East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference is March 24

Female farmers, growers and those women interested in becoming farm operators can learn more about the industry during a conference offered by Ohio State University Extension, which is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

The East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference is March 24 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Drive Southwest, in Massillon. The event is targeted toward women, including those of high school age, who are interested in, involved in or want to become involved in food, agricultural or natural resources production or small business, said Heather Neikirk, an OSU Extension educator and co-organizer of the conference.

 

“Ohio women in agriculture are paving the way for the future,” Neikirk said. “As Extension educators and agricultural professionals, it is our mission to ensure that these women and young women have access to the tools and opportunities necessary to learn, grow, connect, inspire and empower themselves and one another to meet the challenge of producing food, fuel and fiber for a global population.”

Statewide, some 31,413 women are reported as principal operators of farms. Combined, those farms cover some 3.8 million acres and contribute $230 million in economic impact, according to the 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture.

The conference will include remarks by Marlene Eick, co-founder and client lead of Herdmark Media, a Wooster, Ohio-based agricultural media company. Educators with OSU Extension as well as industry experts will conduct the conference sessions. The sessions will include:

  • Five Legal Things You Should Know about Farmland Leases
  • Equine Dental
  • Renewable Energy Development in Ohio Agriculture
  • Beekeeping Basics
  • Season Extension Techniques for Your Farm
  • Assigning Farm Tasks for Children
  • Forage Identification and Hay Selection
  • Cut Flowers for Income
  • Farmer’s Market Basics

The conference will also feature a special session led by the Ohio FFA for high school-aged participants.

Registration is $55, or $30 for students, which includes lunch and a continental breakfast. Information is available at regonline.com/womeninageast or by calling 740-622-2265. The registration deadline is March 17.

Additionally, on March 25 from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., also at the R.G. Drage Center, a “Living the Small Farm Dream” Small Farms Conference will take place. Participants can register for this and the East Ohio Women in Agriculture conference at a reduced rate if attending both. For more information, visit agnr.osu.edu/small-farm-programs.

For more information on the Women in Agriculture conference, contact Neikirk at 330-832-9856, ext. 3476, or neikirk.2@osu.edu. More information about women in agriculture can also be found at the Ohio Women in Agriculture blog at https://u.osu.edu/ohwomeninag

 

Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference to be held on March 25 in Massillon

by Rory Lewandowski, Wayne County Extension Educator

The 2017 Northeast Ohio “Living Your Small Farm Dream” small farm conference will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the RG Drage Career Center in Massillon located at 2800 Richville Dr. SW Massillon, 44646.  The conference is a program of the OSU Extension Small Farm Program and will provide farm owners and landowners with the opportunity to learn more about skills useful on a small farm, how to make their small farms work better, expand their operations, or gather ideas on how to utilize rural acreage.

Participants will choose from more than 25 different sessions offered over 4 breakout sessions during the day.  General topic tracks include horticulture production, livestock and aquaculture, small farm management, natural resources, marketing and selling.  Presenters include OSU Extension specialists and educators as well as USDA agency personnel, and area farmer entrepreneurs.  The trade show represents industries, businesses, services and organizations that provide products or services utilized on a small farm or rural property.

A sampling of some of the topics that will be covered at the conference includes:

  • Chainsaw Safety, Maintenance and Operation
  • Raising sheep and goats
  • Grass-fed Beef Production
  • Fruit tree pruning
  • Hobby Maple Syrup Production
  • Fruit Tree and Small Fruit Disease Management and Prevention
  • Micro Greens Production
  • Vegetable Production and Season Extension with Tunnels
  • Using and calibrating hand held sprayers on the farm
  • Growing Shitake mushrooms
  • Selling eggs, poultry, produce and cottage foods
  • Marketing Meat Goats
  • Renting and Leasing Farmland
  • Renewable Energy
  • Small Farm Tax Issues
  • Aquaculture Opportunities
  • Vegetable Disease Diagnostics

The Chainsaw Safety, Maintenance and Operation topic as well as the Vegetable Production and Season Extension with Tunnels are both super sessions that extend over two break-out session time periods.  The vegetable production and season extension with tunnels session will actually start at the OARDC high tunnels in Wooster and then move to the RG Drage Center for the in-door portion of the session.  Participants may elect to do only the Wooster part, only the RG Drage Center part or both parts of this topic.

The conference begins with registration at 8:00 am, and an opening general session at 9:00 am.  The conference concludes at approximately 3:45 pm following the final breakout session.  Registration cost is $60 per person, which includes lunch and morning refreshments.  The registration deadline is March 17.  For those who are interested in attending both the Women in Agriculture conference (http://agnr.osu.edu/events/east-ohio-women-agriculture-conference-0) at the same location on March 24 plus the small farm conference on March 25 there is a discounted registration fee of $100 to attend both conferences.  Student discounts are also available.

A conference brochure and registration form along with descriptions of all the breakout sessions as well as on-line registration is available on the OSU Extension Small Farm Program web site at: http://agnr.osu.edu/small-farm-programs .  Questions can also be directed to the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722.

 

Ohio State University Extension Announces Two Upcoming Conferences to Help Small Farm Owners

by Tony Nye, Extension Educator

OSU Extension’s Small Farm Program announces two upcoming small farm conferences to be held in March 2107. These conferences are designed for small farm owners wanting to learn more about how to make their farms work better for them.  Through the many topics offered we hope we can help landowners expand their operations or, help them identify ways to more efficiently utilize their acreage.  Land owners can attend workshops and presentations on these issues and more during the two conferences: “Opening Doors to Success” and “Living Your Small Farm Dream”.

The two conferences, combined with a trade show, are set up to help participants learn tips, techniques and methods for diversifying their opportunities into successful new enterprises and markets as a way to improve economic growth and development on their farms.

Through the conferences, we try to give participants a smorgasbord of ideas that may interest them and opportunities to learn in-depth about an issue, gain resources, and study how to finance a new venture. Although similar in content, the two conferences are not set up to contain the same sessions nor are they located in the same location.

The “Opening Doors to Success” Conference and Trade Show will be held March 10-11, 2017 at the Wilmington College Campus, in Wilmington, Ohio. This conference will kick off Friday afternoon with two really neat hands-on workshops focusing on Poultry Production and Beekeeping for the Beginner.

The Poultry Production program will feature Andy Schneider, Editor in Chief of the Chicken Whisperer magazine as well as other presenters focusing on laying and meat production, health and bio security, processing, rules and regulations.

The Introduction to Beekeeping program will be led by Amanda Bennett, the Miami County Extension Educator for Ohio State University and will include other beekeeping producers and experts here in Ohio. Topics for the program will include: Different Ways to Keep Bees, What’s going on in the Hive, The Do’s and Don’ts of Selling Honey, Spring and Fall Hive Management as well as a question and answer period.

On Saturday, the conference will feature 25-plus sessions from Ohio State University and industry experts as well as a trade show for small farmers that will offer information that can benefit a variety of growers.

The “Living Your Small Farm Dream”, Conference and Trade Show will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the R.G. Drage Center in Massillon, Ohio. Participants at this conference will also be able to choose from more than 25 sessions from Ohio State and industry experts as well as question producer speakers on issues related to small farms.

OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The overall goal of these events and the mission of the OSU Small Farms Program are to provide a greater understanding of production practices, economics of land-use choices, assessment of personal and natural resources, marketing alternatives, and the identification of sources of assistance.

We encourage you to attend both conferences as they will not cover all the same speakers or topics.  We try to keep the two conferences different so we can reach more producers and help them with their operation needs.

Some of the topics (Subject to Change) we plan to cover at the two conferences are:

  • Aquaculture
  • Lots on Livestock production
  • Poultry production
  • Farm Business Planning
  • Artisan Cheese Making
  • Direct marketing
  • Organics
  • Accessing Land
  • Sprayer Calibration
  • Utilizing Cover Crops
  • Soil Health
  • Fertility Management
  • High tunnels
  • Beekeeping
  • Vegetable and fruit production
  • Financing/loans
  • Estate Planning
  • Maple Syrup
  • Chain Saw Safety
  • and so much more

For more information about these two conferences, session descriptions and registration details please visit http://agnr.osu.edu/small-farm-programs or contact Tony Nye at (937) 382-0901 or nye.1@osu.edu

Planning for the Future of Your Farm Workshop to be held in Darke County on February 15 & 22, 2017

By Sam Custer, Darke County Extension Educator

Darke County – OSU Extension will be hosting a farm success and estate planning workshop titled “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” on Wednesday, February 15 & 22, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Romers located at 118 East Main Street in Greenville, Ohio.   If you are thinking of how and when to transfer your farm business to the next generation, then this workshop is one which you will not want to miss.

