One of the questions I have received this week is I can’t join the OSU Farm Office Live, where do I get these recordings. Great News — You can view these recordings and also download the presenter slides at farmoffice.osu.edu/farmofficelive.
I have also included the webinars from April 6 to June 11 below. Go to the link above to review today’s session. Continue reading
OSU Extension is pleased to be sponsoring two events to help Ohio farmers learn more about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Join us:
Wednesday, May 27 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Join OSU Extension’s Ben Brown and Dianne Shoemaker for a webinar on “Navigating Direct Support for Ohio’s Farmers and Ranchers” on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9:30 am with special guest, Ohio Farm Service Agency Director Leonard Hubert. This webinar is generously produced and distributed by Ohio Ag Net. The webinar will be available for viewing at https://farmoffice.osu.edu/, or through Ohio Ag Net’s Facebook Live Video.
Thursday, May 28 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
OSU Extension is pleased to be offering a “Farm Office Live” session on Thursday morning, May 28 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. The session will begin with the Farm Office Team answering questions asked over the past 2 weeks. Topics to be highlighted include Updates on the CARES Act, Payroll Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), and Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Participants can pre-register or join in on Thursday morning at https://go.osu.edu/farmofficelive
By Barry Ward
COVID-19 has created an unusual situation that has negatively affected crop prices and lowered certain crop input costs. Many inputs for the 2020 production year were purchased or the prices/costs were locked in prior to the spread of this novel coronavirus. Some costs have been recently affected or may yet be affected. Lower fuel costs may allow for lower costs for some compared to what current budgets indicate.
Production costs for Ohio field crops are forecast to be largely unchanged from last year with lower fertilizer expenses offset by slight increases in some other costs. Variable costs for corn in Ohio for 2020 are projected to range from $359 to $452 per acre depending on land productivity. Variable costs for 2020 Ohio soybeans are projected to range from $201 to $223 per acre. Wheat variable expenses for 2020 are projected to range from $162 to $198 per acre. Continue reading
By Jason Hartschuh and Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann
Agriculture is no stranger to contagious diseases. Drawing on sanitation experiences from outbreaks, such as avian and swine influenza or the 2001 outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom in 2001, can help us through the current pandemic. Looking back at many of these experiences, we know that we can pull together maybe from a distance and get through the current human viral outbreak and keep our farms running. Unless they are sick, farmers don’t usually tell their workers to stay home, but through keeping social distance on the farm and increasing many of our tried and true disinfection protocols, we can all stay healthy. One big difference is that instead of disinfecting our boots, we need to disinfect all surfaces around us and all our employees’ touch. This may also be a good time to review the visitation requirements you have on your farm. To keep you and your service providers safe, be sure to follow all their company requests and keep your distance when they come onto the farm or respect their calling instead of coming for a visit. Continue reading
OSU Extension is pleased to be offering a second “Farm Office Live” session on Monday evening, April 13, 2020, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. Farmers, educators, and ag industry professionals are invited to log-on for the latest updates on the issues impact our farm economy.
The session will begin with the Farm Office Team answering questions asked over the past week. Topics to be highlighted include:
- Update on the CARES Paycheck Protection Program
- Update on the Dairy Economy
- Examination of how COVID-19 is impacting agricultural exports
- Bureau of Workers Compensation’s announcement of dividend returns
- A look at the long term macroeconomic impact of COVID-19
- Will property taxes be delayed?
- Potential Legal Impacts of COVID-19
Plenty of time has been allotted for questions and answers from attendees. Each office session is limited to 500 people and if you miss the on-line office hours, the session recording can be accessed at farmoffice.osu.edu the following day. Please register at https://go.osu.edu/farmofficelive
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup to enroll by February 28, 2020. This signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10 – to a 15-year term.
Farmers and landowners who enroll in CRP receive yearly rental payments for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”), which can control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands. Continue reading
Written by Peggy Kirk Hall, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law
Information taken directly from the Ohio Department of Agriculture website in the Farmland Preservation Division. This post appeared on June 14, 2018.
An agricultural district provides protection for farmers from nuisance lawsuits, defer expensive development assessments until the land is changed to a non-agriculture use, and offers state scrutiny of local eminent domain acquisitions in certain cases. Continue reading
I have made my first YouTube video for directions on how to fill out the Ag District application for interested landowners. The video pertains to how to use the Paulding County Auditor’s office website to find the information needed to correctly fill out the application. If you own land in other counties in Ohio the applications are similar but the layout of the local auditor’s office may be different. Continue reading