Ohio New and Small Farm Colleges Set for 2021

Bringing small farms in Ohio to life is the theme of the New and Small Farm College program that has been offered to farm families since 2005. The program focuses on the increasing number of new and small farm landowners that have a need for comprehensive farm ownership and management programming.

The mission of the college is to provide a greater understanding of production practices, the economics of land-use choices, assessment of personal and natural resources, marketing alternatives, and the identification of sources of assistance.

The New and Small Farm College has three educational objectives:

  1. To improve the economic development of small farm family-owned farms in
  2. To help small farm landowners and families diversify their opportunities into successful new enterprises and new
  3. To improve agricultural literacy among small farm landowners not actively involved in agricultural

Since the program began, the New and Small Farm College has now reached over 1175 participants from 57 Ohio Counties representing almost 900 farms.

If you are a small farm landowner wondering what to do with your acreage, ask yourself these questions:

Are you interested in exploring options for land uses but not sure where to turn or how to begin?

Have you considered adding an agricultural or horticultural enterprise, but you just aren’t sure of what is required, from equipment, labor, and/or a management perspective?

Are you looking for someplace to get some basic farm information?

If you or someone you know answered yes to any of these questions, then the Ohio State University New and Small Farm College program may be just what you are looking for.

The Ohio State University New and Small Farm College is a 7-session short course that will be held one night a week.  The 2021 Ohio New and Small Farm College program will be held in three locations across the state including:

  • Pike County area, to be held at the OSU South Centers facility, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio 45661, (Located off US 32 – Appalachian Hwy). Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning August 18 and concluding September 29, 2021. For more information contact Pike County Extension Office at 740-289-4837. Brochure
  • Fayette county area, Fayette County Extension Office, 1415 US Route 22 SW, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings beginning August 19 and concluding on September 30, 2021. For more information contact the Fayette County Extension Office at 740-335-1150. Brochure
  • Wayne County area, to be held at the OSU Wooster Campus, The Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, Ohio 44961. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning August 31 and concluding October 12, 2021. For more information, contact Wayne County Extension at 330-264-8722. Brochure

All colleges will start each evening at 6:00 pm with a light dinner with the nightly presentations beginning at 6:30 pm and concluding at 9:00 pm.

Topics that will be covered in the Small Farm College course include:

  • Getting Started (goal setting, family matters, resource inventory, business planning)
  • Appropriate Land Use -Walking the Farm
  • Where to Get Assistance, (identifying various agencies, organizations, and groups)
  • Financial and Business Mgmt.: Strategies for decision-makers
  • Farm Insurance
  • Soils
  • Legal Issues
  • Marketing Alternatives

In addition to the classroom instruction, participants will receive tickets to attend the 2021 Farm Science Review (www.fsr.osu.edu ), September 21, 22, & 23 Located at the Molly Caren Farm, London, Ohio. A soil sample analysis will also be provided to each participating farm.

The cost of the course is $125 per person, $100 for an additional family member.  Each participating family will receive a small farm college notebook full of the information presented in each class session plus additional materials.

Registrations are now being accepted. For more details about the course and/or a registration form, contact Tony Nye, Small Farm Program Coordinator at 937-382-0901, or email at nye.1@osu.edu.

Forage Field Day

Do you have questions about your forage stand health and fertility management strategies? If so, you’re not alone. These images show before and after comparisons of a field that benefited from an updated fertility plan. Did you know that for every ton of grass hay harvested 12lbs of Phosphorous and 48lbs of potassium are removed from the soil? How can this information be used to increase stand health, yields, and profitability?

Join us for our Forage Field Day on Saturday, August 28th to get the answers to these questions and more! Fertilizer (Category 15) and private pesticide category 2 (Livestock & Forage Crops) recertification credits will be available. Additional information is included on the flyer. Reserve your spot soon at go.osu.edu/forageFD!

More on nutrient removal rates: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/anr-96

Hops Research Field Nights

Join us at the Agriculture Incubator Foundation in Bowling Green, Ohio for an in-person Hops Field Night and hop yard tour on Wednesday, August 11th! Hear from OSU hop researcher Brad Bergefurd and Agriculture Incubator Foundation hop yard managers Dick Bostdorf (President) and David Little (Chairman) to learn about hop production and integrated pest management in Northwest Ohio. This session is free and there is no registration required. Food and drink will not be provided so please plan accordingly. More information can be found in the attached flyer.

Then join us the following week on August 17th for another field night at OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio! Brad Bergefurd and the research team will present on hop production and pest management in Southern Ohio. This session is free and there is no registration required. Food and drink will not be provided so please plan accordingly. More information can be found in the attached flyer.

If you have any questions about either field night, please contact Brad Bergefurd at bergefurd.1@osu.edu or call 740-289-2071 x136.  

   Bowling Green Field Night             OSU South Centers Field Night


Cattle Handling Workshop and BQA Recertification

OSU Extension Adams County and Cherry Fork Farm Supply will be presenting a workshop on September 14, 2021, on “Proper Handling, Loading, and Hauling Cattle”. Beef Quality Assurance will also be covered during the presentation for recertification.

Dr. Steven Boyles, OSU Beef Extension Specialist, and Keith Trimble of WW Manufacturing will be the guest speakers for the event.

The workshop will be held at the Adams County Fairgrounds in the show arena from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm. This session is free and a meal is included, but registration is required and limited to the first 100 registrants. Register by contacting Richard Purdin at 937-544-2339.