Southern Ohio Farm Show, December 2, 2020


This week on the Southern Ohio Farm Show we have a conversation with Sam Custer, Interim Assistant Director Agriculture and Natural Resources for OSU Extension. Richard Purdin teaches about wet wrapped forages, Dr. Tim McDermott gives guidelines for what not to feed your pet from the holiday table, and Chris Bruynis discusses tax preparation. In the final segment of the program, Cindy Kratzer provides the recipe for peanut bars – a Brown County favorite dessert!

ARC/PLC Webinar Scheduled for December 1, 2020

Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage for the 2021 Crop Year

The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill. Producers must enroll  in ARC/PLC for the 2021 crop year through their local Farm Service Agency office. Producers can amend the program elections they made for the 2019 and 2020 crop years for the 2021 crop year. The signup period for the 2021 crop year is open now, and the deadline to enroll and make amendments to program elections is March 15, 2021.

If changes are not made by March 15, 2021 deadline, the election defaults to the programs selected for the 2020 crop year with no penalty. Producers will have the opportunity to amend program elections again for the 2022 and 2023 crop years.

Producers again have the option to enroll covered commodities in either ARC-County, ARC-Individual, or PLC. Program elections are made on a crop-by-crop basis unless selecting ARC-Individual where all crops under that FSA Farm Number fall under that program. ARC program payments are made when crop revenue falls below a guaranteed level, while PLC payments are made when a crops specific effective price is lower than its  reference price. These are the same program options that were available to producers during the 2019 and 2020 crop years. In some cases producers may want to amend program election to better manage the potential risks facing their farms during the 2021 crop year.

On December 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EST program directors from the Ohio Farm Service Agency and Ohio State University Extension will host a free informational webinar about ARC/PLC enrollment and election for the 2021 crop year. During this free 1-hour webinar, state leaders will cover program design, economic considerations and frequently asked questions. To make sure your question is addressed during the webinar, please send to Ben Brown at or 660-492-7574 prior to December 1, 2020.

To register, visit:

Southern Ohio Farm Show, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving! This week we:

-share a recipe for a pumpkin pie;

-Richard Purdin teaches about winter livestock feeding by using a heavy use pad:

-the Roehms and Yochums, Highland County 4-H families, share videos from the National Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky;

-Mike Estadt shares tips for holiday lighting safety and efficiency.

Southern Ohio Farm Show Holiday Lighting Contest Announced

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County


November 18, 2020


All community members, rural or urban, will have an opportunity to participate in the Southern Ohio Farm Show through a holiday lighting contest. Extension staff will record the illuminated displays on December 8, 9, and 10, 2020.

The collective illuminated displays will be combined into a community highlight video for the December 23, 2020, episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show. We recognize that this holiday season will be different for many of us. We intend to provide each of the nursing homes a copy of the program, so they are able to share the local displays with the residents.

To participate in the holiday lighting episode, submit your display by December 7, 2020 via

To complete the entry form, you will need to include your name, address, county location of the display, and acknowledge that you will have your illuminated displays turned on for the evenings of December 8, 9, and 10, 2020. Be creative and use this opportunity to spread some holiday cheer!

For more information about the Southern Ohio Farm Show or other OSU Extension programming, contact the Highland County Extension Office at 937-393-1918.

Southern Ohio Farm Show, November 18, 2020

Have you been delegated the task of preparing this year’s Thanksgiving turkey? If so, join Lisa Barlage and Tammy Jones for turkey cooking 101. Gig Neal will show us various safety practices that farmers use during fall harvest, and Amanda Douridas and Jason Hartsuch will inform us about cover crop test plots. Finally, we announce the Southern Ohio Farm Show Holiday Lighting Contest! To enroll in the lighting contest, visit