4-H Photography Challenge Event

Minnesota 4-H Photography is excited to offer a photo challenge to Midwest youth in grades K-13. Explore the world in TONES for the Black & White Photography Challenge. In this challenge, we encourage you to play with shadows, look at texture, layer dark and light tones to create stunning black and white photographs. Submit up to three (3) black & white images by 11:59 p.m. on March 15. Find more information here: https://extension.uhttps://z.umn.edu/blackwhitephotos 

Southern Ohio Farm Show: Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. As chocolate is a popular Valentine’s Day gift, in this week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show we learn more about Chocolate. Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider, professor of Food Science, discusses the process of making chocolate and how to conduct a chocolate taste test. Mechelle Frost, director of the Highland County Senior Citizens Center, provides a demonstration on how to make hot chocolate bombs. We also discuss sustainability practices to use in the kitchen.

Virtual Extension Programming for the Week of February 8, 2021

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Educator

OSU Extension, Highland County


Monday, February 8, 2021


Ohio Cow/Calf Management Webinar: Breeding Season Considerations (Virtual)

6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Cost: Free

Managing the Breeding Season – Alvaro Guerra-Garcia

EPD Update: Breeding for Cow Longevity – John Grimes

Registration: https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N_CtcKYwQB2l60Afug10aA


Tuesday, February 9, 2021


Ag Tech Tuesdays (Virtual)

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Cost: Free

Registration: www.go.osu.edu/AgTechTues

The Digital Ag Team will present on various topics on the latest on-farm technology. CCA credits can be earned.

High Tunnel Production School (Virtual)

12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Cost: Free

Registration: https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_am3gfBZjSVy343ODZJsKNA

Dairy Labor Management Mini-Series (Virtual)

12:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Cost: $75

Registration: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2oi2oOb00wYcRw1


Wednesday, February 10, 2021


Southern Ohio Farm Show (Virtual)

10:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Cost: Free

Registration: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0oceCtqjsiGdQzg012lGoW5oMzOAQmLnnp


Water Quality Wednesdays (Virtual)

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Cost: Free

Registration: https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rJxe7sewQhW2wYYFO2DWHA

Join the Water Quality Extension Associates for Water Quality Wednesdays, where they  will present on relevant topics that impact water quality. Topics will include:   nutrient/manure management, cover crops, water quality best management practices,        and an overview of current water quality research topics and trends in Northwest Ohio. This series will continue through April 2021.

Farm Office Live (Virtual)

7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Cost: Free

Registration: https://farmoffice.osu.edu/farmofficelive

Join the Farm Office team as they provide an update on current economic and legal issues in the agricultural industry.


Thursday, February 11, 2021


The Dirt on Soil Health: Investing Below the Surface (Virtual)

8:00 A.M – 8:30 A.M.

Cost: Free

Registration: http://go.osu.edu/soilhealth2020

Commercial Structural & Vertebrate Pesticide Applicator Recertification           Webinar

8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Cost: $75

Registration: https://www.cvent.com/c/express/e8a8807e-460c-4690-87b5-2f8822c6a8af

Disease Management Options for Today’s Weather (Virtual)

9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Cost: Free

For registration information contact Amanda Douridas at douridas.9@osu.edu

Topics include weather and climate impacts on disease management and Gibberella ear rot and vomitoxin in corn.

Corn College and Soybean School (Virtual)

9:00 A.M. – noon

Cost: Free

Registration: https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DCfYg309TBqDmqtNmD5aFA

Best management practices and important updates for the 2021 growing season. Speakers include Peter Tomison, Steve Culman, Pierce Paul, Laura Lindsey, Mark Loux, Ann Dorrance, Andy Michel, and Kelly Tillmon.


Friday, February 12, 2021


A Day in the Woods (Virtual)

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Registration: https://u.osu.edu/apsley.1/2020/12/16/winter-2021-programming-schedule-now-available/

Topic: “Advice from the Woods” question and answer session with professional   foresters and wildlife biologists.

Farm Office Live (Virtual)

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Registration: https://farmoffice.osu.edu/farmofficelive

Update on current economic and legal issues in agriculture.

For more information about any of the programs listed, or other Extension programs, contact the Highland County office of OSU Extension at 937-393-1918.

Southern Ohio Farm Show: Super Bowl Edition for February 3, 2021

Are you ready for the Super Bowl this weekend?

In this week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show, we get ready for the game by learning about:

-Sport turf and turf tips for your yard with Pamela Sherratt, Ohio State University Extension Turfgrass Specialist

-Wilson Sporting Goods’ process of constructing the Super Bowl footballs in Ada, Ohio

-Learn about playing in the NFL and game projections with Bobby Carpenter, host of 97.1 The Fan’s Morning Juice and lecturer at The Ohio State University

OWW Writing and Photography Contest


MISSOULA MT (January 15, 2021) — To reward budding outdoor writers and photographers, the Outdoor Writers Association of America announced the opening of the 2021 Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards as well as the inaugural OWAA Student Photo Contest! Prizes are awarded to winners in grades 11–12 and college students, with first-place winners receiving $200, second-place receiving $100, and third-place receiving $50. Those who place will also receive an OWAA student membership valued at $25 as well as inclusion in a press release announcing the winners.

Entering the contests is easy. Any outdoor-themed written or photographic work created during 2020 can be submitted between January 15, 2021, and March 1, 2021, at owaa.org/contests/. Complete rules of the contests are also available at that site.

Winners of the North Strung Youth Writing Awards will be given additional consideration when applying for OWAA’s Bodie McDowell Scholarship and are highly encouraged to do so.

“We’re passionate about encouraging the next generation of outdoor media professionals,” said Chez Chesak, Executive Director of OWAA. “And we’re even more excited this year to be able to reach out to young photographers in addition to writers. We cannot wait to see their work.”


About OWAA:

Outdoor Writers Association of America is an international nonprofit organization that represents a diverse group of professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. The OWAA seeks to improve the professional skills of its members and encourages public enjoyment and conservation of natural resources. Find out more about the Outdoor Writers Association of America on https://owaa.org.

2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition

The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is once again sponsoring  the 2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition.  The essay competition is open to active 4-H Club members only.

2021 Essay Topic: Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats

Deadline for submission to the Ohio 4-H state office is March 29, 2021.  Submit essays to Lisa Jinks, jinks.2@osu.edu by midnight.  Each submitted essay will be reviewed by a panel of writing professionals and the top essay selected will be submitted for national competition.  Be sure to see important requirements and guidelines on the Foundation’s website.  Click here for rules and overview.