Small Farm College and Conference

This is just a reminder that the Small Farm College will begin next Wednesday at the Mt. Orab campus of Southern State Community College. The eight-week course will be held on the following Wednesdays starting 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Tony Nye at the Clinton Co. Extension Office at 937-382-0901 or go online at

The Small Farm Conference will be held on the second weekend in March at Wilmington College. The dates are March 11 and 12. Information and details for registration is also available online at the above address.

Farm and Family Night

The Farm and Family Night at the Maysville Community and Technical College is scheduled for March 8. Tickets will be available in the coming weeks. I will let you know once we have tickets available.

2016 Beef School

The locations will be in the Hillsboro HS Ag Room and in the round room at North Adams HS. this year, as we were in Brown last year. The dates are Jan. 19, Feb. 2, and Feb. 16. These are all Tuesdays and will begin at 7 p.m. sharp.

GAP Training for Tobacco Producers

Once again those of you who plan to produce tobacco in 2016 will need to attend a Good Agricultural Practices session. This training is required each year. I will have additional dates announced soon, but the first date will be Feb. 25 starting at 1 p.m. at the Frisch’s in West Union. Seating is limited, so please register early.

To register for any of the GAP sessions here locally, please call the Adams Co. office at 937-544-2339. Barbie will take your registration information for the free GAP training. You can also go to to see additional training sessions.

Fruit and Vegetable Training

Pesticide and Fertilizer training is mostly geared toward traditional agriculture, but there is some more specific training for fruit and vegetable producers coming up on Feb. 2 in Loveland at the Oasis. This will be part of the Southwestern Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference.

I have fliers in the offices, but the information is also available online at . The conference begins with opening remarks at 9:15 a.m. and will run until nearly 3:30 p.m.

If you grow fruits and vegetable and you are looking for more information, I think you need to take a look at this conference. It is loaded with options and outstanding speakers. If you do not have the internet, stop by or call one of our local offices. The Adams Co. office is 937-544-2339, Brown 937-378-6716 and Highland 937-393-1918. You can call my cell at 937-515-2314.

Ohio River Valley Agronomy Day

The Ohio River Valley Agronomy Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Mason Co. Extension Office in Maysville, Ky. I will have more details in the coming weeks.

Pesticide and Fertilizer Dates

Without a pesticide license a 2-hour session will not get you the credit needed for fertilizer certification, for private or commercial. If you do not have a pesticide license you are required to have a three-hour training session. Three hour trainings are available in Pike Co. on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. and Wilmington College on March 11 (note the corrected date). To register in Pike Co. call 740 289-4837 and Wilmington call 937 382-0901.

The sessions are as follows: Monday, Feb. 8, at North Adams High School. This session will begin at 5 p.m. with Fertilizer training until 7 p.m. Then we will break for pizza followed by the pesticide re-certification from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18, at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro. This session begins at 10 a.m. with Fertilizer training until noon. Then we will break for pizza followed by pesticide re-certification from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 22, at Southern Hills Board Office on Hamer Rd in Georgetown. This session begins at 1 a.m. with Fertilizer training until noon. Then we will break for pizza followed by pesticide re-certification from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m.

Remember to pre-register early. You can call 937-378-6716 or you can email Cindy at Please mail payment to the Brown Co. Extension office at 325 W. State St. Bldg. B Georgetown, Ohio 45121.