Looking back at a crazy year
By DAVE DUGAN
The year 2012 has been a crazy year to say the least. We have seen weather that has taken a toll on our crops from one extreme to the next. Parts of the three counties that I serve saw tornado damage in March in which lives, livestock and buildings were lost, an extremely dry summer that caused some crops to suffer yield losses while some areas had enough rain for outstanding crops.
New Rule for Livestock
On Dec. 20 the USDA Issued the Final Rule for Animal Disease Traceability. This deals with livestock crossing state lines. The rule is designed to help trace animals should a disease breakout occur. There is a need to be able to trace where animals are and where they have been quickly.
Beef cattle under 18 months of age, unless they are moved interstate for shows, exhibitions, rodeos, or recreational events, are exempt from the official identification requirement in this rule. These specific traceability requirements for this group will be addressed in separate rulemaking, allowing APHIS to work closely with industry to ensure the effective implementation of the identification requirements.
For more specific details about the regulation and how it will affect producers, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability.
Calendar for Programs
As you can see below, there are several programs scheduled for the upcoming months. There are others in the planning stages like a grazing school, and training meetings for writing business plans among others. There is not enough space for all of the programs offered through OSU Extension, so you may want to check out the county web pages. Each county can be found by simply typing in the name of the county.osu.edu.
There is another link for those who might want to attend some agronomy meetings throughout the area or the state. This link can be found in the CORN newsletter at http://corn.osu.edu in the most recent edition. The OSU Beef Team also has a calendar that you can find each Wednesday in the Beef Cattle Letter. Go to http://beef.osu.edu for this information. In many cases, this pattern will hold true for finding information on other subjects, like dairy.osu.edu or sheep.osu.edu.
Dates to Remember
• Small Farm College: The program starts in January with two locations to choose from. The Wednesday night program will be held in Pickaway County at the Circleville Fire Department and the Thursday night program will be in the Clermont County Extension Office in Owensville. Classes begin on Jan. 9 and 10. Details about the class were in my article the last week of October/first week of November. Registration is available at http://adams.osu.edu or insert Brown or Highland.
• SOACDF Scholarship Educational Excellence Competitive Grant: Application period is Jan. 1 through Jan. 31. Contact the Southern Ohio Agriculture and Community Development Foundation for more details at (937) 393‑2700 or http://soacdf.net.
• The Corn College: Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clinton County Extension Office Community room, 111 S. Nelson Ave., Wilmington. For more information about the Corn College, contact OSU-Extension Clinton County Educator Tony Nye at (937) 382‑0901 or email email@example.com.
• 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. 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.
• Pesticide License Testing: Private and commercial testing for applicator license will be offered on Feb. 11, March 11 and April 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 at http://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. Details about registration for this free program will be available soon.
• 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.
(David Dugan in an OSU Extension Educator, ANR, Ohio Valley EERA.)