Ag Outlook Meeting to be hosted in Darke County

Ohio State University Extension, Darke County is pleased to announce the 2020 Agricultural Outlook Meeting. The Outlook Meeting topics and presenters are:

  • A Look at The 2020 Grain Markets
    • Ben Brown – Assistant Professor, OSU AEDE, Professional Practice in Agricultural Risk Management
  • Examining the 2020 Ohio Farm Economy
    • Barry Ward – Assistant Professor, OSU Extension Production Business Management
  • 2020 Weather Outlook
    • Aaron Wilson – Atmospheric Scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center and OSU Extension
  • Weather the Storm in Agriculture
    • Sarah Noggle – OSU Extension ANR Educator, Paulding County
  • 2018 Farm Bill Decisions – IT IS GAME TIME
    • Sam Custer, OSU Extension ANR Educator, Darke County

Join the faculty from Ohio State University Extension and Ohio State Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics as they discuss the issues and trends affecting agriculture in Ohio. The Outlook meeting is being sponsored by Darke County Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Mid-America, Second National Bank and The Farmers State Bank. The outlook meeting is scheduled for:

February 21, 2020- Western Region Outlook- 8:00 am

Romer’s Catering- 118 E. Main, Greenville OH 45331

RSVP by: February 14th — $20 registration

Contact the Darke County Extension Office 937-548-5215

For more information about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at www.darke.osu.edu, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

Planning for the Future of Your Farm Program Planned in Tuscarawas Country

by: Chris Zoller, Extension Educator, ANR

A two-evening “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” program will be held February 12 and 19 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm each evening.  The program will be held at the Village of Tuscarawas Community Center on Cherry Street in Tuscarawas.

David Marrison, OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Coshocton County, will discuss developing the next generation of managers, family communications, providing income for multiple generations, keeping your farm competitive, and preparing for the unexpected.  These topics will be discussed the evening of February 12.

The evening of February 19 will feature Peggy Hall, Attorney and OSU Extension Ag Law Specialist, and Robert Moore, Attorney, Wright and Moore Law.  Peggy and Robert will discuss farm business structures, estate and transfer strategies, trusts, life insurance, tax planning, and much more.

Registration for the program is $25 per person or $35 per family.  Please make your check payable to OSU Extension-Tuscarawas County, 419 16th St. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.  Please RSVP by February 5.  Questions may be directed to Chris Zoller at 330-339-2337 or zoller.1@osu.edu.

 

OSU Extension to Host 7th Annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture 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 in, 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.

Registered participants, community organizations or businesses interested in sponsorships and/or securing an informational or vendor table can do so from the registration page or contact 1-740-264-2212 to obtain more information.  A list of sponsorship opportunities is also available from the registration page.

Stay connected with the Ohio Women in Agriculture Learning Network on Facebook @OHwomeninag or subscribe to the Ohio Women in Agriculture blogsite at http://u.osu.edu/ohwomeninag/

2020 Central Ohio Agronomy School

by: John Barker, OSU Extension Educator

“The Nuts & Bolts About Corn & Soybean Production”

The 2020 Central Ohio Agronomy School will be held on Monday evenings, beginning on Monday,  February 10 through Monday March 9, from 6:30 –9:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Ag Services Building, 1025 Harcourt Rd. Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050.   This five-week program will provide the attendees with the most comprehensive, up-to-date crop production and agricultural technology information available today.  This school is designed with everyone in mind; part-time or full-time producer, beginner or CCA agronomist.  Within each subject area we will teach the basic concepts and progress to the most advanced agronomic principles.

Topics include:

February 10   – Bruce Ackley, OSU Weed Science.

Weed Identification with Live Plants at Various Growth Stages.

Palmer, Waterhemp, Pigweed, Marestail, Various Grasses and more!

Dr. Mark Loux, OSU Weed Science

Developing a Multi-Year Herbicide Program for Tough to Control Weeds

Weed control update for 2020

February 17   – Dr. Scott Shearer, OSU Chair, Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering

                                    Field Compaction Research

  – Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins, Field Specialist, OSU Extension

              2019 On-farm Research Results

February 24   – Ben Brown, OSU College of Food, Agriculture, & Environmental Sciences

                                    Farming & Marketing in an Uncertain World

Peggy Hall OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program

“Hot” Agricultural Law Topics

March 2         – Glen Arnold, Field Specialist, OSU Extension

                                     Is Manure Right for You?

