1. Join Darke County 4-H!

    Oct. 16, 2019

    The April 1st deadline to join Darke County 4-H is rapidly approaching!  4-H is Ohio State University Extension’s non-formal, educational program for youth.  Ohio 4-H membership is based on a child's age and grade as of January 1 of the current project year.  Eligibility for Cloverbud participation begins when a child is enrolled in Kindergarten and is five years old.  Eligibility for participation in 4-H projects and competitive events begins when a child is age 8 and in the 3rd grade. Any youth age 9 or above is eligible for project membership, regardless of grade level.

  2. Grain Marketing - Turning On-Farm Storage Into A Profit

    Feb. 23, 2016

    Matt Roberts, Associate Professor, OSU Extension and Grain Marketing Expert, announced at last week’s 2016 Ag Outlook meeting that the grain market outlook for the next couple of years does not look very positive and that if farmers are not treating their on-farm storage like a commercial elevator, they are “crazy”.

  3. Nutrient Stewardship for Cleaner Water

    Jun. 25, 2015

    Nutrient Stewardship for Cleaner Water is a new Signature Program for OSU Extension which was implemented in 2014.


  4. Economic Impact of Avian Influenza

    May. 20, 2015

    Since December 2014, the USDA has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (or migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections to be low. No human cases of these HPAI H5 viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally.

  5. Avian Influenza Biosecurity Guidelines for ALL Poultry

    May. 11, 2015

    There has been recent detection of multiple avian influenza viruses into North America (Canada and United States). These viruses are apparently spread by migratory birds. These influenza viruses have been detected in captive birds, backyard poultry and commercial poultry flocks in 20 different states and provinces in USA and Canada. This situation is UNPRECEDENTED in the history of North America.

  6. Spotted Wing Drosophila Monitoring and Management Webinar

    Apr. 20, 2015

    Celeste Welty, Dept. of Entomology, State Specialist and Jim Jasinski, Dept. of Extension, IPM Program will be offering a 90 minute webinar on spotted wing Drosophila (SWD), a relatively new pest in Ohio that attacks blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, and peaches.

    To learn more about the webinar and register see the flyer here. Flyer

  7. New Law on Fertilizer and Manure Applications Explained

    Apr. 10, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers who want to learn more about the new Ohio law passed last week intended to control algae production in Lake Erie and its western basin can find a detailed explanation in a blog post written by an agricultural law expert and a manure expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

  8. OSU Agronomic Crop Internship in Darke County

    Mar. 20, 2015

    The Ohio State University Agronomic Crops Team is starting a new summer program in 2015 aimed at providing a rich training experience to undergraduate students in a wide diversity of disciplines related to agronomic crop research. These Agronomic Crop Research Experience (ACRE) Interns will support on-farm research by being placed in strategic hubs throughout the state. Students will gain real-world experience in scouting, sampling and evaluating agronomic crops in Ohio. Incoming OSU graduate students are welcome to apply.

  9. Comparing Ohio’s Proposed Algae Control Legislation

    Mar. 16, 2015

    Senate and House bills on algae control differ

    On March 10, the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B. 61, a proposal to address Ohio’s toxic algae issues.   Last month, the Ohio Senate approved a bill on the same issue, but with several points of difference.  The two must now reconcile these differences and agree upon a plan for reducing the occurrence of toxic algae in Lake Erie, which they have stated they will soon accomplish.  The House already began its hearings on the Senate bill on March 11.

  10. Ohio State University Extension Addressing Nutrient Management Issues in the State

    Mar. 11, 2015

    Water quality and nutrient management issues are getting more and more attention these days. With additional regulatory measures being debated in the state legislature, it seems that everyone has an idea about how to ‘fix’ the algal blooms in Lake Erie and elsewhere. And not surprisingly, the ‘fix’ depends on who you ask.