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

January 2023

Hello <<First Name>>!

Hello! My name is Nic Baumer and I am the new Agriculture and Natural Resources educator for Ohio State University Extension here in Allen County. I am extremely excited to be here and to get the opportunity to work with each of you in the agriculture community and the horticulture community through Master Gardener Volunteers. I was born and raised on a small farm in Shelby County. I graduated from Anna High School in 2009 and from The Ohio State University in 2013. I then spent nine years as a high school agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Benjamin Logan High School (three years) and Bradford High School though the Upper Valley Career Center (six years). I now reside in Hardin County with my wife Nicole who is the agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Riverdale Local Schools. I am looking forward to begin meeting you all through the many winter programs, many other events or invites out to your farm. It is my goal to live out the land grant mission by being a resource for you for information and to answer your questions to make what you are doing better. Below you will find lots of great information including some upcoming programing. Again, I am excited to be here and I will hopefully see and meet many of 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 Survey 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 research out to Nic Baumer by phone or email to let him know you are interested.

Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey 2022-2023

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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