Free virtual Quality Assurance training for Highland County 4-H and FFA members

Free on-line Quality Assurance will be offered to Highland County 4-H and FFA members via Zoom. You must register no later than 48 hours prior in-order to attend the training. Each training is limited to 40 families. You can register the entire family at one time.

The following are dates  and times QA is currently being offered:

June 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
June 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
June 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
June 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Approximately 24 hours before the webinar, you will receive a Zoom link to connect to the webinar from Kathy Bruynis. The link will be sent from Training will be limited to a maximum of 40 families per session. Families only need to register once if all family members will be participating at the same time. Make sure to list all family members first and last name participating in the registration form.


Please register at the link below no later than 48 hours before the session you would like to attend.


For more information contact Kathy Bruynis at or 937-393-1918

Share the Road With Farmers this Spring

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

May 26, 2020

Spring planting season has arrived in Highland County. Farmers have faced a challenging spring due to wet weather conditions, and in particular the large quantities of rain we received last week have delayed planting.

Due to the weather delays, when the planting conditions are right again, you will see many area farmers rushing to plant their crops.

When you see farm equipment on the road, the first thing you should do is slow down. It isn’t an inconvenience to take a few extra minutes to ensure your safety and the safety of the individual driving the farm machinery.

Farm equipment is large and slow-moving. The equipment is marked with reflective slow moving vehicle emblems (SMV), reflective markers, and flashing lights to make the equipment easier to see in low-light conditions.

In most cases, tractor drivers will pull over and let traffic pass when it is safe to do so. However, passing is not advised near intersections. Passing is also not advised on roads with no passing zones (double yellow lines) or on roads where on-coming traffic visibility is reduced due to hills, curves, or dips in the road. Be sure to look for hand signals from the tractor driver indicating that it is safe to pass.

When it is safe to pass farm equipment, be sure to identify the edges of all of the equipment. In many cases, attachments to tractors are larger than the tractor itself.

Slow down, use caution and common sense when driving near farm equipment this spring. Take a few extra minutes to protect yourself, your passengers, and your local farmers as we all go on drives this spring.


Next Week on the Southern Ohio Farm Show

Next week’s episode on the Southern Ohio Farm Show will cover information about canning with Margaret Jenkins, Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator in Clermont County.