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AG News Archives for 2016-12

OSU Extension To Host Agronomy Webinars

Ohio State University Extension announces a series of four webinars available to producers, Certified Crop Advisers, and industry offered throughout January and February 2017.  The Corn, Soybean and Wheat Connection series is scheduled to begin on January 24, 2017 and will focus on issues and updates in grain crop production.  Each webinar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be viewed at several host sites across the state or from your home computer.  Certified Crop Adviser credits will be available each evening at physical locations only.


The first session on January 24 will feature Dr. John Fulton and Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins on how to efficiently utilize data from precision agriculture technology to guide farm management decisions.  The second webinar will be held on January 31 and will detail how to assess growing conditions and their impact on ear rots, mycotoxins, and malformation in corn.  This session will be taught by Dr. Peter Thomison, state Corn Production Specialist, OSU Extension and Dr. Pierce Paul, state Corn and Wheat Disease Specialist, OSU Extension.  This January 31 Corn Production and Diseases webinar will be hosted by the Hardin County Extension office, sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America located in Bellefontaine.


The third webinar will be held on February 21 and will cover improving soil health and utilizing cover crops by Dr. Steve Culman and Dr. Ryan Haden, both from Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster.  The final webinar on February 28 will give producers management strategies to increase soybean yield and provide updates on insect trends from 2016.  This session will be taught by Dr. Laura Lindsey, state Soybean & Small Grains Specialist, OSU Extension and Dr. Kelley Tilmon, state Field Crops Entomology Specialist, OSU Extension.


Participants can register to view at host locations by contacting the host directly.  Find a host location near you and a full schedule at go.osu.edu/cswconnection2017schedule.  If you prefer to view the webinars at home, you must pre-register one week before each session to receive login information.  You may register online at go.osu.edu/cswconnection2017.  If you are interested in viewing the webinars at the Hardin County Extension office, contact Mark Badertscher at 419-674-2297 or badertscher.4@osu.edu.  These webinars are on outreach tool of the OSU Extension Agronomic Crops Team.  Each webinar will be recorded and available online one week after the live session.  The location of the recordings will be announced in the C.O.R.N. Newsletter and published at agcrops.osu.edu.  To subscribe to the newsletter, visit corn.osu.edu.



Conservation Tillage Club Breakfast Series Planned

The 2017 Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series will begin on Tuesday, January 10 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory.  Each session will start at 7:30 am with complimentary buffet breakfast followed by the program at 8:00 am.  Other sessions will be held on January 24, February 7 and 21.


On January 10, the program will feature Dr. John Fulton, Precision Ag & the 4Rs.  Fulton is from The Ohio State University, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering.  Fulton has been a national leader in Precision Agriculture, doing research in this area.  His work has him studying drones and aerial imagery to help make management decisions with crop production.  He has also been using variable rate technology and multi-hybrid seeding in plots around Ohio.  He is working on compaction studies and its effect on yields.  His presentation at the Conservation Tillage Club breakfast will focus on using precision ag to determine fertilizer needs and then using equipment technology available to farmers to get the right source of fertilizer applied at the right time, using the correct rate, and the proper placement.


The January 24 program will feature Dr. Jeff Stachler, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Auglaize County.  Stachler received his Ph.D. in Weed Science and has worked out of state before coming back to Ohio to serve as a county extension educator.  Stachler will address New Weed Control Options such as the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend program and other new pesticide programs to help farmers control problem weeds such as marestail, giant ragweed, waterhemp, and Palmer amaranth.  His talk will discuss using fall or spring burndowns, pre-emerge, post-emerge, and use of residuals to help control problem weeds in soybeans and corn.


February 7 Cal Whewell will speak to the Conservation Tillage Club.  He will be presenting the Grain Marketing Outlook, providing area farmers with grain marketing strategies.  Whewell is no stranger in grain marketing circles.  He is a Risk Management Consultant and Regional Director at FC Stone, serving the Toledo area.   FCStone Inc. provides clients across the globe with a comprehensive range of customized financial services and tools to help them protect their margins and manage volatility.  A pioneer in specialized financial services, they open markets for underserved mid-market clients with insight, guidance and access.


The February 21 program will feature Steve Baker, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Soil Scientist speaking about Soil Health.  Baker is a well-known expert on soil health, speaking to audiences about the importance of building soil quality to maximize fertility and improve crop production.  He will discuss various conservation practices that build soil health, while at the same time protect natural resources such as our land and water.  Some of his resources include unlocking the secrets of the soil, soil health and sustainability, and discovering soils from the ground up.  Attendees will gain knowledge of how they can improve their soils, while protecting this most important resource.


The Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series is jointly sponsored by OSU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Hardin, Logan, and Union Counties, and in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Breakfast is provided by the generous support of agricultural lenders and agricultural businesses.  All events are open to the public and no advance registration is required.  Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers is pending.

For more information about OSU Extension, Hardin County, visit the Hardin County OSU Extension website at hardin.osu.edu, the Hardin County OSU Extension Facebook page or contact Mark Badertscher, at 419-674-2297.


New Animal Drug Laws Begin With New Year

The Veterinary Feed Directive will go into Effect on January 1, 2017 or sooner. There will be changes to the way Over-the-Counter drugs can be used with livestock. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the distribution and use of Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs and animal feeds containing such drugs.  So what do these federal regulatory changes mean to you and your livestock operation? Well, According to the FDA, the VFD is a “written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian in the course of the veterinarian’s professional practice that orders the use of a VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal’s feed”.


How does a Veterinary Feed Directive work?  This written statement authorizes the owner of and caretaker the animal(s) to obtain and use animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination VFD drug to treat the client’s animals only in accordance with the conditions for use approved by the FDA.


Examples of drugs or products classified as “VFD” are Aureomycin 4G Crumbles (contains chlortetracycline), Scour-Ease Medicated (contains neomycin and oxytetracycline), SAV-A-CALF Scours & Pneumonia Treatment (contains neomycin sulfate and oxytetracycline), and Calf Medic Plus (contains neomycin and oxytetracycline).


Examples of drugs or products classified as “prescription” are L-S 50 Soluble Powder (contains lincomycin and spectinomycin), Sulfamed-G Soluble Powder (contains sulfadimethoxine), Di-Methox Soluble Powder (contains sulfadimethoxine), and Strike III Type B Medicated Feed (contains hygromycin B).

So what are the changes to drugs that livestock producers may have used in the past to manage the health of their livestock?  To be VFD, drugs that you may have purchased in the past as over-the-counter to be included in your feeding program(s) will now require a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from your Veterinarian of Record with whom you have a valid Veterinary-Client-Patent-Relationship (VCPR).  If you are planning to continue using the drug(s) listed as a VFD in your feeding program, a VFD for each drug is required to be able to buy the drug or product.  VFD drugs must be followed exactly as per label.  


To be prescribed, all water soluble antibiotic and sulfa products that were labeled for administration via water will require a written prescription from your Veterinarian of Record with whom you have a Veterinary-Client Patent-Relationship (VCPR).  Livestock producers would need to have the VCPR to be able to buy these drugs or products.  


Cattle, swine, sheep, and poultry as well as other food producing species such as honey bees, fish are included in these new rules from the Food and Drug Administration.  These new changes become effective January 1, 2017 or sooner, depending on when the manufacturer changes the labeling.  Some suppliers that were able to sell these drugs or products in the past may not be able to sell them after January 1, 2017.  Consult your veterinarian for more information or call or OSU Veterinary Extension at 614-292-9453 if you have further questions about how these changes may affect your livestock operation.


OSU Extension Hosting New, Small Farm College

Are you a small farm landowner wondering what to do with your acreage?  Are you interested in exploring options for land uses but not sure where to turn or how to begin?  Have you considered adding an agricultural or horticultural enterprise but you just aren’t sure of what is required from an equipment, labor, and/or management perspective?  Are you looking for someplace to get some basic farm information?  If you or someone you know answered yes to any of these questions, then the Ohio State University Extension New and Small Farm College program may be just what you are looking for.


Ohio State University Extension of Auglaize and Hardin Counties will be hosting the New and Small Farm College this winter.  New and Small Farm College is an eight session short course that will be held one night a week on Thursdays, starting January 19 and ending March 9.  In case of inclement weather, March 16 will be a makeup session.  The New and Small Farm College will be held at the OSU Lima Campus in Galvin Hall – Room 124, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima.  Each session will start at 6:00 PM with a light dinner followed by presentations beginning at 6:30 PM and concluding at 9:00 PM.  To obtain a copy of the brochure for registration, visit hardin.osu.edu or stop by the Extension Office.  All registrations will need to be sent to Ohio State University Extension – Clinton County.


Topics that will be covered in the New and Small Farm College course include: Getting Started (goal setting, family matters, business planning, budgeting, resources); Appropriate Land Use (walk the farm); Sources of Assistance (overview of county resources such as OSU Extension, government agencies and programs, CAUV, EQIP grants); Legal, Insurance, Business Structure (fence laws, liabilities, insurance needs); Natural Resources (forestry, timber marketing, wildlife,

ponds, etc.); Financial/Production Record Keeping and Taxes (balance sheet, record keeping methods); Marketing Alternatives (direct marketing, cooperatives, agri-tourism, bed and breakfast, niche markets); and Extension/Table Top Discussion (enterprise exploration of livestock and horticulture opportunities).  An additional small farm tour is being planned as part of the course.


