Kitchen table conversations a feature at Farm Science Review

Farmhouse kitchen table

On every farm, some of the best conversations and discussions often center around the family kitchen table. Some important "Kitchen Table Conversations" will be hosted each day at the 2022 Farm Science Review (FSR) by Ohio Women in Agriculture of Ohio State University (OSU) Extension.

FSR is held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38, near London. The 60th annual farm show will focus on “Embracing Time and Change.” Review hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20–21 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22.

Join the kitchen table conversations either in-person or virtually via Zoom on September 20, 21, and 22 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Programs will focus on key topics related to health, marketing, finance, legal, and production for women in agriculture. 

In-person sessions will be located on the north side of the Firebaugh Building at 384 Friday Avenue. Zoom session registration is required to participate virtually. Register at

Each session will feature a leading expert and moderators to generate dialogue and discussion among participants. 

On Tuesday, OSU Extension educator David Marrison from Coshocton County, will lead a conversation on “When Death Happens – Managing the Farm Without Your Business Partner.”

Death can change everything, especially your ability to manage the farm without your business partner. Discover how you can better prepare to manage your farm business without your spouse or sibling. Learn some strategies that can help you plan for the challenge of managing a farm alone.

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the topic will be Female Farmer Financing Options: Opportunities with USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Loans.” Eric Richer, OSU Extension educator in Fulton County, will lead a conversation on how you can find unique farmland financing options for females, veterans, and minority farmers. Learn more about the requirements, normal rates, and roles.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, Defiance County OSU Extension educator, Bruce Clevenger, will address “The Devil is in the Details: Communication and Record Keeping for Improving Farm Management.”

Family farms are only as good as their communication. A record-keeping system is a valuable form of communication when the level of detail fits the needs of the farm decision-makers. Useful record keeping can move a farm management team beyond the basic tax return to exploring problem-solving and strengthening the family farm business.

Visit the OSU Extension Ohio Women in Agriculture display inside the Firebaugh Building for additional women in agriculture opportunities. The Ohio Women in Agriculture blog is also available at

Sherrie R. Whaley
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Gigi Neal