’s Agricultural Business
How might the 2020 elections affect agricultural law and policy? | Farm Office
Emerald Ash Borer Update for the New Year | BYGL
Organic Winter Webinars | OFFER

Farming in Weather Extremes (Starts January 21)

This series will present practices and technology farmers can utilize to adapt to challenging growing seasons with increasing extreme weather events. Thursdays, January 21 – March 18, 9:00am-10:30am. Register:

  • January 21 – Disease Management Options for Today’s Weather, Pierce Paul and Aaron Wilson
  • February 18 – Managing Water in Today’s Wet and Dry Growing Seasons, Aaron Wilson, Eileen Kladivko, Larry Brown, Lyndon Kelley
  • March 18 – 2021 Growing Season Weather Outlook and Changing Climate Patterns, Aaron Wilson

Link to Additional Programs From the Agronomic Crops Network

Pasture for Profit School Starts January 13

This coming year between January and March, 2021, the Pastures for Profit curriculum will be offered as a virtual course. One live webinar will be offered per month along with “work at your own pace” videos and exercises that accompany each webinar. The Pastures for Profit program is a collaboration between Ohio State University Extension, Central State University, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council.

Each webinar will be offered live on Zoom beginning at 7 P.M. and feature three presentations 0ver a 90-minute span. Attendees will be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions in real time. Once registered, attendees will be granted access to the online course including the webinars and complementary resources. Participants that attend all three webinars will have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion. Registered participants will also receive their choice of a curriculum binder or USB drive of the traditional course delivered via mail.

Webinar One– Core Grazing Education: 90 minutes, Wed., January 13 at 7 p.m.

Webinar Two– The Science of Grazing: 90 minutes , Wed., February 3 at 7 p.m.

Webinar Three– Meeting Grazing Goals: 90 minutes, Wed., March 3 at 7 p.m.

Cost of the course is $50, which includes the Pastures for Profit manual. Current and new members of the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council are eligible for a $10 discount on registration. Register for the course by visiting