News tips and events for the week of March 4

Tip 1: Supporting women in agriculture: Some 40 percent of Ohio’s farms are managed or co-managed by women. With women playing such a significant role in the state’s agriculture, a conference is being held to assist them as well as women interested in pursuing the profession. The East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference on March 22 in Massillon features a networking fair and 19 breakout sessions presented by Ohio State University Extension educators, producers, and partner agencies. Jeff Dwyer of Michigan State University Extension will deliver the conference keynote, titled “Weathering the Storm in Agriculture,” about the effects of stress on farm families. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). For more information about the conference, contact Heather Neikirk, an OSU Extension educator in Stark County, at neikirk.2@osu.edu or 330-832-9856, ext. 3476, or visit go.osu.edu/eowia2019.

Tip 2: So you wanna farm: OSU Extension assists beginning and small farm owners by teaching them how to make their farms work better for them. Archbold, Ohio, will be the site of the Northwest Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show on March 16 at Northwest State Community College. Workshops and seminars taught by OSU Extension professionals and industry leaders will be offered in five tracks: horticulture, farm management, livestock, specialty crops, and youth. A trade show will feature vendors unique to small farms. For more information, contact Garth Ruff, an OSU Extension educator in Henry County, at ruff.72@osu.edu or 419-592-0806, or visit go.osu.edu/Cq4g

March 2019

5–6 Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 6, at the McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University, 402 West College Ave., Ada, Ohio. Annual conference for farmers and producers. Registration: $80 for one day or $105 for both days. Details: 419-674-2297, ctc.osu.edu.

6 Ohio Woodland, Water, and Wildlife Conference, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mid-Ohio Conference Center, 890 W. Fourth St., Mansfield, Ohio. Annual conference designed for natural resource professionals and land managers. Registration: $80. Details: 614-688-3421, go.osu.edu/Ch23.

7 Pruning Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon, Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Introductory workshop covering basic pruning techniques, including timing, tools, and proper cuts. Outdoor practice included. Focus will be on landscape trees and shrubs; fruit trees will not be covered. Registration: $25 for members of Friends of Secrest Arboretum; $30 for nonmembers. Details: 330-263-3761, go.osu.edu/Ch2v.

11 Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training, 1–4 p.m., Washington County office of OSU Extension, 202 Davis Ave., Marietta, Ohio. Covers GAPs that reduce the risk of on-farm produce contamination. Registration by March 4: $30. Limited to 20 participants. Details: 740-376-7431, go.osu.edu/CnN5.

12 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ohio Department of Agriculture Bromfield Building, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Designed to meet the Produce Safety Rule training requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Free for Ohio residents; $85 for out-of-state residents. Details: go.osu.edu/Cqx7

12 Livestock Mortality Composting Certification Training, noon to 2 p.m., Robert Fulton Agriculture Center, 8770 State Route 108, Wauseon, Ohio. Registration: $15; includes lunch. Details: 419-337-9210, go.osu.edu/CnKB.

13 Western Ohio Corn College, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Upper Valley Adult Applied Technology Center, 8811 Career Drive, Piqua, Ohio. Hear the latest research and recommended production practices. Preregistration and prepayment required. Fee of $20 per person includes breakfast, lunch, and materials. Registration deadline is March 6. Details and registration form: go.osu.edu/Cphq.

13 Better Together: Connecting Invasive Plant Management and Research, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, Ohio State, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. Research conference and annual meeting of Ohio Invasive Plants Council. Registration: $35; includes morning refreshments, lunch, and conference materials. Details and link to register: go.osu.edu/CnJg.

13 Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training, 1–4 p.m., hardware store north of County Line Auction, 10150 Spencer Road (State Route 301), West Salem, Ohio. Covers GAPs that reduce the risk of on-farm produce contamination. A no-technology training especially for members of the Plain community. Registration by March 6: $30. Details: 330-264-8722, go.osu.edu/Ch2g.

13 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Featuring a variety of topics including selection, planting, diseases, and pests. Free. Details: 330-263-3761, go.osu.edu/Ch2S.

14 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training for Plain Growers, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Designed to meet the Produce Safety Rule training requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Free. Details: 530-249-5834, go.osu.edu/CqyQ.

14 Blueberry, Bramble, and Wine Grape Pruning School, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio. Learn proven pruning techniques to help maximize production and quality in your vineyards and fruit plantings. Registration: $25 by March 8; includes lunch. Details: go.osu.edu/Cpjj.

