eField available for 2018 reports

eFields represents an Ohio State University program dedicated to advancing production agriculture through the use of field-scale research. This program utilizes modern technologies and information to conduct on-farm studies with an educational and demonstration component used to help farmers and their advisors understand how new practices and techniques can improve farm efficiency and profitability. The program is also dedicated to delivering timely and relevant, data-driven, actionable information. Current projects are focused on precision nutrient management strategies and technologies to improve efficiency of fertilizer placement, enable on-farm evaluation, automate machine functionality, enhance placement of pesticides and seed, and to develop analytical tools for digital agriculture.

Check out the newest edition at https://digitalag.osu.edu/efields 

Seeds for Success Program

Seeds For Success Small Farm Conference will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Northwest State Community College, located at 22600 State Route 34, Archbold Ohio.  The conference provides education and topics of interest for small farm and rural landowners. Participants will walk away from the conference with knowledge and ideas of how to improve existing enterprises or marketing opportunities. For those who have some acreage but don’t yet know what to do with it, the conference is an opportunity to consider possibilities, gather information, and make contacts.

The 2019 North West Ohio Seeds For Success Small Farm Conference offers 24 different breakout sessions divided between five different track topics; Horticulture, Livestock, Farm Management, Specialty Crops, and Youth. Presenters include OSU Extension specialists, Extension Educators, business owners, and small farm producers/entrepreneurs. Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend four different sessions over the course of the four breakout sessions. The Small Farm Conference trade show offers another opportunity to learn and gather information. The trade show vendors/exhibitors feature goods and services used in small farm operations. The conference schedule includes time between each breakout session and over an extended noon hour to visit the trade show.

The horticulture track offers sessions on growing vegetables, microgreens, extending the growing season, managing pests, and invasives. The livestock track includes sessions on raising and marketing pasture produced beef and poultry, as well as hay production, livestock nutrition, meat quality, and sustainable livestock production. The specialty crop track features sessions on malting barley and hop production to tap into the growing microbrewery businesses. In addition, one session will be on pumpkin production, while others focus on beekeeping and woodlot management with some maple production mixed in. The farm management track includes Ag law, business planning, tax issues, farmland renting, and creating profitable small farm enterprises.  The youth track includes sessions on pollinators, managing wastes, soil science, and college opportunities in agriculture, featuring Northwest State Community College and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at the Ohio State University.

Conference registration/sign-in and the trade show opens at 8:00 am on March 16. Following some brief conference opening comments at 9:00 am, the first breakout session begins at 9:30 am.  The conference will be concluded by 4:00 pm. Conference registration is $60/person. Youth discounts are $30 for those under the age of 18 interested in attending the small farm conference. Pre-registration for the Small Farm Conference is due March 1, 2019. Click here for on-line registration. Also linked, you will find a brochure that lists session topics and presentation times along with a mail-in registration form, and a file with descriptions of all the presentation topics. Additional information can also be found on the New and Small Farm Team page.

For more information about the Seeds For Success Small Farm Conference contact Garth Ruff in the Henry County Extension office at 419-592-0806 or by email: ruff.72@osu.edu.

FSA to open during Government Shutdown

Brought to you by my counterpart Ben Brown

About half the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency offices will reopen temporarily during the government shutdown. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday the agency will open Thursday Jan. 17, Friday Jan. 18, and Tuesday Jan. 22, to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers.

“We are bringing back part of our FSA team to help producers with existing farm loans. Meanwhile, we continue to examine our legal authorities to ensure we are providing services to our customers to the greatest extent possible during the shutdown,” Perdue said in a released statement.

Certain offices will be able to provide 1099 tax documents to borrowers who need them to file taxes by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline. Staff may also process payments made on or before December 31, 2018, continue expiring financing statements, and open mail to identify priority items.

The employees will not, however, be able to issue new loans, process new applications for the Market Facilitation Program, or certify 2018 production for MFP payments. Disaster programs and the Dairy Margin Protection Program will also be off limits.

“Until Congress sends President Trump an appropriations bill in the form that he will sign,” Perdue said. “We are doing our best to minimize the impact of the partial federal funding lapse on America’s agricultural producers.”

