USDA Women in Agriculture Newsletter

US Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue writes to Women in Agriculture in the latest USDA Women in Agriculture newsletter.

Highlighted items:

  • Dear Women in Agriculture
  • About the USDA Women in Agriculture (WIA) Initiative
  • Three Pillars of the Initiatives
  • Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections; Opportunities for Women in Ag at USDA
  • Women and the Census of Agriculture
  • Attention All Female Veterans!

Be safe while having fun in the sun!

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It was a great day last Friday! Sun was out, temperature was near 90 degrees, so a perfect day to go lay in the pool and enjoy! Yes, I took a play afternoon and enjoyed the sun and company at a friend’s pool. I lathered up with sunscreen, had my insulated tumbler filled with water and a floating mat was waiting for me. Ahh! This was the life for a few hours. Rotating like a hot dog rotisserie on the floating mat periodically. Then it was time to move on to the next adventure. I left the pool and realized my front side was perfectly tan but my backside looked like a lobster. Sunscreen worked on the front but needed a higher SPF for the less exposed backside.

It is that time of year to make sure not to overexpose ourselves to the sun while working or playing. OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences has many great resources on sun safety. One such item includes following the below guidelines from the American Cancer Society for prevention measures. Our FCS colleagues also have programs to teach the community about sun safety as well as conducting derma scans.

  • Limit UV exposure
  • Stay in the shade
  • Protect your skin with clothing
  • Wear a hat
  • Use sunscreen
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps
  • Protect children from the sun
  • A word about sunlight and vitamin D
  • Check for abnormal moles and have them removed
  • Genetic counseling and testing

The OSU Ag Safety program has information on “Sun Exposure (Protect Your Skin)”  offered through the Small Farm and Gardening Safety and Health Series.

Enjoy the summer and sun but don’t have too much sun!


New Law Bulletin Available on Selling Food at the Farm

Peggy Hall, Asst. Professor & Ellen Essman, Law Fellow, OSU Extension Agricultural & Resource Law Program

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, many producers may be considering selling produce, meats, cottage foods and baked goods directly to consumers at the farm property.  A question we often hear from farmers thinking about these types of farm food sales is, “do I need some type of license or inspection to sell food from the farm?”  Our new Law Bulletin Selling Food at the Farm:  When Do You Need a Licensehelps producers answer this important question.

Women in Agriculture Hands-On Tractor Night

OSU Extension and JD Equipment are hosting a Hands-On Tractor Night for Women in Agriculture on August 1. The purposes of this fun evening are to provide a comfortable environment for operating equipment and asking questions, as well as networking with other women involved in agriculture in our area.

Women will have an opportunity to ask questions about terminology, function, and purpose of different sizes of tractors and types of implements. Women will also have opportunities to drive machinery and learn about advancements in technology that make equipment easier and safer to operate. There will be several stations set up at the dealership with lots of opportunities to drive all types of equipment and learn about maintenance and safety.

The evening will begin at 5:30 pm at JD Equipment, 4394 Northpointe Drive, Zanesville.  Dinner is included with the $5 registration fee. RSVP with payment is required by July 28 to the Coshocton County Extension Office. View the registration flyer Women in Ag Hands-On Tractor Flyer