Coronavirus Food Assistance Program2

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Where: (Online) Zoom
Cost: FREE
To Register:
For more infomation: 419-910-6057

Farm Office Live to Analyze USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative April 5, 2021

By Barry Ward, David Marrison, Peggy Hall, Dianne Shoemaker and Julie Strawser – Ohio State University Extension

April’s Farm Office Live will focus on details of the USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative announced on March 24, 2021. Changes were made in effort to reach a greater share of farming operations and improve USDA pandemic assistance.

During the webinar, we will be sharing details about the pandemic initiative and discussing some of the changes made to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).  Our Farm Office Team will also provide a legislative update and discuss changes to the Paycheck Protection Program and Employee Retention Credits. They will also be on hand to answer your questions and address any related issues.

Two live sessions will be offered on Wednesday, April 7, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday, April 9, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. A replay will be available on the Farm Office website if you cannot attend the live event.

Farm Office Live is a webinar series addressing the latest outlook and updates on ag law, farm management, ag economics, farm business analysis and other related issues. It is presented by the faculty and educators with the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

To register or view past recordings, visit

For more information or to submit a topic for discussion, email Julie Strawser at or call the Farm Office at 614-292-2433.

Virtual Southwest Ohio Perennial School

Ohio State University Extension Clermont County presents Virtual Southwest Ohio Perennial School as a four-part series held Thursdays in April (8,15,22 & 29) at 11:00 am.
The series is free to attend, but registration is required. You can choose to attend one or more of the following sessions.
April 8
Filling in the Blanks with Colorful Annuals - Pam Bennett, OSU Extension, Clark County
As a perennial gardener, you know at times, your perennial bed lacks massive color. In between blooming seasons, while plants are getting established and other times, annuals can offer that extra WOW to your beds. Learn about low-maintenance annuals that give color all season long in this fast-paced presentation of color that will leave you even more anxious for spring!
April 15
Bad@$$ Trees for Poor Places - Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Originally titled “Good Trees for Bad Places,” it was determined by a committee of sobriety-challenged but internationally renowned horticulturists that it needed an upgrade. The trees in this talk are the survivors. They laugh at incorrect planting techniques, mulch volcanoes, bad pruning cuts, and other poor maintenance practices. They embrace poor soil, and they spit at drought. Some of the usual suspects but some you probably won’t know. Enjoy this romp through trees so ornery they’ll resist the very worst that nature can hurl at them and be there to shade your children’s children.
April 22
Spot this – Report It - Amy Stone, OSU Extension, Lucas County
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that should be on everyone’s radar in Ohio. This session will cover basic information that will empower gardeners to do some scouting in their own landscapes for this sap sucking plant hopper. The nymphs have a much wider host range than the adult, and you may just have those plants that you can monitor and help us ‘spot the spot’ before populations build and their activity could be extensive. There will also be a discussion about how this insect is moving and get you thinking about the modes of transportation that might just be the avenue to your garden or community. In addition, cicada, cicada, cicada will be discussed for the 17-year brood emergence this year.
April 29
Connect the Dots…2021 - Joe Boggs, OSU Extension, Hamilton County
Integrated Pest Management has always been a way to help improve your vegetable and flower gardens, as well as orchards and more. Learn new ideas and practices from this 2021 version for how flowering plant diversity in landscapes reduces the need to use insecticides?


Spring Pesticide Safety Reminders

You probably worked on your sprayer and other major equipment over the winter to gear up for pesticide applications.  Have you put any effort into preparing for applicator safety? Click here to read an article containing some questions to ask yourself in preparation for the season. 

Job Opening with Ohio Department of Agriculture

Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Gypsy Moth Program is looking for someone to perform field work as a gypsy moth trap tender in our area. The period of work is from mid-May into August, when the work is completed. The person must be reliable, work independently and still meet deadlines, have a good driving record and reliable transportation, and is of legal age to enter into a contract.

Contact Brian Burke at 614-995-1487 or for more information pertaining to the job.

Click Here to find out more information about the Gypsy Moth Program.

Tick Tock -- A Timely Update on Ticks, Diseases & Prevention

Timothy McDermott, DVM, Ohio State University Extension, gives a presentation on ticks -- their spread & biology, as well as the diseases they vector, how to prevent them, and what to do when you find them.
Click this video link: A Timely Update on Ticks

Water Quality Wednesdays January 2021-April 2021

Where: (Online) Zoom
Cost: FREE
To Register:
For more infomation: 419-910-6057


Spotted Lanternfly Found in Jefferson County Ohio

On October 19th, a resident of Mingo Junction located just south of Steubenville, Ohio spotted a dead adult Spotted Lanternfly. The Ohio Department of Agriculture was contacted and later confirmed and identified a small population of the invasive pest. ODA, USDA, ODNR, Ohio State University Extension, and Ohio Grape Industries Committee have been working together to survey, trap, and provide educational outreach of the spotted lanternfly. SLF is very fond of grape vines, fruit trees, hops, blueberry, oaks, pines, poplar, and pine trees. The Ailanthus tree or also known as tree of heaven is a host plant. If you see a spotted lanternfly on your property please call ODA, ODNR or the Adams county Extension Office at (937) 544-2339 To see what this pest looks like or more information go to this link -

2020 FSR Alfalfa Varieties

Wanting to learn more about new and improved alfalfa varieties and genetics?  See the video below for help! 

Stockpiling Forage Video

Check out the video at the link below:









Grape Harvest is Underway!

This week, Richard Purdin had the privilege to stop by a local vineyard getting ready for harvest. The two varieties in the pictures are Norton and Chardonal. These two varieties are commonly grown in Ohio and harvested for wine production. Southern Ohio is a great area for grape production, with the long growing season and well drained soils that grapes love so much. But, there are many challenges of growing grapes in Ohio. One of many challenges is our weather. Cold winters and excess moisture can cause many problems from winter kill and disease pressure. For this grower, 2020 presented many challenges such as a late freeze in May, excess moisture in the spring, and then a dry growing season. Yields are expected to be lower due to those challenges. Even with these challenges the market for wine is very strong and more and more wineries are looking for Ohio grown grapes. If you would like to learn more about wine production in Ohio go to

iBook for Weed Identification

Click here for the link to the iBook. 

National Pest Alert-Palmer Amaranth

Click here for more informtion.

Speak Up for the Dairy Producers

Click Here for an Article published by Pro Ag explaining Senate Bill s-1640 known as the Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act. The Act is up for possible reintroduction. Calling your senators and congress men and woman and telling them to reintroduce this bill is important for allowing our local Dairy producers to sustainably produce and market their milk.  Get more information by clicking the link.

Haybuster 10’ No-Till Drill for rent

The Adams Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has this machine to rent.  Click here for more information.

Master Gardener Program

You could be a Master Gardener if:

• You want to learn more about plants and gardening.
• You are eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program.
• You enjoy sharing your knowledge with others.
• You have the time to attend training and serve your community as a volunteer.

Call the Brown County office at 937-378-6716 to be placed on a list for future trainings.