COVID-19 Coronavirus Update: Temporary Office Closing

OSU Extension is deeply committed to the health and well-being of its staff and doing our part to help stem the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19. Governor DeWine recently issued a state of emergency and implemented a variety of strategies to reduce the spread of the disease. In order to do our part in reducing risk to our employees or clientele, The Ohio State University has implemented a teleworking plan.  All meetings, programs and events that involved face-to-face contact have been cancelled or postponed.  Virtual meetings as well as educational programming by virtual methods are being implemented wherever possible.  As a further step, The Ohio State University has decided to physically close all campus and research locations including county Extension offices.  All county Extension offices will be temporarily closed effective 4:30 pm on March 18.  They will remain closed until further notice.

While the Wayne County Extension office will be physically closed, we are committed to continuing to conduct our work as fully as possible.  In recent years, we’ve invested in the technology needed to facilitate effective teleworking.  We will utilize all our teleworking capabilities in order to continue serving our member institutions.  You should continue to feel free to call, email, etc. with any OSU Extension staff member as you normally would.  Our office phone number is 330-264-8722. The recorded message will direct you on how to leave a voice mail message.  The Wayne County Extension office personnel will be teleworking from their homes and will respond to your message with a phone call and/or email as promptly as possible.

Enhancing Agriculture and the Environment

Ohio’s diverse agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy every year. OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources (ANR) programs assist with technology, marketing and educational support – protecting Ohio’s position in the global marketplace.

OSU Extension also works to help local residents and community leaders enhance and sustain the environment and natural areas throughout the state, balancing economic advancement with environmental sustainability.

Our ANR professionals help producers develop and expand profitable, sustainable farming and other agricultural businesses – thereby creating jobs and economic opportunity for Ohio’s citizens. They also provide leadership, collaboration, consulting, unbiased information, applied research, and access to land-grant university knowledge to address local issues and needs.

Wayne County has a rich agricultural history and is noted for the strength and diversity of its agricultural economy. Wayne County has approximately 1750 farms totaling about 242,000 acres of farmland. The OSU Extension program in Wayne County seeks to strengthen farms and farm enterprises by providing educational resources and programs.

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources programs at

Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.