This Week on the Southern Ohio Farm Show

In this week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show, there was a weather forecast by Dr. Aaron Wilson, a conversation about the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE), a gardening activity for youth, tips for growing strawberries, and a reason to keep an eye in the sky on clear nights. Next week, we will have another weather outlook, continued discussions about local foods and Coronavirius Food Assistance Program. Tune in next Wednesday at 10 AM for another new episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show via

Coronavirius Food Assistance Program Enrollment Begins May 26, 2020

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

May 20, 2020


The Coronavirius Food Assistance Program (CFAP) enrollment period opens on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 for eligible agricultural producers. Eligible producers are defined as any person or legal entity that shared in the risk of producing the crop or is entitled to share in the revenue from marketing on January 15, 2020 or April 16, 2020 through May 14, 2020. An eligible producer must also be a U.S. citizen or resident alien.

Eligible non-specialty crops include malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, hard red spring wheat, and wool.  Eligible specialty crops include apples, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelons, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, dry onions, green onions, peppers, rhubarb, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, taro, almonds, pecans, walnuts, beans, and mushrooms. Additional crops may be added later, specifically aquaculture and nursery crops including cut flowers. The Agricultural Marketing Service will assist the Farm Service Agency (FSA) with respect to matters dealing with producers of specialty crops.

Additional details of the CFAP program and the necessary forms for enrollment are available on Producers who are new to FSA programs will need to complete paperwork and verify their ownership share or risk exposure, adjusted gross income, wetland and erodible land compliance and their contact information. Producers who participate in Farm Bill programs, like the Agricultural Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage or Dairy Margin Coverage, will already have these forms on file at the FSA office.

Ohio State University Extension and Ohio FSA will conduct a webinar in the coming days covering the CFAP program in detail. For more information about the webinar, visit

This Week on the Southern Ohio Farm Show

Tony Nye, Christine Gelley, and Carol Schuchmann made guest appearances on the Southern Ohio Farm Show for the week of May 13, 2020. Nye, OSU Extension Educator in Clinton County, spoke about pesticide container recycling and the upcoming recycling drive that will be held on August 14, 2020 at Nutrien Ag Solutions at the Melvin location. Gelley, OSU Extension Educator in Noble County, discussed best practices for spring forage production, and Schuchmann, Clermont County Master Gardener Volunteer, taught a lesson on how to raise microgreens.

The next show will be released on May 20, 2020, at 10 AM via  The next episode will contain a weather report, marketing, an interview with Dr. Michael Para of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center about PPE, and a tutorial on how to view the International Space Station from your backyard.  In addition to being broadcasted via Zoom, all episodes of the Southern Ohio Farm Show are available via Facebook, YouTube, and local access channels in Highland, Adams, Brown, and Clermont Counties.

Farm Office Live Programming

The Farm Office team will be hosting live webinars related to agricultural law and farm management news over the next few weeks. Upcoming Farm Office Live programs will be held on May 14, May 28, June 11, and June 25, 2020, with each program beginning at 9 AM. Topics that have been discussed on previous Farm Office Live programming include federal programs related to COVID-19, agricultural law, and dairy industry updates. Registration is required for each webinar and registration is free. You can register via:

After registering for the program, you will receive an email with the link to the live presentation. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the panelists in real time. If you are unable to view the presentation at 9 AM on any of the program dates, you can also view the past Farm Office Live programs online via:

Ohio 4-H Small Garden Virtual Spin Club

Ohio 4-H Small Garden Virtual SPIN Club

Have fun in this virtual 4-H Special Interest SPIN Club learning how to make small gardens from easy to find items. Activities include seed starting, seed bombs, re-purposing containers for the garden, herb and pizza gardens, terrariums, succulents, garden art, imagination gardens, and more!

Every Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm from May 28 to July 9

Location: ONLINE! Register at

Cost: FREE!

Details: Open to ANY youth grades 3-12. Limited to the first 25 to enroll

Contact information: Sue Hogan, Franklin County,

Quality Assurance opportunity

Highland County 4-H and FFA members,

Due to COVID-19 Quality Assurance (QA) options and requirements have been modified. With the most recent changes we have moved the deadline to complete Quality Assurance to August 1st, 2020. If you are wishing to exhibit at the Ohio State fair, you must complete QA prior to the start of the State Fair.For 2020, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is allowing us to offer Quality Assurance virtually with our certified instructors. Youth must pre-register in order to attend a specific session. After they are registered, a Zoom link with a password will be sent in order to gain access to the training. Youth will log-in and must participate for the full training to receive credit. This can be done via a computer, tablet or smartphone. Training will last a minimum of one hour. Multiple youth in the same family may participate on the same device (i.e. all sit at the same computer). Live options will be limited to 40 families (based on email address). These will be offered starting in mid – June. More details such as dates, times and how to register will be announced after June 1.  You will have to make sure to turn your video on for the Quality Assurance sessions.
We are learning together on how this will work. We still hope to offer in-person trainings prior to the August 1 deadline. restriction on face-to-face meetings is lifted.

You still may can complete the online QA option through YQCA for $12.00 per person. Please send completed your certificate to Thank you to all those who have sent me your certificate of completion.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding Quality Assurance.

Kathy Bruynis

This Week on the Southern Ohio Farm Show

This week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show featured a weather update by OSU Extension Climatologist, Dr. Aaron Wilson, the EIDL program, an interview with Dr. Michael Para of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center about COVID-19, gardening with Faye Mahaffey, a meat science cooking demonstration, and a special segment about Mother’s Day.  If you were unable to view the show, it is also posted on our Facebook and YouTube pages. It will also be broadcasted on the Hillsboro and Greenfield local access channels.

The next broadcast of the Southern Ohio Farm Show will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 10 AM via Zoom. You can register for the program via:

Next week’s episode will include topics on pesticide container recycling and forages with guest speakers of Tony Nye and Christine Gelley. If you do not have a computer or a smart phone, you are still able to listen to the program using the call-in option. Call the OSU Extension Office at 937-393-1918 for more information about the call-in number.

Local Foods Directory Website

We are continuing to update the Local Food Directory daily.  There are over 300 Ohio food producers listed on the site, with products ranging from fresh meat and eggs to maple syrup. You can visit the site at The survey link is also available on the Local Food Producers Directory home page if you would like to add your farm to the list.

EIDL Loan and Advance Open for Agricultural Businesses

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

May 6, 2020


The Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance program (EIDL) has reopened to provide assistance to agricultural businesses. The application is available online via, and successful applicants may receive up to $10,000 through the program. According to the website, agricultural businesses that are eligible include businesses that are “engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).” Agricultural businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for the program. Visit the website for more application requirements and details.