Tracy Turner

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  1. Conference to Help Small Farm Owners Live their ‘Small Farm Dream’

      ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- Small farm owners who want to learn more about how to make their farms work better for them or expand their operations, or for those new to agriculture who are looking for ways to utilize acreage, can attend workshops and presentations on these and more issues during a small farm conference March 23 in Zanesville, Ohio. The "Living Your Small Farm Dream" conference and trade show is designed to help participants learn more tips, techniques and methods to help them diversify their opportunities into successful new enterprises and new markets as a way to improve economic growth and development on their farms, said Mark Mechling, an Ohio State University Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources. "It may be a person who is new to...
  2. Ohio State University to Host Statewide Farm to School Conference March 13

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Educators, farmers, food producers, businesses and anyone else interested in creating or expanding a Farm to School program can learn from the experts on how to do so during a Farm to School conference March 13.  Ohio State University Extension, with the support of the Ohio departments of education, health and agriculture, will host the Farm to School conference as part of its goal to continue to expand the successful program, which works to increase students’ access to healthy foods and to help them learn more about food, health, nutrition and agriculture, said Julie Fox, director of the Ohio Farm to School program.  Farm to School is a national program, which in Ohio is led by OSU Extension and is supported by numerous agencies,...
  3. CANCELLED: USDA Chief Economist to Speak on Crop Insurance and World Trade Organization Feb. 12

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Joseph Glauber, chief economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will present “Crop Insurance and the World Trade Organization” Feb. 12 as part of a seminar series sponsored by Ohio State University’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE). The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, on Ohio State’s main campus in Columbus. As USDA’s chief economist, Glauber is responsible for the organization’s agricultural forecasts and projections and for advising the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on economic implications of alternative programs, regulations and legislative proposals. Glauber is also the...
  4. OSU Extension to Offer Tax Webinar Feb. 6 to Update Growers and Producers on Farm-related Tax Issues

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University Extension will host at Farm Tax Webinar Feb. 6 designed to help farmers and producers understand new tax laws and rules adapted after the so-called fiscal cliff legislation, organizers said. The two-hour program will offer updates on key issues pertinent to farmers, growers and producers, said Larry Gearhardt, director of the Ohio State University Income Tax School Program of OSU Extension. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “This webinar is so important because it’s an opportunity to explain to farmers and producers the changes in tax laws as a result of the ‘fiscal cliff’ legislation,” he said. “...
  5. OSU South Centers to Host Farmers Market Conference March 11-12

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers, growers, farmers market managers, vendors and anyone else interested in farmers markets can learn tips for increasing a customer base, determine how to prepare for a disaster and get updates on key food safety regulations during a Farmers Market Conference March 11-12, organizers said. Ohio State University South Centers will host the statewide conference as part of an effort to continue to offer new ideas, best practices and information to and from Ohio’s farmers markets and vendors, said Christie Welch, farmers market specialist at OSU South Centers at Piketon.  The conference will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on Ohio State’s main campus in Columbus. OSU South Centers is...
  6. Conference to Help Small Farm Owners ‘Open Doors to Success’

      WILMINGTON, Ohio -- Small farm owners who want to learn more about how to make their farms work better for them by increasing profits, increasing marketing efforts, expanding operations, or adding new educational or agritainment amenities can attend workshops and presentations on these and more issues during a small farm conference on March 8-9 in Wilmington, Ohio. The "Opening Doors to Success" conference and trade show is designed to help producers learn more tips, techniques and methods and to increase their awareness to make their small farm operations more successful, which can lead to increased farm profits, said Tony Nye, an Ohio State University Extension educator. "This intensive conference will provide participants the opportunity to choose from a...
  7. OSU Extension Conference Offers Education and Support for Conservation Tillage, March 5-6

