Looking to help strengthen your Family?

Open to ALL Families, this program will help strengthen family skills while having fun.  Families will use an OSU WIFI enables iPad to attend the program virtually from their own home.  The program includes 3 components:  Parent, Youth, and Family.  Meetings will be via ZOOM on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. from March 25- May 6.  Families who register by March 12th for the program will also receive a$70 gift card.

Register your family by March 12 at http://go.osu.edu/ohiosfpspring2021

For more information, please contact Danielle Combs, Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development at the Highland County OSU Extension office at 937-393-1918 or combs.311@osu.edu.

MEATing a Need – Resource kit available for those exploring meat processing business

A team of Ohio State business and meat science specialists have compiled a Meat Processing Business Tool Kit for people who are exploring the meat processing business. Designed as a decision-making aid for people exploring investing in or expanding a meat processing facility, this online tool kit can help entrepreneurs evaluate the business and navigate business planning. The Meat Processing Business Tool Kit is available in the Business section at the OSU South Centers webpage and at the OSU Extension Meat Science webpage.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers saw shortages of meat in large supermarkets caused by disruptions in large packing plant operations. “As a result, consumers started shopping at smaller, local meat shops, that didn’t have shortages of meat,” explained Lynn Knipe, PhD, associate professor of food science and technology at Ohio State who worked with the team to develop the meat processing business tool kit. “This, in turn, increased business for the smaller meat processors to a point that people who were used to taking animals to their local slaughterhouse, had to schedule their animals much farther out than normal,” Knipe said.

Knipe explained that entrepreneurial people who either raised livestock or had some past experience with slaughter or cutting of meat, have decided to consider opening their own meat businesses. Knipe and his colleague, Lyda Garcia, PhD, assistant professor of animal science began receiving more calls than usual, with people finding them either through their Extension Meat Science website or by referral from meat inspection people they had contacted.

Likewise, many of the same people were reaching out for guidance from the business development specialists at OSU South Centers and the specialists at the CFAES Center for Cooperatives, which is also based at the OSU South Centers. While gathering information to assist clients in summer 2020, the Center for Cooperatives team members reached out to OSU Extension meat science specialists Knipe and Garcia.

Soon, a working group was formed with team members from the CFAES Center for Cooperatives, the Small Business Development Center at OSU South Centers, the Extension Meat Science Program, and the OSU Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.  Together, the group developed and compiled resources to help guide entrepreneurs interested in the meat processing business.

“It only made sense that we work together as Ohio State colleagues to better serve our clientele,” said Garcia. “Instead of individuals contacting one OSU source and getting a bit of information and then needing to contact another OSU source for more information, we can all point them toward this fantastic online resource that will help answer their questions and guide them in the decision-making process,” Garcia explained.

On the webpage housing the tool kit, users will find information to help get started, including understanding the capacity for such a business, maps of federal and state inspection facilities and auction sites, as well as livestock inventory. To aid in decision making regarding business models, there are samples of cooperative and corporate business models, with business planning templates, financial worksheets, and information about funding sources. Contacts are also listed for those using the tool kit and seeking additional assistance with their business planning.

“The materials lead entrepreneurs to investigate critical considerations during the planning process, including collecting livestock data, gathering financial information, financial modeling, and business planning. That means that the tools are adaptable and intended to be changed to the user’s unique circumstance,” said Ryan Kline, Cooperative Program Specialist for the CFAES Center for Cooperatives.

A business plan is helpful as a decision-making tool for entrepreneurs and it becomes a tool they can use when talking to potential lenders, investors, or future key employees. CFAES Center for Cooperatives program manager Hannah Scott explained, “In our experience, entrepreneurs don’t usually look forward to business planning, but many of them are already going through the business planning process mentally as they consider a new business or ways to expand their current operation. We encourage entrepreneurs to write down their plans – and to use tools and coaching that can help them approach the process in a systematic way without being overwhelming – because it can help them identify potential issues and consider topics they might not have before.”

“There is lots of assistance for entrepreneurs going through the business planning process, from templates like the ones in this tool kit to assistance from business development specialists like our team at the CFAES Center for Cooperatives or the OSU South Centers Business Development Network, which houses a multi-county Small Business Development Center (SBDC),” Scott said. The SBDC program is a nationwide network of business development specialists who provide no-cost business consulting for entrepreneurs. Readers can locate their nearest SBDC here.

“We hope that the tool will be intuitive as entrepreneurs move through the planning process,” Kline said. “When visiting the website, people will find a self-guided and self-paced exploration of Meat Processing that we hope will help anyone interested in starting a meat processing facility.”

To find the Meat Processing Business Tool Kit online, visit: southcenters.osu.edu/meat-processing-business-toolkit or meatsci.osu.edu/programs/meat-processing-business-toolkit.

Staying up to date!

Highland Happenings (Highland County 4-H Newsletter)

Looking to stay up on 4-H events through the Highland County 4-H program, check out the latest newsletter at https://highland.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/highland-happenings.

Highland County Extension Blog

Looking to get weekly updates of blog posts?  Visit our blog site https://u.osu.edu/osuextensionhighlandcounty/and subscribe at the bottom of the page.

Ohio 4-H Foundation Newsletter

Looking to stay up on state events through the Ohio 4-H Foundation, check out the latest newsletter at https://ohio4h.org/newsletter/ohio-4-h-highlights/october-2020.

 

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.

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

OWAA STUDENT PHOTO CONTEST AND NORM STRUNG YOUTH WRITING AWARDS

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.

New Year, New Link for the Southern Ohio Farm Show Zoom

 

If you would like to join the weekly Zoom for the Southern Ohio Farm Show, there is a new link to register for the program. Register by visiting: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0oceCtqjsiGdQzg012lGoW5oMzOAQmLnnp

The Zoom meetings are broadcasted every Wednesday at 10 am.