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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

November 3, 2020 - 8:00am --

Everyone’s world has been turned upside down this year. Most of our typical events have been cancelled or moved online. With that being said, I am happy to announce that Wayne County Extension is hosting two in-person programs on December 11th at OARDC’s Event Center (Fisher & Shisler).

One program is geared toward our dairy producers and will address health and management topics. The morning will start off with an optional 1-hour farm succession planning presentation by Robert E. Moore from Wright and Moore Law Co. LPA.  Robert specializes in agricultural law and has given numerous presentations on this topic. It is never too early to start thinking about how to pass along the farming operation. 

Attendees can also choose to shorten the program length by arriving around 10:45 to sign-in for the 11:00 session with Dianne Shoemaker, OSU Dairy Field Specialist, as she discusses the status of Ohio's dairy industry trends.

The next session will be with Shaun Wellert, DVM, and professor at OSU ATI. He will be discussing how we can use data in calf rearing to improve health and efficiency on the farm. Dr. Wellert teaches multiple animal science classes, including several in the dairy program. 

Right before lunch, Dianne will be back to help explain the details on a milk check. Dairy farmers were shocked with the -$8 PPD that showed up on summer milk checks. Dianne will share on how that number is calculated and why it was so high. 
Lunch will run from 12:30-1:00 and is included in the $10 registration fee.

Ventilation in our barns is crucial to livestock health. Dr. Gabe Middleton, DVM, will share several key aspects to good ventilation and how poor ventilation impacts cattle health. Dr. Middleton has presented on this topic at several other events. 

Knowing that you have a mastitis issue is one thing. Knowing what caused it can be another. Luciana da Costa, OSU dairy veterinarian, will present an overview of setting up an on-farm culturing system to determine the cause of the mastitis. A startup kit will be offered via a drawing to one of the attendees. The kit ($350 value) is sponsored by W.G. Dairy Supply, Inc.  

By reviewing your herd records, specifically related to health, producers can create a plan to increase profitability through reducing incidence of health issues. Dr Middleton will offer tips on record analysis to improve herd health.

The last presentation, with speaker Dr. Maurice Eastridge, OSU Dairy Specialist, will cover some updates in dairy nutrition based on recent research at OSU. Dairy nutrition is often a place where changes and improvement can be readily made to compensate for financial fluctuations as well as address health concerns. 

Farm Financial Management

This year’s shortened farm financial program will also include a farm transition planning session with Robert E. Moore, but more time will be given for Q&A with him afterwards.

 The other two financial presentations will be on cash flow and how to decide if now is a good time to re-invest in your farming operation. Dianne Shoemaker will be presenting on those two other topics.

Registration will begin shortly before the first program, which starts at 11:30.

Both events will follow OSU’s guidelines on social distancing, use of masks, and total attendance capacity. Each program is limited to 45 attendees. Both programs include lunch with the $10 registration fee. Additional details are available on our website:, calling the office, or emailing me at

Pre-registration is required for either event as part of OSU's guidance surrounding Covid-19. Register by calling 330-264-8722 or email Kerri at


New Pesticide Applicator Licensing

For those seeking a Pesticide Applicator License, ODA is planning testing in several locations throughout the state. Testing was previously only being held in Reynoldsburg, but Wayne county has now been selected as an alternate site. Each timeslot has a limit of 9 applicants. The first date will be December 7th with more to follow in January. Additional information will be available soon on ODA’s webpage or by calling their office.

PAT and Fert. Re-certification

Re-certification for 2020 is available only online and must be completed by Dec. 1st to avoid license expiration. 2021 online testing opens on January 11th. 2021 in-person programming for those who cannot access the online content is being planned for Wayne county and dates will be released after approval from the university.

We thank everyone for their patience and flexibility as we all adjust to a new normal!


Matthew Nussbaum is an OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Assistant and may be reached at 330-264-8722.