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – When it became apparent that the dry spell many Ohio growers were experiencing last year would become the worst drought in 50 years, David Brandt wasn’t worried about how well corn and soybeans on his 1,150-acre farm would fare.  The Carroll, Ohio farmer instead relied upon a natural form of insurance that left the soils in his fields protected against the devastating effects of the record heat and drought that decimated many farmers nationwide in 2012.  Using conservation tillage methods such as no-till and planting cover crops including radishes and Austrian winter peas in 15-inch alternating rows, as well as an eight-species cover crop blend, allowed the ground temperatures on his farm to remain in a healthy range of 80 to 90 degrees...
  8. Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council Conference is Feb. 8

      REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – While the drought of 2012 was an extreme example of dry conditions during a growing season, it was not an anomaly, meaning producers have to be prepared to deal with periods of dry conditions as part of their annual management plans, an Ohio State University Extension specialist said. Tips and techniques of how to do so will be discussed by experts in the field from OSU Extension and regional and national experts during a day-long conference hosted by the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council Feb. 8. The event is designed to help provide information for producers on how to make their pastures and forage crops more resilient and higher yielding, said Mark Sulc, an OSU Extension forage specialist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of...
  9. OSU Researchers Working to Increase Blackberry and Raspberry Production in Ohio

      PIKETON, Ohio – Researchers with Ohio State University Extension are in the midst of a multi-year project studying alternative planting methods to help Ohio growers increase the production of two small, increasingly popular fruits that many health experts hail as “superfoods.” The demand for blackberries and raspberries has exploded in recent years thanks to consumers who covet the tiny sweet fruits for their many health benefits, said Gary Gao, an OSU Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at the OSU South Centers at Piketon. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. And with the growing consumer demand for more locally grown, healthy foods, farmers who are able to increase...
  10. Conference Offers Training and Education for Grape Growers and Wine Producers Feb. 18-19

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Grape growers, wine producers and anyone interested in learning more about the wine industry will have several opportunities to learn from local and national professionals in the field during the 2013 Ohio Grape and Wine Conference.   The conference, which will be held Feb. 18-19 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Dublin, is anticipated to attract some 250 participants throughout the region, said Imed Dami, a state viticulture (grape growing) specialist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and Ohio State University Extension. The conference is offered jointly by Ohio State's Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, OSU Extension, OARDC, the Ohio Grape Industries Committee and the Ohio Wine...
  11. OSU Extension offers Beef Cattle School Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and March 19

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Producers interested in learning more about how to increase cattle profits, including an in-depth look at crossbreeding programs, can participate in a discussion of the issues by experts from Ohio State University Extension and nationwide, during a Beef Cattle School Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and March 19 at several locations statewide.  The beef cattle school kicks off Jan. 29 with presentations from two nationally known cattle experts who will discuss how crossbreeding can boost profits for producers and how genetic selection tools have contributed to the de-emphasis on heterosis by some commercial cow-calf producers, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for OSU Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team. Lee Leachman of the Leachman Cattle Company...
  12. Organic peppers

    Organic Farming Conference Features Record 27 Ohio State University Presenters, Feb. 16-17

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – From vegetable grafting and dairy cow management to plasticulture strawberry production and organic grain production, Ohio State University professionals will present pertinent information on some of the key issues in organic and sustainable agriculture next month during Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference.  The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 34th annual conference, Growing Opportunities, Cultivating Change, is Feb. 16-17 in Granville, Ohio. And with 27 workshops, Ohio State scientists, specialists and students will offer a record number of presentations during the event, which is expected to draw 1,200 participants, organizers said.  The previous high was 19 workshops...
  13. OSU Extension to Offer Beef Feedlot School in January, February

      BUCYRUS, Ohio -- Farmers and producers interested in learning more about beef feedlot nutrition and maximizing profits can participate in a discussion of the issues by experts from Ohio State University Extension during a Beef Feedlot School Jan. 30 and Feb. 13, 20 and 27, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds youth building, 610 Whetstone St. in Bucyrus.  The school will focus on beef feedlot nutrition, maximizing profits by increasing feed efficiency and using byproducts to reduce feed costs, said Jason Hartschuh, OSU Extension coordinator in agriculture and natural resources, and organizer of the event.  “With the rising costs of inputs and grain prices being at record levels it will be important for...
  14. OSU Extension: Producers May Need to Supplement Feed to Ensure Successful and Productive Calving Season

