Volume 2, Issue 11, June 15, 2015

Personnel Update

  • Madison County ANR state screenings were on June 5 with county screenings June 29
  • Hocking County ANR state screenings will be on July 1 with county screenings TBD
  • Muskingum County ANR state screenings will be on July 1with county screenings TBD

Kudos!

Congratulations to the Ohio Winners of the 2015 NACAA Poster Contest. The first place posters will be competing for national awards at the NACAA Annual Meeting/Professional Improvement Conference in July.
Research
1st Place – Jim Hoorman, Curtis Young, Alan Sundermeier, Jeff McCutcheon and Rafiq Islam - Iron Soil Phosphorus Release May Impact Harmful Algae Blooms and Water Quality
2nd Place – Clif Little, Mark Landefeld and Breanna Pye - Increasing Forage Yields with Surfactants
3rd Place – Eric Richer and Andy Michel - On Farm Research of Product Efficacy on Asiatic Garden Beetles in Corn
Extension Education
1st Place – Jerry Isles, Dave Apsley, Tom Macy & Stephanie Downs - Collaborative Efforts to Save Hemlocks in Ohio
2nd Place – Brad Bergefurd, Mary Gardiner, Chelsey Smith, Thomas Harker, Clarissa McGlothin, Christie Welch, Thomas Snyder & Hannah Scott - Cooperatively Growing Ohio’s Hops Industry
3rd Place – Chris Bruynis – Management Essentials for Farm Managers
Honorable Mention
Dan Lima and Sarah Cross - Eastern Ohio Shale Development and Private Water Supply

ANR Summer Retreat June 16-18

The ANR Retreat is this week. I’m looking forward to seeing you there! If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact Teresa at funk.67@osu.edu or 614-292-4077 or her cell at 614-309-3487 or Curtis Young at young.2@osu.edu or 419-238-1214.

Hold the Date!

The Annual Farm Science Review will be held September 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. I encourage you to attend and participate in one of the most significant extension events in the University.

RIV Reminder

Reporting for Extension employees is due in RIV on January 15; so why wait till the 14th to enter your information? We’re nearly half way through this calendar year. Start entering your information now to avoid the January rush!

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Team and Program Updates

Agricultural Safety and Health Team
The Agricultural Safety and Health Team has the difficult job to quantify production agricultural-related deaths and injuries. Our sincere condolences are extended to the Ayers family in their time of grief. All of the persons in our database have a name, and a personal story, and we never forget that when we design programs for community outreach events.

If you were asked this question, how would you respond, “What season of the year reports the most agricultural deaths in the state of Ohio?” The answer typically is “harvest season,” or “planting season.” If you guessed these months, you are in the majority. However looking at a 10-year average, the answer is really “the summer months.” And there are a variety of reasons for this:

  • Summer months on Ohio farms includes all aspects of farming: spring planting is wrapping up in June and late planting of double crop or cover crops continues through July and August. Harvesting of small grains (wheat, oats, barley, buckwheat, etc) as well as hay harvesting throughout the hot summer months; then add other commodity crops like straw, timber, fruits & vegetables. Maintenance activities include mowing, spraying, cultivating, and tiling. And year-round activities can include livestock, grain storage & grain bin clean-out, tractor and machinery operation.
  • Summer months often involve all members of the family. Family farm work doesn’t have an age restriction. You can find young children and retired seniors working side-by-side in multiple work settings.
  • Summer months also encourage activities on the farm that are more recreational in nature. ATV’s, horseback riding, fishing and hunting are just a few of these examples.

Regardless of the farm activity, the agricultural industry suffers from a higher rate of injuries and fatalities than the mainstream workforce. Managing our precious human resources is as important as tending to the commodity. Serious farm injuries are devastating to both the families involved and the community at-large.

This message is offered as an intro to our Ag Safety Program Update for the Overstory Newsletter. While our programs operate on a year-round basis, summer months are a time we encourage safety messages and outreach programs to continue in Ohio’s Extension programs and field days. Contact us to schedule a future program in your area, ask a specific question, or share an idea. All of the programs and resources offered by our team are designed to meet the needs of your local agricultural community to enhance their quality of life. Our website is www.agsafety.osu.edu.

Hazardous Occupations Safety Training in Agriculture (HOSTA) certifying youth ages14-15 to operate tractors and agricultural machinery. This is a certificate course recognized by the Department of Labor.

OSHA and AG is a new program where the principles of OSHA are applied to agricultural settings. This 10-hour formal training program helps farm managers and workers better understand the risks and the approaches to prevention. Our Ag Safety Office has two certified instructors to conduct trainings and issue OSHA General Industry cards after completion of training (a certificate course recognized by the Department of Labor). Target audiences for this 2-day program includes agricultural operations that hire more than 10 employees, high school aged workers looking for employment certifications to enhance their career passports, and industry workers in a variety of agricultural-based organizations.

