Tracy Turner

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    Water Quality the Focus of March 14 Workshop

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – How to improve water quality across the region will be discussed by Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and industry experts in agriculture, climatology and environmental economics during a workshop and annual conference hosted by the Soil and Water Conservation Society March 14. The “Important Issues in Water Quality and Nutrient Placement” conference will focus on technologies and techniques to minimize the amount of sediment and agricultural chemicals escaping from farmland to streams and lakes, said Randall Reeder, a retired OSU Extension agricultural engineer who is president of the society’s Ohio chapter. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the...
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    March Workshops Offer Marketing Strategies for Ohio Food Businesses

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio farmers and food producers can learn about low- or no-cost ways to effectively promote their businesses by improving their online presence at a workshop offered at four locations in March. The marketing workshop is being offered by specialists from the Direct Agricultural Marketing Program of Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Ohio Proud program. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The ODA’s marketing program identifies and promotes food and agricultural products made and grown in Ohio.   The workshop is designed to offer food producers information on key marketing strategies to promote their businesses and...
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    Conservation Tillage Conference March 2-3 Delivers Value for Crop Advisers, Farmers

    ADA, Ohio – The annual Conservation Tillage Conference not only offers educational programing directly to farmers who are able to attend, it also offers training for certified crop advisers who in turn use that knowledge to advise farmers throughout Ohio who aren’t able to attend. Of the 900 people expected to attend the event, nearly half, 400, are certified crop advisers, said Harold Watters, an Ohio State University Extension agronomy field specialist and coordinator of the university’s Agronomic Crops Team. Watters is also an organizer of this year’s CTC offered March 2-3 in conjunction with OSU Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Northwest Ohio. OSU...
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    Northeast Ohio Winter Grape School is March 16

    MADISON, Ohio – Wine grape growers can learn how about to manage a winged pest that can have a damaging impact on crops during a daylong workshop March 16 sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The Northeast Ohio Winter Grape School will also provide information on how growers across the region can manage winter damaged vines and how to write a business succession and estate plan, said David Marrison, an Ohio State University Extension educator.  The program will be hosted by OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college. The program will feature: How the Farm Service Agency is Helping Grape Growers —...
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    Small Farm Conference Offers Insight on Alternative Production Avenues

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Got some land and aren’t sure what to do with it? Whether you’re a small farmer who already has farming operations underway and wants to learn more options, a landowner wanting to put some unused acreage to work, or even a large-scale farmer looking to put some fields to other profitable use, the “Living the Small Farm Dream” conference may have the answers. The April 2 Small Farm Conference and Trade Show is designed to help make landowners and small farm operations more successful, profitable and sustainable, said Tony Nye, an Ohio State University Extension educator who coordinates OSU Extension’s Small Farm Program. While the event is targeted to small farmland producers typically with less than 100 acres of land who are looking...
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    Conservation Tillage Conference March 2-3 Offers Tips for Farmers in Tight Economy

    ADA, Ohio – High input costs coupled with low grain prices anticipated in 2016 means that growers have to make smarter, calculated choices to grow profitable crops this year. Also important is the need to build and maintain healthy soils to help ensure good water quality, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer. Reeder is an organizer of the annual Conservation Tillage Conference offered March 2-3 by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and is organized by Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, with assistance from our partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Northwest Ohio. OSU Extension...
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    Demand for Goat Meat on the Rise in Ohio: Conference Offers Training on Meat Goat Production

    WILMINGTON, Ohio – The demand for goat meat is on the rise across the Buckeye state, creating a strong market for producers who are able to supply consumers with the specialty meat. “The demand for goat meat is tremendous across Ohio and in neighboring states,” said Tony Nye, an Ohio State University Extension educator who coordinates OSU Extension’s Small Farm Program. “Thanks to the dietary preferences of many ethnic, religious, and health-conscious groups across the region, the demand for goat meat is thriving right now, with all indications that the demand will continue to skyrocket. “Prior to 2000, the majority of goats produced in Ohio were dairy-based,” he said. “At this point, the demand for goat meat is outweighing the supply as...
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    Workshops Focus on Planning for Your Farm’s Future

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farm transition experts from The Ohio State University are offering workshops at several locations statewide to provide farm families with the tools and information needed to successfully pass on the farm business to the next generation. Members of Ohio State University Extension’s Farm Transition Team will hold two-day workshops for farm families to learn what is needed to plan for the transition of their business to the next generation, said David Marrison, an OSU Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The workshop will help farmers assess the future of the farm business, discuss developing the next generation of managers, communicate about farm succession and review...
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    Southwestern Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference Is Feb. 2

