Keep warm by attending winter programs

Well, our furry friend Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow earlier this month, which means winter is going to stick around a little longer. Given the polar vortexes we have already experienced, it seemed natural that he would predict a longer winter. So to keep warm, we invite you to join us for some great winter programs.

Today, I would like to share information on three programs that will be offered in northeast Ohio by OSU Extension. Stay warm and I hope to see you at one of these programs.

OSU Extension and the Trumbull County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce a Backyard Fruit Production class will be held Feb. 20 at the Trumbull County Extension Office, 520 W. Main St., Cortland.

Eric Barrett, OSU Extension educator in Mahoning County, will teach us about growing fruit in our back yard. This workshop will share the best management practices for growing apples, peaches, strawberries, raspberries and grapes. Learn about proper nutrition, pruning, disease and pest control.

The registration fee for the class is $25 per participant. As an added bonus, each participant will receive a copy of the Bulletin 940-Midwest Home Fruit Production and Bulletin 780- Controlling Diseases & Insects in Home Fruit Plantings. Pre-registration is required by tomorrow, so that program supplies can be purchased. Registration is limited to the first 50 registrants.Call the Trumbull County Extension office as first come, first served. Call 330-638-6783.

Area beef producers are invited to attend the Northeast Ohio Winter Beef Clinic on Feb. 20 at the Ashtabula County Extension office in Jefferson. The keynote speaker for this workshop will be John Grimes, associate professor and OSU Extension beef specialist. Join us as we discuss how to make more money from your beef herd.

During this workshop, Grimes will share management tips to obtain better conception and to get more live calves on the ground. Learn more about timed breeding, facility and herd management, and getting more from your forage production. This workshop is free and open to all beef producers in northeast Ohio. FFA and 4-H youth will also gain valuable experience from this workshop. No registration is required. More information about this program can be obtained by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008. A registration flier can be found at:

OSU Extension is pleased to announce a Farmland Lease Workshop will be held on March 10 at the Ashtabula County Extension office in Jefferson. This is a regional program and is open to farmers and landowners from northeast Ohio.

Barry Ward, assistant professor and leader, production business management, and Peggy Hall, assistant professor and director for the Agricultural and Resource Law Program, will be the keynote speakers for this workshop.

Landowners and farmers are encouraged to attend to learn the best management practices of leasing farm ground in northeast Ohio. Some of the topics that will be addressed during this program include: farmland leasing options, cash rental arrangements, flexible cash rents, share crop leases, economic factors for leasing, legal issues in farmland leasing, learning from worst-case scenarios, example leases, and farm lease resources.

The registration fee for this program is $20 per person. The registration fee includes program materials and a hearty northeast Ohio lunch. Preregistration is required by Feb. 28. Call 440-576-9008 to register. A registration flier can be found at:

David Marrison is associate professor and extension educator, agriculture and natural resources, Ohio State University Extension. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or