Holiday Arrangement Class

Last week Williams County Extension hosted a Holiday Arrangement Class. The class was led by Angie Girdham, Horticulturists at Hillsdale College. She taught participants how to make holiday centerpieces or grave saddles. The arrangements were made from White Pine, Fir, and Arborvitae trees. Special Thank you to Mike Weaver for providing the trees. Jessica Runkel, a regular attendee of the event and 4-H Programming Assistant, stated, “I love it. I don’t really know how to make an arrangement. So, I need a self-guided tour. My mom and sister have been coming and making grave saddles for the past 4 years for family members who have passed away. It is a bonding experience for us. that we look forward to every year.” What a wonderful way to spend the Holidays!

If you are interested in this or similar programming please give our extension office a call (419) 636-5608.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreak

Bird flu, or avian influenza, is a disease caused by influenza type A virus that can infect poultry. Most strains are low pathogenic. Highly pathogenic strains (HPAI) are highly contagious in birds and often cause death in poultry. The recent HPAI outbreak in multiple counties in Ohio has affected over 4 million birds and prompted many questions. Visit  to learn more. This link includes videos, factsheets, and trifold.

It is also important to note that there is an upcoming webinar tomorrow, December 19 at 6 pm. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

HPAI Webinar Link (Click for Access)

For more information please contact the OSU Extension Office.

Farmer/Farmland Owner Tax Webinar


Are you a farmer or farmland owner wanting to learn more about the recent tax law issues? If so, join us for this webinar on Friday, December 15th, 2023 from 10am to noon. This webinar is a part of our Farm Office Live Series and serves as our Farm Office Live! Webinar for December. To register for this webinar go to:

This webinar will focus on issues related to farmer and farmland owner income tax returns as well as the latest news on CAUV and property taxes in Ohio and the big changes to the Ohio Commercial Activity Tax (CAT). This two-hour program will be presented in a live webinar format via Zoom by OSU Extension Educators Barry Ward, David Marrison and Jeff Lewis along with Purdue faculty member Dr. Michael Langemeier. Individuals who operate farms, own property, or are involved with renting farmland should participate.

Topics to be discussed during this webinar include (subject to change based on tax law change):

  • Economic Outlook
  • Depreciation Update
  • Employee vs. Independent Contractor
  • Corporate Transparency Act/Beneficial Owners Information Reporting
  • 1099-K Changes
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Basis Allocation Land Acquisition – Allocating Basis to Residual Fertility for Future Deductions
  • Defining Farm Income to Avoid Paying Estimated Tax
  • Keeping an Eye Forward on Estate/Gift Tax Limitation
  • Reminder – Keeping an Eye on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Provisions Sunsetting After 2025 Tax Year
  • Ohio Tax Update (CAUV/Property Tax Update, CAT Changes, Beginning Farmer Tax Credit, Ohio Tax Law Interpretation – Ohio Supreme Court Issues New Ruling)
  • Indiana Tax Update

To register:

For more information, contact Barry Ward at or Jeff Lewis at