      PIKETON, Ohio – Producers who want to assure a healthy, productive calving season may want to consider testing their forage supplies to ensure the feed is of high nutritional value, an Ohio State University Extension beef expert said.  Otherwise, feeding poor quality forages to cows in the late gestation or early lactation period can have devastating negative impacts on conception rates in the following breeding season, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for OSU Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  If producers find they have poor quality forage, they may want to supplement the feed with higher quality corn for those cows, particularly with first-calf heifers, he said...
  15. High Tunnel Workshop Offers Farmers Options to Increase Profits

      PIKETON, Ohio – Are you a specialty fruit or vegetable crop producer looking to gain a better understanding of how to use high tunnels to boost on-farm profits? Now you have the opportunity to attend a joint Ohio State University Extension and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) workshop on this topic, Feb. 8, 2013. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the OSU South Centers at Piketon, 1864 Shyville Road. Registration is $20, with a Jan. 15, 2013, deadline. The workshop will feature OSU Extension horticulturist Brad Bergefurd and Gary Gao, an OSU Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops, both of whom are based at OSU South Centers at Piketon. Abbe Copple, district conservationist at Pike County NRCS,...
  16. OSU Extension Agronomics Team to Offer Certified Crop Adviser Exam Prep Jan. 16-17, 2013

      SIDNEY, Ohio – People planning to take the Certified Crop Adviser exam can gain testing insight through a two-day CCA exam preparation session taught by members of Ohio State University Extension’s Agronomic Crops Team, Jan. 16-17, 2013. The course is designed to help participants understand the principles necessary to become a certified crop adviser and to assist in preparation for the state and international CCA exams, said Harold Watters, an OSU Extension agronomy field specialist and coordinator of the university’s Agronomic Crops Team. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. While the exam preparation class wasn’t created to be a “crash course” covering all information...
  17. Farmland Preservation Summit Set for Jan. 17

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers, landowners, planners, local officials, land trust leadership, economic development professionals and anyone interested in preserving farmland in Ohio can get tips from the experts on the subject during a farmland summit on Jan. 17.  The 13th  annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit is designed to help interested parties learn various techniques, tools and methods to preserve farmland, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension educator and Small Farm Program coordinator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  During past farmland summits, experts have presented tools on legal ways for people to preserve farm land, he said.  “This...
  18. OSU Expert: Farmland Value Projected to Increase in 2013

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cropland values in Ohio increased in 2012 and are expected to continue on an upward trend in 2013, despite the drought that devastated growers this year, an Ohio State University Extension expert said.  Ohio cropland value rose 13.6 percent this year, with bare cropland averaging $5,000 an acre, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for OSU Extension.  Ward, citing statistics from the Ohio Agriculture Statistics Service, expects the trend to continue next year, with “projected budgets for Ohio’s primary crops for 2013 showing the potential for strong profits.” This is true, he said, in spite of the drought of 2012, which devastated growers and producers across the country, particularly in the Midwest...
  19. OSU Extension Expert: Cold Weather Increases Livestock Energy Needs

      WOOSTER, Ohio – While colder temperatures now experienced throughout the region mean livestock producers need to be aware of increased livestock energy requirements, those animals that may be thinner because of the drought could need extra energy supplements sooner, an Ohio State University Extension educator said. Cold temperatures, cold rains and muddy conditions can significantly increase the energy required by livestock metabolism to provide enough heat for the animal to maintain its body temperature, said Rory Lewandowski, an agricultural and natural resources educator for OSU Extension. But those animals that have less body condition and less body fat as a result of grazing on drought-impacted pastures may need to have that additional supplement sooner to be able to...
  20. Growers can expect to see tight supplies next year and lower grain prices

    OSU Extension Ag Economics Expert to Offer Market Update During Annual Grain Farmers Symposium

