‘Tis the season for workshops

By Deborah Reinhart Brown - Ag update

Plan to attend the Grain Marketing Meeting hosted by Auglaize County Extension on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Jon Scheve with Superior Feed Ingredients LLC will be addressing “How on-farm storage combined with forward selling, market carry, and basis appreciation can provide added income;” “Hedging with futures to reduce risk;” and “How Options can be a great addition to a farmer’s marketing tool box.”

This meeting will begin with dinner at 5 p.m. and conclude by 9 p.m. at the Eagles in downtown Wapak (25 E. Auglaize St.). There is no fee for this meeting. Preregistration is required by Dec. 2: 419-739-6580 or by e-mail at [email protected]

And, speaking of financials: A daylong Webinar will be held on Dec. 19 on special issues with Farm Tax Returns. The target audiences for the webinar are tax preparers whose clients include farmers and rural landowners. Farmers who prepare and file their own taxes will also benefit from the webinar.

The six-hour program will be presented in a live webinar format. The webinar will offer insight into topics such as Conservation Reserve Program payments, Hoop Buildings and Depreciation, Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Loans with Commodity Sale Reported on Form 1099-PATR, Multiple Entities, 4-H Club and FFA Projects, and new Legislation.

The cost for this one-day school is $130 and offers continuing education credits: Accountancy Board of Ohio, CPAs (6 hours); Office of Professional Responsibility, IRS (6 hours); and Supreme Court of Ohio, Attorneys (5 hours). Registration includes the Agricultural Tax Issues book. The deadline to register is Dec. 6 to make sure you receive the workbook before the program. The live webinar, which will also feature real-time Q-and-A time, can be viewed at the Auglaize County OSU Extension Office, 208 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta or at the Miami County OSU Extension Office, 201 W. Main St., Old Courthouse, Troy. Lunch will be included.

Participants also have the option to view the webinar from home: A web address for the webinar will be sent to those registered a week in advance of the December 19th presentation, but to ensure receipt of the workbook prior to the webinar, you still need to be registered by Dec. 6.

More information on the workshop, including how to register, can be found at go.osu.edu/AgIssuesReg. Contact Barry Ward at 614-688-3959 or [email protected] for more information.

Do you need your Private Pesticide Applicator License?? You do if you want to apply restricted-use pesticides to your land to produce an agricultural commodity or to grain bins, ponds, or around your livestock farm. Mercer County Extension will be holding a workshop next week – Tuesday, Nov. 29 – to help you prepare for the exam. There is no charge, but registration is required!

This class will be held at the Central Services Building, 220 W. Livingston St. in Celina. Two sessions are available: 1 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Areas covered during the class will include Core – the basics of pesticide application from reading the label to safety and environmental protection, and Determining rate calculations. Contact Denny Riethman to register: [email protected] or 419-586-2179. The Private Pesticide Applicator test will then be offered in Mercer County on Monday, Dec. 5.

We had a Great Crowd at last week’s Dairy Luncheon! There was some good discussion with Dr. Maurice Eastridge on “Managing and Feeding Systems for Dairy Heifers.” We had a lot of new faces from around the area. Our next luncheon will be on Wednesday, Dec. 21, with Steve Seitz addressing problems with “Stray Voltage.” Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Enjoy some good time with family, friends and neighbors!!


By Deborah Reinhart Brown

Ag update

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at [email protected]

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at [email protected]


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