2nd Annual OSU Animal Welfare Symposium for Dairy and Livestock Producers and Large Animal Veterinarians

Plan to join producers, veterinarians, and others on Tuesday, November 30th at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. This year’s event will focus on two emerging issues for the livestock industries, handling of disabled or non-ambulatory animals, and euthanasia. Featured at this year’s Symposium is Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and well-known animal handling expert.

Also presenting will be Dr. Jan Shearer, Professor and Dairy Extension Veterinary Specialist at Iowa State University, who will share his knowledge of appropriate methods of euthanasia, and considerations for when euthanasia should occur.

The latest research findings from surveys of consumers and the implications for the livestock industries will also be presented. Dr. Linda Lobao, Professor of Rural Sociology at The Ohio State University, will focus on results from Ohio, and Mr. Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity, will share results from national studies. An update on the activities of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will also be given. There will be ample time for audience interaction with all of the speakers, and the Symposium will deliver practical advice and answer commonly-asked questions about how best to handle and manage compromised animals.

The intended audiences for the Symposium are livestock producers and large animal veterinarians (the Symposium is approved for Continuing Education credit). However, the topics and featured presenters may be of interest to students, Extension educators, members of agricultural groups and allied industries, and members of the general public who are also welcome.
Registration and additional information about the Symposium is available at: http://vet.osu.edu/preventive-medicine/AnimalWelfareSymposium

2011 Farm Outlook Meeting Slated for NW Ohio

Farmers, agribusinesses and others in the industry located in northwest Ohio have the opportunity to learn more about ag markets, economics and policy at an Ohio State University 2011 Farm Outlook meeting.

The program hosted by Ohio State University Extension Defiance County with presentations from Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Topics covered will include grain markets, farm inputs, land values, and an outlook to the 2012 Farm Bill. The program will be held on December 6 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Jewell Community Center, 7900 Independence Road in Jewell, Defiance County, OH. (http://mapq.st/h/10-anlp4VLl). Pre-registration is $15 per person or $30 per person at the door.

The program will feature the following speakers: Carl Zulauf, OSU Extension agricultural economist, who will discuss Grain Market outlook; Barry Ward, OSU Extension agricultural economist, discussing Why Farmland Values Will Never Fall and discuss Crop Inputs; Carl Zulauf, OSU Extension agricultural economist, who will present an Eye on the Horizon or Sunset: 2012 Farm Bill.

Registration deadline is December 3. For more information on the meeting, contact OSU Extension Defiance County at (419) 782-4771, clevenger.10@osu.edu, or log on to http://defiance.osu.edu/

Ohio Minimum Wage Rate Increases January 1st, 2011

Currently, Ohio’s minimum wage rate is $7.30 per hour. However, employers who gross under $267,000 annually, or have employees 14 or 15 years of age are only required to pay these employees at least the Federal Minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.

Effective January 1, 2011, Ohio’s minimum wage increases to $7.40 per hour for employees not receiving tips. Employees of employers who gross less than $271,000 annually or who are 14 or 15 years old are subject to a minimum wage of $7.25 (tied to the federal minimum wage.)

If the Ohio and the Federal minimum wages are different, by law Ohio workers are entitled to the higher of the two minimum wage requirements.

2010 Agricultural Tax Issues Workshops

Tax practitioners with an interest in farm income taxes will have an opportunity to attend a one day farm tax workshop scheduled for Monday, December 13, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in eight locations across Ohio. This workshop will be taught by Dr. Phil Harris, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin via tele-conference.

This program has been designed for tax practitioners who have a significant number of farm clients and therefore need a substantial amount of information on agricultural tax issues. Participants will hear an audiotape of a live lecture given by Phil Harris, supplemented with a showing of the slide presentation Dr. Harris used during his lecture. Dr. Harris will be available for questions during two conference calls during the day, and OSU faculty will be in the meeting rooms to answer questions. Registrants will receive a valuable 236 page supplemental book.