    WILMINGTON, Ohio – With the U.S. Agriculture Department’s forecast that corn production this year will drop to its lowest point since 2006 as a result of the historic drought nationwide, growers can expect to see tight supplies next year and lower grain prices, Ohio State University Extension economist Matt Roberts said.  Prices, supplies and demand are only some of the concerns growers have going into 2013, he said. With that in mind, Roberts will provide a market update for growers Dec. 13 during the 2012 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium at the Roberts Centre and Holiday Inn, 123 Gano Road in Wilmington.     The symposium will allow growers the opportunity to hear the latest agricultural issues impacting their operations, said Harold Watters, an OSU...
  21. Bovine anaplasmosis is a bloodborne disease that could cause severe anemia shortly after a cow is infected, which in some cases results in death or abortions

    OSU Extension to Host Informational Meeting on Bovine Anaplasmosis

    MCCONNELSVILLE, Ohio – A disease that could cause death in cattle but hasn’t gotten much attention in Ohio is being reported to veterinarians, indicating a need to get more producers to understand what the disease is and how to combat it, a pair of Ohio State University Extension experts said. Bovine anaplasmosis is a bloodborne disease that could cause severe anemia shortly after a cow is infected, which in some cases results in death or abortions, said William Shulaw, an OSU Extension beef/sheep veterinarian. And cows that recover from the disease become a lifetime carrier of the bacteria that causes it unless it is successfully treated, he said. The disease is typically transmitted through biting flies and blood-contaminated inanimate objects such as hypodermic needles,...
  22. Oats

    OSU Extension: Ohio Oats Expected to Produce Excellent Yields and Good Supplement for Low Forage Supplies Thanks to Drought

    LANCASTER, Ohio – Ohio growers this year have planted more oats after wheat and into early harvested corn silage fields. And thanks to late-season rains, the crop is expected to produce “excellent yields,” which is a boost to producers suffering through low forage supplies after drought, an Ohio State University Extension beef cattle expert said. Although late rains haven’t been abundant, they’ve provided enough moisture to produce excellent oat yields and quality for many growers throughout the state, said Stan Smith, an OSU Extension program assistant in agriculture and natural resources.  That’s significant considering that the drought of 2012 has been one of the worst on record in Ohio, leaving many livestock producers hard-hit in their...
  23. 2012 Land Use Conference

    OSU Extension to Host Statewide Land-Use Conference January 2013

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Government officials, planners, developers, landowners, farmers, producers and those interested in land-use implications regarding everything from agriculture as an economic force to planning for oil and gas use, can participate in discussions on those issues and more during the 2013 Ohio Land Use Conference, Jan. 11 in Columbus. Sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, Lake Erie Commission, Ohio Water Resources Council, Ohio Balanced Growth Program and Cleveland State University, the “Linking Land Use and the Economy: Our Land, Our Water, Our Future” conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. The conference kicks off with an...
  24. Wayne County Farmers Dan and Randy Bower examine drought-impacted corn

    Post 2012 Election: Farm Bill and the Fiscal Cliff

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the election of 2012 over, it may be a good thing that the forthcoming debate over the so-called fiscal cliff of automatic budget cuts and tax increases coincides with the ongoing debate over the farm bill, an Ohio State University farm policy expert said. The debate over the 2012 Farm Bill involves many aspects of the broader policy discussions currently occurring in the U.S., said Carl Zulauf, who is also a professor in Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics.  In a paper written the day after the election, Zulauf said that while it is risky to simplify the policy environment in any country as large and diverse as the U.S., “many issues confronting the U.S. at present can be viewed as...
  25. Students access healthy foods at school thanks to Farm to School program

    Ohio State to Host Statewide Farm to School Conference March 2013

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than 250 farmers, producers, educators, school food service professionals, business leaders and Ohio State University Extension experts are expected to attend a statewide conference on the Farm to School program, with a goal to continue to get more fresh, locally grown and produced foods into more school cafeterias. OSU Extension will host the Farm to School conference March 13, 2013, as part of an effort to continue to expand the successful program, which works to increase students’ access to healthy foods and to help them learn more about food, health, nutrition and agriculture.  Farm to School is a national program, which in Ohio is led by OSU Extension and is supported by numerous agencies, foundations and industry organizations. OSU...

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