Spring Tree Sale
Apr
17
to Apr 19

Spring Tree Sale

The Portage SWCD Tree Sale is a beloved tradition in the county. The sale provides an opportunity for Northeast Ohio landowners to purchase native plants at wholesale prices. Native plants are the foundation of the ecosystem that supports us: they help to clean our air, filter our water and keep our soil in place. Crop grade plants are also available through this sale.

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The Perils of Plastic Pollution
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

The Perils of Plastic Pollution

Dr. Sherri Mason’s groundbreaking research on microbead plastic contaminants in the Great Lakes has led governments and manufacturers around the world to ban microbeads, small plastics that are a major pollutant in our water. While ending the use of microbeads is an important first step, much more needs to be done to protect our health and environment from “The Perils of Plastic”. Join us for this community event, free and open to all! Door prizes will be awarded in the spirit of reducing single-use plastics in our community.

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Managing Stormwater On Your Land:  A Local Tour of Challenges and Solutions
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Managing Stormwater On Your Land: A Local Tour of Challenges and Solutions

Water is an invaluable resource, but when not managed properly it can cause many problems, for you, your crops, or for those down stream. At this program we will explore difference techniques to manage stormwater, without simply shuttling it off-site, through different techniques such as rainwater catchment systems, infiltration swales on contour, keyline systems, soil health and more.

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Pond Clinic
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Pond Clinic

  • Centerville Mills Park Dining Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Portage and Geauga SWCD welcome Eugene Braig, Aquatic Ecosystems Program Director, OSU Extension. Eugene’s presentation will address aquatic plant management in ponds, and the top 5 pond management concerns.

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Growing Small Fruits
Mar
13
1:00 PM13:00

Growing Small Fruits

Having problems growing apples, blueberries, brambles or other fruit? Then please join us as Erik Draper, OSU Extension Educator in Geauga County, guides us through the selection, planting and maintenance of a variety of fruits in northeast Ohio. 

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BEE TALK
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

BEE TALK

Wouldn’t you just love to spend a couple of hours and pick the brains of a bunch of experienced Ohio Beekeepers? Maybe the county or even the state inspector, a long time sideliner, a bee book author, a honey packer, an equipment manufacturer or maybe even a commercial beekeeper?

YOU CAN AT BEE TALK

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Creating a Closed Loop Farming System - Farmers Roundtable
Feb
12
5:30 PM17:30

Creating a Closed Loop Farming System - Farmers Roundtable

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This new program series is geared towards market farmers and is a collaboration between Portage Soil & Water Conservation District (PSWCD) and Countryside. This series will bring monthly programing geared towards farmers in their off-season and is intended to promote discussion, problem solving and networking among local market farmers in their off-season. This series may also be beneficial to those hoping to begin farming in the near future. Some programs will be farmer-led, while others will have field professionals present to facilitate discussion and field questions. These programs are free, just bring yourself and a willingness to add to the discussion! Sessions will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

2/12/2019 – Savings for your Pocket and the Planet: Creating a Closed Loop Farming System (Countryside)
Countryside Location—will vary, email Annie Preston at apreston@cvcountryside.org or call (234) 334-4622
Programs held at this location will be casual and mostly farmer-led.

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Cover Crops and No-Till Practices - Farmers Roundtable
Jan
31
5:30 PM17:30

Cover Crops and No-Till Practices - Farmers Roundtable

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1/31/2019 – Integrating Cover Crops and No-Till Practices into your Market Farm (PSWCD)

This new program series is geared towards market farmers and is a collaboration between Portage Soil & Water Conservation District (PSWCD) and Countryside. This series will bring monthly programing geared towards farmers in their off-season and is intended to promote discussion, problem solving and networking among local market farmers in their off-season. This series may also be beneficial to those hoping to begin farming in the near future. Some programs will be farmer-led, while others will have field professionals present to facilitate discussion and field questions. These programs are free, just bring yourself and a willingness to add to the discussion! Sessions will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.



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Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

CAUV and the Ohio Forestry Tax Law Tax Reduction Program

Join Leah Curtis , legal counsel for the Ohio Farm Bureau and ODNR Division of Forestry District 3 Manager, John Kehn, as they explain these two tax reduction programs available for Portage County landowners that have 10 acres of agricultural land or qualifying woodlot that meet the criteria that will be outlined during their presentations.  Join these experts to see if you are eligible for these tax reduction programs. 

Please register with Lynn at lvogel@portageswcd.org or call (330) 235-6806.

 

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Seed Starting and Soil Preparation - Farmers Roundtable
Jan
17
5:30 PM17:30

Seed Starting and Soil Preparation - Farmers Roundtable

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This new program series is geared towards market farmers and is a collaboration between Portage Soil & Water Conservation District (PSWCD) and Countryside. This series will bring monthly programming geared towards farmers in their off-season and is intended to promote discussion, problem solving and networking among local market farmers in their off-season. This series may also be beneficial to those hoping to begin farming in the near future. Some programs will be farmer-led, while others will have field professionals present to facilitate discussion and field questions. These programs are free, just bring yourself and a willingness to add to the discussion! Sessions will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Below are the program dates, topics and locations:

1/17/2019 – Seed Starting and Soil Preparation (Countryside)

PSWCD Location—6970 SR 88, Ravenna OH 44266. To Register email Taylor at


Select field professionals will be present at the programs at this site to field questions and promote discussion.

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BEE TALK
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

BEE TALK

Wouldn’t you just love to spend a couple of hours and pick the brains of a bunch of experienced Ohio Beekeepers? Maybe the county or even the state inspector, a long time sideliner, a bee book author, a honey packer, an equipment manufacturer or maybe even a commercial beekeeper?