One past participant of the New and Small Farm College said, “I recommend this program to anyone starting or thinking about farming in any area.  The amount of knowledge presented was priceless.”  

The cost of the course is $150 per person, $100 for an additional family member.  Each participating family will receive a New and Small Farm College notebook full of the information presented in each class session plus additional materials.  Registrations are now being accepted through January 2, 2017.  Register early as space is limited!  For more details about the course and/or a registration form, contact Jeff Stachler at 419-739-6580 or stachler.1@osu.edu or Mark Badertscher at 419-674-2297 or badertscher.4@osu.edu.


Four Industry Leaders Inducted to Hall of Fame

Change occurs constantly. If you resist it, you lose. If you accept it, you survive, and if you manage it, you succeed. This was the message of keynote speaker Edison Klingler who is a retired OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent of Hardin County. Klingler spoke on the various changes in Agriculture since the time Extension came to Hardin County in 1918. Klingler looked back on the history and advancements made by Hardin County Extension and farmers.


From Left Front: Dr. Bruce McPheron, Stephanie Jolliff (Back) Mark McCullough, Steve McCullough, Mark Rose.

Four agricultural leaders were inducted into the Hall of Fame, first was Ridgemont High School Agriculture Education Instructor and FFA advisor, Stephanie Jolliff. Jolliff started at Ridgemont High School in 2005 and has led members to numerous state and national awards. Her personal achievements include being the first to be named the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Woman of the Year, Being honored by the Ohio Farm Bureau, and serving on numerous committees and in many organizations. Jolliff’s past students noted that she was extremely innovative in the classroom and helped students and peers find their paths in agriculture.


Stephanie Jolliff Accepting her award.


The late Wright McCullough who is known as an inventor and farmer to the Hardin County area was inducted next. As the founder of McCullough industries, Wright always said “Find a need, build a product to fit that need.” according to Grandson Dustin that presented the award. McCullough is known for many things, some of which include inventing a complete feed mixer, and the Wright Self Dumping Hopper, which are produced in Hardin County and travel worldwide.


Steve McCullough accepting his father's award on behalf of his family.


Known as “A Buckeye and a bug guy” Dr. Bruce McPheron, the Ohio State University Provost and Executive Vice President was honored next. Dr. McPheron was formerly a professor of Entomology (the study of insects) at both Penn State University and The Ohio State University where he has researched insect pests. McPheron was also the Dean of the College of Agriculture at Penn State and Dean of the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.


Dr. Bruce McPheron giving his acceptance speech.


Finally, Mark Rose, who is the Director of the Financial Assistance Program for the Natural Resources Conservation Service or “the money man of the NRCS” was inducted. Rose makes sure that NRCS programs are implemented across the country. Rose was a member of the Kenton FFA Chapter and a member of Hardin County 4-H. He addressed the FFA members in the room, saying “Don’t be afraid to go out, but don’t be afraid to come back.” Citing his roots in Hardin County and how working on a farm from a young age helps him daily in Washington D.C.

Mark Rose accepting his award.


New Regestration Deadline for 2017 Beef Exhibators

According to the Hardin County OSU Extension office, This year the County Fairboard will require all steers, dairy steers, and market heifers being exhibited in the 2017 Hardin County Junior Fair show, to be registered.  The County Extension Office will handle the registration. All animals must be registered by December 28, 2016. This deadline will be strictly enforced.


The Tag-in/Weigh-in Day for the market steers, dairy steers & market heifers will be December 31st, 2016 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Hardin County Fairground’s beef barn. All market steers, dairy steers & market heifers that are entered to show in the 2017 Fair are required to be tagged. At the time of tagging, the Jr. Fair member will have the option to have their animals weighed to be eligible for the Rate of Gain Contest.


The Hardin County Cattle Producers will furnish the tag for the first 2 market steers, dairy steers & market heifers entered for each Jr. Fair member. Any additional animals tagged will be at the cost of the Jr. Fair member.  The Jr. Fair Exhibitor will be given a copy of their weights to be put with their records.


The market beef registration form, is to be returned to the Extension Office by December 28, 2016. Registration will not be accepted without the 4-H or FFA Advisor's signature (or email verification), parent's signature, and member's signature.


You may register as many market beef as you own and are keeping records on as a part of your 4-H or FFA project.  Two registered animals can be entered in the Market Beef Class at the Fair. Market beef shown at the Ohio State Fair will be required to have a DNA hair sample on file in Columbus by January 15th.  Four market beef animals can be nominated to show.


To obtain more information, contact the Hardin County OSU Extension Office at (419) 674-1197.


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