Brooke Beam
Brooke Beam
By Brooke Beam, PhD
Ohio State University Extension, Highland County
Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Winter is a busy time for farmers and Extension Educators alike. There are several upcoming programs in Highland County and in the region that may be of interest to many farmers.

For more information about any of the programs, contact the Highland County Extension Office at (937) 393-1918.

Events

• Regional eFields meeting at the Clinton County Extension Office, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m.-noon at the. This meeting is open to anyone interested in on-farm research results from this area and around the state. Go to go.osu.edu/eFields for more information.

• The seventh Beef Quality Assurance Training will be held at Union Stock Yards in Hillsboro Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. A meal will be served starting at 5 p.m. To attend, you must RSVP in advance to Union Stock Yards (937-393-1958) or to the Highland County Extension Office (937-393-1918).

Highland County Fertilizer and Pesticide Recertifications

• Fertilizer and pesticide recertifications will be Feb. 19 at Ponderosa Banquet Center in Hillsboro from 5-6 p.m., with fertilizer recertification – private and commercial – at 6:30 p.m.

• On March 4 at the Ponderosa Banquet Center from 10-11 a.m., there will be fertilizer recertification – private and commercial. At 11:30 a.m., there will be pesticide recertification (Core, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Private applicators only. Registration details will come in the mail from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Registration for OSU Extension pesticide and fertilizer and your renewal application for ODA pesticide/fertilizer must both be completed.
Meals will be included at each recertification training at Ponderosa.

• The Ohio Intensive Soybean Management Workshop will be Feb. 19 at the Clinton County Extension Office from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The cost is $35. Contact Clinton County Extension Office at (937) 382-0901 to register. Guest speakers include: Dr. Mark Loux, Extension weed specialist; Dr. Leah McHale, soybean breeding and genetics specialist; and Dr. Anne Dorrance, field crop Extension pathologist. CCA Credits will be available for certified crop advisers as well as private and commercial pesticide applicator recertification credits.

• The topic of the Highland County Monthly Extension programming for February will be maple syrup production. The program will be 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Hillsboro and is free to attend. Attendees are encouraged to purchase lunch on their own at Ponderosa. Please RSVP to reserve your seat by calling 393-1918. Attendees will learn about the process of producing maple syrup and marketing.

• The Southwest Ohio Corn Growers' annual meeting will be March 12 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Pre-register by calling the Fayette County Extension Office at (740) 335-1150 by March 5. The speaker will be Ben Brown, program manager for farm management at The Ohio State University. He will discuss the Farm Bill and farm outlook.

• The Highland County Extension Office will be hosting a tour of the OSU Meat Lab in Columbus for those who are interested in beef and meat production on March 19. The tour will coincide with the meat class on campus, so attendees will be able to see the lab on a harvesting day. The tour will be held in the morning and space is limited. Please call the Highland County Extension Office at (937) 393-1918 for additional information and to reserve your place for the tour.

• Southwestern Ohio Beekeeper School will be held on Saturday, March 23 at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland. The cost is $35 and includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Classes will be offered for beginners to moderately experienced beekeepers. Vendors will be onsite to sell equipment. Registration is limited to 350 people. Registration is available online at warren.osu.edu or the event page http://go.osu.edu/swohbeeschool.

• The topic of the Highland County Monthly Extension programming for March will be storytelling for video production. The program will be held at 10 a.m. March 27 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Hillsboro and is free to attend. Attendees will learn about the different kinds of documentary films and how storytelling impacts the audience’s perception of videos. Attendees are encouraged to purchase lunch on their own at Ponderosa. Please RSVP to reserve your seat by calling 393-1918.

• The Small Farm Conference and Trade Show will be held on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at the OSU South Centers in Piketon. The conference is designed for small farm owners wanting to learn more about how to make their farms work better for them. Many topics will be offered to help landowners expand their operations. Land owners can attend workshops and seminars taught by Extension professionals and industry leaders on a wide variety of agricultural enterprises. Attendees will also get to meet various vendors at the trade show. The trade show will be open part of the day on Friday, and all-day Saturday.  For details, go to go.osu.edu/OSUFARMConference2019.