USDA has recalled around 2,500 FSA employees to open offices during normal business hours. Offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21.

DeWine to appoint new ODA and OEPA Directors

Dorothy Pelanda (left) and Laurie Stevenson

COLUMBUS — Republican Dorothy Pelanda of Marysville, a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, has been nominated by Governor-elect Mike DeWine to serve as the next director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The announcement was made this morning, Jan. 10, at a Statehouse briefing.

Pelanda represented District 86, which includes Union and Marion counties, first appointed in July 2011 to fill an uncompleted term. She served as majority floor leader, majority whip and assistant majority whip.

Pelanda ran for secretary of state in the early season running up to the 2018 primary election, but ended her bid in October 2017.

Prior to running for public office, she practiced law in central Ohio. She is a graduate of Marysville High School, Miami University, and the University of Akron School of Law.

Pelanda is married to Sam Gerhardstein and they have three adult children.

Also at the briefing, Laurie Stevenson, deputy director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, was nominated to lead the Ohio EPA. She has served with the state agency for 20 years, and holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental health from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in public health from The Ohio State University.

Information taken from the article in the Farm & Dairy Journal (https://www.farmanddairy.com/news/pelanda-to-serve-as-ohio-director-of-agriculture/532176.html);

Website open for online Pesticide and Fertilizer Re-certification registration

The link for the Paulding County pesticide and fertilizer re-certification is active and live.  The new option for 2019 to pay by debit or credit card.  Registration is needed to be filled in online even if you are not paying by credit card.  I realize some applicators have stopped in the office and paid.  We will be sending the online link in an individual email for all those who pre-registered by calling our office.  Thanks for your patience during our learning year. 

The link to register for Pesticide and Fertilizer Re-certification is http://go.osu.edu/PAT19FERT  .  Please call Katie at the office if you need additional assistance registering for the classes.  The number is 419-399-8225.

Please note: The class fee is a separate fee from the letter ODA had sent in December to applicators who have their license expiring to renew their certificate for Fertilizer or license for Private Pesticide applicators.

Paulding County to offer ODA Fertilizer or Pesticide Testing location

For those people who have been asking when is Paulding County going to be a testing site for the Pesticide or Fertilizer test, we are now going to have two dates in 2019.  Registration seats for the test will still need to be secured through the Ohio Department of Agriculture at https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/pesticides/ .  When getting on the website please choose the section in the middle of the page “Exam – then register for your exam” (see picture below).

All persons testing must test in CORE and a minimum of one other category.  Typically, pesticide applicators in NW Ohio hold Category 1 (Grain and Cereal Crops).  Sometimes, we see producers with livestock and forages testing additionally in Category 2 (Forage Crops and Livestock).  Finally, the other category is crop/livestock producers hold is Category 6 (Fumigation).  This is for those persons holding a PRIVATE pesticide license.  Additionally, those without a Fertilizer Certificate can either take the test in Category 15 or attending one of the 3 hour classes in NW Ohio.

The following are the categories in which you can be a licensed private pesticide applicator and their descriptions:

 CORE—As part of their training for using pesticides legally and safely, every licensed pesticide applicator must have CORE.

1 – Grain and Cereal Crops
Application of restricted-use pesticides, except fumigants, to agronomic field crops including, but not limited to, corn, grain, sorghums, other small grains, soybeans, and sweet corn; and application of specialty uses (see Category 7).

2 – Forage Crops and Livestock

Application of restricted-use pesticides, except fumigants, to crops grown primarily for use as hay, forage, fodder, or ensilage, and includes, but not limited to, such crops as corn and legumes, and to domestic animals which are held as agricultural commodities and their quarters; and application of specialty uses (see Category 7).

3 – Fruit and Vegetable Crops

Application of restricted-use pesticides, except fumigants, to orchard fruit crops, and small fruits including, but not limited to, strawberries, brambles, and grapes, field-grown vegetables, sugar beets, sweet corn, and other horticultural crops grown primarily for human consumption; and application of specialty uses (see Category 7).