This intensive workshop is designed to help farm families develop a succession plan for their farm business.  Attend and learn ways to successfully transfer management skills and the farm’s business assets from one generation to the next.  Learn how to have the crucial conversations about the future of your farm.  This workshop will challenge farm families to actively plan for the future of the farm business.  Farm families are encouraged to bring members from each generation to the workshop. Plan today for the future success of your family business!

The featured speakers for this event will include: Robert Moore, Attorney at Law, Wright & Moore Law Company; Peggy Hall, Assistant Professor for the OSYU Agricultural & Resource Law Program; David Marrison, Extension Educator for Ashtabula County; and Sam Custer, OSU Extension Educator for Darke County.

Registrations are limited to the first 60 persons.  The fee for this workshop is $40 per person with a registration deadline of February 8, 2017.  The fee includes lunch and program materials.  This workshop is sponsored in part by Second National Bank and Greenville National Bank.  More information about this program can be obtained by calling Sam Custer at the Darke County Extension office at 937-548-5215 and a program flyer can be found at: http://darke.osu.edu/events/farm-transition-succession-workshop.

Planning for the Future of Your Farm Workshop to be held on February 14, 2017 in Medina, Ohio

By Ashley Kulhanek, Medina County Extension Educator

OSU Extension will be hosting a farm success and estate planning workshop titled “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Medina County Extension office located at 120 West Washington Street in Medina County.  If you are thinking of how and when to transfer your farm business to the next generation, then this workshop is one which you will not want to miss.

This workshop is designed to help farm families develop a succession plan for their farm business.  Attend and learn ways to successfully transfer management skills and the farm’s business assets from one generation to the next.  Learn how to have the crucial conversations about the future of your farm.  This workshop will challenge farm families to actively plan for the future of the farm business.  Farm families are encouraged to bring members from each generation to the workshop. Plan today for the future success of your family business!

The featured speakers for this event will include: Robert Moore, Attorney at Law, Wright & Moore Law Company, David Marrison, Extension Educator for Ashtabula County and Ashley Kulhanek, OSU Extension Educator for Medina County.  The fee for this workshop is $25 per person with a registration deadline of February 3, 2017.  The fee includes lunch and program materials. More information about this program can be obtained by calling the Medina County Extension office at 330-725-4911 Ext 106 and a program flyer can be found at: http://medina.osu.edu/events/planning-future-your-farm-succession-planning

Women in Agriculture Lady Landlord Program to Be Held in Coshocton and Putnam Counties on February 11

Coshocton County and Putnam County OSU Extension will host a Women in Agriculture program on Saturday, February 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The interactive Lady Landlord workshop provides women landowners with the confidence, skills, and resources necessary to interact with tenants, develop and negotiate lease arrangements, and more. Registration includes all materials with lunch provided.

Topics for the day will include addressing the risks of leasing, verbal versus written leases, nuts and bolts of a lease, communicating with your tenant, negotiation process and skills, factors that affect the rental rate and more.

This workshop will share OSU Extension field specialist and educators between the Coshocton County and Putnam County locations utilizing technology for live streaming.  Peggy Hall and Emily Adams will teach from Coshocton County and Beth Scheckelhoff and Tony Nye will teach from Putnam County.

Cost for the Lady Landlord program is $20. For the Coshocton County location, please visit coshocton.osu.edu for a registration flyer or contact Emily Adams with questions at 740-622-2265 or adams.661@osu.edu .

For the Putnam County location, please visit putnam.osu.edu for a registration flyer or contact Beth Scheckelhoff with questions at 419-592-0806 or scheckelhoff.11@osu.edu .

 

OSU Outlook Schedule Released

Ohio State University Extension is pleased to announce the 2017 Agricultural Outlook Meetings! Join the faculty from Ohio State University Extension as they discuss the issues and trends affecting agriculture in Ohio. Each meeting is being hosted by a county OSU Extension office or agribusiness to provide a local personal contact for this meeting. A meal is provided with each meeting and included in the registration price. Questions can be directed to the local host contact.  Information on each location and the topics/speakers are listed below.

