Farm Office Live…August 27

Farm Office Live” returns August 27, 2021, at 10:00 AM with special appearances by Ben Brown and attorney Robert Moore! Tune in to get the latest outlook and updates on ag law, farm management, ag economics, farm business analysis, and other related issues. Targeted to farmers and agri-business stakeholders, our specialists digest the latest news and issues and present it in an easy-to-understand format.

Special Guests

Ben Brown – A former member of the OSU Farm Office Team, Ben’s areas of expertise include farm management, commodity markets, and agricultural policy.

Robert Moore, Esq. A former OSU Extension employee, Robert now practices agricultural law at Wright & Moore, with a focus on farm succession planning, estate planning, and business planning.

August Topics: 

  • Tax Proposals
  • Tax Planning in the Midst of Uncertainty – Robert Moore, Esq.
  • Ohio Cropland Values & Cash Rents
  • FSA Program Update
  • Grain Marketing Update – Ben Brown
  • Your Questions

To register or to view a previous “Farm Office Live,” please visit You will receive a reminder with your personal link to join each month. 

The Farm Office is a one-stop shop for navigating the legal and economic challenges of agricultural production. For more information visit or contact Julie Strawser at or call 614.292.2433

Who’s on the Farm Office Team? — Our team features OSU experts ready to simplify farm management issues and make farm ownership less stressful:

Peggy Kirk Hall – Agricultural Law
Dianne Shoemaker – Farm Business Analysis and Dairy Production
David Marrison – Farm Management
Barry Ward – Farm Management and Tax

Tell us what makes you a Woman in Agriculture


Get your video on! Tell us why you are a woman in agriculture….educator, lawyer, business owner, farm owner or operator, veterinarian, pharmacist, researcher, etc.

Hold your video device horizontal and tell/show us in 30 seconds or less your story. This will be used at Farm Science Review and other women in agriculture events throughout OSU Extension. Upload your MP4 video at this link Save the file as your first and last name and town. Ex. Gigi_Neal_Georgetown .

Video submissions are needed by September 3!

Farm Science Review Tickets…Now Available

SEPTEMBER 21, 22, & 23 2021

Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Presale tickets are available for $7 from your local OSU Extension Office now through September 20th and support your local Extension Office.  Children 5 and under are free.

Tickets at the gate are $10 each.

For more information about this year’s review, visit this link.

Ohio Virtual Pruning Training & Hands-On Workshops

Looking to brush up on your tree pruning skills?  Learn pruning for free with your ODNR Urban Foresters, Alan Siewert, Wendi Van Buren, Ann Bonner and special guest, Bill Fountain from University of Kentucky for the Ohio Virtual Pruning Training & Hands-On WorkshopsJoin us from your break room, office or kitchen on Wednesday, October 27th from 9 am – noon.  We will cover everything you need to know about proper arboricultural pruning techniques as well as Tree Anatomy, Tree Biology, How to Make the Right Cuts, Where to Make the Cuts, and Young Tree Structure Pruning.

Wednesday, October 27th  

9:00   Tree Biology for Pruning and How to Properly Prune
           Dr. Bill Fountain, University of Kentucky
10:30 Structural Pruning: Knowing Which Branch to Prune and Why
           Alan Siewert, ODNR Division of Forestry

SPECIAL IN-PERSON TRAINING OPPORTUNITY – All participants who join the FREE ONLINE training may choose a location where we will do on-site demonstrations and young tree training in a town near you. Sign up for this in-person opportunity when you register.

Register by clicking here  *ISA continuing education credits will be available for this meeting but you must register to receive credits

Warmly, Ohio Urban Foresters

ODNR Division of Forestry


Butler County Starts in September 2021




To Become a Master Gardener:

  • Complete 50 hours of training in the area of soils and fertilization, annuals and perennials, fruit and vegetable production, etc.
  • Volunteer 50 hours of horticulture assistance to the County in which you hold membership, on approved projects. ie. Take the class in Butler and volunteer in your home county

Application Deadline: August 25, 2021

  • Note: $50 non-refundable deposit required with application.


  • $150 ($50 paid with application, $100 due by the first class), plus the cost of a web-check fingerprint background check.

Mandatory Orientation Meeting:

  • August 25, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Class Schedule:

  • Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Class Dates • Monday, September 20, 2021 (First Class)
  • Tuesdays, starting September 28, 2021, to November 16, 2021.

Class Location:

  • OSUE, Butler County, 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton, OH 45011