Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I hope that everyone has had a wonderful holiday up to this point and found something big or small to be thankful for this time of year. For me it is three or four main things I am thankful for — family, friends, faith and my health.
While you were enjoying your Thanksgiving meal did you realize that the farmers that grew most of what you were eating received on average just 12.1 cents from every dollar that consumers spent on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU) website?
So if you see a farmer and their families on the streets this weekend, thank them as well, for without farmers we would not have a lot of things!
And last but not least before I get into the bulk of my news column this week, I need all my Buckeye fans to cheer loud and hope for a victory against that team up north. I think it will be a good game!! Go Bucks!
I wanted to continue with more Farm Bill discussion with the following questions and answers:
Question: If a producer does not sign-up for a commodity program for 2019, what happens?
Answer: If a producer does not sign up for the 2019 commodity programs, he or she will forfeit any 2019 payment made under the programs and the decision between ARC or PLC will revert to the decision he or she made during the 2014 Farm Bill for Program year 2020. Starting in 2021 the producer can elect a different option if he or she chooses.
Question: What are the Farm Bill enrollment dates?
Answer: 2019 Enrollment is from Sept. 3, 2019-March 15, 2020; 2020 Enrollment is from Oct. 1, 2019-June 30, 2020; 2021 Enrollment is from Oct. 1, 2020-March 15, 2021; 2022 Enrollment is from Oct. 1, 2021-March 15, 2022; and 2023 Enrollment is Oct. 1, 2022-March 15, 2023.
Since sign-up for 2019 enrollment does not end until March 15, 2020, the recommendation is for producers to wait, and gather as much information as they can to help make an educated decision on the farm program selection. Don’t forget, The Clinton County Farm Bill meeting with FSA and OSU Extension is set for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 from 1-4 p.m. here at the Clinton County Extension Community room.
Ohio State University Extension is pleased to announce the 2020 Agricultural Outlook Meetings.
In 2020 there will be 10 locations in Ohio. Each location will have a grain marketing outlook presentation. Many locations are including an overview of the Farm Bill Commodity Programs.
Additional topics vary by location and include Global Economic Outlook: Risks from the Trade War, Examining the 2020 Ohio Farm Economy, Weather Outlook, and Dairy Production Economics Update.
Join the faculty from Ohio State University Extension and Ohio State Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics as they discuss the issues and trends affecting agriculture in Ohio. Each meeting is being hosted by a county OSU Extension Educator to provide a local personal contact for this meeting.
A meal is provided with each meeting and is included in the registration price. Questions can be directed to the local host contact.
The outlook meetings that are scheduled for our area are at the following dates and locations:
Jan. 9: South Central Region Outlook, 7:30 a.m. at Circleville Presbyterian Church, 134 East Mound St., Circleville — Speakers include Ian Sheldon, Ben Brown, Barry Ward, and Dave Miran. You must RSVP by Jan. 2 and there will be a cost of $10. Contact Mike Estadt at 740-474-7534 or email him at Estadt.email@example.com.
The closest will be right here in Wilmington on Jan. 15: Southwest Region Outlook, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Clinton County Community Room, 111 S. Nelson Ave, Wilmington. Speakers include Ben Brown, Barry Ward, and we will also be hosting Dicamba certification training.
This event will be co-sponsored by the SW Ohio Corn Growers Association as part of their winter meeting.
A great lunch will be provided and this event will be free, but a RSVP is required to attend. RSVP by Jan. 8 by contacting the Clinton County Extension Office at 937-382-0901 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tony Nye is the state coordinator for the Ohio State University Extension Small Farm Program and has been an OSU Extension Educator for agriculture and natural resources for over 30 years, currently serving Clinton County and the Miami Valley EERA.