Register Now for FoodPrenuer School! *Space Limited*

Don’t miss out on this free course for food and farm business managers! Participants will explore strategies for boosting their marketing through social media and video. Dinner will be provided by the Highland District Hospital – Nutrition Services Department. See more details on the attached flyer. Register at


Extension Fundraisers

Extension Fundraisers

4-H Sun Catchers

$15, visit for more information or stop by Extension Office to purchase.

Kroger Community Rewards

sign up at – support Highland County 4-H, Organization #QJ706 (This doesn’t affect the Kroger Plus point you already earn!)

Community Markets Community Cash

Save your Community Markets Receipts and drop them off at the Extension Office.

Amazon Smile

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products same prices, same service.

Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at or apply to your app on your device.

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



Tuesday, February 9, 2021


Ag Tech Tuesdays (Virtual)

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Cost: Free


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


Dairy Labor Management Mini-Series (Virtual)

12:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Cost: $75



Wednesday, February 10, 2021


Southern Ohio Farm Show (Virtual)

10:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Cost: Free



Water Quality Wednesdays (Virtual)

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Cost: Free


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


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


Commercial Structural & Vertebrate Pesticide Applicator Recertification           Webinar

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

Cost: $75


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

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


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.


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.


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.

4-H Camp Counselor Applications due January 7.

Just a quick reminder if you are wanting to apply to be a 4-H camp counselor the applications are due January 7, 2021. You can either submit a paper copy to the OSU Extension Office, Highland County by 4:00 p.m. or through a Qualtrics survey which can be found at:

Please let Kathy Bruynis know if you have any questions at 937-393-1918 or




Leeanna McKamey, SNAP-Ed Program Assistant

OSU Extension/Highland County


Did you know that melons are in the same gourd family as squashes and cucumbers? The difference is in the way they are used. Melons are considered a fruit because of their sweet flavor, while squashes are considered a savory vegetable. Countless varieties of melons exist, with cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon being the most common. Melons make the perfect snack or dessert because of their sweet and juicy flavor.


Melons are available year-round in most grocery stores, but are in season in Ohio from July until September. When shopping for melons, choose regularly shaped fruit-round, oval or oblong-that is free of cracks, soft spots, or dark bruises. Although it is not always possible to tell if a melon is ripe, two clues are a slight softness to the rind, and a full, fruity fragrance. Melons may become softer if left to ripen, but will not become sweeter once picked.


Melons are:

A good source of Vitamin A (cantaloupe)

  • A good source of Vitamin C
  • A good source of Potassium
  • Cholesterol free
  • Low in sodium, fat and calories


These food safety tips will help protect you and your family:

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing food.
  • Store uncut melons at room temperature for up to 3 days if they need to ripen.
  • Scrub and rinse melons thoroughly under cool, running water before peeling or cutting.
  • Cut up only as much as you plan to eat.
  • Cover the cut end of any leftover melon and store in the refrigerator.
  • Cut off and discard ¼ inch of the cut end of the melon before using.

Icy Fruit Pops

Serves 4

2 cups strawberries or 3 cups chopped kiwi fruit or 3 cups chopped cantaloupe

1 cup 100% Orange Juice

4 7 oz. paper cups

4 craft sticks or plastic spoons


  1. Place fruit and orange juice in a blender container. Put lid on tightly. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into four paper cups. Place cups in freezer until partially frozen, about 1 hour.
  3. Place craft sticks or plastic spoons in center of cups. Place in the freezer for 3 hours or until firm. To serve, peel away paper cup or run paper cup under warm water to loosen the fruit pop.

Farm Science Review

Farm Science Review will be a virtual show in 2020

For the first time in its nearly 60-year history, The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, scheduled for Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, will not be held in-person. Instead, a virtual show will be implemented for 2020.

The farm show, sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), annually attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada to the show site in London, Ohio.

“We are committed to delivering a robust and innovative virtual show in support of agriculture during this pandemic,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of CFAES.

“Throughout its history, the Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture,” she said. “While it may look different in 2020, we will continue to meet the needs of our growers and partners through access to exhibitors, virtual demonstrations, and education
about the most recent advancements in agricultural production.”

The three-day event normally allows agricultural producers to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, view field demonstrations, and learn the latest in agricultural production. Popular educational programs feature specialists from The Ohio State University, Central State University, and other land-grant institutions.

“Due to the rapidly changing conditions in the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S., the decision was made to hold a virtual show,” said Nick Zachrich, Farm Science Review manager. “We have worked diligently to plan for another incredible show demonstrating the newest developments in equipment, research, and application to support agricultural production.”

Current conditions are not conducive to hosting an in-person event. “With our multigenerational audience, we determined a need to prioritize everyone’s health and ensure that we are doing our
part to contain the spread of the virus during this global pandemic,” he said.

While extremely disappointing for everyone involved, Zachrich said that Farm Science Review management and its executive committee believe this is the right decision to keep visitors,
exhibitors, partners, and staff safe.

In addition, the State of Ohio Responsible Restart guidelines currently limit mass gatherings. There is little reason to anticipate changes in the next two months that would provide for the
ability to meet Farm Science Review’s daily in-person attendance of between 35,000 to 50,000 visitors.

“We understood early on that regardless of the number of cases, the show would have to take a drastically different approach in order to meet the health and safety requirements for COVID-
19, such as physical distancing and sanitization,” Zachrich said. “While we would have liked to wait until closer to the event to make a decision, we felt compelled to let suppliers, exhibitors, and partners know so they can begin to plan for a virtual show.”

More information will be shared in the forthcoming weeks about the 2020 virtual Farm Science Review program and how to engage. Visit for ongoing updates.

All media inquiries should be directed to Sherrie Whaley, CFAES media relations coordinator,, 614-292-2137.
Sherrie R. Whaley
614-292-2137 / 614-582-6111

Nick Zachrich