Some of the topics at these workshops include: new legislation and its affect on agricultural businesses, depreciation and Section 179 expensing, wind turbines and wind farms, deduction issues, weather related sales, payment of agricultural wages with commodities, energy incentives, contract and custom farming, gifts of commodities, sale versus lease of equipment by retiring farms, and farm income averaging.

The locations for the 2010 Agricultural Issues Workshops are:
Caldwell, Ohio OSU Extension South Central Region Office
Columbus, Ohio OSU Campus- Room 105Agr Adm Bldg
Greenville, Ohio OSU Extension Darke County Office
Jefferson, Ohio OSU Extension Ashtabula County Office
Ottawa, Ohio OSU Extension Putnam County Office
Upper Sandusky, Ohio First Citizens National Bank
Urbana, Ohio OSU Extension Champaign County Office
Wooster, Ohio OSU Extension (Thorne Hall) at Wooster

The Agricultural Tax Issues program has been accepted for continuing education credits by the Accountancy Board of Ohio, IRS Director of Practice and the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education. The registration fee for this workshop is $125 per person and includes agricultural tax workbook, lunch and refreshments.

Complete workshop information and on-line registration are available at the OSU Income Tax Schools’ website located at: http://incometaxschools.osu.edu , or can be obtained by contacting Warren Lee at (614) 292-6308 or lee.69@osu.edu The Agricultural Tax Issues Workshop is sponsored by the Ohio State University Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics and Ohio State University Extension.

Interactive Workshops Teach Skills for Successful Business Management

A two-day intensive management training program for business owners and managers, specifically in the agricultural and horticulture industries, will be offered in December.

Ohio State University Extension and the North Central Risk Management Education Center are hosting Managing for Success – an interactive workshop designed to assist in business and personal management goals.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with other agricultural and horticultural oriented individuals, study efficient management systems, and obtain skills that can make a difference in how they operate.

The workshop will take place Dec. 13 and 14 at the OSU Extension Agricultural Business Enhancement Center, 639 S. Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, Ohio. The sessions will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Registration is $150 per person and $100 per additional person from the same operation, and includes lunches and light snacks, along with all class materials.

Workshop topics include assisting in identifying opportunities that will enhance your ability to manage your business; developing mission statements, objectives, goals and tactics for your business; understanding the five basic management functions; applying basic management concepts and skills to your business; finding, recruiting, selecting, hiring and training employees to become an effective part of your team; and learning how to utilize financial and other resource people.

For additional workshop information or to register, please contact Becky McCann at 419-354-6916 or e-mail mccann.52@osu.edu, or log on to http://abe.osu.edu.

Annie’s Project Workshops Are Back for 2011!

Annie’s Project, a risk management program for women in agriculture, will again be offered throughout Ohio in the winter of 2011. Annie’s Project workshops are currently held in 22 states, and more than 7,000 participants have completed the program. Annie’s Project was introduced to Ohio in January 2007, with 282 women completing the program since then.

Annie’s Project is a multi-part course designed to strengthen women’s role in modern farm enterprises. The project’s namesake was a woman who grew up in a small rural community and spent her adult life learning how to be an involved, successful business partner with her husband. Annie’s daughter, Ruth Hambleton, became an Extension educator in Illinois and developed the program in 2000 in honor of her mother’s life experience. The program is for women who live and work in a complex, dynamic farm business environment, and it focuses on five broad aspects of risk typical in the agricultural setting: human, financial, marketing, production and legal.

Fourteen Annie’s Project workshops have been held in Ohio with seven more planned for this winter. These workshops have found wide support from women throughout the state, Ag Lenders, Agribusinesses, Ag Service providers and Ag Organizations. They have all provided information, class instructors and sponsorship for the workshops.

