Two seminars to greet spring

Today, I would like give you details about two great programs which will be held at the Trumbull County Extension office in April. I hope to see you at one of these programs.

Last month’s “Women in Farming” workshop sponsored by the Natural Resource Conservation Services was a huge success, with close to 40 participants in attendance to learn about a variety of topics.

As a follow-up to this great meeting, OSU Extension is offering the “Annie’s II – Managing for Today and Tomorrow” workshop on Tuesdays, April 9 to 30. This program will help participants plan for the transition of their business to the next generation.

It’s hard to talk about passing on the farm. This program has been designed for farm women who want to plan now for a successful transition later.

Through this four-session program, participating women will learn about the four components that create a successful transition – succession, business, estate and retirement planning.

A transition plan helps ensure a farm continues as productive agricultural business. Women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of beginning farmers across the country.

This workshop focuses on the management processes and decisions needed to make successful transitions. This workshop includes hands-on activities, interaction with local professionals, and up-to-date resources.

Participants of all ages and experience level will practice tasks to increase confidence in setting goals, nurturing effective family conversations, and defining the farm legacy.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make an effective plan for the future.

Once spring hits, we will be excited to fire up the mower and start mowing our lawns. To help homeowners manage their lawns better, the Trumbull County Master Gardeners are hosting a workshop titled “Lawns and their Care” on April 18 at the Trumbull County Extension.

If my lawn is green, is it good? How do I tell what type of grasses I have in my lawn? How do I control the weeds in my yard? How do I know if my lawn needs fertilized? Should I water my lawn during a dry summer? What is the proper mowing height to use? How can I renovate my lawn?

If you have ever asked one of these questions, then you will want to schedule time to attend this workshop.

During this class, participants will learn about turf species best suited for northeast Ohio and proper fertility and watering regimes. Participants will also learn more about the major turf weeds, insects and diseases to be aware in Northeast Ohio are encouraged to dig out 6-inch-by-6-inch turf weed sample to bring to the class for identification. Place these samples in aluminum foil or plastic bags.

This class will be taught by Chuck Behnke, retired faculty member of the Ohio State University.

For information on either program, call 330-638-6783 or visit

David Marrison is associate professor and extension educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension. He can be reached at 440-576-9008 or