    LOVELAND, Ohio – Fruit, vegetable and specialty crop growers can learn how to do everything from increase sales using social media, control pests in their greenhouses, produce barley for malting and understand food marketing regulations during a day-long conference offered by horticulture, entomology and local foods experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The Southwestern Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference is Feb. 2 at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, in Loveland, Ohio. The conference is offered by Ohio State University Extension, which is the outreach arm of the college. OSU Extension has organized a grower school for more than 30 years in southwestern Ohio, but this...
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    Conference Seeks to Boost Profitability of Fish Farming

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Learn more about seafood safety and the 2016 economic outlook for the aquaculture, or fish farming, industry during the Ohio Aquaculture Association Annual Conference Jan. 29-30. The conference will feature aquaculture experts with Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and Ohio State University South Centers as well as other industry professionals. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. OSU South Centers is also a part of the college. The focus of the conference is to help enhance aquaculture enterprise profitability, said Christie Welch, director of the OSU South Centers' Ohio...
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    Two-Day Conference Focuses on Boosting Hops Production

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Ohio hops growers experienced strong demand in 2015 for the specialty crop used as a key ingredient in craft beers, and, experts say, the demand isn’t likely to decline soon. Hops is a main ingredient beer manufacturers use to provide bitterness to balance the sweetness of malt sugars in their product. “Ten years ago, you could count all of Ohio’s breweries on your fingers and toes, ears and nose,” said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with the Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon. “However, in 2015, there were more than 150 licensed breweries statewide to feed the demand for locally brewed craft beer. “To meet this growing demand, an estimated 6,000 acres of hops are required by Ohio craft brewers at current use rates...
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    Northwest Ohio Corn-Soybean Day Is Jan. 22

    ARCHBOLD, Ohio – Tips on effective management practices for the 2016 crop production season, including how to manage soybean cyst nematode and how to improve yields with nitrogen timing, will be discussed during the annual Northwest Ohio Corn-Soybean Day Jan. 22. Offered by Ohio State University Extension, the daylong event will feature multiple farm management presentations as well as some 30 exhibitors from seed and input suppliers, banking, crop insurance, grain marketing, and the farm machinery industry, said Eric Richer, an OSU Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Founder’s Hall at Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2...
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    Corn College Workshop is Feb. 10

    GREENVILLE, Ohio – Producers and agriculture professionals can get an update on the 2016 corn market and learn how to budget a profitable corn crop at a workshop led by farm management experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The 2016 Corn College is a daylong workshop offered on Feb. 10 that will focus on what farmers need to know to operate a successful operation, said Sam Custer, an Ohio State University Extension educator who is organizing the program. OSU Extension is CFAES’s outreach arm. The goal of the workshop, Custer said, is to help farmers focus on critical topics that can help them not only get the most bang for their buck, but to also raise the profit potential for their farms. “We’ll...
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    Ohio State Agronomy Workshop Jan. 19 to Focus on Soil Fertility

    URBANA, Ohio – Healthy soils are a key ingredient to produce strong crop yields, and understanding what nutrients your soils need is a fundamental step in that process, says an educator in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Soil fertility is crucial to maximizing yield potential when growing crops, said Amanda Douridas, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator. “Increasing crop yields starts with understanding what your soils need and making sure that you are making the right nutrient application decisions,” she said. “And that starts with taking a good soil sample so that you can have the most reliable test to base your nutrient application decisions on.”...
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    Ohio State Ag Economist: Cropland Values Not Likely to Rise Next Year

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Although cropland values in Ohio have increased in recent years, low projected profit margins next year will likely restrict land values from increasing in 2016 and may, in fact, cause land values to decrease, an agricultural economist from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University said. Ohio cropland values rose 3.5 percent in 2015, with bare cropland averaging $5,850 an acre, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. Ward, citing statistics from the Ohio Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, said continued lower margins together with the potential for higher interest rates suggest farmland...
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    Ohio State Economist Offers 2016 Grain Market Outlook

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Grain prices aren’t likely to rise next year thanks to stagnant demand growth and ample grain supplies, says an agricultural economist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. With the slowing Chinese economy contributing to stagnant demand growth and the ample supply thanks to large harvests in major production nations the past two years and destocking in Argentina and China, the 2016 grain market will remain one of flat, weak prices, said Matt Roberts, an Ohio State University Extension economist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “The global and U.S. wheat market remains well supplied,” he said. “To date, Great Plains weather has been positive for the 2016 winter...
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    Workshops Promote Benefits of Cover Crops for Crop Farmers and Livestock Producers

