February 17, 2015 - 1:36pm -- bradley.469@osu.edu

Got cabin fever? Here are programs to rid the winter blues!

As we are "enjoying" winter moisture that may be a pain now but a benefit to crops and soil later in the year, we need to think about what else we can accomplish before planting season.

Beef School - The final installment of the school will be held on Feb. 24 for Clermont and Brown counties at the Southern Hills Career and Technical Center Board Office in Georgetown, Ohio. Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia and Dr. Steve Boyles, both of the OSU Department of Animal Sciences, will discuss "Beef Animal Handling and Facility Design." Videos will be used to demonstrate the positive and negative aspects of animal behavior, and they will discuss how facilities can improve animal handling concerns. Dr. Bill Weiss, OSU Department of Animal Sciences, will also address "Forage Evaluation and Making Quality Dry Hay, Balage, and Silage."

Farm Bill – Feb. 27 is the deadline to make your yield updates and acreage reallocations. If you have not completed this to date, please call the Brown/Clermont Farm Service Agency at 937-378-6173 (Monday thru Friday) or call 513-732-2181 (Tuesday and Wednesday only) to make your appointment . Your final Program Choice (ARC-CO, ARC-IC or PLC) must be completed by March 31, 2015. Please help the office personnel by NOT waiting to the last minute.

Farm and Family Night – March 10 is the 6th Annual Farm and Family Night at Maysville Community and Technical College. This is a program coordinated by MCTC Workforce Development, University of Kentucky Extension and OSU Extension. The event is FREE to attend, but you must have a ticket for the meal. Tickets can be picked up at the Clermont or Brown County Extension Offices during business hours. For information on class topics, visit the events page at clermont.osu.edu.

Pesticide Recertification and Fertilizer Certification – The Clermont County recertification for current licensed private pesticide applicators is March 17. This also includes a Fertilizer Certification session, open only to current pesticide licensed applicators (private or commercial). Fertilizer certification begins at 4 p.m., followed by a light meal at 6 p.m., and pesticide recertification begins at 6:30 p.m. You must register at pested.osu.edu or call 513-732-7070 for further information.

Timber Marketing Workshop – The timber workshop will be held March 19 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Miami Township Civic Center, 6007 Meijer Drive, Milford. Hosted by OSU Extension Clermont County, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources: Division of Forestry, and Clermont Soil and Water District, the workshop will cover how to best approach the selling of trees to meet the landowner’s objectives. The program will discuss best management practices, tax implications, negatives of harvest, timber marketing, sale types, invasive plant potential following harvest, and assistance for landowners. To register, please call 513-732-7070 or 513-732-7075. Registration is free. Visit the events page at clermont.osu.edu for more information.

Southwest Ohio Perennial School – The event, in its 21st year, will be held April 9, 2015 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the 4-H Hall of the Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville. Presentations include:

  • “Perennials for Pollinators” by Denise Ellsworth of OSU Extension
  • “Ponds and Aquatic Plants” by Eugene Braig of OSU Extension
  • “Ash Tree Replacements for Southwest Ohio” by Wendi Van Buren of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • “Perennial Garden: Rhubarb and Asparagus” by Gigi Neal of OSU Extension
  • "Pruning Shrubs and Bushes" by Cindy Meyer of OSU Extension

Visit clermont.osu.edu for a registration form or call 513-732-7070 for details.

Clermont Extension is a non-formal education branch of OSU. The office merges needs of local citizens with OSU’s research through four focus areas: Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development. CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information: go.osu.edu/cfaesdiversity.

For more information, contact Clermont Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Gigi Neal at 513-732-7070, neal.331@osu.edu or visit clermont.osu.edu.