Farm SOS (Strategies on Safety) is a new curriculum packet and video clip collection that includes 12 different topics on ATV/UTV safety, tractor & equipment safety, livestock safety, and agricultural dusts gases and noise, and several more common topics for your programming needs. The kit includes promotional flyers, presentations with speaker notes, demonstration equipment, and evaluations. The materials are ready for download from the Buckeye Box and can be used in local programs.

Agricultural Rescue Programs for farm communities as well as fire and EMT training includes topics on grain engulfments, machine hazards/entanglements, and first on the scene.
Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Prevention Programs including the Dermascan units.

Emergency Preparedness Training and Interactive Learning Resources for Agritourism Operations like educational farms, vineyards, u-pick operations, and other ag-related venues that invite the public onto their property.

AgrAbility Programs and On-Farm Consultations to assist farmers and farm employees with physical and cognitive disabilities to remain productive on the farm.

Safety Programs for Amish Communities including a new Pony Cart fact sheet on Ohioline, Driving safely in Amish country video (to play in B&B’s and tourist network channels), Buggy Driving Safety Curriculum, and Lesson Plans/Educational Activities for Amish Children to learn safety and health practices.

COMING SOON by the end of the year: Small Farm and Garden Safety Training Modules that includes 40 new factsheets and an interactive Power Point presentation tailored to equipment and small farm practices of CSA owners/employers, Master Gardener led programs, and other community garden volunteer managers.

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Direct Marketing Team Update

The Direct Marketing Team has been busy on the ground this spring sharing advice to marketers and farmers markets. Our resource base continues to grow at directmarketing.osu.edu

Action Items for educators to share with clientele

  • The free Direct Marketing Monthly Webinar Series is achieving great success! March focused on Good Sampling Practices at Farmers Markets; April reviewed best practices for Authenticity at Farmers Markets and May reviewed Signs that Sell – Creating Great Signage for Direct Marketing. Peggy Hall shared her webinar on legal issues with signs, which was included with the presentations. All webinars are recorded and can be viewed on the Direct Marketing Team website at: http://southcenters.osu.edu/marketing/2014-direct-marketing-webinars.Please share this link with clientele to answer their questions and give them updates from OSU.
  • The Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Assn (OPGMA) Summer Tour – The summer tour will be held on Wednesday, June 24, in Wayne County. OSU Extension is teaching morning sessions at Ramseyer Farm (a large agritourism operation) on emergency preparedness; benchmarks for agritourism/marketing operations; security when crowds are present; signage for direct marketing and merchandising. The team is partnering with the Fruit & Vegetable Team to staff several stations in the fruit growing areas of the second farm (Rittman Orchards) where we will teach and answer questions.Register at: http://opgma.org
  • http://u.osu.edu/directmarketing - Our blog is growing. It is a way for direct marketers to learn about coming events, current issues/updates in direct marketing and more. Please share link with your clientele.
  • The Ohio Market Maker website continues to grow. Clarissa McGlothlin continues to do presentations to assist food and farm businesses with sign-up. This is a FREE listing and includes up-to-date marketing data for farms to make decisions on when and where to make sales. We have a widget which counties can put on their county website to list all farm direct marketers in their county. CONTACT: mcglothin.4@osu.edu

Activities & Events Completed

  • Christie Welch and Eric Barrett presented sessions at the Ohio Farmers Market Conference. Attendance continues to grow and the group looks to OSU Extension for resources and information.
  • Rob Leeds & Mary Griffith presented Maps & Apps to the wine producers’ License to Steal Conference (National), two presentations at the Small Farm Colleges, and Rob and Emily Adams were invited to guest lecture in a Hort & Crop Science class for undergraduates
  • Eric Barrett & Rob Leeds presented sessions at the 2015 Vermont Agritourism Conference in April. Maps & Apps was requested as a program to potentially adopt with both ANR and CD in Vermont. Follow up information has been shared with Extension there.
  • Eric Barrett shared a keynote presentation at the Minnesota Farmers Market Assn spring meeting.

Future Plans and Programming

  • New factsheets are in the works, including a Maps & Apps: Mobile Media Marketing - currently under review in ANR. Signage for Direct Marketing, Direct Marketing Eggs and Direct Marketing Meat will soon join the review process. If you have common questions regarding farm direct marketing in your county, contact Christie Welch – welch.183@osu.edu. We have many unofficial factsheets to assist your clientele.
  • Emily Adams is putting the finishing touches on a curriculum package, “Farm-Based Food Business: Adding Value, Managing Risk.” Rob Leeds and Eric Barrett are developing a curriculum on branding.
  • The team is working with the Local Foods Signature Program and partners to plan events, promotions, and a Proclamation from Governor Kasich for Ohio Local Foods Week which will be Aug. 9 – 15, 2015. If you have events that will promote local foods in your counties or programs, please share that information with either Patrice Bowers Parker, powers-barker.1@osu.edu or Christie Welch, welch.183@osu.edu.
  • Rob Leeds & Christie Welch participated in the OPGMA education committee planning session, designing sessions for the 2016 Congress to be held in January at the Kalahari.
  • Christie Welch is working on several sessions with various team members and team information stations for the Farm Science Review in conjunction with the Sustainable Ag Team Additionally, Rob Leeds and Mary Griffith will be presenting Market Ready in the small farm area of the Farm Science Review.
  • The team is partnering with the ENLT Team to present a marketing/management track at the 2015 Green Industry Short Course.