    OTTAWA, Ohio – Farmers who plant cover crops can expect to see lower input costs and healthier soils for both crop and livestock production, according to a soil expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. For crop producers, the benefits include lower pesticide use and more efficient use of soil fertilizer and nutrients, said Jim Hoorman, an Ohio State University Extension educator and an assistant professor studying cover crops and water quality issues. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “The increase in soil organic matter from cover crops results in improved water infiltration, less water runoff, improved soil structure, reduced soil compaction and ultimately higher yields for farmers using cover...
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    Extra Care Can Prevent Silage Pileups, Preserve Quality Animal Feed

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Livestock producers need to take extra care when creating and maintaining stored silage piles to not only ensure they produce quality animal feed but also to lessen the risk of injury or even death from suffocation caused by an accidental silage avalanche. Creating safe and nutritional silage piles starts with making sure the height is never higher than what your loading or unloading equipment can safely reach, which is typically 12-14 feet above the silage floor, said Rory Lewandowski, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator. While that may sound intuitive, Lewandowski said, numerous silage avalanches have occurred nationwide in recent years that have resulted in several deaths, according to data compiled by Ruthie and Keith...
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    Beef 509 Workshop Offers Livestock Producers Insight into Harvesting

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Understanding what consumers value and look for when purchasing meat can help livestock producers increase their profit potential and become more competitive in the cattle industry. “The average livestock producer rarely follows the animals through harvest to the finished product,” said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team. “Understanding how prime, choice and select cuts are determined and what goes into establishing value can help producers make more informed choices in their day-to-day management on their farm operations,” Grimes said. To help bridge the knowledge gap, beef experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are offering a...
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    Commercial Grape and Wine Workshop Offered Dec. 3

    PIKETON, Ohio – With interest in Ohio wine production growing among potential producers, understanding what goes into running a successful vineyard and winery can make the difference in developing a profitable operation, according to a grape expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. To help growers — new and experienced alike — learn the basics of grapevine propagation techniques and vineyard management, horticulture and viticulture experts from the college will host the Commercial Grape and Wine Workshop Dec. 3. The workshop will also offer insight into other key concerns facing commercial wine grape growers, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit...
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    Farm Management School Teaches Small, Beginning Producers Farm Finances

    GREENVILLE, Ohio – Producers new to farming or those who operate small farms and ranches can learn how to create a business plan and develop a balance sheet from farm management experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The 2016 Farm Management School, a five-session workshop series, will focus on the financial education that goes along with operating a successful farming operation, said Sam Custer, an Ohio State University Extension educator who is organizing the the program. OSU Extension is CFAES’s outreach arm. Although the farm management school targets those who are new to agricultural fields, any farmer, producer or agriculture-related industry person is welcome to attend, Custer said. The goal of the...
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    Award-Winning Cover Crops Guide Helps Growers Improve Water Quality

    OTTAWA, Ohio – A publication that teaches growers the advantages of using cover crops to improve soil health and crop yields has won several awards and is now in its third printing. The Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide, ID-433, helps growers learn how to improve the region’s water quality while improving soil health, increasing yields, lowering input costs and earning higher farm income, said Jim Hoorman, an Ohio State University Extension educator and an assistant professor studying cover crops, soil health and water quality issues. The guide was collaboratively written in part by soil researchers and educators from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. First published in 2012 and updated in 2014, more than 52,000 copies...
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    Ohio’s 2015 Soybean Crop Performance Trials Reveal Higher than Expected Yields

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite the heavy rains that hit the region early during the growing season this year, soybeans in the majority of test plots planted by researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University still managed to beat expectations. In fact, in four of the six test sites for the 2015 Ohio Soybean Performance Test, soybeans averaged over 70 bushels per acre, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm. “Although this year was very unusual in the amount of rainfall that fell in June, our yields were very high – much higher than expected,” she said. “We averaged over 70 bushels per acre on some...
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    New Worker Protection Rules Impact Farm, Greenhouse Workers

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Owners of farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses that use pesticides in agricultural plant production will have to implement additional safeguards for their pesticide handlers and agricultural workers under a revision to the Worker Protection Standard. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the new rules in the Federal Register Nov. 2. Compliance with most of the new rules will be required by January 2017, said Mary Ann Rose, program director for Ohio State University Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program.  New training content will not be required until January 2018, she said.  OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The increased...
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    New Worker Protection Rules Impact Farm, Greenhouse Workers

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Owners of farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses that use pesticides in agricultural plant production will have to implement additional safeguards for their pesticide handlers and agricultural workers under a revision to the Worker Protection Standard. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the new rules in the Federal Register Nov. 2. Compliance with most of the new rules will be required by January 2017, said Mary Ann Rose, program director for Ohio State University Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program.  New training content will not be required until January 2018, she said.  OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The increased...

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