15 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training for Plain Growers, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Designed to meet the Produce Safety Rule training requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Free. Details: 530-249-5834, go.osu.edu/CqyV.

16 Seeds for Success: Northwest Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Northwest State Community College, 22600 State Route 34, Archbold, Ohio. Designed for beginning and small farm owners. Workshops and seminars taught by OSU Extension professionals and industry leaders will be offered on subjects related to horticulture, farm management, livestock, specialty crops, and more. A trade show will feature vendors unique to small farms. Registration: $60 by noon, March 8; $30 for those under 18; includes lunch. Details: go.osu.edu/Ckyq.

18 Organic Vegetable School, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Moebius Nature Center, 929 E. Mennonite Road, Aurora, Ohio. Join industry experts and researchers for a full day of the latest information on organic vegetable production for your small farm. Registration: $25 by March 11; includes lunch. Details: go.osu.edu/Cky3.

19 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Marion Community and Recreation Center, 7474 College St., Chesterhill, Ohio. Designed to meet the Produce Safety Rule training requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Free for Ohio residents; $85 for out-of-state residents. Details: go.osu.edu/CqyX.

20 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Clermont County office of OSU Extension, 1000 Locust St., Owensville, Ohio. Designed to meet the Produce Safety Rule training requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Free for Ohio residents; $85 for out-of-state residents. Details: go.osu.edu/CqyZ.

21 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training, 9 a.m to 5 p.m., Montgomery County office of OSU Extension, 580 Calumet Lane, Dayton, Ohio. Designed to meet the Produce Safety Rule training requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Free for Ohio residents; $85 for out-of-state residents. Details: go.osu.edu/Cqyb.

21 Cool Season Annuals Sale, 3–6 p.m., Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, Ohio State, Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Court, Columbus, Ohio. Features cool-season flowers and vegetables. Proceeds benefit arboretum’s students, programs, and gardens. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CnJZ.

22 East Ohio Women in Agriculture, 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Drive SE, Massillon, Ohio. Program will feature 19 break-out sessions presented by OSU Extension educators, farmers, and partner agencies on topics ranging from business and finance to plants and animals. Keynote speaker is Jeff Dwyer, director of Michigan State University Extension and senior associate dean of outreach and engagement. Registration: $55, or $35 for students, by March 15. Details: go.osu.edu/eowia2019.

22 Agricultural Outlook Meeting, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Romer’s Catering, 118 E. Main St., Greenville, Ohio. Discussion of issues and trends affecting Ohio agriculture. Speakers will be Barry Ward, Ben Brown, David Marrison, and Ian Sheldon from OSU Extension and CFAES’ Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Registration: $20. Register by March 16 by calling the Darke County office of OSU Extension, 937-548-5215. Details: go.osu.edu/CjCz.

25 Ohio Agritourism Conference and Trade Show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maize Valley Winery, 6193 Edison St. NE, Hartville, Ohio. Learn about the latest trends and topics impacting the agritourism industry, explore options for your farm, and visit a premier Ohio agritourism operation: Maize Valley Winery, Craft Brewery, Farmers Market and Family Fun Zone. Details: go.osu.edu/agritourismconference2019.

27–28 Ohio Compost Operator Education Course, Shisler Center, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Annual professional development course about large-scale and commercial composting. Topics will include site design, management, methods, biology, marketing, regulations, testing, and more. Registration is $275 for the first participant from an organization or company; $225 for each additional participant from the same organization or company; and includes materials, continental breakfast, and lunch. Continuing education credits and grants for attending are available. Details: wicks.14@osu.edu, 330-202-3533, go.osu.edu/Cp79.

28 Ohio State Pollinator Summit, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Looks at the threats faced by bees and what can be done to protect them. For bee biologists, conservation experts, educators, gardeners, and citizen scientists. Features keynote presentation by Laurence Packer, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and presentations by entomologists from Ohio State and the University of Akron. Registration: $50; includes handouts, lunch, and refreshments. Registration deadline: March 18. Details: go.osu.edu/Cqys.

28 First Annual Impact Assembly, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tri-Rivers Career Center, 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, Marion, Ohio. The assembly, which is being put on by the Marion County office of OSU Extension and United Way of North Central Ohio, will bring together land-grant universities, funders, community partners, and residents for a dialogue to tackle social issues. Topics to be discussed will include land-grant university involvement, results-based accountability, asset-based community development, and equity and inclusion. Registration: $50. Scholarships are available upon request. Registration is open from Feb. 15–Mar. 22. Details: Contact Whitney Gherman, gherman.12@osu.edu, 740-223-4040, or visit go.osu.edu/impactassembly.

