Health Insurance Text Message Program

Health insurance can be a complicated topic.  There are many different plans offered nationwide, each of which have a different cost and may cover different health care services. Once you pick a plan, you then need to know how to best use it to manage your health and finances.

To help you gain confidence and understanding about health insurance choice and use, the Cooperative Extension’s Health Insurance Literacy Action team has created a text message campaign to help you better understand health insurance.  The campaign focuses on four areas with 10 messages each:

  • Reasons health insurance is important
  • Health insurance and risk management
  • Health insurance and preventive services
  • Health insurance terms

We are seeking young adults born between the years 1982 and 1998 to help us test these messages. You can opt into one, some or all of the messages.  Each week, you will be sent two interactive messages over five weeks for each group.  The study will run between five and 20 weeks, depending on which areas you want information on.

Participation is free and voluntary. All your information will be confidential.  You will be asked to complete a short survey to describe who you are.  Before each group of messages, you will be asked to complete a three to five question survey about your confidence and knowledge on each topic.  This survey will be repeated at the end to see if our messages helped you become more confident about health insurance. At the end of the survey, you will be given the option to enter a drawing for one of five, $50 gift cards.

Spots are limited so enroll early.  If interested, please text START to 216-302-1673.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Virginia Brown, the study leader, at or 410-386-2760.


Dr. Virginia Brown, University of Maryland Extension

Dr. Mary Jo Katras, University of Minnesota Extension

Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, Kansas State University

Dr. Joan Koonce, University of Georgia

Dr. Kenneth Martin, Ohio State University

Dr. Dena Wise, University of Tennessee

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 For questions or more information, please contact Amanda Douridas at 937-484-1526 or 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


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.