Register now for pesticide recertification program
David Dugan Extension Educator, ANR, Ohio Valley EERA
The number of private applicators who currently have a license that expires on March 31 is over 240 individuals in Adams, Brown and Highland Counties. Pre-registration is required. The registration for Pesticide Re-certification needs to be done ASAP. We will not be able to take money or register people at the door this year.
We would like to have all registrations done by this Friday, Jan. 25. Call the Brown County Extension office and Cindy will assist you with registration. The number is (937) 378-6716. If you would rather register in person, the office is located on the Brown County Fairgrounds in Georgetown. The address is 325 W. State St. Bldg. B, Georgetown, OH 45121. The dates and additional information is in the Dates to Remember below.
I have had the Annual Tobacco Meeting scheduled for several weeks now. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at North Adams High School in Seaman, in the Round Room on Wednesday, Feb. 6. I have a couple of tobacco specialists as part of the program as well as some industry people. Please contact the extension office so we know how many to plan for. A light meal (pizza) will be provided.
On Feb. 27 there will be a meeting at the Mason County Extension Office in Maysville, Ky. You need to call the Mason County Office at (606) 564-6808 to register. This meeting will deal with labor issues, which has become a major issue for tobacco producers.
Two Beef Schools
There will be two Beef Schools starting next week in Ohio. I will be offering one of them locally at the North Adams High School on Jan. 29, Feb. 26, and March 19 through the use of the internet. Please call if you plan to attend so I can have enough handouts available.
The other one (Beef Feedlot School) will be offered through the internet to your home or business. The link for this one will cost $20. Below is the information for both schools.
Topics to be covered during the Beef Feedlot School (which you will need to access online) are: Jan. 30- Ruminant Digestive Physiology, Rumen Function, Carbohydrates (at the host site in Crawford County, the program will start at 6:30 with light sandwiches and time to meet the event sponsors); Feb. 13- Protein Digestion and Metabolism, Protein Sources, DDGS; Feb. 20- Receiving and Growing Strategies; Feb. 27- Methodologies to Enhance Marbling and Feed Efficiency.
Below are the topics for the local program at North Adams High School:
The Jan. 29 program features two well-respected and recognizable industry names serving as resources for that session. Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle Company of Colorado, and Dr. Nevil Speer, Professor of Animal Science at Western Kentucky University, will discuss the subject "Breeding Considerations in Today's Beef Industry." Leachman will discuss how crossbreeding can add profit to the producer's bottom line, practical methods to adopt a crossbreeding program, and making right-sized cows. Dr. Speer will discuss the apparent de-emphasis on heterosis by some commercial cow-calf producers and how advanced genetic selection tools, an evolving genetic base, and the growth of quality-driven markets have contributed to this phenomenon.
The Feb. 26 program will focus on the topic "Squeezing Every Dollar out of Forage Production." Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension-Wayne County and Chris Penrose, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension-Morgan County will be the speakers that evening. They will address extending the grazing season, hay production, weed control, and drought recovery.
The final installment of the school will be held on March 19 and will focus on "Enterprises to Remain Competitive in the Beef Industry." John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator, Jeff McCutcheon, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension-Morrow County, and a variety of producers will present options such as backgrounding, stockering, targeting branded programs, raising replacement heifers, and raising embryo calves as unique marketing options.
In both cases, more information can be found by going to the OSU Extension Beef Team Page online. The address is http://beef.osu.edu
Dates to Remember
SOACDF Scholarship Educational Excellence Competitive Grant: application period is Jan. 1 through Jan. 31. Contact the Southern Ohio Agriculture and Community Development Foundation for more details at (937) 393-2700 or http://soacdf.net
Beef School: Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and March 19 in the Round Room at North Adams High School starting at 7 p.m. each night. Please call your county Extension Office to register for this free event.
Private Applicator Re-cert: Pesticide re-certification will be offered at Southern State Community College's South Campus in Fincastle on Monday Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday Feb. 13 at noon, and again on Monday Feb. 25 at noon. All three programs will offer a light meal and materials. The class will cost $35. Pre-registration is required. Space is absolutely limited this year. Contact Cindy at the Brown County Extension Office at (937) 378-6716. These classes will fill-up and be closed when full.
Pesticide License Testing: Private and commercial testing for applicator license will be offered on Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8 at the Old Y Restaurant. You are required to pre-register by calling the Ohio Department of Agriculture at (800) 282-1955 or online at http://pested.osu.edu. Space is limited so register soon. Study materials are also available at the same address or phone number.
Ohio River Valley Agronomy Day: Mason County Extension Office in Maysville, Ky., on Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. Call to register at (606) 564-6808.
Annual Tobacco Grower Meeting: North Adams High School in Seaman on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the evening. RSVP by Feb. 4 for this free program by calling the Extension office, Adams County at 544-2339, Brown County at 378-6716, or Highland County at 393-1918.
Master Gardener Class: Class begins to train volunteers on Feb. 20 at the Brown County Extension Office. Contact the Adams County Extension Office to register at 544-2339 or my cell at (937) 515-2314. The cost is $150 for the 13 week class that will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Small Farm Conference: Wilmington College on March 8 and 9. Go to http://adams.osu.edu, http://brown.osu.edu or http://highland.osu.edu for the printable flyer or call for details.
Farm and Family Night: Maysville Community and Technical College on Tuesday, March 12.