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Floriculture

The floriculture team has been involved in developing a research and extension program around bio-based products used in greenhouse vegetable and floriculture crop production and pest management. Ohio growers were surveyed to determine their current knowledge and use of bio-based products, including challenges and barriers to use. Currently, team members are developing a USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative planning proposal to have a 3-day conference in Wooster in January 2016. The conference will allow team members to gather grower input, review ongoing work in this area, and develop a research and outreach plan for future funding.

Team members Luis Canas, Michelle Jones, Claudio Pasian, Beth Scheckelhoff, Tim Malinich, and Francesca Peduto Hand will be leading greenhouse tours and providing in-depth training to floriculture producers from the USA and abroad during AmericanHort’s Cultivate ’15 in July. Over 100 producers will tour two facilities (Stockslager’s in New Lebaonon and Bern’s in Middleton) with team members and gain current insight on insect and disease management, nutrient and water quality, and retail issues.

Any educators interested in participating in ongoing team events are welcome to do so. We hold a monthly conference call during the growing season to discuss current issues observed in greenhouse production in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and other states. We also contribute to a team blog at http://firm.osu.edu.

Local Foods Signature Program

Local Foods Program Logic Model and Evaluation Update

The Local Foods Signature Program Team is currently focused on updating the Local Foods Signature Program Logic Model to include four distinct logic models representing the areas of food production, food and family, food and community and food and business. A second phase of the update also includes the development of key evaluation strategies that fit with each logic model. If you are interested in joining the team, assisting with the development or review of the Logic Models or evaluations, please contact Heather Neikirk at neikirk.2@osu.edu to be added to the contact list.
CELEBRATE Ohio Local Foods Week, August 9-15, 2015

The Local Foods Signature Program Ohio Local Foods Week Planning Team has been working hard planning a state-wide celebration for Ohio Local Foods Week to take place August 9-15, 2015. An event mark, developed by CFAES Communications is available for use by both OSU Extension and external partners and will be available for access shortly on the Local Foods website @ localfoods.osu.edu. If you need to access the event mark before it is downloaded to the website, please contact Heather Neikirk at neikirk.2@osu.edu.

An Ohio Local Foods Week toolkit is also being finalized. Items for use in the toolkit include: a formal invitation to participate, a list of ideas for celebrating Ohio Local Foods Week, a summary of on-line food directories for Ohio Consumers, and a county proclamation template for Ohio Local Foods Week. A media toolkit is also being developed to share and promote the week with your local media sources.
The marketing sub-committee is continuing to finalize an Ohio Local Foods one-pager, program templates, and promotional items (stickers, banners, posters, etc.) as well for you to download and use as needed.

Additional items forthcoming include lessons, activities and materials to utilize in your programming during Ohio Local Foods Week as well as information about the Ohio Local Foods Week $10 Local Foods Challenge and how to submit your upcoming or planned programs and events to our Ohio Local Foods Week event calendar by region!

Anyone interested in participating or learning more is welcome to attend the next planning meeting for the Ohio Local Foods Week Planning Team on Monday, July 6 at 9am. Please contact Patrice Powers-Barker at powers-barker.1@osu.edu to be added to the contact list.

Ohio 4-H Ambassadors, Ohio 4-H Teen Advisory Council and Local Foods Signature Program Team Up to Submit Innovative Grant Proposal

Special thanks to Dustin Homan, Patrice Powers-Barker, Heather Neikirk, Hannah Epley, Rebecca Goodman and Tom Archer for collaborating to develop a statewide approach to engage youth in the local foods movement. The grant submission, “Adding a Youth Flavor to Extension’s Signature Programs seeks to leverage peer education as a means to increase awareness and interest of local foods in Ohio youth through teen leaders.” If funded, the innovative grant proposal will offer 4-H ambassadors and teen advisory council members the opportunity to develop a better understanding of local food systems and implement this new knowledge through a service learning project. Additional grant objectives include providing experiential learning opportunities that foster soft skills and build awareness and interest of local foods among Ohio’s youth; engages 4-H professionals in counties to assist in the promotion of local foods; and establishes a model and recommendations on how Ohio 4-H teen leadership programs can be incorporated into existing and future Signature Program outreach efforts.

Local Foods, Direct Marketing and Urban Agriculture Fact Sheet Writing Day June 30 at OSU Mansfield

The Local Foods Signature Program Team, Direct Marketing Team and Urban Agriculture Team will host a factsheet writing day on Tuesday, June 30 (10am-4pm tentative times) at the OSU Mansfield campus. If you are interested in participating, please let one of the following individuals know, along with the topic(s) you are interested in writing about.

