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Local farmers encouraged to attend webinars

| February 11, 2014

COSHOCTON – The Ohio State University Extension Office in Coshocton is hosting a variety of beef and sheep and goat webinars this winter and early spring.

“The main factor is to bring in really qualified speakers and make it available to lots of people across Ohio,” said Emily Adams, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator. “We’re using technology to help farmers get the best information and education they can.”

Local farmers and those who are interested in agriculture are encouraged to attend. They will be hearing and interacting with professionals and educators from all over the state. No matter what your farming background, whether you are an experienced farmer or just starting out, these webinar series are full of valuable information to local farmers.

“Even if you’re more experienced, you can still learn,” said Adams. “They’re always doing new research, but it’s mostly about getting back to the basics in farming.”

The beef webinars started Jan. 28 with a veterinarian from The Ohio State University discussing vaccinations, how proper nutrition can improve the herd, and making sure cattle are fed the proper nutrition but not over-fed. The next beef webinar will be Feb. 18.

The sheep and goat webinars started Feb. 3. The next sheep and goat webinar will be Feb. 17 with Roger A. High and Tony Nye from The Ohio State University discussing how to select the right type of breed for your market. The last webinar will be Feb. 24 with Dr. Richard Ehrhardt from Michigan State University discussing management and record keeping.

“These webinars are good because it’s a sense of community even though it’s not as engaging as a live speaker, but you’re still in the same room with people who share the same interest,” said Adams.

The webinars are at the County Services Building at 724 S. Seventh St. in Coshocton. Call their office at 622-2265 to register. The beef webinars are from 7 – 9:30 p.m. and the sheep and goat webinars are from 7 – 9 p.m. There is no cost to participate. Anybody with an interest in agriculture is encouraged to come.

“I hope people at least give it a try,” said Adams. “Just because it’s not a live person, don’t be intimidated or think you can’t learn. It’s also about forming relationships with other people with the same interest. The OSU Extension is about connecting people to knowledge they need and to other people.”

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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