The Ohio State University Extension office in Fulton County will be hosting a February through March Farmer Education Series starting Feb. 1. Topics will range from direct marketing and soybean production to weather and small ruminants.
Meetings will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Fulton County OSU Extension Office, 8770 State Route 108, Wauseon. These meetings will run through March 1st, with an additional session on March 29. You can attend one meeting or multiple. There is no cost to attend these programs.
A quick description of each night follows:
February 1: Focus on direct marketing. Garth Ruff, OSU Extension Beef Specialist, will discuss production and direct marketing of local freezer beef. Local farmers Valerie and Doug Kinsman will discuss how their small farm has been successful at using a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model to direct market local, farm-raised produce and other food items in Fulton County.
February 8: As soybeans look to be a preferred crop in 2022, this night will focus on maximizing soybean yield this year. OSU’s new Soybean Pathologist, Dr. Horacio Nicora-Lopez, will discuss soybean disease and cyst nematode management. Extension Educator Eric Richer will review the 2021 eFields soybean trials with attendees. Two Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits will be offered.
February 15: Building a Weather Resilient Farm is the topic. Aaron Wilson will review current weather trends that will impact your farm this year and beyond. Thomas Van Wagner will give a picture tour of the Lenawee County, Mich. water recycling project and we will end with a discussion of other best management practices for water quality. Two CCA credits will be offered.
February 22: Intro to Grain Marketing is the topic. Dr. Seungki Lee, OSU Commodity Economist, will review the commodity market outlook and Allen County Extension Educator Clint Schroeder will discuss building a basic grain marketing plan. Eric Richer will discuss cost of production at the farm and field level. Two CCA credits will be offered.
March 1: Small Ruminant Nutrition is the topic. Brady Campbell, OSU’s Sheep & Goat Specialist, will discuss nutrition and herd health for small ruminants. There will be a panel discussion that includes Turkeyfoot Creek Creamery, Leatherwood Acres Sheep Farm and United Producers (markets).
March 29: Manure, TMDLs and Water Quality is the topic. OSU’s Ag Attorney Peggy Hall will discuss Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), carbon sequestration programs and water quality litigation. Eric Richer will lead a discussion on maximizing your manure use on your farm through in season application or composting. Two CCA credits will be offered. Pre-registration for this event is requested and can be done at https://go.osu.edu/2022fms