Ohio workshops are scheduled for January through May. Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Cost for the workshop is $65 per person. In most cases, workshops are sponsored by several county offices of OSU Extension; anyone residing in nearby areas may sign up for any of the workshops. To register or for more information, contact organizers listed below or Annie’s Project coordinators Julia Woodruff at woodruff.94@osu.edu or 419-627-7631 and Doris Herringshaw at herringshaw.1@osu.edu or 419-354-9050.

Workshops are planned for:

— Wood County (Erie Basin EERA). Mondays, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 28. Contact Doris Herringshaw at herringshaw.1@osu.edu or 419-354-9050.

— Wyandot County (Erie Basin EERA). Wednesdays 6-9 p.m., Jan. 5 – Feb. 9. Contact chris Bruynis at bruynis. 1@osu.edu or 419-294-4931.

— Morgan/Washington County (Buckeye Hills EERA). Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., March 31 – May 5. Contact Chris Penrose at penrose.1@osu.edu or 740-962-4854 or Eric Barrett at barrett.90@osu.edu or 740-376-7431.

— Montgomery County (Miami Valley EERA). Saturdays, 9-12 noon, Feb. 5 – Feb. 19. Contact Suzanne Mills-Wasniak at mills-wasniak.1@osu.edu or 937-224-9654.

— Fulton County (Maumee Valley EERA). Dates – TBA. Contact Cheryl Spires at spires.53@osu.edu or 419-337-9210.

— Fayette County (Miami Valley EERA). Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., Jan. 20 – Feb. 24. Contact John Yost at yost.77@osu.edu or 740-335-1150.

— Tuscarawas County (Crossroads EERA). Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., Feb. 8 – March 15. Contact Chris Kendle at kendle.4@osu.edu or 330-339-2337.

There will also be a second workshop for women in agriculture focused on financial risk management. The Farm Finance for Women workshops are being conducted as part of a North Central Risk Management Education Center Grant. Look for future articles in the Ohio Ag Manager for more information on this workshop.

National Timber Tax Website

Very few sections of the Internal Revenue Code are written specifically for timber. This means there is a considerable amount of interpretation involved. This website was developed to be used by timberland owners, as well as a reference source for accountants, attorneys, consulting foresters and other professionals who work with timberland owners by answering specific questions regarding the tax treatment of timber related activities.

Rural Tax Education Website

This new website provides farmers and ranchers, other agricultural producers and Extension educators with a source for agriculturally related income and self-employment tax information that is both current and easy to understand. This website includes many short easy-to-understand factsheets addressing issues critical to farmers. Topics include: Like Kind Exchange of Business Assets, Sale of Business Property, Form 1099 Information Returns, Farm Losses versus Hoppy Losses, Filing Dates and Estimated Tax Payments, Weather Related Sales of Livestock, and more.
This website also includes a sample farm tax return. The link to this informative website is:

QuickBooks for Agricultural Financial Records

QuickBooks is a popular commercial accounting software used by many small businesses and accountants, and tax preparers often recommend it to their clients. Keeping records in software like QuickBooks will build a transaction history that can be sorted and summarized easily to not only meet tax preparation needs but also inform the business manager in decision-making. This new online publication available through Oklahoma State University Extension is an excellent resource for farm business owners interested in getting started with QuickBooks Pro 2010. It is available online at:

2011 Ohio Farm Management Conference

OSU Extension and The Ohio State University’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics Department are pleased offer the first annual Ohio Farm Management Conference. The conference is designed to strengthen farm business owner’s employee management, financial decision making, long range planning, and communication skills. The event will be held on January 25th and 26th at the University Plaza Hotel in Columbus.

Dr. Brent Gloy, the Director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture and an Associate Director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University, will be the keynote speaker. The program will feature numerous presentations from OSU Extension Educators, OSU Department of AEDE staff, and farmer experts.

A full description of the conference’s general sessions, breakout sessions, and registration information can be found at: http://ohioagmanager.osu.edu/2011-ohio-farm-management-conference/

If you have questions about the conference, contact John Yost at (740)335-1150 or e-mail him at yost.77@osu.edu.