The East Ohio Women in Agriculture Program Series will partner with OSU Extension’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program and Mahindra of Massillon to offer a field day on Wednesday, July 14 targeted to local farm women. The focus of this field day is safety and building hands-on tractor operation skills for registered participants. The event will take place at Mahindra of Massillon located at 4025 Erie Street South, Massillon, OH 44646, beginning with a meal and networking session at 5:30pm followed by the educational program starting at 6pm. The program will feature a variety of educational stations designed to allow participants to gain experience with a hands-on activity, via a demonstration, or a knowledge station to sharpen their safety and tractor operator skills. Cost for the program is $15 and includes a meal and resource packet. Registration and payment can be made on-line by visiting https://go.osu.edu/eowiafielddays2021 or by contacting Heather Neikirk at the Stark County OSU Extension Office at 234-348-6145.
East Ohio Women in Agriculture programs are designed to meet the needs of women and young women who are interested or involved in agriculture, food, natural resources or small business. The team welcomes participation in the field day from anyone who is interested in the topic. CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information visit http://go.osu.edu/cfaesdiverstiy.
The 7th Annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference will be THURSDAY, March 19 from 9:00 am – 3:45 pm. The event will again be held at R. G. Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Drive SE, Massillon, OH 44646.
This year’s program will feature 18 break-out sessions presented by OSU Extension educators, farmers, and partner agencies including: Business & Finance; Plants & Animals; Communication; Home & Family; and Special Interest. As always, Ohio FFA state officers will be teaching one of the communication sessions open to all participants.
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”. We can’t wait to see you there!
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. Register online at go.osu.edu/eowia2020 or complete and mail this East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference Flyer – 2020 .
Ohio State University Extension Coshocton County will host a Women in Agriculture Dinner on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Raven’s Glenn Winery (56183 Co Rd 143, West Lafayette). Interested participants are invited to join other area women for an evening of learning, networking, idea sharing and a delicious meal. The theme for the evening will be “Managing Agriculture’s Topsy-Turvy Ride.” Program participants will learn about the current influences on agriculture markets, tools for decision making, and strategies to cope with the stresses of agricultural life. The cost to register is $20, which includes the meal and program. To register please mail in the Women in Ag Dinner 2019 Registration Flyer or visit the Coshocton County Extension Office. Please register by August 2. Contact David Marrison (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emily Marrison (email@example.com) at 740-622-2265 with any questions.
In trying times, where do you turn?
Farmers are some of the most humble, down to earth people I know and they thrive on being able to feed the country. The stresses these farmers and farm families are enduring and hard on everyone involved. While they know that they work in a business where risks are always present due to weather, they sometimes need support and encouragement to work through their own mental and physical stress and even fatigue during these times. Most of the farmers live on the land they farm and don’t have the chance to get away from these stresses. Most of us that work, work at a place that when it gets stressful, we get to leave for the day. Farmers, on the other hand, don’t usually have this option. They live, sleep and breathe their occupation.
There are so many decisions that farmers are making today into what this generation knows as uncharted territory. They are worried about wet weather, how will I feed my livestock and where will my income come from? Maybe you are a farmer reading this or maybe the farm wife, the neighbor, the family member or an agribusiness person, but one thing is for sure farmers are the heartbeat of many communities. This week in the CORN newsletter, I am asking you who are reading it to take into account some steps outside your normal routine.
1. Slow down and breathe – farmer, farm family or other – we live in such a fast-paced world. There are decisions that are being made that effect so many people. We are truly all in this together. We need to be kind and a friend at all times.
2. Take five minutes to take care of yourself. Depression and anxiety are real and you may seem like you can’t even put one foot in front of the other today. Let me tell you something, you are valuable, you are needed and it will be okay. Maybe not okay in the sense that you think or the direction or path that was in your “Plan A” but you will be okay.
3. Give a smile, hello, nod or wave to another human being. Remember it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.
4. If you feel these families need some extra help, reach out to your local Extension Office and they will help point you in the right direction.
The CORN newsletter is full of information to help in the decision process. No, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns – it is real-life decisions. Farmers, this week as you are reading the articles, remember these few things. Write down your options (the pros and cons). Talk with your local Extension Educator or call them out for a farm visit. We, at OSU Extension, are here for you. We care about you even if you have never stepped foot into our office. Our service to you is free.
Additionally, as you read through the articles, think about your options. When it comes to questions on prevent plant acres contact your insurance agent. Don’t just assume they know your plans. This newsletter contains recommendations based on agronomic principals and potential considerations from an agricultural production perspective. If the management will be applied to crop insured acres you should check any impact that the management change will have on current or future insurance payments and eligibility.
Please share this information in any way possible – forward the email, tweet the post #FarmLivesMatter, share to your non-farm friends, Snapchat it to your kids, post on Instagram, print it off and drop it at church or even the local grocery store. The agriculture community is powerful and has many opinions, stresses, and directions. Some people have no clue what is going on in an agriculture world, share with them.
Lastly, I am asking the community to check on your farmer neighbors and their families. Drop into the farm to check on the farmer and family. Bring them dinner but don’t just drop it off actually share some time with that family. They may come up with every excuse that the house is not clean or I am too busy. Maybe even drag them to your house for dinner. They may not want you there but they need you there as their support system. Getting a vacation from the farm is probably what many families are eliminating due to financial pressures, but human interaction is one powerful value. While a simple was to check in text message don’t work in these situations. They need your empathy not your sympathy. Go old school and play the board game, shut down the social media and have a conversation. These things only cost your time. Did you ever think about giving back to those people who help feed the world?
Have a great week – Potentially more to come this week – Sarah Noggle, Editor CORN Newsletter
You can find more at https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/201919/heart