Educational series to focus on sheep, goat care
By DAVE DUGAN
In the same format as the Beef School that I am hosting at North Adams High School, there will be a Sheep and Goat WebEx Series starting on Monday, Feb. 4. The closest location is the Clinton County Extension office in Wilmington. The dates are the four Mondays in February and the program will begin at 7 p.m. each night. If you would like to attend there is no charge, but you do need to contact Tony Nye firstname.lastname@example.org or call (937) 382‑0901 so handouts can be made ahead of time.
The topics and speakers are: Feb. 4 — Dr. Eric Gordon, OSU Large Animal Veterinarian, “Vaccination Programs for Sheep and Goat Operations”; Feb. 11 — Dr. Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, CEO, American Society of Animal Sciences, “Artificial Insemination Techniques of Sheep and Goats”; Feb.18 — Jeff McCutcheon and Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension, “Managing Pastures and Hay Fields after a Drought”; Feb. 25 — Dr. Keith Inskeep, West Virginia University, “Use of EAZI-BREED CIDR for Sheep and Goat Operations.”
The Sheep and Goat WebEx Series is a four-part educational series; an individual can go to all or part of the programs. Follow www.ohiosheep.org or http://sheep.osu.edu/ for program changes or additional remote sites.
Pork Quality Assurance and Animal Composting
Mark your calendars for two programs that will be coming up in mid-March. The date is March 14 for several things, some of which I will explain in the next section. In the evening on March 14, will be a Pork Quality Assurance for adults at the United Producers Stockyards in Hillsboro begins at 7 p.m.
Prior to the PQA there will be an opportunity to attend training for Animal Composting. This program is limited in space, so register early. Tony Nye, Clinton County Educator will be conducting both of these programs, so for more information or you can register by calling Tony at (937) 382‑0901.
Training for Writing Business Plans
There will be four local opportunities for people to receive training to write better business plans for applying for Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation funds in 2013. For more information about previous programs you can log onto http://soacdf.net or call the office at (937) 393‑2700.
The dates, times and locations for the training workshops are:
Thursday, March 14, 1 p.m.-Washington Twp Township Building, 2238 SR 756, Moscow
Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m.- Brown County OSU Extension Office, Fairgrounds, Georgetown
Monday, March 25, 1– p.m. Southern State Community College, Gateway Center, US 62, Fincastle
Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.- OSU Extension, Courthouse Annex, N. Cross St., West Union
I get calls from time to time from people interested in growing organic crops. There are two upcoming educational programs that might be right on target if you want to know more about organic farming. The first one is in Ohio and the second is in Kentucky. Keep in mind that the rules may differ from state to state, but the production ideas would be the same.
The Ohio Conference is put on by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association in Granville on Feb 16 and 17. Registration information and complete conference details can be found athttp://oeffa .org or you can call (614) 421‑2022. Registration for both days is $205 for non-member adults, and one day is $120. Memberships are cheaper than the difference in fees, so if you plan to attend, look at the membership fees for individuals and families.
The program in Kentucky will be at Berea College on March 1 and 2. The conference information can be found at http://oak-ky.org or you can call (502) 535‑6787 with questions. Registration is $25 for adult non-members if paid by Feb. 17.
(David Dugan is an OSU Extension Educator, ANR, Ohio Valley EERA.)
Dates to Remember
Beef School: Two remaining nights are 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. As of Jan. 29, the Feb. 4 date is now full.
Pesticide License Testing: Private and commercial testing for applicator license will be offered on Feb. 11, March 11 and Apr. 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 athttp://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.