Southern Ohio Farm Show, August 5, 2020

In this episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show, Dr. Aaron Wilson provides an update on the weather, Dave Apsley shows us how to identify poison ivy, and we have the award presentation from the Clermont County Junior Fair.

Tune in next week to meet the new OSU Extension Beef Specialist! The show will be shown via Zoom at 10 am and on Facebook at 11:30 next Wednesday.

Have you received any seeds in the mail? Don’t plant them

Brooke Beam, Ph.D.

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

July 29, 2020


If you have received any unsolicited seed packages in the mail, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) does not want you to plant them. Unsolicited seeds have been arriving in mailboxes across the country, which at this point, the seeds are currently unknown and may contain invasive plant species. The packages often feature Chinese writing and may have originated from China.

According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture the packages of seeds may contain “invasive species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species and noxious weeds can displace native plants and increase costs of food production. ODA and APHIS work hard to prevent the introduction of invasive species and protect Ohio agriculture. All foreign seeds shipped to the United States should have a phytosanitary certificate which guarantees the seeds meet important requirements”.

If you have received one of these packages, keep the seeds sealed in the package and retain the original packaging. Unsolicited seeds should be reported to the ODA website or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Anti-smuggling hotline by calling 1-800-877-3836 or by emailing

Southern Ohio Farm Show, July 29, 2020

In this episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show we discuss Ohio trees, invasive species, seeds to be on the look-out for in the mail, highlights from the Clermont County 4-H project judging, and a tutorial on how to edit videos.
The next Zoom broadcast of the Southern Ohio Farm Show will be held next Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at 10 AM. You can register by visiting

Keep Cool This Summer

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County


July 15, 2020


The past few weeks have provided very hot weather in Highland County. Scattered showers have helped crops, but certain areas in the county could use additional rain. While the weather is warm, it has provided good weather to work on equipment, cleaning barns, and other outside work. No matter if you are working on the farm, garden, or your yard, it is important to keep cool in the high heat.

Heat Related IllnessesThere are several heat-related illnesses that can impact you during weather like we are experiencing. These illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, and heat rash. According to the CDC, symptoms of heat strokes include high body temperatures; hot, red, dry or damp skin; fast, strong pulse; headaches; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and a loss of consciousness.

Remember to wear sunscreen while outdoors and hats to protect yourself. If possible, try to work in the mornings when it the temperature is cooler.

Your animals and pets are also susceptible to heat related illnesses. Keep animals in areas where they have access to shade and water.

Remember, you are irreplaceable, work outside can wait until a cooler day.

For more information about OSU Extension programming, contact the Highland County Extension Office at 937-393-1918.















Southern Ohio Farm Show for July 15, 2020

Join James Morris for wheat scouting, Kyah and Jayah Chaney with dog showmanship, Ryan Mau with his horse, Dave Apsley for another tree identification, and Ken Ford with an update on the upcoming Southern Ohio Corn Growers field day.

Tune-in live via Zoom on Wednesday at 10 AM by registering at…

Southern Ohio Farm Show for July 8, 2020

Join Highland County 4-H members Brooklyn Baldwin, Aubrey Hamilton, Sydney Hamilton, Sam Hamilton, Keaton Smith, Aston Bain, and Sophie Young as they discuss their 4-H livestock projects. Additionally, there is a weather outlook from Aaron Wilson, video production tips with Brooke Beam, and how to identify a Buckeye tree with Dave Apsley. Tune in live next Wednesday via Zoom at 10 A.M. by registering at…

Agricultural Pesticide Disposal Dates Set

Agricultural pesticide disposal dates have been set through Ohio Department of Agriculture. Click here for more information on these dates and disposal process.

Agricultural Pesticides Only

August 18: Fayette County 9 am – 3 pm
Fayette County Airport
2770 Old Rt 38 NE.
Washington Courthouse, Ohio 43160

August 19: Hancock County 9 am – 3 pm
Hancock County Fairgrounds
1017 E. Sandusky Street
Findlay, Ohio 45840

August 25: Lake County 9 am – 3 pm
Perry Coal and Feed
4204 Main Street
Perry, Ohio 44081

ODA Partners with OSU Extension to Provide Online Pesticide Recertification Opportunities

Author: Jennifer Andon

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), is partnering with the Ohio State University Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) to temporarily offer online recertification for pesticide applicators and fertilizer certificate holders whose licenses expired or are due to expire this year, and were unable recertify as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The online recertification for private pesticide applicators and fertilizer certificate holders will be available starting Monday, July 6.  Commercial pesticide applicators will be able to recertify online beginning August 10.

For more information or to register for the online recertification, click on this hotlink:

Training videos for recertification will include category specific, up-to-date information provided by ODA, Ohio State University Specialists, Field Specialists, and Extension Educators. The cost for online training is $35 for private applicators and $10 for fertilizer recertification. The price per credit hour for commercial applicators is $15.  Your license number or applicator ID will be required to complete the recertification process.  If you don’t know your license number, please contact ODA at 614-728-6987, choose option 1.

Applicators are still required to meet their recertification requirements to renew licenses and certifications.  As a result of HB 197, applicators have until 90 days after the emergency is over or December 1, whichever comes first, to complete their requirements.  Recertification status can be checked online here. Applicators must also submit a completed renewal application and pay an additional fee to the ODA for licensure.

For additional information regarding online recertification, please contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987, and press 1 for licensing recertification,  or the OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program at 614-292-4070.