Monthly Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture News from Ohio State University Extension Allen County

February 2023

Hello <<First Name>>!

It is hard to believe that I have been on the job for almost a month now and it has been great thus far! I have had the pleasure to meeting many people already and look forward to continuing to meet everyone. I appreciate everyone who has reached out to welcome me to the county and invite me out for a farm visit or a meeting. All of these encounters have helped me begin to understand the community that I serve in this capacity so that I can better be a resource to you all. I am excited about the many upcoming programs we have including the Ag Outlook and Agronomy Day next week (still time to register-just call the office), Pesticide/Fertilizer Recertification class in March and a Beef Quality Assurance program in the works. Details about each of these programs can be found below in the rest of this newsletter. Please continue to reach out with your questions and I would love to come out and visit to learn about your operation. Getting out of the office and seeing what you do is one of the best parts of my job!

Right now I plan to make this a monthly newsletter. However, if I feel like I am having a lot of content consistently, I may make this a twice a month newsletter. I know this month it got a little longer than I would like but there is just so much going on. If you have an opinion, please email me and let me know.

I have been keeping our office social media accounts updated with lots of agriculture posts as well so be sure to check those out. Links to them are at the bottom of this newsletter.

I hope you all have a great February and I hope I get the chance to meet you soon!


Nic Baumer

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

(419) 879-9108

2023 Allen County Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture Needs Assessment

Please take a few minutes and complete the Allen County Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture Needs Assessment to help us better serve you in the amazing work you do each and every day. Thank you in advance for your participation! We great appreciate your feedback!

Access Assessment Here

2022 eFields Report

You can pick-up a hard copy of the 2022 eFields Report by stopping by the Extension office or you can pick on up at a winter meeting.

You can also access it digitally as well as past issues of the report here:

If you would like to collaborate with a study on your farm, please reach out to Nic Baumer by phone or email to let him know you are interested.

Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey 2022-2023

Access Survey Here

EXCITING UPDATE: We have been approved to offer Certified Crop Advisor CEUs and Pesticide (categories 1 and 6) Fertilization (category 15) Recertification credits.

Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference

Ohio CAN Program

Ohio CAN is connecting producers with communities! The mission is to provide food to those in need, from historically underrepresented regional producers. Through this program, producers will be able to sell food to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and the products will be distributed to Ohioans in need through the 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,600 member charities across all 88 counties.

Learn more here

3rd Annual Virtual Corn College and Soybean School

Due to popular demand, the AgCrops Team will host the 3rd annual virtual Corn College and Soybean School on February 10, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM featuring your OSU Extension state specialists and soil fertility guest speaker, Dr. Kurt Steinke, from Michigan State University. CCA CEUs will be available during the live presentations.

To register, please go to: Please register by February 9 at noon. There is a $10 registration fee for this event, which goes directly to support OSU AgCrops Team activities.

Presentations will be recorded and uploaded to the AgCrops Team YouTube channel after the event ( However, CCA CEUs will not be available for the recorded presentations.


9:00-9:40 Osler Ortez Corn Management for 2023

9:50-10:30 Laura Lindsey Soybean Management for 2023

10:40-11:20 Kurt Steinke (MSU) Soil Fertility

11:20-noon Alyssa Essman Weed Management


1:00-1:40 Kelley Tilmon Soybean Insect Management

1:50-2:30 Andy Michel Corn Insect Management

2:40-3:20 Pierce Paul Corn Disease Management

3:20-4:00 Horacio Lopez-Nicora Soybean Disease Management

Ag-Link application period is year-round and accepting applications

COLUMBUS – Treasurer Sprague is reminding Ohio farmers, agribusinesses, and agricultural cooperatives (co-ops) that the Ag-LINK program is available year-round as they plan for the 2023 growing season.

“With interest rates continuing to climb, Ag-LINK plays a critical role in keeping costs down for Ohio’s agriculture industry,” said Treasurer Sprague. “Thanks to constructive feedback from ag leaders across the state, we’ve taken Ag-LINK to the next level and made it more useful than ever. After a record-setting year in 2022, we’re ready to once again put our balance sheet to work and support even more farmers across the state.”

Through Ag-LINK, farmers, agribusinesses, and co-ops can receive an interest rate reduction on new or existing operating loans. For more than 30 years, the program has helped Ohio’s agriculture community to finance the upfront costs for feed, seed, fertilizer, fuel, equipment, and other expenses.

An eligible borrower:

· Is either organized for profit or as an agricultural cooperative;

· Must have headquarters and 51% of operations maintained in Ohio;

· Must use the loan exclusively for agricultural purposes; and

· Must agree to comply with all program and financial institution regulations.

In 2022, the long-standing program underwent a significant revamp. Treasurer Sprague made the program available year-round to provide borrowers with greater flexibility and ensure they can access capital whenever they need it most. It also makes Ag-LINK more convenient for both crop and livestock farmers with diverse borrowing needs that occur throughout the year. Additionally, legislation passed in accordance with the Treasurer’s Ohio Gains initiative added co-ops as eligible borrowers and removed the outdated $150,000 statutory cap on loan size, allowing the program to keep pace with modern borrowing needs. Loan caps are now assessed and set by the Treasurer’s office on an annual basis.

The loan cap for 2023 has been set at $500,000 and the minimum loan discount for the year’s first quarter is 2.0%.

Following a series of reforms to Ag-LINK, 2022 became a record-setting year for the program. In total, the Treasurer’s office supported nearly 1,900 loans to agricultural businesses across the state totaling more than $362 million. Ag-LINK also saved Ohio’s agriculture community more than $2 million in 2022.

More information on the Ag-LINK program, including how to get started, can be found at

Master Gardener Volunteers 2022-2023 Hort Happy Hour & Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

See Descriptions and Register for Webinars Here

22nd Annual Master Gardener Volunteers Art of Gardening Seminar

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for Food Safety of Fresh Produce

This self-paced on-line course provides produce growers with the knowledge and tools needed to implement best management practices to reduce microbial food safety hazards in vegetable and fruit operations. After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Assess food safety risks and conduct risk assessments for their operation,

  • Develop a food safety plan specific to their production practices,

  • Understand the requirements surrounding the quality of nutrient solutions to ensure a safe crop,

  • Implement best post-harvest handling practices for hydroponics,

  • Design appropriate sanitation and cleaning protocols for hydroponic operations,

  • Manage pests and animal intrusions in controlled environments,

  • Develop best personnel health and hygiene policies, and

  • Implement best storage practices and traceability.

Participants will receive a certificate of participation after completing this course.

Find More Information Here

East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference

East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference Youth Symposium

Submit Proposals Here

Farmers and ranchers sought for a study about balancing children and work

Researchers at the National Farm Medicine Center and The Ohio State University are looking for farmers and ranchers who are raising children 0 to 18 to participate in an online survey. The survey asks about your families’ experiences of taking care of children (age 0 to 18) while also working on and off the farm/ranch. The survey is open to part-time and full-time farmers, ranchers, and their partners operating in rural, urban, or suburban areas. Participants have the option to enter a raffle for one of fifty $50 checks.

To fill out the 15 to 20 minute survey, visit this link:

For questions or to request a paper survey, contact Florence Becot at 715-389-9379 or

Beef Quality Assurance Program Coming on April 19, 2023

Stay tuned to our website, newsletter and social media for more details in the near future.