WORKSHOP SERIES PLANNED – New farmers and first-time farm buyers can learn how to improve their farm profitability during a four-part workshop series in February offered by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

The NextGen Farm Management Series runs Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Robert Fulton Agriculture Center, 8770 State Route 108, in Wauseon, Ohio. The event will focus on cost control and farm profitability, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

“Although the series targets ‘next generation’ farmers, couples and first-time farm buyers, any farmer is welcome to participate to learn more about how to improve their farm operation,” Richer said. “The meetings will also provide participants the information they need to analyze and benchmark their farm enterprises against others in the Midwest.”

Call 419-337-9210 for ticket information.

FARMERS CAN APPLY TO SEE CHECKOFF INVESTMENT RESULTS – Meet domestic and international customers, see where soybeans go beyond the elevator and evaluate the work of the soy checkoff. That’s what farmers will experience during the United Soybean Board’s See for Yourself program.

See for Yourself offers 10 soybean farmers from around the country the opportunity to see and evaluate the work of the checkoff firsthand. From the use of U.S. soy by domestic companies to the export of U.S. soy to customers around the world, See for Yourself shows program participants the checkoff’s role in maximizing U.S. soybean farmer profitability.

“The See for Yourself program showed me that the soy industry is so much more than what we do on each of our farms – it’s a global industry,” says Nathan Brown, a Hillsboro, Ohio, soybean farmer and 2015 See for Yourself program participant. “The program also allowed me to see how USB invests our checkoff dollars.”

CORN COLLEGE WORKSHOP IS FEB. 10 – Producers and agriculture professionals can get an update on the 2016 corn market and learn how to budget a profitable corn crop at a workshop led by farm management experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

The 2016 Corn College is a daylong workshop offered on Feb. 10 that will focus on what farmers need to know to operate a successful operation, said Sam Custer, an Ohio State University Extension educator who is organizing the program.

OSU Extension is CFAES’s outreach arm.

Call 937-548-5215 for ticket information.

ODA APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR – Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director David T. Daniels announced the appointment of Jared Parko as a new deputy director to the department’s senior management team.

As deputy director, Parko will primarily focus on laboratory operations and animal health, dairy, food safety and meat issues. Prior to his new appointment, Parko served as laboratory operations manager for the Food Safety Net Services in Columbus, Ohio. He also previously worked in the Dairy Food Safety Laboratory at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a master’s degree in food safety and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.

Staff report