– Dr. Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension – Auglaize County

                                    Weed Seeds in Manure. 

 March 9         – Marne Tichenell, Wildlife Specialist, OSU Extension

Wildlife Damage in Field Crops

Aaron Wilson, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

                                    How Weather is Affecting our Farming Operations

2018 Weather Outlook

This school will provide:

14 continuing education credits (CEU’s) for Certified Crop Advisors,

C.M. 2, I.P.M. 6.5, N.M 2, P.D. 1.5,  S&W 2.0.

8 hours of Commercial Pesticide Credits

Core – 2 hrs., 2a – .5 hrs., 2c – 2 hrs., 2d –.5 hrs., 9 – .5 hrs., 10c – .5 hrs., 15 – 2 hrs.

8 hours of Private Pesticide Recertification Credits

Core – 2 hrs.,  Cat 1- 2.5 hrs., Cat 2 – .5 hrs., Cat 6 – .5hrs., Cat 7 – .5 hrs., Cat 15 – 2 hrs.

Registration costs vary due to CUE credits and pesticide applicator credits.

This program is sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension, Advantage Ag & Equipment, B&B Farm Service, Central Ohio Farmers CO-OP, Channel, Clark Seeds, Cubbage Electric, Farmcredit, First-Knox National Bank, and Seed Consultants.

For more information contact the OSU Extension Office in Knox County (740-397-0401).  The following links will provide more information for this program.  http://u.osu.edu/knoxcountyag/ or https://knox.osu.edu/

 

OSU Extension to Offer Lunch and Learn Webinars

By: Chris Bruynis, Extension Educator

In the age of multi-tasking and convenience, OSU Extension is offering a lunch and learn webinar series for farmers. We have arranged for eight topic and speakers to provide a webinar every Wednesday starting on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 and concluding March 25, 2020. Join us for eight consecutive Wednesdays for this educational series starting at 11:45 am and lasting 1.5 hours. Learn important risk management information during this lunch and learn series from top industry, private sector, and university experts important to the success of farm businesses in 2020 and beyond.

The topics that will be covered include:

February 5:         Using Financial Statements/Ratios to Make Informed Financial Decisions

February 12:      Farm Law 101: Leasing and Financing Agreements

February 19:      Grain Contracts and Markets: What to Use When

February 26:      Where to Start with Workers Compensation Benefits

March 4:             Meeting with a Lender: What Numbers are Important

March 11:           Estate Planning: What are the Tools and Options

March 18:           Grain Marketing Strategies for 2020

March 25:           Tips for Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Farm Business Employees

Farmers interested in participating should register at http://go.osu.edu/fm2020 by January 31, 2020.  At this website you can access detailed information on the speakers and the learning objectives for each session. There is also a registration link for the webinar at this site. The cost for all eight topics is $25 per registration and must be paid with credit card at time of registration.

Any question can be directed to Chris Bruynis or Marianne Guthrie at 740-702-3200 or email bruynis.1@osu.edu. We hope this program series will be beneficial to your farm business, whether you attend all the topic presentations or just some of them.

Precision University: Combating Compaction

by: Amanda Douridas, Extension Educator

The fall of 2018 and spring of 2019 created some less than ideal conditions for field work leaving many farmers concerned with field compaction. This concern is justified as compaction can significantly reduce yields. Compaction has been a concern for many years as equipment size grows, increasing axle weight.

Researchers have been conducting on-farm trials comparing farming practices to uncover ways farmers can reduce compaction. Comparisons include tires and tracks, equipment size and tillage practices. At the 2020 Precision University, OSU Extension has invited in some of the leading experts from across North America on compaction research and management.

Featured Speakers include:
Dr. Scott Shearer -The Ohio State University
Dr. Ian McDonald -Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
Dr. Mark Hanna -Iowa State University
Dr. Jason Warren -Oklahoma State University

We have also moved the event to the Champion Center at the Clark County Fairgrounds outside Springfield. This facility allows us to feature equipment demonstrations in a heated environment and enables exhibitors to display the latest in technology from their companies. We’re excited to get our hands dirty with some compaction demonstrations involving different types of equipment!

