September 1 is fast approaching, and this year it’s an especially important date for landowners leasing cropland under an existing lease that doesn’t address when or how the lease terminates. In those situations, September 1 is the new deadline established in Ohio law for a landowner to notify a tenant that the landowner wants to terminate the lease. If the landowner does not provide notice by September 1, the lease continues for another lease term. Read more of this post
Six new articles have been posted on 8/17 issue number 1307 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/
Are grazers and livestock producers in the driver’s seat when it comes to merchandising carbon credits? Mike Estadt explores that potential this week.
Articles this week include:
- Carbon . . . a new source of income for grazers?
- The effect of deworming naturally infected heifers on live weight gain, reproductive performance, and fecal egg counts
- Manure Nutrient Management Day
- USDA-FSA’s Livestock Indemnity Program
- August Cattle on Feed Preview: Drought and Feeder Cattle Supplies
- Strong Demand
Five new articles have been posted on 8/10 issue number 1306 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/
By mid-next year several livestock antibiotics that have typically been available over the counter such as oxytetracycline and penicillin will require a prescription. This week Tim McDermott explains.
Articles this week include:
- Changes to livestock antibiotics coming next year
- Plan Now for Fall Fertilization of Perennial Forages
- “Be sure and close the gate, son” – Managing our pastures during drought
- Stockpiling for Winter Grazing
- Fed Cattle Insurance
- 2022 Fall Statewide Ohio Sheep Shearing School Announced
- Data-Driven Decisions
- Changes to Livestock Antibiotics Coming in 2023
- Flushing The Ewe Flock: Is It Beneficial?
- Goat and Sheep Management Preparing for the Breeding Season
- Plan Now for Fall Pasture Fertilization
Have you ever considered transitioning all or part of your dairy or crop enterprise to organic production? If so, you may be interested in programs available through your local Farm Service Agency (FSA). These include the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) and the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP).
Organic Certification Cost Share
The Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) provide cost share assistance to producers and handlers who are obtaining organic certification for the first time or renewing their previous certification. Organic certification is obtained through certifying agents accredited by the USDA National Organic Program.
This program provides 50 percent of a certified operation’s allowable certification costs, up to a maximum of $500. The following categories or “scopes” are included: crops, livestock, wild crops, processing/handling, and organic program fees. Cost share is provided on a first come, first served basis, until all available funds are obligated. This program is available until September 30, 2022.
To be eligible, a producer must have both (1) a valid organic certification for their operation at the time of application and (2) paid fees or expenses related to its initial certification or renewal for certification from a certifying agent.
Allowable costs under the OCCSP include:
- Application fees and administrative fees
- Inspection fees, including travel and per diem for organic inspectors
- USDA organic certification costs
- User fees or sale assessments
Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program
The Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) provides financial assistance to producers interested in obtaining or renewing USDA organic certification. In addition to many acronyms, there are certain terms that producers need to know the definitions. These include certified operation, educational event, soil testing, micronutrients, transitional operation, and USDA organic certification. These terms are defined below:
- Certified operation – is a crop or livestock production, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation, or portion of such operation, that is certified by an accredited certifying agent.
- Educational event – is an event, conference, training program, or workshop, that provides educational content addressing topics related to organic production and handling.
- Soil testing – means soil testing to document micronutrient deficiencies.
- Micronutrients – can not be used as a defoliant, herbicide, or desiccant. Those made from nitrates or chlorides are not allowed. Deficiencies must be documented by soil or tissue testing.
- Transitional operation – is a crop or livestock production operation that is transitioning to organic production in anticipation of obtaining USDA organic certification and has an organic system plan from a certifying agent.
- USDA organic certification – means a determination made by a certifying agent that a production or handling operation is in compliance with the Organic Production Act of 1990.
To be eligible for OTECP, an applicant must have paid eligible costs during the program year and, at the time of application, be either a certified or a transitional operation. Expenses that have been incurred during the program year but not paid by the applicant are not eligible for cost-share assistance. Eligibility for the OTECP is based on the date expenses are paid, rather than on the date the organic certification is effective.
Certified Organic Operations may have expenses for any combination of the following categories: crops, wild crops, livestock, handling/processing, program fees, soil testing, and educational events.
Transitional Organic Operations may have expenses for any combination of transitional operation, soil testing, and educational events.
Payment Amounts & Limitations
|Eligible Applicants||Category of Expenses||Payment Amount|
|Certified operations||Certification – crops||25%, up to $250|
|Certified operations||Certification – livestock||25%, up to $250|
|Certified operations||Certification – wild crops||25%, up to $250|
|Certified operations||Certification – handling||25%, up to $250|
|Certified operations||State Organic Program fees||25%, up to $250|
|Transitional Operations||Eligible transitional expenses||75%, up to $750|
|Certified & Transitional Operations||Educational event registration fees||75%, up to $100|
|Certified & Transitional Operations||Soil testing||75%, up to $150|
In addition to dividing expenses paid by category, applicants self-certify to having either a valid organic certificate, or documentation to show a transition to organic. Applicants must retain documentation in support of their application for three years after the date of approval.
If you are interested in learning more about this or other Farm Service Agency programs, contact your local FSA office. Not sure which FSA serves your county? Use this link (https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app) to locate your nearest FSA office.
These OSU Extension resources may be of interest:
For Ohio specific information about the organic certification process, consult the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association: https://certification.oeffa.org/.
—Chris Zoller, Extension Educator, ANR, Tuscarawas County
The ODA has announced the 2022 pesticide disposal dates and locations for farmers.
“The program assists farmers with a free of charge, safe, and environmentally responsible disposal of unusable, outdated pesticides. No household or non-farm pesticides are accepted, nor are pesticides accepted from commercial companies.”
For more information see the link: https://agri.ohio.gov/divisions/plant-health/pesticides/disposal