Extension offering New and Small Farm College

By Deborah Reinhart Brown - Ag update

OSU Extension in Auglaize and Hardin counties are offering the New and Small Farm College this year. This program is designed for those interested in starting or expanding a small farming operation: practical knowledge on a variety of topics. Enrollment deadline is Jan. 2.

This New and Small Farm College will be held on the OSU Lima Campus, 4240 Campus Drive, east of Lima. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings, Jan. 19 through March 9. There will be a light dinner at 6 p.m. with the sessions being conducted from 6:30-9 p.m. Some of the topics to be discussed include Getting Started (goal setting, business planning, resources, etc.); Sources of Assistance (government agencies, grants, etc.); Financial & Production Recordkeeping and Taxes (balance sheets, etc.); and Marketing (cooperatives, direct marketing, niche markets, etc.).

The cost for this program is $150 and includes a binder of resource materials, meals, and one soil sample evaluation. Additional family members can attend for $100 each; no extra binder. We have fliers available in our office, or you can go to www.agnr.osu.edu/small-farm-programs for more information.

Weed Management 101 – Welcome to the Jungle will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the Wright State University – Lake Campus (7600 Lake Campus Dr., Celina). There will be both afternoon (1:15-4 p.m.) and evening (6:15-9 p.m.) sessions. A free meal will be offered before each program (12:30 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m.).

Dr. Mark Loux, OSU Weed Specialist, and Dr. Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension Educator in Auglaize County are the presenters. Some of the topics include weed identification and understanding site of action. CCA CEUs and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification credits have been applied for …

Registration is due by Jan. 3, but space is limited, so the earlier, the better!! You can register by calling 419-586-2179 or e-mailing riethman.24@osu.edu. The program is being sponsored by A.G. Boogher and Son, Inc., Auglaize and Mercer County Farm Bureau, Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed, Inc., Helena Chemical Company, Maria Stein Grain, Mercer Landmark, Stewart Seeds, Sunrise Cooperative, United Equity, Vantilburg Farms, and Wright State University Agriculture Program.

The Central Ohio Precision Ag Symposium will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12 at All Occasions Catering, 6986 Waldo-Delaware Rd., Waldo Ohio from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This symposium will feature the most current technologies available in precision agriculture, shared by Dr. John Fulton, Dr. Scott Shearer, and Dr. Erdal Ozkan. There will also be industry experts on hand to share their technologies and insights on today’s farming technology.

This symposium will provide Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) for Certified Crop Advisors and Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits (Commercial and Private applied for) . The $50 registration fee includes a buffet lunch, breaks, and handouts. Seating is limited; the registration deadline is Thursday, December 29th. For more information or to download a registration form, go to http://knox.osu.edu/news/2017-central-ohio-precision-ag-symposium or contact the OSU Extension Office in Knox County at 740-397-0401. This program is sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension, AgInfoTech,

Ag Leader, B&B Farm Service, Beck’s, Central Ohio Farmers Co-op, Channel, Evolution Ag, JD Equipment, OPI-Integris, Precision Planting, Seed Consultants, Soil-Max, Town & Country Co-op, and 360 Yield Center.

And, speaking of sponsors: Since my last report, new sponsors have been added to our West Ohio Agronomy Day: Farm Credit, Mid-America (Versailles) and the Ohio Soybean Council. West Ohio Agronomy Day: Monday, Jan. 9 in Fort Loramie, 8:30 am. to 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 17, Sidney, 5-11 p.m. Private Pesticide Applicator Recert, CCA CEUs and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recert credits pending. Contact our office to register/for more info!!

Crazy weeks, last and this: two days in Columbus, each. Tryin’ to keep up with stuff and my head above water!


By Deborah Reinhart Brown

Ag update

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at brown.1522@osu.edu.

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at brown.1522@osu.edu.