Details including online registration and hotel information can be found at go.osu.edu/precisionu. The registration deadline is January 3 and the cost to attend is $50. This includes breakfast, lunch and giveaways.

Sponsors and exhibitors include Camso, Soucy, Green Field Ag, Capstan Ag, Apple Farm Service, Precision Ag Reviews, Ag Info Tech, Mosaic, and Agro Chem.

Farm Tax Update to be held in Coshocton County

OSU Extension in Coshocton County is pleased to be offering a Farm Tax Update on Monday, December 2 2019 from 7:00 to 8:37 p.m. at the Coshocton County Services Building – Room 145 located at 724 South 7th Street in Coshocton, Ohio.

OSU Extension Educator David Marrison will provide a Farm Tax Update. We will examine year farm tax strategies and learn more about the new Section 199A deduction for Qualified Business Income.  It is not business as usual in the world of farm taxes. Wrap up the year learning how to better manage your farm taxes.

This program is free & open to the public!  However, courtesy reservations are requested so program materials can be prepared. Call 740-622-2265 to RSVP or for more information.

Farm Bill Meetings to be held across Ohio

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Ohio State University Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency in Ohio are partnering to provide a series of educational Farm Bill meetings this winter to help producers make informed decisions related to enrollment in commodity programs.

The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill. While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, there are some changes that producers should be aware of.

Farm Bill meetings will review changes to the ARC/PLC programs as well as important dates and deadlines. Additionally, attendees will learn about decision tools and calculators available to help, which program best fits the needs of their farms under current market conditions and outlook.

Enrollment for 2019 is currently open with the deadline set as March 15, 2020. Enrollment for the 2020 crop year closes June 30, 2020. Producers can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 during the same visit to an FSA county office. Producers have the opportunity to elect to either ARC or PLC for the 2019 to 2023 crop years, with the option to change their program election in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

To find out about upcoming meetings, and get information about the Farm Bill, visit go.osu.edu/farmbill2019

Agricultural & Natural Resources Income Tax Issues Webinar

by: Barry Ward, Director, OSU Income Tax Schools

Tax practitioners, farmers and farmland owners are encouraged to connect to the Agricultural and Natural Resources Income Tax Issues Webinar on Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and participants can attend the webinar at host locations throughout Ohio or connect at home or office.

The webinar focuses on issues specific to farm tax returns related to agriculture and natural resources, and will highlight timely topics and key regulations of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The program is an intermediate-level course for tax preparers whose clients include farmers and rural landowners. Farmers who prepare and file their own taxes will also benefit from the webinar.

Topics in the Ag Tax Issues Workbook that is provided to all participants include:

Tax planning for farmers

Proposed §199A Cooperative Regulations

199A and farm rentals

Form 4797 issues

Form 4562 depreciation and expensing issues

Disaster-related tax issues

Farming C corporations electing S corporation status

Getting out of the farming business

Allocating purchase price to depreciable items

Discounted sales and leases

Current H2A labor issues

Taxation of contract feeding arrangements

Industrial hemp considerations

Timber tax issues

Conservation easements

Case study and forms update

The cost for the one-day school is $150, and applications have been made for the following continuing education credits:

  • Accountancy Board of Ohio, CPAs (6 hours)
  • Office of Professional Responsibility, IRS (6 hours)
  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Attorneys (5 hours)

Registration includes the Agricultural Tax Issues Workbook. The deadline to register is Dec. 6 to ensure participants will receive the workbook in the mail before the workshop. The live webinar, which will also feature a real-time Q-and-A, can be viewed at several host locations statewide and will include lunch. Participants also have the option to view the webinar from home if unable to attend a host location. For those who choose not to attend at a host location, a web address for the webinar will be sent in advance of the Dec. 16 presentation.

