Wednesday, November 17, 2010

OSU Extension... Winter Workshops

By Justin Petrosino, ANR Extension Educator
OSU Extension, Darke County
Winter may seem like a lull in the busy season for farmers, but it is quite the contrary. Winter will be here in a few weeks and it is one of the busiest times of the year. If you aren’t busy enough with fall tillage, making purchases for next year, and getting ready for Thanksgiving here are a few must attend events in Darke County and the surrounding area.

 Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training is around the corner. Your first chance will be at the Western Ohio Agronomy Day in Shelby County. The events will be at St. Michaels Hall, 33 Elm St, in Ft. Loramie, on January 10, 2011. Registration begins at 8:30am. Contact OSU Extension, Shelby County, (937) 498-7259 or <>, for registration information. Darke County’s recertification will be on March 1, 2011, at the Greenville VFW with classes beginning at 1:00pm and repeated at 6:00pm. Keep an eye on <> to see the latest postings and keep an eye on your mailbox for more information from ODA.

                On November 23, 2011, OSU Extension and the Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District will host NuVention Solutions for an informative talk on processing livestock manure for bio-oil. The harvested oil can be used to produce a host of products ranging from asphalt to fertilizer coatings for seed. The program will begin at 10:00am and will be followed by a fall and winter manure management discussion by the Soil and Water Office. Join us at OSU Extension, Darke County, office at 603 Wagner Ave., Greenville, for the meeting.

                OSU Extension will be hosting a series of Ag Outlook meetings this winter. Darke County’s will be on the 17th of December. The meeting will be held at the Versailles Knights of Columbus on State Route 47. Please RSVP to OSU Extension, Darke County, at 548-5215 by December 10th, to reserve your seat and pay the $15 registration fee. There will be three topics presented including the grain market outlook by Carl Zulauf, Land and Crop Inputs Outlook by Barry Ward, and Ian Sheldon will be discussing why the regulation of shadow banking is necessary. The meeting will begin at 11:00am and lunch will be provided by The Andersons Ethanol Group and Farm Credit Services after the first presentation.

For those interested in a Dairy Outlook presentation, you may be interested in the Union County Outlook meeting on November 30th in Marysville. For that meeting, RSVP to OSU Extension, Union County, (937) 644-8117 by November 23.

            If you are pasturing animals you MUST! attend the Pasture for Profit series, to be held in Union County. For $50 you will receive a grazing management manual worth twice as much and learn from great minds like Bob Hendershot, NRCS Grazing Specialist; Jeff McCutcheon, OSU Extension Morrow County; and your very own Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension Darke County Agriculture Educator.  The series will be held over three evenings on December 2nd, 9th, and 16th, from 6 to 9pm. Topics to be discussed include pasture plant growth and selection, tools of the trade: fencing, watering and heavy use pads, pasture planning and layout, pasture fertility, and evaluating what resources you have. To register, contact OSU Extension, Union County (937) 644-8117.

            Finally OSU Extension, Darke County, will be hosting an Ag Issues Workshop on December 13, 2010. The meeting will be hosted at the County Office at 603 Wagner Ave, Greenville, Ohio. Please register by December 3, 2010 with Vickie Snyder, OSUE, South Central Regional Office, 16714 Wolf Run Road, Caldwell, Ohio 43724. Registration is $125. This workshop will be taught by Dr. Phil Harris, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin, via tele-conference. This program has been designed for tax practitioners who have a significant number of farm clients and therefore need a substantial amount of information on agricultural tax issues. Dr. Harris will be available after the presentation for questions. For more information, visit <>.

            If you were not busy enough OSU Extension and its associates will keep your mind sharp through the winter months. Keep your eyes and ears glued to the newspaper, radio, bulletin boards around town, and for upcoming events.


November, 2010

23     OSU Extension meeting with Darke County Soil & Water Conservation District on NuVention and manure management, 10:00am, OSU Extension Learning Center

25 & 26     Extension Office closed for Thanksgiving holiday

December, 2010

2     Ag Breakfast, 7:30am, Brethrens Retirement Center

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