Date:           January 24, 2017

Location:    Emmett Chapel, 318 Tarlton Rd, Circleville, OH

Time:           7:30 am

Cost:            $10/person

RSVP:          OSU Extension Pickaway County, 740-474-7534

By:                January 17, 2017

Speakers: Peggy Hall, Carl Zulauf, Mike Estadt, and Chris Bruynis

 

Date:           January 26, 2017

Location:    Jewell Community Center, 7900 Independence Road, Defiance OH

Time:           6:00 pm

Cost:            $15/person or $30 at the door

RSVP:          OSU Extension Defiance County, 419-782-4771 or clevenger.10@osu.edu

By:                January 19, 2017

Speakers: Barry Ward, Carl Zulauf, and David Marrison

 

Date:           January 27, 2017

Location:    Der Dutchman, 445 S Jefferson Ave, Plain City, OH 43064

Time:           8:30 am

Cost:            $10.00

RSVP           OSU Extension Union County at 937-644-8117

By:                January 20, 2017

Speakers:                 Peggy Hall, Carl Zulauf, and Barry Ward

 

Date:           January 31, 2016

Location:   Masters Building, Wyandot County Fairgrounds Upper Sandusky

Time:           9:00 am

Cost:            $15/person (if no RSVP)

RSVP:         AgCredit, Upper Sandusky 419-294-4933

By:               January 24, 2017

Speakers: Barry Ward, Carl Zulauf, AgYield, and Milligan Crop Insurance Agency

 

Date:           February 2, 2017

Location:    Fisher Auditorium, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster

Time:           9:30 am

Cost:           $15/person

RSVP:         Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 or lewandowski.11@osu.edu

By:               January 26, 2017

Speakers: Carl Zulauf, Dianne Shoemaker, Peggy Hall, David Marrison, John Grimes, and Rory Lewandowski

 

Date:           February 3, 2017

Location:   Romer’s Party Room, 118 East Main Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331

Time:           12:00 noon

Cost:            $20/person

RSVP:          OSU Extension, Darke County, 937.548.5215 or custer.2@osu.edu

By:                January 27, 2017

Speakers: Carl Zulauf, Barry Ward, Dale Richer, David Marrison

 

Speaker                      Topic/Title

Carl Zulauf                 Speculation on President Trump’s Policy Agenda and What are Grain Markets Telling US?

Barry Ward               Examining Land Values, Rents, Crop Input Costs & Margins 2017

Peggy Hall                 Ten Legal Trends that could Change Agriculture

David Marrison       Farm & Estate Tax Laws – Planning for an Uncertain Future

Chris Bruynis            Farm & Estate Tax Laws – Planning for an Uncertain Future

Rory Lewandowski   Examining Land Values, Rents, Crop Input Costs & Margins 2017

Mike Estadt              Examining Land Values, Rents, Crop Input Costs & Margins 2017

Matt Roberts           What are Grain markets Telling Us?

Dale Richer         Swine Outlook

New & Small Farmer to be held in Clermont County

Are you a small farm landowner wondering what to do with your acreage? Are you interested in exploring options for land uses but not sure where to turn or how to begin? Have you considered adding an agricultural or horticultural enterprise but you just aren’t sure what is required, from an equipment, labor, and/or management perspective? Are you looking for someplace to get basic farm information? If you or someone you know answered yes to any of these questions, then the OSU Extension Small Farm College program may be just what you are looking for.

OSU Extension is offering a program targeted at the new and small farmer. The Ohio New and Small Farm College is an 8-week program that introduces new and even seasoned farmers to a wide variety of topics. The program will teach participants how to set goals, plan, budget, and where to find resources available for them if they chose to start a small farming operation. The courses will lay out how to manage financial and farm records.

Extension Educators will illustrate many different enterprises that can be profitable on land as small as one acre. The educators will show the benefits and pitfalls of each enterprise so that the participant will be able to pick and choose what may work best for them and what suits their interest. To round out the experience, a bus tour will be held around area farms so that participants can see firsthand how small farm life works, and also make contacts of practicing farmers in the area.

The Small Farm College was originally conceived as a way to help southern Ohio’s tobacco farmers make the transition away from that crop as government subsidies were phased out. OSU extension educators soon realized such programming also could benefit rural landowners who own small acreage in the countryside. Since 2005, past regional Southern Ohio New and Small Farm Colleges have helped over 700 individuals representing over 500 farms from 60 Ohio counties improve the economic development of their small family-owned farms. This program can help small farm landowners and farmers diversify their opportunities into successful new enterprises and new markets. And, it can improve agricultural literacy among small farm landowners not actively involved in agricultural production.

Many program participants don’t expect to make a living off the land, but do want to recoup something, said organizer Tony Nye of OSU Extension in Clinton County. First time farmers want their interaction with their land to be productive.

