Upcoming Webinars for Farm Bill Decisions

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

 

January 6, 2021

 

Over the next few weeks, there will be several webinars offered that will be beneficial to your farming operations. The first webinars focus on ARC or PLC decision for the 2021 program year. The first program covering the ARC/PLC decision will be offered this coming Wednesday, January 13, 2021, so be sure to tune in either by phone, tablet, or computer. The second set of programs listed below feature a variety of agronomy topics, with the first program being offered for Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

ARC/PLC for the 2021 Program Year

January 13, 1:00 – 3:00pm

February 25, 9:00 -11:00am

Zoom Webinar, Free to attend

Register: go.osu.edu/arcplc2021

Join OSU Extension for a webinar on the ARC/PLC decision for the 2021 program year including updates on current market outlook and decision-tool calculators available to evaluate options. There is no cost to attend these meetings, but registration is required.

 

Agronomy Programs

Improving Fertilizer Efficiency with the Planter Pass

January 12, 10:00 – 11am

Zoom Webinar, Free to attend

Register: go.osu.edu/PrecisionU

Speakers: Matt Bennett, Precision Planting Technology, and John Fulton, Ohio State University

  • PAg CCA CEUs

 

Does It Pay to Improve Soil Health on Your Farm?

January 14, 8:00 – 8:30am

Register: go.osu.edu/soilhealth2021

Speakers: Nathan Brown, Matt Falb, and Les Seller

0.5 NM CCA CEUs

 

Specialty Small Grains

January 14, 9:00 – 10:30am

Register: go.osu.edu/cropdiversity

Speakers: Greg McGlinch, Dennis Pennington, Al Gahler, and Jason Hartschuh

1.5 CM CCA CEUs

 

For more information about OSU Extension programming or assistance registering for the above webinars, contact the Highland County Extension Office at 937-393-1918.

 

Highland County Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification for 2021

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

December 30, 2020

 

Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification Deadline Extended

Governor DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 404 extending the commercial and private pesticide recertification and fertilizer recertification December 1, 2020 deadline to July 1, 2021.

What does this mean? Private pesticide and fertilizer applicators who expired in of March 2020, or are set to expire in March of 2021, now have until July 1, 2021 to renew and recertify.

Commercial applicators expiring in 2020 now have until July 1, 2021. The deadline for commercial applicators expiring in September 2021 is not changed by this bill.

OSU Extension and the Ohio Department of Agriculture worked together to offer an alternative online option. This option is a self-paced, online course. The original COVID extended deadline of December 1, 2020 has been extended to July 1, 2021. The self-paced online website is closed for maintenance and will reopen January 11, 2021. More information about the online course can be found below.

Licenses expiring March 31, 2021:

The deadline to complete your recertification credits has been extended to July 1, 2021. We will be offering multiple ways for you to recertify this year.

  1. Self-paced Online Recertification course: Due to current health concerns, we encourage all that can complete their recertification online to do so this year. Thanks for your cooperation.
    1. This option allows you to enroll in an online course to participate in the online sessions beginning January 11, 2021.
    2. The time requirements remain the same: 3 hours for pesticide with 1 of those hours for Core, and an additional 1 hour for fertilizer. You DO NOT have to finish the course immediately after starting.
    3. For example, you can start the course on February 3 and finish on June 4. Just finish before the July 1 deadline.
    4. Your time spent in the course will be monitored, finishing in 1 hour will not satisfy the time requirements and you will be asked to return to finish the course.
    5. Costs: $35-private pesticide recertification and $15-Fertilizer recertification.
    6. Information and registration can be found at go.osu.edu/pest2021 and a tutorial can be found at go.osu.edu/recert21
  2. Live Online Recertification Webinar: A statewide webinar is being planned. We do not have the date finalized, but the cost is $35 for private pesticide and $15 for fertilizer recertification. We will provide more information as soon as plans are complete.
  3. In-person recertification meeting: OSU Extension Highland County is planning to offer an in-person meeting. However, due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus status, this meeting can be canceled or rescheduled at any time.
    1. All participants, including staff will be required to wear face coverings. We will be following all state and local health guidelines at the time of the event.
    2. Pre-registration is required. We will not accept walk-ins.
    3. We will not be accepting any out-of- county registrations this year. This meeting will only be open to Highland County residents. Other counties will also be implementing this restriction, be sure to call ahead if planning to attend in a different county.
    4. Space will be limited, and registration will be open to the first 10 registrants.
    5. Priority will be given to those who need to recertify in 2021.
    6. Date, cost, location, and registration details will be posted later this winter through the Highland County Extension website and through the weekly newspaper articles.
  4. Drive-in recertification meeting: OSU Extension Highland County will plan a drive-in style recertification when the weather is warmer and more appropriate for this kind of format.
    1. Space will be limited, and registration will be open to the first 50 registrants.
    2. Date, cost, location, and registration details will be posted in early spring through the Highland County Extension website and through the weekly newspaper articles.

All methods of recertification require payment of license renewal fee to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Do not forget to pay your $30 renewal fee the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). 

This is in addition to the class fees. Visit the ODA website at go.osu.edu/odapest to renew online or to return your renewal application, sent by the ODA, with payment.

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training

If you or someone you know, is still needing to become certified in Fertilizer Application, there will be a Live Online Webinar on February 25, 2021. More details are to come with registration.

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:

https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9EpAvGQyp6ZtXYp

Please let Kathy Bruynis know if you have any questions at 937-393-1918 or bruynis.5@osu.edu.