PRIVATE PESTICIDE REcertification..February 23 at 5 pm ONLINE

One more casualty of the pandemic is Private Pesticide REcertification, at least as we’ve known it in the past. With face-to-face meetings hosted by OSU Extension presently on hold, at this time it’s impossible to speculate when a traditional Private Pesticide REcertification session may even be scheduled. However, there has been a recent change in the deadline for REcertification, and also several ‘virtual’ opportunities are in the planning stages for 2021. Tuesday, February  23rd beginning at 5 p.m. we will be hosting a free Private Pesticide REcertification session on-line.   For more information, contact OSU Extension in Fairfield County at 740-653-5419 or see this NEWS post from December: .

Also remember that  Governor DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 404 extending both the Commercial and Private Pesticide REcertification and Fertilizer REcertification deadline until July 1, 2021. This means Private and Fertilizer Applicators who expire in March 2020 or March 2021 now have until July 1, 2021 to renew and recertify.

Fairfield County Market Beef Tagging, Weighing, & DNA Sample Collection Procedure

Fairfield County Market Beef Weigh-In Date Set

For youth entering the market beef show at the 2021 Fairfield County Fair weighing of those animals will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Fairfield  Cattle Company located at 3443 Cincinnati Zanesville Rd SW Lancaster, OH 43130.  Please note the deadline for ownership and possession of a market beef project in Fairfield County remains March 1, 2021. 

Fairfield County Market Beef Tagging, Weighing, and DNA Sample Collection Procedure for 2021 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to change the way we do many things in life that had become seemingly routine. Fortunately, in most cases the advances in technology have allowed many of these changes to take place almost seamlessly. The annual Junior market beef weigh-in and tagging in Fairfield County is an example.  As we continue to be surrounded by the virus, in order to tag market beef as safely as possible, yet ensure the integrity of our show, this year we will be employing a tagging process similar to that utilized by the Ohio State Fair market beef show in recent years.

Youth will be required to tag their market beef animals with a visual and EID tag (unless their calf already has an EID tag, in this case they will apply only a visual tag) and must submit a hair follicle DNA sample prior to weigh-in on March 13, 2021. In advance, families with market beef projects will also be required to reserve a weigh-in time for the March 13 event, and only those directly involved in transporting and weighing-in calves should plan to attend . . . please, no spectators! The goal is to reduce congregation at weigh-in and minimize the transfer of paperwork.  For more details, check out the County News at or contact Jr. Fair Coordinator, Chuck Miller at

Fairfield County Cattlemen Offer Scholarships

Each year  the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association awards at least one college scholarship to a local high school senior and/or current college or technical school student. The application deadline is  March  1, 2021.

To find a copy of the application check out the Fairfield County OSU Extension web page at and click on the Ag and Natural Resources tab.

If you have questions, contact the FCCA scholarship chairwoman Amy Moore at

Dorrin and Ruth Ross Scholarship Opportunities

Dorrin and Ruth Ross Scholarship Opportunities

This scholarship was established by Dorrin and Ruth Ross. Natives of Licking County, Ohio, Dorrin and Ruth married and moved to Columbus in 1935. Following Ruth Ross’s graduation from Bliss College in Columbus, she became a corporate secretary and the owner and broker of Gateway Realty.  The scholarship is indicative of Mrs. Ross’s interest in supporting educational opportunities for rural students, inspired by the loss of her family’s Fairfield County farm during the Depression, after her graduation from college.

Candidates must meet one of the following criteria:

o Graduates or graduating high school seniors of Bloom Carroll High School or Fairfield Union high School;

o Past or present members of Fairfield County 4-H or Fairfield County Agriculture’s Future Farmers of America (FFA);

Relatives of Dorrin and Ruth Ross or any member of the selection committee are not eligible to apply. Candidates must attend or plan to attend an educational institution in the U.S.   The link for the online scholarship application is:

Deadline to apply: March 15, 2020  Please return your completed application via mail to: OSU Extension-Fairfield County, 831 College Avenue, Ste D, Lancaster, OH  43130.  Or you may drop off at OSU Extension 831 College Avenue, Lancaster on Tuesdays or Thursdays between the hours of 8 am – 4 pm.  Please call to make an appointment for drop-off  740-653-5419 as the Ag Center is currently locked to walk-in traffic.

Award Amount: Minimum $500.     For more information:  contact Connie Smith at at OSU Extension in Fairfield County or by calling 740-277-4632.

The Buckeye Beef Byte; a Conversation with Jessica Pempek, Extension Animal Welfare Specialist

This is the second in a six-part series of discussions with Beef industry specialists at OSU and in Ohio. In this edition, show hosts Clifton Martin and Garth Ruff visit with Jessica Pempek, an Assistant Professor, and Animal Welfare Extension Specialist, in the Department of Animal Sciences at Ohio State. The conversation focuses on animal welfare issues in Ohio and in particular the beef industry.

You can also find a draft of the transcript of the conversation with Dr. Pempek linked here.

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The Buckeye Beef Byte, featuring Mike Amstutz

This is the first in a six-part series of discussions with Beef industry specialists at OSU and around Ohio. Mike Amstutz, Ph.D, is a professor of Livestock Sciences at Ohio State ATI. In this conversation we discuss the resources at OSU, his work with students, opportunities in the industry, and present and future trends. You can also find a draft of the transcript of the conversation with Dr. Amstutz linked here.

After enjoying the podcast, we’d like for you to share your feedback with us here:

Links to references in the episode:

Ohio Beef News:

Ohio State ATI:

Michael Amstutz, Ph.D.:

Grace Drake Learning Lab:

Temple Grandin Facility:

Bud Box:

Planning for the Future of Your Farm

OSU Extension will host a virtual three part “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” workshop on February 15, 22 and March 1, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. This workshop will challenge farm families to actively plan for the future of the farm business. This workshop is designed to help farm families learn strategies and tools to successfully create a succession and estate plan that helps you transfer your farm’s ownership, management, and assets to the next generation. Learn how to have the crucial conversations about the future of your farm.

Topics discussed during this series include: Developing Goals for Estate and Succession; Planning for the Transition of Control; Planning for the Unexpected; Communication and Conflict Management during Farm Transfer; Legal Tools & Strategies; Developing Your Team; Getting Affairs in Order; and Selecting an Attorney.

This workshop will be taught by members of the OSU Farm Office Team featuring Peggy Hall & Jeffrey Lewis, Attorneys from OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program and David Marrison, Extension Educator for Coshocton County.

Because of its virtual nature, you can invite your parents, children, and/or grandchildren (regardless of where they live in Ohio or across the United States) to join you as you develop a plan for the future of your family farm.

Pre-registration is required as one packet of program materials will be mailed to participating families. Electronic copies of the course materials will also be available to all participants. The registration fee is $40 per farm family.  More information and on-line registration can be obtained at

For more information about this webinar contact David Marrison at the Coshocton County Extension office at 740-622-2265 or by email at