29–30 Opening Doors to Success: Small Farm Conference and Trade Show, Ohio State University South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio. For small farm owners wanting to learn more about how to make their farms work better for them. Also offers optional hops workshop and Food Safety Modernization Act training. Registrations fees vary. Details: 740-289-2071, go.osu.edu/OSUFarmConference2019.

30 Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Clifty Falls State Park, 1650 Clifty Hollow Road, Madison, Indiana. Educational sessions about forestry and wildlife aimed at helping landowners get the most out of their property. Registration: $45 by March 12; $55 after March 12. Preregistration is required. Details: go.osu.edu/Cqyx.

April 2019

4 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wayne County Administration Building, 428 W. Liberty St., Suite 12, Wooster, Ohio. Designed to meet the Produce Safety Rule training requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Free for Ohio residents; $85 for out-of-state residents. Details: 614-600-4272, go.osu.edu/Cqyz.

8 Environmental Professionals Network Signature Event, “Women in Conservation,” 7–8:30 p.m., Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. A conversation with Frances Beinecke (former president, Natural Resources Defense Council, and winner of the 2007 Rachel Carson Award) and Michelle DePass (CEO, Meyer Memorial Trust, and former senior official, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) about climate change, environmental justice, and the role of women in environmental conservation. Registration details to be announced. Details: go.osu.edu/Cqy7.

10 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features a range of tree-related topics including selection, planting, pests, and diseases. Details: 330-263-3761.

11 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jackson Township Community Building, 10613 Mahoning Ave., North Jackson, Ohio. Designed to meet the Produce Safety Rule training requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Free for Ohio residents; $85 for out-of-state residents. Details: go.osu.edu/CqzD.

11 Farm Bill Summit, 6:30–9:30 p.m., Versailles High School, 280 Marker Road, Versailles, Ohio. An in-depth examination of policy and practical applications with agricultural economists from Mississippi State University, University of Missouri, and University of IllinoisFree, but registration is required. Details: go.osu.edu/Cpkg.

13 Guided Bird Walk, 9–11 a.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. For birdwatchers of all skill levels. Led by members of Greater Mohican Audubon Society. Free. Details: 330-263-3761, go.osu.edu/CnH7.

13 Fruit Tree Pruning Clinic, 1–3 p.m., White House Fruit Farm, 9249 State Route 62, Youngstown-Salem Road, Canfield, Ohio. A discussion of tools and demonstrations of pruning both new and established trees. Preregistration required. $20 registration fee per person includes a set of hand pruners (or folding pruning saw for lefties only) and materials. Details: go.osu.edu/CpkQ.

15 Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production, “Specialized Diets for Pets: Options and Considerations,” 11 a.m., 212 Animal Science Building, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, with videolink to 122 Gerlaugh Hall, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features Kelly Swanson, professor, Department of Animal Sciences and Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois. Free. Details: go.osu.edu/CqzX

16 Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production, “Dietary Manipulation of the Dog and Cat,” 11 a.m., 122 Gerlaugh Hall, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio, with videolink to 212 Animal Science Building, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Features Kelly Swanson, professor, Department of Animal Sciences and Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois. Free. Details: go.osu.edu/CqzZ.

17 Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training, 4–7 p.m., Drake Hall, 33 Greeley St., West Salem, Ohio. Covers GAPs that reduce the risk of on-farm produce contamination. Registration: $30. Registration deadline: April 10. Details: 330-264-8722, go.osu.edu/Cqzj.

24 Guided Spring Walk, 2–3 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features early blooming plants and other signs of spring. Free. Details: 330-263-3761, go.osu.edu/CnHz.

27 Spring Gardening Workshop, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Canfield Fairgrounds, Arts and Crafts Building, 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield, Ohio. Registration: $40; includes lunch and proceedings. Register by calling 330-533-5538. Details: go.osu.edu/CpkZ.

28 Spring Migration Birding Event, 8 a.m., Shenango Wildlife Area, State Route 7, Kinsman, Ohio. Observe and photograph the variety of migratory birds at one of Audubon’s important bird areas in Ohio. Meet at Shenango Wildlife Area parking lot off of Milligan East Road. Free event held rain or shine. Details: go.osu.edu/Cpkd.