Helping farm families prosper in the new year

By Tony Nye - OSU Extension

Happy New Year! I hope you are all looking forward to bigger and brighter opportunities for 2023. I am not one for resolutions mostly because I never follow through with them after a few weeks and in some cases a few days. Sure, I am like everyone else; I need to lose weight, I want to make more money, I want to do better in this or that. You know that list.

If I had to chose one resolution it would be to help farm families of Clinton County prosper for another year. One way I can accomplish this is to help provide quality programs and information that helps farm families manage their operations effectively for both profitability and sustainability.

I have said it before and I will say it again, anyone in agriculture knows it is becoming more complex every year with more technology, changing genetics, higher costs of production, world-wide market impacts, environmental shifts, labor issues, and the list goes on and on. It is also an exciting time for agriculture for many of the same reasons.

Currently, our women in ag series is in progress and we have two more programs slated for the next couple of weeks. There is still time to be a part of these events.

Wednesday, Jan. 11, Robert Moore, OSU Ag Law specialist, will address Succession Planning for the family farm.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, Kaitlin Roush, Clinton Co. FSA Director will lead a Farm Program update and discussion and the Ohio CAN program will be presented by the Ainsley Lightcap, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

At the request of ODA, they want to get the word out and share details about a new program called Ohio CAN. The program is called Ohio Community – Agriculture – Nutrition (Ohio CAN) and is connecting producers with communities by purchasing food from historically underrepresented regional producers to then be distributed to Ohioans living in food insecure areas. Farmers whose products are grown and produced within 400 miles of Columbus are eligible to apply. Ohio CAN will be prioritizing underrepresented applicants such as Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, veterans, disabled, small, beginner farmers.

Each of these programs are scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will be held at the Clinton County Extension – Community room, 111 S. Nelson Ave., Wilmington.

There is no charge to those attending. This program is designed for engaging discussion and learning. Desserts and refreshments will be provided each evening.

To ensure we have plenty of desserts and handouts, we ask that everyone RSVP by calling our office at (937) 382-0901 and let us know what nights you will be attending. RSVP is needed two days ahead of each program.

Another program coming up that area producers do not want to miss will be the Agriculture Policy and Outlook Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 26.

Heading into 2023, farm families are sharing highest concerns of higher input costs, and rising interest rates. Other items of concern include continued strong land sales and farmland rental rates as well thoughts of possible lower crop and livestock prices in the coming year.

Certainly, there could be several factors impacting all of this. A couple factors would include maintaining positive grain markets and effective grain flow with regards to both domestic and world influences. And then let us not forget ag policy and what the next Farm Bill will look like.

Plan now to attend the 2023 Ag Policy and Outlook meeting and learn about the opportunities and challenges for the agricultural sector in 2023. Pick up some tips on strategies and practices that may help you and your agricultural business. The day begins with sign-in at 8 a.m.; the program starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m. Expenses for this program are covered with thanks to sponsorship provided by the Southwest Corn Growers Assn. and the Ohio Wheat and Corn Growers Assn. Registration includes morning refreshments, noon lunch and handout materials.

Presenters and topics for the Ag Outlook and Policy Meeting include:

Barry Ward, Extension Farm Management and Production Leader, will be examining Land Values, Rents, Crop Input Costs & Margins. As well, he will share information regarding the New Tax Policy and its effects on the agriculture sector.

Peggy Hall, Director, Agricultural and Resource Law Program will share Ag Law Updates that will be key to agriculture in Ohio.

Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental and resource economics in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. A hot topic in the news, Sohngen will discuss Energy Policy and its impact to agriculture.

Seugki Lee, professor of environmental and resource economics in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. Lee will discuss the Commodity Grain Market Outlook, looking at trends and outlook for the coming months.

This program will also be held at the Clinton County Extension – Community room, 111 S. Nelson Ave., Wilmington. Thanks again to our sponsorship, there will be no charge, but registration is required by Jan. 20 by calling the Clinton County Extension Office at (937) 382-0901, or emailing [email protected]

By Tony Nye

OSU Extension