Registration Now Open for 2022 East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference

We’re back! The East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference will be Friday, March 25, 2022 from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. This year we will be hosted at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum near Carrollton, Ohio. And we’d love to see you there!

This one-day conference is a great place to learn, share, and network.  Be surrounded by other women who are facing the same day-to-day ups, downs, adventures, and dilemmas as you.

This year’s conference features 16 break-out sessions within four themes: Natural Resources, Plants & Animals, Home & Family, and Special Interest.

Conference is $55 for Adults and $30 for Students. Registration Deadline is March 11. For more information call 330-264-8722.

Register online at go.osu.edu/eowia2022 Please help us spread the word!

We want to hear from women raising children on farms

Female farmer with childrenWomen raising children on farms in Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin wanted! Researchers are looking for women primary caregivers of children under 18 to participate in an on-line small group discussion and a short survey about how they are juggle children and work. $50 is available as a thank you for your time. For more information call: 715-389-9379 or email: becot.florence@marshfieldresearch.org

Researchers at the National Farm Medicine Center and The Ohio State University are looking for women who are raising children 0 to 18 on farms to participate in a small group discussion and a short survey. This small group discussion with other women raising children on farms will be about the strategies that you use to take care of the children and how decisions connected to the children intersect with decisions connected to the farm business, farm safety, and quality of life. The small group discussions will take place in February through Zoom (with the option to call in by phone). The discussion will last 90 minutes.

 

Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey 2022 Responses Requested

The Ohio Farm Custom Rates Survey data collection has launched once again. The online survey for 2022 is available at: https://go.osu.edu/ohiofarmcustomratesurvey2022

A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm-related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time, or lack of expertise for a particular operation.  Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job that they may encounter in the course of operating a farm and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job. This farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply “custom work”. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider.

Custom farming providers and customers often negotiate an agreeable custom farming machinery rate by utilizing Extension surveys results as a starting point. Ohio State University Extension collects surveys and publishes survey results from the Ohio Farm Custom Survey every other year. This year we are updating our published custom farm rates for Ohio.

We kindly request your assistance in securing up-to-date information about farm custom work rates, machinery and building rental rates, and hired labor costs in Ohio.

This year we have an online survey set up that anyone can access. We would ask that you respond even if you know only a few rates.  We want information on actual rates, either what you paid to hire custom work or what you charged if you perform custom work. Custom Rates should include all ownership costs of implement & tractor (if needed), operator labor, fuel, and lube. If fuel is not included in your custom rate charge there is a place on the survey to indicate this.

 You may access the survey at: https://go.osu.edu/ohiofarmcustomratesurvey2022

If you prefer a document that you can print out and fill out by hand to return, email Barry Ward at ward.8@osu.edu

The deadline to complete the survey is March 31, 2022.

 

Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management

OSU Extension, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Livestock News

Beef Cattle

Three new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1276 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

Cold stress on cows results from not only the cold but also the wind, snow, rain, and mud. This week Steve Boyles discusses managing those factors.

Articles this week include:
* Cold Stress and Beef Cows
* The Top Ten New Years’ Resolutions for Cow/Calf Producers
* Three Questions for the 2022 Cattle Market

Small Ruminants

Forages for Horses

The virtual Forages for Horses course will consist of three 90-minute webinars offering a variety of pasture and management topics. 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 by mail.

Thursday, January 20th 7:00 PM

Hay analysis and Feeding Different Classes of Horses 

Thursday, February 17th 7:00 PM 

Nutrition and Parasites 

Thursday, March 17th 7:00 PM

Pasture and Weed Management, Soil Fertility, and Species Selection 

​The cost of the course is $75 which includes a digital copy of the Forages for Horses Manual. A physical copy may be added to the cart at checkout. Current and new members of the Ohio Forages and Grasslands Council are eligible for a $15 discount on registration. Register by visiting: https://go.osu.edu/foragesforhorsesregistration.