The next meeting of the Ashtabula County Beekeepers Association will be held on Saturday October 17, 2015 will be held at OSU Extension Office located at 39 Wall Street in Jefferson, Ohio. The meeting will begin at noon with a pot luck dinner. Please bring a dish/dessert to share. The business meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. The meeting’s guest speaker will be Jim Davis, Lake County Bee Inspector. A reminder that a Beginning Bee Clinic will be held on November 7, 2015 and the next general meeting will be held on December 12, 2015. For more information or to register, please contact Sharon Riccio at 440-576-8818 to register.
OSU Extension and the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association will be holding their 26th annual banquet on Saturday, November 14 at the Lenox Community Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. Banquet activities will include a prime rib dinner; business meeting; election of one member to the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s board of directors; entertainment; door prizes; and fine fellowship.
Tickets for the banquet can be purchased from the Directors of the Cattlemen’s Association. Directors are: Bob & Tyler Brown, Dorset Township; Dr. Bryan Elliott, Andover Township, Bart Kanicki, Pierpont Township and Zach Ward, Austin Township. Tickets are $25 per person. Call the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008 for more information. Pre-reservations should be made by November 6, 2015. A program flyer can be found at: http://go.osu.edu/ne-events
The USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers who are interested in the 2016 Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), of the need to apply for coverage by the following crop deadline dates.
Ø October 1, 2015 is the deadline for 2016 NAP coverage on winter wheat, rye, barley and speltz.
Ø November 20, 2015 is the deadline for 2016 NAP coverage on apples, asparagus, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, chestnuts, forage for hay and pasture, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, honey, maple sap and hops. NOTE: Hops is a perennial crop and the application deadline moved from spring to fall for coverage.
Ø March 15, 2016 is the deadline for 2016 NAP coverage on forage sorghum, oats, potatoes, Soybeans, Sunflowers and all spring planted specialty crops grown for food.
The 2014 Farm Bill provides greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops. Previously, the program offered coverage at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. Producers can now choose higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price. The expanded protection is especially helpful to beginning and socially disadvantaged producers, as well as farmers with limited resources, who will receive fee waivers and premium reductions for expanded coverage.
Eligible producers can apply for 2016 NAP coverage at their local FSA Office using form CCC-471, Application for Coverage. The service fee for basic NAP coverage is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interest in multiple counties. Producers interested in buy-up coverage must pay a premium, in addition to the service fee. The maximum premium will be $6,564.
Producer meeting the definition of a socially disadvantaged farmer, beginning farmer or limited resource farmer will have service fees waived. Producers meeting this definition that choose to purchase buy-up coverage will also have service fees waived and the premium will be capped at $3,282. To help producers learn more about the NAP program and how it can help them, USDA, offers an online Web tool at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap. The webtool allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for coverage and gives producers an opportunity to explore a variety of options and levels to determine the best protection level for their operation. For more information on NAP coverage or obtain coverage, please contact your FSA County office
The Ashtabula County 4-H Fall Festival will be held Tuesday, October 6th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. during National 4-H week at the Expo Building at the County Fairgrounds. This family fun event is held to celebrate 4-H and encourage families who are interested in 4-H to come and learn about what 4-H has to offer. It also serves as a way to end the year for members who are currently enrolled in the program.
Fun fall food, like hot dogs, popcorn, caramel apples and cider will be served for donation to children of all ages. Exciting and interactive games and 4-H program information will also be available during the evening. Attendees are invited to bring their best decorated pumpkin and/or scarecrow for a chance to win great prizes.
If you would like information on the 4-H program in Ashtabula County, please contact Jenna Hoyt at 440-576-9008 or via email at hoyt.88 or by visiting our website at www.ashtabula.osu.edu and visiting the 4-H Youth Development page.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on September 22, 2015 that the deadline to enroll for the dairy Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016 has been extended until Nov. 20, 2015. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.
“The fall harvest is a busy time of the year for agriculture, so this extension will ensure that dairy producers have more time to make their choices,” said Vilsack. “We encourage all operations to examine the protections offered by this program, because despite the very best forecasts, markets can change.”
Vilsack encouraged producers to use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Agency Service (FSA) online Web resource at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation. The secure website can be accessed via computer, smartphone or tablet.
He also reminds producers that were enrolled in 2015 that they need to make a coverage election for 2016 and pay the $100 administration fee. Although any unpaid premium balances for 2015 must be paid in full by the enrollment deadline to remain eligible for higher coverage levels in 2016, premiums for 2016 are not due until Sept. 1, 2016. Also, producers can work with milk marketing companies to remit premiums on their behalf.
To enroll in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, contact your local FSA county office. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov. Payments under the program may be reduced by a certain percentage due to a sequester order required by Congress and issued pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. Should a payment reduction be necessary, FSA will reduce the payment by the required amount.
OSU Extension in Trumbull County is now taking applications (until September 20, 2015) for an Agricultural & Natural Resources Extension Educator. The ANR Educator will provide overall leadership to developing and conducting a proactive applied research and education program in agriculture and natural resources to meet current and future needs in farm management, livestock and crop production, food security, home horticulture/Master Gardeners, commercial horticulture, farm land use issues, innovative agricultural business opportunities, environmental quality and sustainability, renewable energy, and bio-based products.
Required job qualifications include: Master’s degree and at least one degree in agriculture, natural resources, or a related field (plant science is preferred). The successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, and experience working with diverse clientele and organizations; demonstrated success in working as part of a team and initiating collaborative partnerships is sought; leadership ability, and strong teaching and subject matter expertise in at least one area of agriculture is necessary. Candidates must be willing to work flexible hours with minimal supervision. To learn more about this position (Job #400890)or to apply, go to: https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/64757
Research Specialist / Research Station Manager Sought by OARDC For Ashtabula Ag Research Station in Kingsville, Ohio
The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)’s is searching for a Research Specialist & Research Station Manager for the Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station located in Kingsville, Ohio. This position is to fill the vacancy of Greg Johns who retired earlier this summer.
The Research Specialist position provides leadership in management, research, and outreach coordination for research and education programs at the OARDC Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station located in Kingsville, Ohio. Duties include implementation of independent field research on wine grapes and/or other crops of importance in Northeastern Ohio; writes grant proposals, conducts field based research, analyzes data, prepares summary reports and presents results at field days, workshops and other extension events; collaborates with investigators to conduct research projects at research station and commercial grower sites; provides advocacy information on behalf of the university to Ohio’s grape and wine industry; serves as research station manager – supervises/performs field operations tasks, including but not limited to tillage, plot layout, fertilization, pesticide application, trellis installation and maintenance, pruning, training and grape canopy management and pesticide application; hires, trains, and evaluates staff, supervises collection of data and samples, performs business functions including budget management, supply and equipment procurement and marketing crops; provides service to other research and extension investigators to maintain their research projects at the station; this is a non-tenure track position.
The required qualifications include: Master’s degree in horticulture, crop science, plant pathology, or entomology or an equivalent combination of education and experience; extensive experience in wine grape production in a research environment; working knowledge of experimental design, statistical analysis, effective communication of research results through various media including written, power point, and public speaking; excellent oral and written communication skills to maintain positive interactions with internal and external customers; proficient in use of email, word, database, and web browser software; holds or ability to obtain commercial pesticide operator’s license.
Desired qualifications: Ph. D. in horticulture specialization in grapes or fruit crops or related field of study; farm machinery operation and repair; two years of supervisory experience.
For complete job posting or to apply, visit http://www.jobsatosu.com:80/postings/65042 The deadline to apply is September 20, 2015 or until suitable candidate is hired.