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Forage Team

Reporting information for team members; Mark Landefeld, Clif Little, Rory Lewandowski, Breanna Pye, Mark Sulc, Dave Dogan, Patty Dyer

Rory conducted a Living Your Small Farm Dream: small farm conference on March 28 at Shisler Conference Center, OARDC Wooster.
• Taught a break out session entitled “Getting More out of Your Pasture” that covered basic plant growth and pasture management principles. 30 participants. 3/31/15-4/14/15 every Tuesday Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe, Noble Grazing School held,night. We had 18 evaluations completed for the grazing school: Attendance ranged from 25-29 for each session. The following are the select program results:

  • As a result of this program I will increase my forage per acre : 94% agreed or strongly agreed
  • As a result of this program, I expect to increase the net profit of my operation :
  • 88% agreed or strongly agreed
  • Attendees manage a total of 2525 acres of pasture and 1217 acres of hay, 369 head of cattle. Other species represented include dairy cattle, sheep and horses.
  • Brazil – USA Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems Workshop, 6-7 April 2015, Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, The Ohio State University. 15 participants.
  • 5/21/15, 18 participants 9 evaluationss May 21 – Pasture Walk – Guernsey County collected.
  • Participants managed 778 acres of pasture and 360 acres of hay. 100% of the participants completing evaluations indicated the information presented would help them on their farm. Participants stated that the program help them By; Identifying plants, grasses and weeds , with water installation and water projects, fencing and mowing.

Patty Dyer reported, Licking Soil & Water and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for a Pasture Walk, 6:30-8:30p, Thursday, May 28.

Dave Dogan reported, Adams Co. Cattlemen held their annual banquet and had a presentation on wet baling and wrapping. Reps from Andersons was there and did a presentation, plus had a wrapper on site.

Pasture walks were also conducted in Monroe & Belmont Counties for Spring and being planned for Summer and Fall 2015

Reporting members have also written for local papers, published newsletters and presented forage management related items at pesticide recertification and Fertilizer certification. Radio and TV programs are also being broadcast utilizing members.

Participation on Industry Boards:

  • Sulc participated in Ohio Forage and Grasslands Board of Directors Meeting, 13 March 2015.
  • Chris Penrose is on OFGC Board.

Articles

  • Sulc, R.M. 2015. Graziers, your livestock are telling you how to increase pasture intake. All About Grazing Column, 20 May 2015, Farm and Dairy Magazine. Salem, OH. Available at http://www.farmanddairy.com/columns/graziers-your-livestock-are-telling-....
  • Little, R.C., Farm and Dairy, “4/6/15 “Consider that pipeline’s impact to your Pasture and hay Fields” pg A10.
  • Lewandowski, R. 20115. Wrote article on “Frost Seeding to Improve Pasture and Hayfield Quality” that was in the OSU Extension CORN newsletter issue 2015-05 and the OSU Extension Beef Cattle Letter issue 926.

Studies Underway

Lewandowski, R., Forage Research Trial funded by Warner grant. Title of project; “Evaluation of the Effect of Humic Acid Application on the Yield and Quality of Alfalfa Forage”
The objective of this proposed study is to determine if the applications of foliar applied humic acid products alone and in combination with fish fertilizer can increase yield and/or forage quality compared to conventional commercial fertilizer application. An increase in forage quality, even if not accompanied with an increase in yield will be beneficial in terms of increased forage intake and higher milk production in a dairy operation.

Landefeld, Little, Penrose, Pye are preparing demonstrations and research projects on weed control and pasture mowing, and herbicide weed control on pastures at EARDC. The project will be part of Beef School and a Pasture walk this October.

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EERA Updates

Maumee Valley

Jim Hoorman
The Putnam County SHARP (Soil Health and Research Plots) board met last week to discuss conducting long-term agricultural research on Township Road H-11 across from the landfill on a 9 acre site. The Putnam County Commissioners have agreed to let the Putnam County Extension Office and the Putnam Soil & Water Conservation District use this site for sustainable conservation research and demonstration. The Commissioners and the SHARP Board met at the site this past week to take a picture of the new SHARP sign that was installed.

Pictured from Left to Right: Jim Hoorman, Putnam County Extension; County Commissioners John Love, Travis Jerwers, Vince Schroeder: SHARP Board, Jim Leopold, Joe Riepenhoff, Mike Weller, and Dennis Turnwald, and Jeff Giesige, Putnam Soil & Water Conservation District.

