OSU Small Farm program to host March conferences
By TONY NYE
Ohio State University Extension Small Farm Program will host two conferences in March dedicated to assisting small farm landowners.
The mission of the OSU Small Farm program is to provide a greater understanding of production practices, economics of land use choices, assessment of personal and natural resources, marketing alternatives, and the identification of sources of assistance.
Ohio State want to help farm families improve economic growth and development on their farms. To help small farm landowners and families diversify their opportunities into successful new enterprises and new markets. And to improve the agricultural literacy among small farm landowners that have not been engaged actively in agricultural production in the past.
These intensive conferences will give participants the opportunity to choose from a diverse variety of seminars that can help them be successful in their farming operations.
The first conference is the 5th annual “Opening Doors to Success” Small Farm Conference and Trade Show to be held March 8 and 9 at Wilmington College located in Wilmington, Ohio. The conference will feature approximately 30 breakout sessions and a trade show for small farmers.
The conference kicks off on Friday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. with an informative session: “Opportunities and Challenges to Running a Successful Small Farm Operation” which will embrace interactions between presenters and audience. A Panel of Area Producers will address such issues as labor, financing, customer relations, agritainment, and more.
On Saturday, March 9, registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the day will conclude at 3:45 p.m. The day will feature approximately 30 breakout sessions offered throughout the day and will cover a variety of topics that will include such examples as: Bee Keeping; Vermiculture; Vegetable Nutrient Management; Generating Energy for the Small farm; Utilizing Maps and Apps Technology to Market Your Business; Christmas tree Production; Cover Crops; Grafting of Trees; Cheese Making; Preparing and Selling Food Products – Rules, Regulations, and Legal Liability; Lavender Production; Raised Bed Production; Pasture Management; Selecting a Livestock Enterprise for a Small Farm; Fertigation of Tomatoes; SARE Grants and Resources; Greenhouse/Tunnel Production; Food Safety; Agricultural Law Considerations; Developing Water Systems for Pastures; Growing Hops; Marketing; Financial Management; Disease Management of Fruits and Vegetables; Producer panels and so much more.
Registration is $20 on March 8, $50 on March 9 or $60 for both days. Registration deadline is March 1. For more information, log on to: http://clinton.osu.edu under county events, or contact OSU Extension educator Tony Nye at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937–382-0901.
The third annual “Living Your Small Farm Dream” Eastern Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show will be held on March 23, 2013 at the Muskingum County Convention & Welcome Center, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. in Zanesville, Ohio.
The conference will begin with a keynote address, “Planning and Goal Setting”, presented by Mike Hogan, OSU Extension followed by over 20 breakout sessions attendees can pick and choose from.
Examples of breakout sessions at this conference will include: maple syrup, sheep production, goats health and production, forages, livestock nutrition, direct marketing of meat, social media, Christmas trees, legal issues for your small farm, soil basics, goats, brambles, high tunnels, beekeeping, vegetables and financing/loans, where to get additional assistance, and much more.
Registration is $50 per person. Registration deadline is March 18th. For more information log on to: http://muskingum.osu.edu , http://clinton.osu.edu , or contact OSU Extension educator Mark Mechling at email@example.com or 330–324-6341.
These two conferences are co-sponsored by OSU Extension Small Farm Program; Farm Credit Mid-America; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture offices of the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Agriculture Statistic Service and Rural Development.
If you would like more information about this please contact Tony Nye at 937–382-0901 or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(L. Tony Nye is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, OSU Extension, Clinton County.)