Host locations include:

Auglaize County, OSU Extension Office, 208 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta

Clermont County, OSU Extension Office, 1000 Locust St., Owensville

Putnam County, OSU Extension Office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa

Wayne County, Wayne County Administration Building, 428 West Liberty St., Wooster

Wyandot County, Elks Lodge, 320 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky

More information on the workshop, including how to register, can be found at go.osu.edu/agissuesreg

Contact Barry Ward at 614-688-3959, ward.8@osu.edu or Julie Strawser at 614-292-2433, strawser.35@osu.edu with questions.

 

 

OSU Extension Announces Two-Day Tax Schools for Tax Practitioners & Agricultural & Natural Resources Income Tax Issues Webinar

by: Barry Ward & Julie Strawser, OSU Income Tax Schools

How to deal with the new tax law (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) for both individuals and businesses are among the topics to be discussed during the upcoming Tax School workshop series offered throughout Ohio in late October, November and December.

The annual series is designed to help tax preparers learn about federal tax law changes and updates for this year as well as learn more about issues they may encounter when filing individual and small business 2019 tax returns.

The tax schools are intermediate-level courses that focus on interpreting tax regulations and changes in tax laws to help tax preparers, accountants, financial planners and attorneys advise their clients. The schools offer continuing education credit for certified public accountants, enrolled agents, attorneys, annual filing season preparers and certified financial planners.

This is another important year for tax education as the new tax law continues to create some challenges for tax practitioners to prepare tax returns. We have an excellent set of instructors with a great deal of experience and training along with a top reference workbook to prepare tax practitioners to best serve their clients during this ongoing process of incorporating recent tax law changes in completing tax returns.

The workbook alone is an extremely valuable reference as it offers over 700 pages of material including helpful tables and examples that will be valuable to practitioners. Sample chapters of the reference workbook can be found at: https://go.osu.edu/WorkbookChapters.

In addition to the tax schools, the program offers a separate, two-hour ethics webinar that will broadcast Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. and again on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. The webinar is $25 for school attendees and $50 for non-attendees and is approved by the IRS and the Ohio Accountancy Board for continuing education credit

Register two weeks prior to the school date and receive the two-day tax school early-bird registration fee of $375. This includes all materials, lunches and refreshments. The deadline to enroll is 10 business days prior to the date of each school. After the school deadline, the fee increases to $425.

Participants can also choose to attend just day one of the workshop for $250. Additionally, the 2019 RIA Federal Tax Handbook is available to purchase by participants for a discounted fee of $40 each. Registration information and the online registration portal can be found online at:
http://go.osu.edu/taxschools
The schools run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

• Oct. 30-31 — Ole Zim’s Wagonshed, 1387 State Route 590, Gibsonburg.
• Nov. 4-5 – Sheraton Suites, 1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls.
• Nov. 6-7 — Ashland University Convocation Center, 820 Claremont Ave., Ashland
• Nov. 12-13 — Presidential Banquet Center, 4548 Presidential Way, Kettering.
• Nov. 14-15 — Old Barn Out Back, 3175 W. Elm St., Lima.
• Nov. 19-20 — Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson Rt. 42, Plain City.
• Nov. 21-22 – Christopher Conference Center, 20 N. Plaza Dr., Chillicothe.
• Dec. 2-3 — Ohio University, Zanesville Branch Campus Center, 1425 Newark Road, Zanesville.
• Dec. 5-6 — The Ohio State University, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus.

A daylong webinar on Ag Tax Issues will be broadcast Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  If you are a tax practitioner that represents farmers or rural landowners or are a farmer or farmland owner that prepares your own taxes, this five-hour webinar is for you. It will focus on key topics and regulations of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act related specifically to those income tax returns.

You can choose to attend a host location or participate at home or in the office. Host locations will provide a facilitator, refreshments and lunch. You are encouraged to bring your computer as there will be real-time Q&A. If you choose not to attend a host location, a web address will be e-mailed to you prior to the webinar.

Registration, which includes the Ag Tax Issues workbook, is $150. Register by mail or on-line at http://go.osu.edu/AgIssuesReg

More information on the workshops, including how to register, can be found at go.osu.edu/2019taxschools. Participants may contact Ward at 614-688-3959, ward.8@osu.edu or Julie Strawser 614-292-2433, strawser.35@osu.edu for more information.