The purpose of the SHARP site is to research sustainable farming methods that improve farm profitability while decreasing environmental impacts. Three farming systems will be compared including conventional farming (tillage every year), a no-till system, and a no-till system with cover crops called ecological farming or ECO Farming. Each system has been randomly assigned a plot (30 feet by 200 feet) and replicated four times within each crop. New signs identifying each system will be posted this week to identify differences in growth and changes that are occurring. Our goal is to study and document soil changes over time including soil erosion, soil compaction/soil structure, nutrient runoff, fertilizer usage and efficiency, water infiltration and storage, and ultimately crop yields. Data from the SHARP site will be used to calculate the impact of different farming systems on flooding in the Blanchard River. Each block will be rotated in a wheat-corn-soybean rotation. The site has been grassed around the edges, so that the community can see the crops growing on different farming systems.

Several farmers and local agribusinesses are on the Putnam County SHARP Board. A group of 5 local farmers, 1 farmer representing Soil & Water Conservation District, and one agribusiness were elected to a board to help promote and oversee the SHARP site. Representatives include Steve Liebrecht (2 years), and Mike Weller (2 years), Jim Leopold (1), Joe Riepenhoff (1) and newly elected Dennis Turnwald (3) along with Leo Schroeder (3 years, Industry) and a Soil & Water farmer representative Jeff Duling (2). Charlie Maag (1 year, industry) and Glen Karhoff (1 year, farmer) have already served their terms. Every year, at least two new members will be elected at the Putnam County Agronomy Night and rotated to serve three-year terms.

Approximately $5,000 in baseline soil sampling was conducted at the site this past fall and spring. Two Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) research grants ($6,000) have been obtained to conduct research at our site. A USDA-CIG research grant ($952,000 for eight universities) was applied for this spring with $20,000 allocated for the Putnam County SHARP site for three years of soil testing. Most grants require matching funds which is obtained by local donations and matching the land and crops for research purposes.

We want to thank our past sponsors and SHARP board for their time and effort, machinery, seed, and chemicals donations to keep this site running. A big thank you goes out to Jeff Giesige for erecting the sign, mowing the site, and helping to clean up the fence row along with help from Roger Rieman. Jeff also sprayed the crops and donated the use of his tractor. Joe Riepenhoff planted the corn, Glen Karhoff planted the soybeans, and Leo Schroeder donated his tractor and drill to sow and top dress the wheat last fall. Glen Karhoff donated seed corn for three years and supplied a tractor; Legacy (Pandora) donated the wheat, cereal rye for cover crop seed, 4 acres of grass seed, and paid for initial soil tests; and Glandorf Warehouse donated the soybeans. Steve Liebrecht donated and installed the surface drains. Northwest tractor supplied a tractor and disk for the conventional plots. Albert Maag donated a harrigator and Jim Hoorman donated a 30 foot sprayer. Haselman’s Hay and Straw donated straw for the surface drains and applied turkey manure. Mike Weller donated the oats (first year) for the site and Jeff Duling sowed and sprayed the oats last year, donated a mower, and hauled swine manure to the site. Enviroscape of Deshler, OH donated 1,000 feet of plastic straw netting for the surface drains. Jim Leopold mowed the site twice to control teasel last year. Anyone wishing to donate some start-up funds should contact Jim Hoorman at the OSU Extension office.

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Bruce Clevenger
Opening day for the Defiance County Farmers Markets was Saturday May 2nd. Two community farmers markets are coordinated by OSU Extension Defiance County, one in the City of Defiance and another in the Village of Hicksville. In 2014, the City of Defiance had 50 registered vendors annually with Hicksville having around 20. New in 2015, the Defiance Farmers Market set up a policy committee to help new and past vendors “police” the market guidelines. Like many farmers markets, it’s small enough that there is no paid market manager. Vendors “sometimes” like to get sloppy with following guidelines so a group of vendors support the market rules with a team “intervention” when violations occur. The guidelines are designed to keep the farmers market true to the purpose and respect the local shopping mall property for allowing them to occupy the parking lot three times a week. The vendors also have a marketing committee that manages the vendor fees collected and used toward an advertising strategy. Clevenger helped get the farmers market started in 1999 with four vendors and it has grown to be a community activity each week for the Defiance County community. Markets remain open through early November.

Flory Chirra
At the end of March, Williams County Maple Syrup Producers along with help from OSU Extension, Williams SWCD and the Williams Fair Board hosted The Maple Syrup Festival with over 1400 people coming in for a pancake breakfast followed by a horse and wagon ride to the sugar shack on the fairgrounds where producers along with OSU Extension explain how maple syrup is made from boiling sap from a maple tree. A few days before the event we hosted an Educational Day for 495 4th graders here in Williams County.

Eric Richer
Saturday, June 13, Fulton OSUE along with many other collaborators held the first NW Ohio Breakfast On The Farm event at Sandland Farms in Swanton. Approximately 3,000 people attended this event including over 350 volunteers in the Ag community. The event would not have been successful without the help of OSUE Educators, Field Specialists and Administration: Jill Stechschulte, Melissa Welker, Amy Stone, Patrice Powers Barker, Glen Arnold, Bruce Clevenger, Flo Chirra, Beth Scheckelhoff, Jane Wyse, Pam Kurfiss, Jeff Dick, Dee Jepsen, Dewey Mann, Lee Richter and Troy Grime (Fulton intern) as well as Andy Londo, Cindy Torppa and Dean McPheron.