“They like living in the country, getting their hands dirty,” Nye said. “That has been their motivation for buying land.”

The New and Small Farm College will be conducted in Clermont County at the OSU Extension Office, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, Ohio, on Thursdays, beginning Jan. 12, 2017, through March 2, 2017. Classes run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each week with dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

Limited to the first 50 registrations per location.

The cost of the course is $150 per person, $100 for an additional family member. Along with the vast resources and knowledge gained, participants will receive a notebook (per each $150 registration) of all resource materials, a soil test, dinner, refreshments, and a tour. Registrations are now being accepted. Individuals interested in the program may contact the Clermont County Extension office at 513-732-7070. Registration brochures for the program can also be found online at clermont.osu.edu and are available in area Ohio State University Extension offices.

For further information, contact Tony Nye, OSU Small Farm Program Coordinator at 937-382-0901 or email at nye.1@osu.edu or Gigi Neal, Clermont County ANR Educator at 513-732-7070 or email at neal.331@osu.edu.

Western Ohio 2017 Agriculture Outlook Meeting

by Sam Custer, Extension Educator

What does 2017 look like for Western Ohio farmers and agricultural businesses?

Learn what to expect this year during an agricultural outlook meeting February 3 at noon presented by agriculture economists and swine specialist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

The presentation is part of the 2017 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series offered by The Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the college. The meeting is being hosted by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educators from Auglaize, Darke, Miami, Mecer and Shelby Counties.

The meeting is partially sponsored by Farm Credit Mid America Merchants Bank of Indiana, Minster Bank, Second National Bank, The Andersons and Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net.

The meeting will feature presentations on matters the agricultural community should expect in 2017, including policy changes, key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment, said Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County Educator.

“Participants can listen and learn from Ohio State faculty as they discuss the opportunities and challenges for the agricultural sector as well as interpret the impact of recent policy decisions,” Custer said.

Speakers for the outlook meeting are:

Dale Richer, State Swine Specialist, OSU Extension

Carl Zulauf, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University

Barry Ward, Asst. Professor, OSU Extension, Production Business Management

David Marrison, Assoc. Professor, OSU Extension

What we’ll cover:

  • Ohio Swine Production Update
  • Speculation on President Trump’s Policy Agenda
  • Examining Land Values, Cash Rents, Input Costs & Potential Crop Profitability in 2017
  • What Are Grain Markets Telling Us?
  • Farm & Estate Tax Laws – Planning for an Uncertain Future

“These presentations will provide excellent information and insights that will benefit farmers and agricultural leaders as they make plans for 2017 and beyond,” Custer said.

The meeting will be held at the Romer’s Party Room, 118 East Main Street, Greenville, Ohio.

Registration for the meeting is $20 (includes lunch) by January 27.  A registration flyer can be downloaded at http://go.osu.edu/2017darkeagoutlook.

For more information about the meeting, contact Custer at custer.2@osu.edu or 937.548.5215.

 

For more detailed information, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at www.darke.osu.edu, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page.

Farm Management & Marketing Series to be held in Fulton County

by Eric Richer

Ohio State University Extension-Fulton County will again be offering its Farm Management Series on Tuesday nights from 6:30-9:00 pm in February.  The series targets “next generation”, new and mid-career farmers who raise commodity grain and livestock. This year’s program will be focused on cost control, farm profitability and marketing.  Each night will feature guest speakers and content relevant to today’s farm management. The series, which runs February 7, 14, 21 and 28 for two and half hours each night is taught by a combination of Extension Educators and state specialists and private sector individuals.  Topics include:

February 7:

  • Making Your Enterprise Records Do More than the Tax Return
  • Precision Balance Sheets – Why? How?

February 14:

  • How Do You Calculate Cost of Production
  • Developing Your Farm’s Business Mission & Goals
  • Diversifying Your Portfolio

February 21:

  • Crop Insurance Strategies
  • Grain Market Analysis and Marketing Simulator

February 28:

  • Farm Legal Advice
  • Grain Marketing Strategies
  • Benchmarking, Wrap Up and Evaluation

The total cost for the series is $40 and includes materials and light refreshments.   The farm management series will be held at the Robert Fulton Ag Center, 8770 State Route 108, Wauseon, Ohio 43567.  The registration form can be downloaded at www.fulton.osu.edu . Call 419-337-9210 or email richer.5@osu.edu for more information.