1. Fertilizer Costs Make Manure Look Better

    Mar. 09, 2021

    The past several weeks, agricultural news sources have been highlighting the rapid increase in fertilizer prices. The first proposed cause of this spike is due to the increase in corn prices, which in turn, increases the demand for fertilizer. Beware, we are all familiar with the market ups and downs. If the corn market is flooded at the end of 2021 and there is still limited demand for ethanol production due to COVID-19, corn prices will plummet, and grain farmers will be stuck with lower-priced corn.

  2. Spending Biases

    Mar. 09, 2021

    As time for tax returns are here, I’m sure many have varied plans in how to spend a little extra money.  This year has been like no other, and with household budgets being strained, there’s always somewhere to place a few extra dollars.  A co-worker of mine, Emily Marrison, wrote a few weeks ago about how some of our biases influence our financial behaviors. Please read on to see if you can relate to any of these:

  3. Farm Transitions are Easier with Planning

    Mar. 02, 2021

    Many of our farms in Ohio are family operated and owned. There is also a considerable expectation that the next generation will someday take over the family farming operation. This article will not address the specifics or offer a multi-step farm estate plan, but instead offers some general considerations.

  4. 4-H Prepares Youth to be Engaged Citizens

    Mar. 02, 2021

    4-H offers youth opportunities to develop life skills such as leadership, responsibility, initiative, confidence, the ability to speak in public, run a meeting, balance a checkbook, and so much more through hands-on experiential learning.  4-H delivers experiential learning through more than 200 different projects that youth can choose from as well as through opportunities at numerous camps, livestock clinics, and other special events.  4-H youth also have the ability to exhibit their projects and animals at the Wayne County Fair.

  5. Wayne County 4-H Program Assistant

    Feb. 26, 2021

    Wayne County 4-H is hiring! We are currently seeking a 4-H program assistant to develop various aspects of the Wayne County 4-H program. The complete position description and application instructions can be found at Applications are due by March 7, 2021.

  6. Grain Bin Safety Week & IPM Scouting Program

    Feb. 23, 2021

    Grain Bin Safety Week

    Farming consistently ranks as one of the most hazardous job occupations and according to the Ohio State University Extension Farm Safety and Health program, on average, 26 Ohio farm workers lose their lives to production agriculture each year.

  7. Elder Fraud and Financial Exploitation

    Feb. 23, 2021

    Elder fraud and financial exploitation are probably more common than you think. It is estimated that about 1 in 15 older adults may experience these issues in their lifetime. The majority of financial exploitation cases are committed by a family member, including adult children, in-laws, and younger family members like grandchildren. Elder fraud and financial exploitation typically involve the illegal or improper use or withholding of an older person’s funds, assets, or property.

  8. Kitchen Organization

    Feb. 16, 2021

    I will take snow over rain and mud any day, but I must say this bitter cold weather can leave any time!

  9. Adding Value with Beef and Dairy Crossbreeding

    Feb. 16, 2021

    Breed differentiation within a species is quite common. A German Shepherd is certainly not equivalent to a Miniature Schnauzer in terms of purpose. There are likewise many differences between our modern beef and dairy breeds. Yes, some dual-purpose breeds are still preferred on small farms or homesteads, but overall, maximum efficiency is reached with dairy cows that convert feed into milk and beef cattle that convert feed into muscle (meat).

  10. Private Pesticide and Fertilizer Applicator License Renewals

    Feb. 09, 2021

    Individuals holding a private pesticide and/or fertilizer license from ODA are required to renew (recertify) every 3 years by attending training or by re-testing. Most individuals prefer to recertify by attending training sessions with OSU Extension over re-taking the exam. Obviously, COVID-19 has caused a lot of disruptions. So, a few changes are listed below for those needing to renew their applicator license.