This event included consumer education stations on calf care, milking standards and quality, cow breeding, grain safety and handling, crop production, mortality composting, precision ag technology, cow housing, water quality and soil health, kids activities, tractors and equipment, nutrient/manure management, ag commodity showcase, cow nutrition, and biosecurity on the farm. The event was planned as a collaboration of Fulton-Lucas OSUE, SWCD and Farm Bureau along with Sandland Farms and a steering committee of over 30 agricultural leaders. The overall objectives of this “farm to fork” event was to educate the consumer public on how farmers 1) provide quality care for animals, 2) are good stewards of land, air & water and 3) produce wholesome, nutritious and safe food products for the food supply. Check out #FultonBOTF to see Facebook, Instagram and Twitter blasts as well as several overhead UAS videos of the event.

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Amy Stone
Farm to School Project – Our EFNEP Program was partnering with a local community non-profit, The Friendly Center, and three Toledo Public Elementary Schools – Sherman, Pickett and Birmingham as part of a larger afterschool program called “Sound Knowledge.” While EFNEP was engaged in the program for the first 8 weeks, there were 4 additional weeks that our office was asked to provide educational programming. There was multiple cross program area planning in the Lucas County office and the teaching was done by Amy Stone, AgNR and Patrice Powers-Barker, FCS.
Session topics by week included:

1. Vegetable Plant Investigation

a) Learn the role of each plant part in the vegetable garden
b) Identify fruits and vegetables that come from different parts of the plants
c) Explain how foods from plants fit into the five food groups

2. Farm to School: From the Garden to the Kitchen

a) Learn what vegetables and fruits can grow in Toledo, Ohio
b) Learn food safety about washing fruits and vegetables

3. A Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables: Vote for your favorite

a) Sample new fruits and vegetables from Ohio
b) Sample different apple varieties
c) Learn about where we can get fruits and vegetables from Ohio

4. Garden Insects Can Be Good for Our Food

a) Learn the importance of drinking water
b) Understand the value of insects in the garden and their connection to our food

Ed Lentz
Hancock County has three applied soil fertility research studies established this year: 1) Nitrogen rates and Sulfur for wheat, 2) pop-up starters for corn and 3) Phosphorus and Potassium products for soybean. Gypsum is included in the wheat study as a Sulfur source.

Miami Valley
The Miami Valley EERA is busy with many Summer Activities. Many of us will be knee deep in County Fair activities as well. Below is a sampling of what is happening in our counties.

Ken Ford - Fayette County
The Fayette County Farm is a big aspect of our county Extension program. Several of the companies involved with research projects on the farm include; Landmark Distributions group, Novus Ag, Dow Chemicals, C and R Enterprises, Grow 7, Seed Consultants, Fayette County Soil and Water District and Brodbeck Seeds. Research includes nutrients, micro-nutrients, seed populations, pollination plot, cover crops and herbicides. The annual field day for the Southwest Corn Growers, Fayette County Agronomy Club and Ohio State University Extension will be held on August 11, 2015 from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Fayette County Farm. The day will include agriculturally related speakers, demonstrations and discussions. More details will be coming as the topics and speakers are set for the event. In addition to the field day the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their “After Hours” event. This is an open house type event to highlight the agricultural industry to non-agriculture people in and around our county. Also the Fayette County Soil and Water District and Farm Bureau organizations will be hosting their annual meetings that evening at the same site.

Suzanne Mills-Wasniak – Montgomery County
Suzanne is extremely busy managing the Dayton Urban Agriculture sites. Plans are underway to get Hoop Structures built on two sites yet this summer and another site has a Green House that is going to be up graded. Several sites are in production utilizing Grow Socks, and raised beds.
A couple potential sites for this project are finishing business plans. Once business plans are completed for these individuals, these locations will also be receiving a hoop house for production purposes.

Mary Griffith – Greene County
This spring, Mary got a MGV hotline started in Greene County, which has been a great help addressing home garden questions. As a member of the produce safety team she has been busy teaching Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) trainings with workshops in Fairfield, Athens, and Miami Counties. Mary also traveled to Geneva on the Lake with Rob Leeds where they taught a Maps and Apps session at the National Wine Marketers Conference. She taught Lady Beetle Identification workshops with Mary Gardiner and Chelsea Smith in Wooster and Dayton.
In Greene County, Mary hosted an on-farm Spotted Wing Drosophila sprayer clinic with Jim Jasinski and Erdal Ozkan. Mary has been monitoring for insect pests, including SWD, with the help of an ACRE intern who has been supporting work in Champaign, Fayette, and Greene Counties.

Greg Meyer – Warren County
Greg is busy handling pasture and gardening questions this time of year. Greg has nothing big planned for the near future.

