Lady Landowners Leaving the Legacy

Author: Amanda Douridas, Champaign County Extension Educator

Land is an important investment. One that is often passed down through generations. Farmland needs to be monitored and cared for to maintain the value and sustainability if it is to be enjoyed and profitable for future generations. Nearly 50% of landowners in Ohio are female. If you fall into this statistic and want to learn more about your land, farming and conservation practices and how to successfully pass it on to the next generation, this program is for you!

Farming has changed dramatically over the last several decades. The thought of trying to understand it all can be overwhelming, especially if not actively farming. This series is designed to help female landowners understand critical conservation and farm management issues related to owning land. It will provide participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to talk with tenants about farming and conservation practices used on their land. The farm management portion will provide an understanding of passing land on to the next generation and help establish fair rental rates by looking at current farm budgets.

The series runs every other Thursday, June 14 through August 23 from 9:00-11:30 in the Champaign County Community Center Auditorium in Urbana, Ohio. It is $50 for the series. If you are only able to attend a couple of session, it is $10 per session but there is a lot of value in getting to know other participants in the series and talking with them each week. The registration flyer can be found at http://go.osu.edu/agevents. For questions or more information, please contact Amanda Douridas at 937-484-1526 or Douridas.9@osu.edu. Please register by June 4. The detailed agenda is below.

June 14- Building Soil Structure

  • Introductions
  • Soil Structure Discussion and Demo
  • Tillage Methods and Compaction (includes three demonstrations)
  • Soil Coverage Discussion and Demo

June 28- Implementing Conservation

  • Conservation Activity
  • Aquifer Demonstration
  • Watershed Maps of Participants Farms
  • Explanation of Conservation Practices

July 12- Value of the Land Beyond the Dollar

  • Land Value Diagram
  • Landowner/Tenant Relationship Panel
  • Wildlife Habitat Programs

July 26- Transition and Succession Planning

  • Peggy Hall and Wright Moore Law Firm

Aug 9- Leasing and Budgets

  • Good Leasing Contracts
  • Hunting Leases
  • Overview of Commodity Budgets

Aug 23- Farm Visit

Some activities developed by Women, Food and Agriculture Network for its Women Caring for the Land program.

Women’s Tractor Operation & Safety Program

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Women’s Tractor Operation and Safety Program

Saturday, June 2, 2018

9:00 AM – 12:00PM

Location: Brown’s Family Farm Market, 11620 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton 

  • Space is limited.
  • Registration is required (see attached flyer for more information)
  • Reserve your spot by May 18, 018

This event empowers women to:

  • become more comfortable with agricultural equipment.
  • have a greater knowledge of general operation.
  • become more safety minded while operating equipment.

For questions, please call:

Ohio State University Extension, Butler County

513.887.3722

Weekend Annie’s Project at Salt Fork State Park

Six amazing women are now graduates of Annie’s Project after this weekend’s retreat at Salt Fork State Park lodge. The weekend’s topics covered farm business mission statements and goals, collaborating with lenders, liability insurance, grain marketing, succession planning, transferring non-titled property (the sentimental family heirlooms), legal liability, and more. Be on the look-out for an Annie’s Project near you, or call your local Extension Office to express you interest in bringing a program to your county!

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Annie’s Project East Retreat Agenda

Registration will remain open for the Annie’s Project East Retreat until next Wednesday, January 24. Please register online: Annie’s Project East Retreat Registration  This retreat will be from Friday, January 26 at 4:00 pm until Sunday, January 28 at 11:00 am at the Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center.

 

“Mindfulness and Dealing with Stress” Program December 16 in Ashtabula County

OSU Extension in Ashtabula County is pleased to share that our local Women in Agriculture group will be sponsoring a workshop titled “Mindfulness and Dealing with Stress” on Saturday, December 16, 2017.  This workshop will be held from 9:30 to 12:00 noon.  The holidays can be a stressful time as family conflicts can surface and financial struggles can become more apparent.  Join us during this program to learn how to manage stressors more effectively.

During this program, Marie Economos, OSU Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Educator in Trumbull County will teach on mindfulness and how it can help reduce stress in your life.  Marie will share stress reduction strategies based on the research and work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn who developed the mindfulness-based stress reduction program.  Following Marie’s presentation, Emily Compan, representative of Young Essentials Oils in Andover, Ohio will discuss the many natural uses and benefits of using essential oils. Following the presentations, participants will make a whipped gingerbread sugar scrub to take home and enjoy.  The day will end with everyone having the chance to relax and share a few laughs during lunch at noon.

The registration fee for this program is $15 per person and reservations are requested by December 13, 2017.  If you have any questions please call 440-576-9008.  A complete registration flyer can be obtained at: Mindfulness Program Flyer