4 – Nursery and Forest Crops

Application of restricted-use pesticides, except fumigants, to commercial nursery crops including, but not limited to, trees, shrubs, grasses, and herbaceous plants produced for replanting for their ornamental value or for future fruit production; and tree crops produced for use as Christmas trees or for their utilitarian value; and application of specialty uses (see Category 7).

5 – Greenhouse Crops

Applications of restricted-use pesticides, except fumigants, to crops grown for food production or ornamental value under an impervious surface large enough to permit worker entry; and application of specialty uses (see Category 7).

6 – Fumigation

Application of restricted-use fumigants to soil, grain storage, greenhouse areas or any other confined areas; and application of specialty uses (see Category 7).

7 – Specialty Uses

Applicator only needs this category if he or she does NOT hold one or more of categories (1-6).

The dates of the testing will be

  • Thursday, February 14 at 9:00 in the Large Hall at the Extension Office
  • Tuesday, March 26 at 1:00 PM in the Youth Leadership Building on the Fairgrounds.  

If you have any questions, need help registering or need to order study materials please call our office.

Pesticide License “Crash Course”

With the new changes for the Dicamba restrictions, I have had many phone calls to sign up for the Pesticide Testing through Ohio Department of Agriculture.   Additionally, our office is selling the Private Pesticide Applicator study materials.

If you are one of those people who would rather have a hands-on class to help with the testing process, please join us on February 7, 2019 from 9:30 – 11:30 for a Pesticide crash course.  Cost of the class is $25 and registration is requested prior to the event for planning purposes.  These classes will cover CORE and Category 1.  The final 30 minutes will be spent preparing and registering for the exam.    Study materials are a separate fee and I recommend that you call the office to order before walking in.  These study materials are flying off the shelves like hot cakes.

Cover Crops Round-table to continue in 2019

Paulding County OSU Extension will continue hosting a monthly cover crops round-table for 2019.  Sessions will take place in the OSU Extension Office kitchen on Tuesday evenings once a month.  The meetings are geared for farmer to farm discussion.  Evenings will include a topic and probing questions.  The final 30 minutes will offer a Q & A on any cover crop topics.  No RSVP is required but a phone call or email to Sarah Noggle (419-399-8225 or noggle.17@osu.edu) is appreciated to plan for light refreshments.  Dates include:

  • January 8
  • February 5
  • March 5
  • April 2

The OSU Extension Office is located at 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding, OH 45879.


Moving from an E-mail newsletter to a Blog

Happy New Year!!

As we look forward to 2019, I am switching from an email monthly newsletter to a blog.  I have already transferred all of my current subscribers to receive a weekly update of my new posts from this blog site.  Click on the information that pertains to your operation.  Feel free to sign up additional employees or others related to your farming operation.  This will include local and area events.

Let’s make 2019 a successful year!

Learn how the new tax law will affect your 2018 Farm Return

Farmers and farmland owners are invited to register for a two-hour webinar that focuses on the new tax law as it relates to farm returns. The webinar is being hosted by OSU Extension’s Income Tax School Department on Monday, January 7, from 10:00 – noon.

General taxpayer topics to be covered include the new modified tax brackets, standard deductions, elimination of the personal exemption, elimination or change of many Schedule A deductions, the increase in the Child Tax Credit, creation of the new Dependent Credit and an update on education provisions.

Specific farm business and farmland owner-related topics that will be covered:

  • Farm equipment depreciation changes
  • Changes to First Year Bonus Depreciation and Section 179 Expensing
  • Changes to Net Operating Losses
  • Changes to Like Kind Exchanges (farm machinery and equipment no longer are eligible for this provision – this is a significant change)
  • Estate and gift tax update
  • New C-Corporation Tax Rates
  • New Qualified Business Income Deduction (this will impact most farm businesses!)
  • Section 199A Deduction for sales to cooperatives (slightly different from the QBI Deduction for other farm business income and more complex)
  • Which farmland lease income will qualify for the QBI Deduction
  • Tax strategies to consider under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Instructors will be OSU Extension Educators Chris Bruynis and David Marrison, along with Barry Ward, Tax School Director. The cost to attend is $35.  To register, visit https://go.osu.edu/FarmerTaxWebinar. For questions, contact Julie Strawser at strawser.35@osu.edu or 614-292-2433.