Tony Nye – Clinton County
Tony has been busy with several small projects. Tony Just recently was in Washington DC for a week meeting working with USDA – NIFA. An upcoming program is a UAS and Precision Agriculture meeting held in cooperation with Southern State Community College, Sinclair – UAS Training and Certification Center, Farm Bureau, and the Clinton County Extension Office. This program will take place on July 28th and will be held at the Wilmington Campus of Southern State Community College. Tony is also helping with the annual field day for the Southwest Corn Growers, Fayette County Agronomy Club and Ohio State University Extension will be held on August 11, 2015 from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Fayette County Farm.

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Mercer County, Denny Riethman

  • Assisted with planning and conducting a Cover Crop Strategies Field Day held in Auglaize County.
  • Joined with others from the Dairy Working Group and attended the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference and participated in the Dairy Inservice workshop for extension educators.
  • Been conducting a Vegetable Gardening class that will meet monthly during the growing season. Class sessions have been on soils and soil testing, and plant nutrients and fertilizers. Future sessions will be on insects and diseases, composting, and product preservation along with garden site visits.
  • Working with Glen Arnold on several manure application test plots by side dressing corn with swine manure.
  • Regularly meeting with County Soil and Water and NRCS personnel discussing and educating on Avian Influenza preparedness plans.

Auglaize County, Jeff Stachler

  • Presented information about Auglaize County agriculture to Value Leadership Group.
  • Co-presented about managing cover crops at Auglaize, Mercer, and Shelby Counties Cover Crop Field Day.
  • Spoke about scouting for key weeds and weed resistance at monthly Ag Breakfast meeting.
  • Assisted with conversations about wheat staging and how it affects pesticide applications to a Wright State University Agricultural class.
  • Worked with Darke County intern Talyor Dill for a day scouting fields for crop growth and development and weed identification.
  • Working with Glen Arnold on side dressing swine manure to corn.

Darke County, Sam Custer
We are pleased to welcome to our intern for the summer, Taylor Dill. Taylor is an agronomy major at Wilmington College and will be a junior this fall.
This past month we have been planting our On-Farm-Research fields which include population studies, nutrient response, emergence studies related to cold fronts and a soybean emergence in varying levels of corn residue.

We also continue to work with Glen Arnold doing manure side dress applications comparing it with commercial nitrogen applications. These replicated plots are taken to yield and both economics and yields are compared.

One of our Darke County producers used a dragline to side dress 160 acres of corn on May 28-29. This procedure is a result of a tanker application two years ago and a transition to the dragline last year. To our knowledge this is the only place in the world where manure is being side dressed (injected) in standing corn. Unedited YouTube videos of the dragline and tanker applications can be viewed at https://youtu.be/1oofqXAvtbs and https://youtu.be/Oze7YTO4mu4.

Champaign County, Amanda Douridas
I attended the Waste to Worth Conference in Seattle, Washington March 31-April 3. The focus of this conference was manure management and I was able to network with many colleagues from across the country who I had met over the phone through the eXtension Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center. Many states are facing issues with water quality due to nutrient runoff so it was helpful to see what they are doing to help solved the issue.

The tour I went on was of a shellfish farm and surrounding livestock farms. Shellfish are very susceptible to bacteria from human and animal feces runoff. The shellfish farms are forced to shut down harvesting when a large runoff event occurs. As a result, the department of health set up monitoring stations in rivers that send an alert when a large runoff event is occurring. Water is sampled and shellfish farms are shut down and opened back up based on the test results. The entire community including homeowners with septic systems have worked to reduce feces runoff so the impact is minimized, including using a dog to sniff out bad septic systems!

The ACREs intern for Champaign, Greene and Fayette counties is Myer Runyan. He is an Ohio State student and will graduate next year. We have been keeping busy taking stand counts of corn and soybeans for a planting date emergence study along with soil samples for the statewide soybean yield limiting study and corn nematode analysis. We have also been working on a cover crop nutrient uptake project at Western Research Station. The agronomic research demonstration plots at Farm Science Review were planted the last week of May and some treatments have already been applied.

Miami County, Amanda Bennett

  • Met with several homeowners in preparation to plan a Barn Tour for the fall.
  • Performed soil sampling in cooperation with two local farmers as part of the statewide yield study on soybeans.
  • Met with local fruit grower to identify areas for insect traps as part of a statewide trapping project. Also, attended workshop on spotted winged drosophila.
  • Taught over 350 kindergarteners and first graders (and about 50 parents/teachers) from two local school districts about honey production and colony life. This generated an idea for a beginner’s beekeeping class with local FFA teacher which we plan to hold in the fall/winter.
  • Gave fencing presentation (25-30 participants) at Horse Course “Mud and Manure Management” event with partners SWCD, FB, etc.
  • Wrote first article for Troy Daily News/Piqua Daily Call about soil testing.
  • Participated in Texas A&M webinar for new extension professionals across the country, entitled “Welcoming Millennial Professionals to Extension” presented by Dave Varner (UNL). Presentation focused on working with millennials, how they think, and approaches to manage them.

