Farm briefs 2-7

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Raising Heritage Poultry for Profit and Pleasure

Pre-registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 15, for a workshop for small, sustainable poultry farmers who are interested in breeding, growing and selling standard bred poultry. The workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, at Wholesome Valley Farms in Wilmot, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Registration includes training materials and lunch: $89 for pre-registration. After Feb. 15, the registration fee is $109 (a minimum of 10 must register in advance). Register on-line: www.sustainablepoultrynetwork.com or call 330-359-2129 or 330-756-0162. For more information contact: jim@centerforpoultry.com or call 209-890-5326.

Wholesome Valley Farms is located at 927 U.S. Route 62, Wilmot. Call 330-359-2129 or visit www.wholesomevalleyfarm.net.

Wayne, Holmes counties Extension offices to present pesticide recertification training

Private pesticide applicators with a license to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides are required to attend three hours of recertification training every three years to maintain their license. That training must include at least one hour of core and the remaining two hours can be category related. Core training includes topics such as safe handling of pesticides, sprayer technology and calibration, pesticide mixing and loading, pesticide mode of action, pesticide laws and regulations. Category training includes specific pesticide use and pest management related to a specific crop or situation. Current category numbers and assignments are: 1 (Grain and Cereal Crops); 2 (Forage Crops and Livestock); 3 (Fruit and Vegetable Crops); 4 (Nursery and Forest Crops); 5 (Greenhouse Crops); 6 (Fumigation) and 7 (Specialty uses)

OSU Extension Wayne County, and OSU Extension Holmes County will be providing recertification training on the following dates and locations:

Feb. 15, Fisher Auditorium, (North Exhibit Area) OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Please arrive at noon for registration so that the recertification training can begin promptly at 12:30. Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Feb. 19, Mount Hope Auction Barn, 8076 State Route 241, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Please arrive at noon for registration so that the recertification training can begin promptly at 12:30. Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Feb. 22: Farmerstown Auction Barn, 2807 State Route 557, Baltic, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Please arrive at noon for registration so that the recertification training can begin promptly at 12:30. Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Feb. 25: Kidron Auction Sprunger Building, 4885 Kidron Road, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Please arrive at noon for registration so that the recertification training can begin promptly at 12:30. Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Other recertification opportunities in surrounding counties are posted at: http://pested.osu.edu/privaterecert.html .

Cost of the recertification training is $35 for the license holder. The license renewal fee paid to the Ohio Department of Agriculture is an additional $30. For more information contact the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722.

New pesticide license testing

OSU Extension Wayne County has set up testing dates with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to allow private and commercial applicators to obtain a pesticide applicators license. To obtain a license, applicators must take and pass a core exam plus one or more specific category exam(s). The cost of a private applicator license is $30 and a commercial applicator license is $35. Testing sessions will be administered by ODA personnel at the Fisher Auditorium conference room from 1-3 p.m. on: Feb. 18, March 19, April 22.

There are a limited amount of spaces available for each testing session. Once the spaces are filled, the testing session is closed. Register to reserve a spot: online at: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/. Click on the link under Pesticide Regulation in the left-hand column, then under Exam Registration in the left-hand column on the next page. Reservations can also be made by calling the ODA, Pesticide Division at 800-282-1955, ext. 31. 

Anyone taking an exam will be required to show photo identification or some form of identification.

Private applicators are encouraged to obtain study materials from the Wayne County Extension office before taking the exam. In addition, some study materials are available on-line. More information about study materials for private pesticide applicators can be found on-line at: http://pested.osu.edu/privatestudy.html .

Tri-County Beekeepers to hold spring workshop

The Tri-County Beekeepers Association of Northern Ohio will hold its 35th annual Spring Beekeeping Workshop March 1-2 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster. Educational classes are geared for beginners to experienced beekeepers.

New features have been added to the workshop. A tour of the OSU Pollinatarium will highlight Friday evening's schedule. This facility offers information about various pollinators in nature. Special class sessions will be held 7-8 p.m. Topics are "Beyond the Hive" with Isaac and Jayne Barnes and "Beginning Beekeeping" presented by the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association.

Keynote speaker on Saturday will be Jennifer Berry, coordinator of Apicultural Research, University of Georgia. Topic is "Practical Natural Beekeeping."

Workshop sessions include Planting for Pollinators, Small Hive Beetle, Making Salves and Lotions using Hive Products, Beginner Beekeeping and Urban Beekeeping, Cooking with Honey, kids' classes and more.

This year there will be no walk-in registrations. For more information, visit TCBA's new website: www.TriCounty Beekeepers.org. Email at contactus@TriCountyBeekeepers.org.

Holmes SWCD tree sale now under way

Take a look at your property or yard. Would you like to see more birds and wildlife? How about blossoms in spring and color in fall, or evergreens all year round? Or maybe you'd like to make a long-term investment by planting hardwoods.

The Holmes SWCD tree seedling sale is under way until March 22. This is a great way to buy nice quantities of seedlings at a very reasonable price.

Evergreens are sold in bundles of 25, and include Colorado blue spruce, Norway spruce, Scotch pine, Eastern white pine and Douglas fir. They sell for $20/pack, with the exception of Scotch pine, which is $10. With the exception of the Scotch pine, all of the evergreens are transplants, which means their root systems are bigger.

Deciduous trees are in bundles of 10 and include black cherry, sugar maple, red oak, sawtooth oak, white oak, tulip poplar and black walnut. Larger single bareroot trees, which are 3-4' tall, are $5 each. They include red maple, Ohio buckeye, redbud, white flowering dogwood, red osier dogwood, ginkgo, sweet gum, sergeant crabapple, white oak and red oak.

Tree pickup will be April 10 from 2-6 p.m. at the Holmes County Highway Garage.

Order forms and plant descriptions/recommended sites can be found online at http://co.holmes.oh.us/swcd, and follow the "document library" link, or call the SWCD office at 330-674-SWCD (7923) for an order form.

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