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Attention Women in Agriculture

Filed under: Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on December 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Annie’s Project is a six-part course designed to strengthen women’s role in modern farm enterprises.  Annie’s Project was created for women who live and work in a complex, dynamic farm business environment. The project focuses on five broad aspects of risk that are typical to agriculture: human, financial, marketing, production and legal.

Ohio workshops are scheduled for January through March, 2009 and registration cost is $65, which includes materials and meals or refreshments. Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Workshops will be offered in 12 different counties including Ashtabula , Auglaize, Defiance, Erie, Fairfield, Knox, Montgomery, Morgan, Ross, Stark, Wood (Wood County will focus topics specific to the green industry), and Wyandot. 

A map of locations and other information can be found on the Erie County OSU Extension Web site, http://erie.osu.edu/  – click on “Agriculture and Natural Resources” and then “Women in Agriculture.”

In most cases, workshops are sponsored by several OSU Extension county offices, and anyone residing in nearby areas may sign up for any of the workshops.

To register or for more information, contact organizers listed below or Annie’s Project coordinators Julia Woodruff at woodruff.94@osu.edu or 419-627-7631 and Doris Herringshaw at herringshaw.1@osu.edu or 419-354-9050.

Want to know more about the policy positions of Ohio Farm Bureau?

Filed under: Publications — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 5:46 pm

Ohio Farm Bureau members define the position OFBF takes on issues affecting farmers and rural residents. These policy positions guide the legislative and regulatory action of OFBF on these important issues. To view the current policies go to http://ofbf.org/policy-and-politics/policy-development/  and see the pdf titled 2009 Ohio Farm Bureau Approved Policy Resolutions. 

American Farm Bureau Federation Creating the National Curriculum and Training Clearinghouse for Beginning Farmers

Filed under: Customized Resources — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 5:29 pm

The American Farm Bureau Federation is partnering with the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Library to create the National Curriculum and Training Clearinghouse for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. The new information-sharing program will help those who have decided to pursue a career in agriculture and will help support Farm Bureau’s commitment to rural development. 

The clearinghouse will be supported by a five-year, $1.5 million grant from USDA. AFBF will develop a Web site and databases to serve beginning farmers and ranchers, with particular focus on those categorized as underserved. The clearinghouse will provide education, training, outreach and mentoring materials to beginning farmers and ranchers across the United States.

Ohio Initiative for Farmers to Establish High Tunnels

Filed under: Finances — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 5:17 pm

Ohio is one site for a national pilot project to increase the availability of locally grown produce in a conservation-friendly way. The results will provide information to help farmers decide if they want to add hoop houses to their operations to help extend their growing season and add to their bottom line. High tunnels are thought to provide significant advantage to owners of small farmers, to limited-resource farmers and to organic producers.

NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) will provide financial assistance through the EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) and fund one high tunnel per farm. High tunnels in the study can cover as much as 5% of 1 acre. For more information contact a local NRCS office (go to www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov/contact )or call the NRCS Ohio office at 614-255-2472.

Save July 17th for 2010 Family Farm Field Day!

Filed under: Meetings and Events — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 5:06 pm

2010 Family Farm Field Day, an annual event of Small Farm Institute, is scheduled for July 17, 2010 in Mt. Hope, OH at David and Emily Hershberger’s farm.

Heart of America Grazing Conference – January 20-21, 2010

Filed under: Conferences — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on December 3, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Topics include: Low Stress Livestock Handling, Profitability in Dairy Grazing, Using Oats for Fall and Winter Feed, Winter Feeding Systems for Beef Cows, How We Graze [Dairy], The Long and Short of Grazing: pregraze and post-graze targets, Using Pasture Measurement to ImproveYour Management, Direct Marketing, and Sheep Grazing System. For more information go to http://smallfarminstitute.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/

2009 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium – December 12th

Filed under: Meetings and Events — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 12:20 pm

Main topic is sheep and goat health. The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association symposium is held in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Small Ruminant Health Symposium. Event location is ODA in Reynoldsburg.  For more information go to http://www.ohiosheep.org/OSIA/BSS.html

North Central Ohio Grazing Conference – January 28-29, 2010

Filed under: Conferences — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 12:10 pm

Theme: Managing Resources

Location: Buckeye Event Center, 624 Henry St.,Dalton, OH 44618

For more information  call Small Farm Institute at 740.545.6349 or email info@smallfarminstitute.org or view the conference brochure at http://smallfarminstitute.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/

Check Out Finalists in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Excellence in Agriculture Award

Filed under: Featured Farms and Farmers — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 11:56 am
Scott and Tracie Isler of Prospect, Matthew and Kristin Reese of Baltimore, Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill of De Graff and Chip and Shannon Yochum of Leesburg have been named as finalists for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Excellence in Agriculture Award. The award recognizes successful people age 35 or younger who are involved in farming but whose primary occupations are not farming or owning an agricultural business.The award is based on their involvement in agriculture and participation in Farm Bureau and other community organizations. Learn more about the finalists at http://ofbf.org/news-and-events/news/530/
 

 

Check Out Finalists in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Outstanding Young Farmer Contest

Filed under: Featured Farms and Farmers — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 11:51 am

Kyle Brown of Marion, Jay Holden of Mt. Orab and Brandon and Julia Weber of Jackson have all been named finalists in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Outstanding Young Farmer contest.The award recognizes successful young farmers, 35 years of age and younger, for achievement in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community. The winner of the contest will be announced at OFBF’s Harvest Banquet on Dec. 3 during the organization’s annual meeting.

The winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Seattle in January to represent Ohio in the national contest. The state winner also receives a $1,000 purchase certificate at Grainger Industrial Supply courtesy of Farm Credit Services of Mid America, a year’s free lease on a Kubota M-series tractor courtesy of Kubota and $500 from Dodge Trucks. All finalists receive a commemorative chime clock from Ohio Farm Bureau.

Learn more about the finalists at http://ofbf.org/news-and-events/news/531/

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