The 2020 Ag Outlook Meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 24 at the Kidron Park Community Building at 4434 Kidron Rd, Kidron OH.  The program begins at 9:00 am and concludes by 3:15 pm. Over the past several years, farmers and the agricultural community have had to contend with low commodity prices, volatile markets, uncertainty and disruption of export markets, tariff/trade policy changes, challenging to near impossible spring planting conditions, prevent plant acres, forage quality challenges and difficult harvest conditions.  We are certainly glad to put 2019 in our rearview mirror. 

          What's ahead in 2020? More of the same?  Hope for improvement?  While obviously no one can predict the agricultural future with any certainty, there may be risk management strategies that can lessen shocks and losses or provide protection in times of volatile markets and weathers.  The 2020 Ag Outlook meeting includes a line-up of Ohio State University Extension specialists and experts who will be sharing outlooks for what is ahead in 2020 and providing some thoughts on how to mitigate and manage the risks inherent in our agricultural world.

          Thanks to our sponsors, Farm Credit Mid-America, Farmers National Bank, Wayne Savings Community Bank and Farmers State Bank, many of the costs associated with facility rental, presenter mileage fees and handout materials are covered and the registration cost is only $12/person.  Pre-registration is required to the Wayne County Extension office by January 17 to enable us to get an accurate meal count and provide sufficient handout materials for all participants.  Pre-register by calling the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 or by sending an email message to lewandowski.11@osu.edu.  Provide your name, mailing address, phone number, email address and number from your farm, organization, or business that will be attending.  Payment for the meeting can be made by sending a check payable to "OSU Extension" to Wayne County Extension, 428 West Liberty Street, Suite 12.  Wooster, OH  44691.  Payment can also be made at sign-in the day of the program.  Please have a check ready for payment.

          The 2020 Ag Outlook meeting agenda includes OSU Extension Educator David Marrison addressing farm transition issues, Barry Ward Extension Production Business Management and Director of the OSU Income Tax Schools addressing the Ohio Farm Economy including crop margins, land economics and tax issues, Dianne Shoemaker Extension field specialist in dairy production economics covering tools for dairy profitability, Ben Brown, Agricultural Risk Management specialist in the OSU department of agricultural, environmental and development economics discussing the 2020 commodity outlook and risk management strategies, and Aaron Wilson, Climate Specialist and Research Scientist with the Byrd Polar & Climate Center with the topic of farming in the face of weather extremes. Click on the link below for an information flyer and registration form.

2020 Ag Outlook flyer and registration form

Questions?  Need more information?  Contact the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722.