Shelby County, Debbie Brown

  • We held our first “Women in Agriculture” event in Shelby County the end of March with 50+ attending (space maxxed!). The feedback was excellent and we’re planning for next year’s event, looking for a larger venue and discussing ideas for topics/speakers.
  • The Cover Crop Field Day originally scheduled for April 7th, postponed until the 22nd, had a great turn-out with over 50 attendees. Because the field was still too wet to get in (yes, I got stuck again!), we held it at the Township House just up the road. Matt VanTilburg, Jeff, and Denny took pictures and brought some plants indoors so there were “visuals” to discuss.
  • I got to do two “pastures” presentations: One for the “Livestock and the Land” series organized by NRCS; lay-out, fencing, water, etc.; the other for a “Mud and Manure Management” horse program in Miami County sponsored by their SWCD; lay-out and grazing management.
  • Master Gardener activities have been “Bloomin’”!! Our meetings are averaging about 25 attendees! They’ve got the Memorial Garden at the office and the garden at the fairgrounds weeded, mulched, and beautiful. They man a Hotline Mondays and Thursdays, with calls coming in more regularly all the time. In addition, our Volunteers have started a “Peoples’ Garden” at the local AGAPE location and are growing fresh vegetables for the foodbank. They are also helping those who want to learn to grow their own food to get started.
  • We held a Hay-Making Workshop with Jason Hartschuh as presenter. Small attendance, but it went well. There were lots of good questions (*and* answers!).
  • I did a presentation at Rhodes State College’s Annual Career Day for about 50 high-school youth on “Careers in Agriculture.” My approach is from a “food” perspective: from production of the raw product (and all the majors/jobs involved in production) to the processing/development/ marketing of new products.
  • I assisted our 4-H Educator with five Quality Assurance sessions in March and April.
  • Dairy Palooza West was held at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds on May 9th. We had a great crowd, with lots of enthusiasm.
  • I attended the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference in Fort Wayne. The In-service for Extension personnel held each evening was especially interesting.
  • I’ve done weekly news reports for WCSM Radio every Friday morning to promote OSU Extension activities in the area. I’ve also written weekly articles for the Sidney Daily News.

Hardin County, Mark Badertscher

  • The Hardin County Master Gardener Volunteer program had a ‘Phenology’ program with 55 MGVs present from area counties. The program also included a presentation on planting for pollinators and a bare root rose planting demonstration in the educational gardens. We will be hosting our ‘Children’s Day at the Friendship Gardens’ program this month for kids K-5th grade.
  • Later this month will be our ‘Evening Garden Affair’ in which MGVs, county garden club members, and homeowners will be invited to a program on landscaping design.
  • I have received several calls this spring from fruit and vegetable growers. Most of these issues were either cold damage or herbicide drift problems in high tunnels, outside produce patches, fruit trees, and grapes. This has resulted in several visits to Amish farms and submitting bi-weekly reports to the VegNet newsletter.
  • Our Extension office hosted the Spotted Wing Drosophila webinar and a produce safety GAPs program in the county.
  • With the start of the warm weather, homeowners have been bringing insects into the office for identification, as well as calling about tree and landscape problems. Maple tree problems have been the most frequent tree issues, followed by shrubs and lawn weeds. On-site horticulture visits have provided variety this spring.
  • On-farm research has also picked up with layout and side-dressing of Corn Response to Nitrogen plots. Next will be soybean yield-limiting factor research fields, followed by nematode sampling for a local farmer who has been using bio-fumigation with cover crop radishes. This will be followed by Western Bean Cutworm trapping and a county weed survey. OSU Extension, SWCD/NRCS, and The Nature Conservancy are planning a Hardin County Field Day for conservation and nutrient management in the Lake Erie Watershed.

Union County, Wayne Dellinger (April 20 – May 2015)
• Attended numerous county organization meetings for the purpose of introduction and potential involvement
• Met with County Commissioners to discuss position and identify individuals and organizations that would be beneficial to directly contact for introduction/needs assessment
• Met with County Auditor and CAUV Administrator to discuss CAUV inquiries
• Assisted livestock committee with livestock tag-in for Union County Fair
• Interviewed with local paper for article on new employees with OSUE Union County
• Attended Union County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Association meeting – spoke briefly to introduce and discussed potential collaboration on First Responder Ag Rescue training
• Completed First Detector Training Modules via the National Plant Diagnostic Network
• Attended in-service on OSU main campus on Ornamental Diseases and Insects
• Participated in Ag Law webinar “Regulating Agriculture at the Local Level”
• Participated in Direct Marketing team webinar “Signage/Signs to Sell”
• Made numerous farm visits around the county to introduce myself and get input on needs and potential programming topics
• Fielded numerous inquiries regarding tree and garden insects, weeds, and disease.

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