Brooke Beam, PhD
Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator
Ohio State University Extension, Highland County
July 8, 2021
If you, or someone you know, has a BQA certification that needs to be renewed, there is an opportunity to recertify this coming Friday, July 16, 2021, at the Highland County Chamber of Commerce’s Ag is Everyone’s Business event. Tickets are $5 for presale, $7 at the gate. Tickets include a breakfast of either a sausage or bacon sandwich, donuts, and a selection of beverages. Tickets are available through the Highland County Chamber of Commerce at 937-393-1111.
Three years ago, we held several BQA certification programs in Highland County. In total, 811 beef producers attended these programs to learn about quality assurance practices in the beef industry. These certifications will be expiring later in 2021.
There may be additional BQA dates scheduled later this year or in 2022, but they have not been scheduled yet. Other options to recertify include taking an online recertification course via bqa.org.
In addition to BQA certifications at the Ag is Everyone’s Business event, there are other speakers who will discuss a variety of topics relevant to Highland County landowners and farmers. There are also workshops planned for youth who are exhibiting or are planning to exhibit livestock. This family friendly program offers something for agricultural producers of all ages.
For more information about the Ag is Everyone’s Business event, contact the Highland County Chamber of Commerce at 937-393-111. For more information about OSU Extension programming, contact the Highland County Extension Office at 937-393-1918.
The Ohio State University Extension Office in Highland County assisted with the 2020 Agriculture is Everyone’s Business breakfast on February 24, 2020. The keynote speaker was Governor Mike DeWine, who participated in a panel discussion with the Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda.
Dr. Brooke Beam, Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator, served on the programming committee for the event and created the Highland County Farmland video that was shown at the beginning of the program. Over 30 individuals directly involved with production agriculture in Highland County contributed to the construction of the video. Additionally, Beam moderated the solar farm discussion and helped coordinate the meat production practices and hemp breakout sessions.
Sara Newsome and Trinity Edenfield, Highland County 4-H members and Junior Leaders, led the crowd of over 400 in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge.