Training, meetings on upcoming ag schedule

By Deborah Reinhart Brown - Ag update

Well, things have slowed down “a little bit,” for the time being! If you’re still looking for Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training, Darke County will be holding theirs next Monday, Feb. 15; Union County’s will be on Thursday, Feb. 18. You can get more information at

The 2015/2016 Agricultural Policy and Outlook meeting for this area of the state will be held on Friday, Feb. 19, at noon, at Romer’s Party Room, 118 East Main St. in Greenville. The meeting will feature presentations by Ag Econ experts on matters the agricultural community should expect in 2016, including policy changes, key issues, and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.

A meal is provided at the meeting and is included in the registration cost of $20. The reservation deadline is Feb. 12. Questions and reservations can be directed to Sam Custer ([email protected] or 937-548-5215). For more information on the Agricultural Policy and Outlook series, visit

The Decision Has Been Made: We will be doing a Master Gardener Training this spring! The classes will be on Thursdays, March 3, through May 5 from 9 a.m. to 3/4 p.m. We still have seats for a few more students, so if you’ve been putting it off, now! could be the time! Contact our office or go to for an application packet! We’d like to have them back by this Friday, Feb. 5!

Just a reminder: The Shelby County Cattlemen’s Annual Banquet will be on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Houston Community Center. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m., so plan to arrive a bit before that to mix and mingle! Tickets are $25 per person (great beef meal!), if reserved in advance. Contact [email protected] to reserve your spot by this Thursday, Feb. 4!

The Second Annual “Growing Women in Agriculture, An Empowerment Celebration” will be held the evening of Thursday, March 17, at St. Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie. This event will begin with a “Mix and Mingle” at 6 p.m. (heavy hors d’oeuvres with beer and wine tasting), followed by the keynote address of “The Joys and Perils of Working with Family” by Rachel Heimerl. There will be two break-out sessions with four topics from which to choose: Food and Wine Pairings, Gardening for Pollinators, Canning and Preserving, and Agriculture’s Story via Social Media. The evening will end with doorprizes at 9 p.m.

This event is open to all “ag women” from Shelby and neighboring counties. This “ag girls’ night out” is a joint effort of the Shelby Soil and Water Conservation office, Shelby County Farm Bureau, OSU Extension, Cargill, Farm Credit Mid-America, and other women involved in “ag.” The cost is $20 per person, with a registration deadline of March 4. Part of the registration fee is used to support women in crisis. You can pick up a flier/get more information at any of the offices listed above or at our website

The OSU Ag Safety Team is conducting a survey to understand Current Storage and Safety Conditions of Ohio’s On-Farm Grain Facilities. The aim of this research will help identify safety and health practices used on Ohio farms to help solve (or at least reduce) the hazards when working around grain storage facilities and will support GRAIN BIN SAFETY initiatives for future Extension programming. The survey can be found at

Well, this will be an interesting week: The first two of the Fuzzy Kids (pot roast and hamburger) go to market on Wednesday. We’ll see how I hold up! (Been through it before, but always a bit different …)

By Deborah Reinhart Brown

Ag update

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at [email protected]

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at [email protected]