1. Upcoming Dairy Service Unit Awards

    Dec. 10, 2020

    The Wayne/Ashland Dairy Service Unit is now accepting nominations for the Outstanding Dairy Youth award and applications for the Dairy Service Unit Scholarship.  Applications and nominations are due February 15, 2021.  Applications are available below:

    2021 Dairy Service Unit Scholarship Application Form

  2. Grazing Snow

    Dec. 08, 2020

    There are many livestock producers who utilize stockpiling and winter grazing in our area. When grazing in the winter months, snow can occasionally be used to meet some or all of our animals’ water requirements. Most of the research on this topic is from the western U.S. However, I believe their findings are very applicable to our many beef, sheep, and other grazers.

  3. Holiday Spending Considerations

    Dec. 08, 2020

    Even though the holidays roll around at the same time every year, it’s easy to forget to plan for saving and holiday spending. Depending on your traditions, spending may increase around the holidays due to gifts, travel, and meals. While you may be getting a little creative this year as it is more difficult to meet in person, problems with debt may still increase around the holidays. So, what can you do if you haven’t set aside extra money throughout the year to prepare for holiday spending?

  4. Freezing and Canning of Venison

    Dec. 01, 2020

    One of the constants of the year is the ability to go hunting.  If your family enjoys this tradition, you might find the following information helpful if you are lucky enough to be successful.  I collaborated with a co-worker and composed a fact sheet on freezing and canning venison (available on Ohioline  Following are a few of the highlights to consider as you harvest game.

  5. What's the Deal with Composting? Here's the Breakdown

    Dec. 01, 2020

    Composting… it seems self-explanatory. Just toss your yard waste and kitchen scraps into a pile and then it turns to soil, right? Wrong! This synopsis of composting just barely scrapes the surface of the science behind the process. The better that you understand the complexity of composting, the better compost you will be able to make. This goes for anyone; from just having a small compost bin on the back patio, to farms with large manure-based compost piles.

  6. Food Safety for Holiday Meals

    Nov. 24, 2020

    This year, some days trudged along while others flew past, and now the holiday season is here. Even if things look and feel a little different this year, you may be planning a holiday meal or two. If so, consider these tips for creating a delicious meal that follows these food safety guidelines from Fight Bac:

  7. Do's and Dont's for Getting Your Yard and Garden Ready for Winter

    Nov. 24, 2020

    While we still have some decent weather, take the opportunity to wrap up the things that need done outside. For those who spent a lot of time working around the yard and garden this summer, and many maybe for the first time, being prepared for winter will prove to be worthwhile come spring.

  8. Thanksgiving Savings Tips

    Nov. 17, 2020

    I had a conversation with someone this week who shared this thought: “Be present with those who want to be present with you.”   Our lives have had more challenges than usual this year, and while it might be tempting to focus on the things that are missing, don’t overlook the blessings that surround you and your family.  While our family gatherings might look different this year, it’s still a season to be thankful. How can we interact?

  9. Grazing Crop Residue

    Nov. 17, 2020

    Last week, Frank Becker, discussed management of crop residue and the benefits and costs of various management practices, especially surrounding tillage. Today, I would like to address yet another management option for crop residue.

    The phrase “grazing corn stalks” is a bit of a misnomer as livestock will select any missed grain first, followed by leaves, husks, then cobs. They typically will not graze the actual stalk until the more palatable and nutritious portions of the plant residue have been consumed.

  10. Gratitude

    Nov. 10, 2020

    With the elections behind us and the holidays ahead, I find myself wondering where this unusual year has gone.  Some of the days have passed quickly, while others seem to last far longer than I would like.  For the most part, we’ve adapted to accomplish what’s needed, and accepted that even though some of life has been hard in this environment, there have been some good things that have come of it as well.  November has been noted as a time for us to review and reflect on the blessings in our lives.  Being thankful and sharing gratitude with those around us may change as our situations...