YOU CAN AT BEE TALK

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Beef Quality Assurance - Trumbull County Farmer Lunch
Jan
8
11:30 AM11:30

Beef Quality Assurance - Trumbull County Farmer Lunch

OSU Extension Trumbull County, Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the NRCS have combined efforts to offer a farmer lunch seminar series that will cover a variety of topics relevant to NE Ohio. Each program will start with lunch at 11:30A.M. sponsored by the Trumbull County Holstein Club followed by a 1-hour presentation.

Cost for individual programs is $10/person. If you would like to register for all four programs, the cost is $35/person.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – Tax Updates for Farms

• David Marrison, OSU Extension Coshocton County

• New tax laws that went into effect in 2018 made some changes that impacts farm taxes. This session will provide an update to those changes.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Beef Quality Assurance

• Haley Shoemaker, OSU Extension Mahoning County

• The Ohio Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program ensures that both beef and dairy cattle are raised in a manner that results in a wholesome beef product for our consumers. This program helps producers gain market access and keep their cattle desirable to the buyer in the stands.

*Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – NE Ohio Agronomy School in Bristolville, OH*

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – Climate Impacts for Ohio Agriculture

• Aaron Wilson, OSU Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

• Our changing climate has already influenced how Ohio farmers operate. Learn how predicted climate changes will continue to drive changes in Ohio agriculture. CCA credits available.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – Tillage Effects on Soil Health

• Steve Culman, Assistant Professor, State Specialist in Soil Fertility

• New tillage technologies are arriving each year, but are they hurting your soil health? Learn how tillage, and other practices can improve or hurt your soil’s health. CCA credits available.]

To register, contact Trumbull OSU Extension Office at 330-638-6783.

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BEE TALK
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

BEE TALK

Wouldn’t you just love to spend a couple of hours and pick the brains of a bunch of experienced Ohio Beekeepers? Maybe the county or even the state inspector, a long time sideliner, a bee book author, a honey packer, an equipment manufacturer or maybe even a commercial beekeeper?

YOU CAN AT BEE TALK

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Direct Marketing and Identifying your Core Customer Base - Farmers Roundtable
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Direct Marketing and Identifying your Core Customer Base - Farmers Roundtable

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This new program series is geared towards market farmers and is a collaboration between Portage Soil & Water Conservation District (PSWCD) and Countryside. This series will bring monthly programing geared towards farmers in their off-season and is intended to promote discussion, problem solving and networking among local market farmers in their off-season. This series may also be beneficial to those hoping to begin farming in the near future. Some programs will be farmer-led, while others will have field professionals present to facilitate discussion and field questions. These programs are free, just bring yourself and a willingness to add to the discussion! Sessions will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Below are the program dates, topics and locations:

12/13/2019 – Direct Marketing and Identifying your Core Customer Base (Countryside)

1/10/2019 – Finding and Funding your Farm (PSWCD)

1/17/2019 – Seed Starting and Soil Preparation (Countryside)

1/31/2019 – Integrating Cover Crops and No-Till Practices into your Market Farm (PSWCD)

2/12/2019 – Savings for your Pocket and the Planet: Creating a Closed Loop Farming System (Countryside)

2/14/2019 – Savings for your Pocket and the Planet: Nutrient Management (PSWCD)

PSWCD Location—6970 SR 88, Ravenna OH 44266. To Register email Taylor at thillyer@portageswcd.org or call (330) 235-6811
Select field professionals will be present at the programs at this site to field questions and promote discussion.

Countryside Location—will vary, email Annie Preston at apreston@cvcountryside.org or call (234) 334-4622
Programs held at this location will be casual and mostly farmer-led.

 

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Dec
13
12:30 PM12:30

Farmers Roundtable Series

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This new program series is geared towards market farmers and is a collaboration between Portage Soil & Water Conservation District (PSWCD) and Countryside. This series will bring monthly programming geared towards farmers in their off-season and is intended to promote discussion, problem solving and networking among local market farmers in their off-season. This series may also be beneficial to those hoping to begin farming in the near future. Some programs will be farmer-led, while others will have field professionals present to facilitate discussion and field questions. These programs are free, just bring yourself and a willingness to add to the discussion! Sessions will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Below are the program dates, topics and locations:

12/13/2019 – Direct Marketing and Identifying your Core Customer Base (Countryside)

1/10/2019 – Finding and Funding your Farm (PSWCD)

1/17/2019 – Seed Starting and Soil Preparation (Countryside)

1/31/2019 – Integrating Cover Crops and No-Till Practices into your Market Farm (PSWCD)

2/12/2019 – Savings for your Pocket and the Planet: Creating a Closed Loop Farming System (Countryside)

2/14/2019 – Savings for your Pocket and the Planet: Nutrient Management (PSWCD)

PSWCD Location—6970 SR 88, Ravenna OH 44266. To Register email Taylor at thillyer@portageswcd.org or call (330) 235-6811
Select field professionals will be present at the programs at this site to field questions and promote discussion.

Countryside Location—will vary, email Annie Preston at apreston@cvcountryside.org or call (234) 334-4622
Programs held at this location will be casual and mostly farmer-led.

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Growing Farm Returns Through Soil Health
Dec
6
9:30 AM09:30

Growing Farm Returns Through Soil Health

Hosted by:             Deerfield Farms, and Soil Health Partnership Farmer

Agenda:

  • Soil Health Partnership Overview: John Stewart, SHP

  • Interseeding Cover Crops:  Ryan Haden, ATI  

  • Soil Cation Balancing: Steve Culman, OSU Extension 

 

Lunch provided for registrants immediately following presentations.  To help us plan for the meal, please register by emailing Lynn at lvogel@portageswcd.org or call 330-235-6806

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Tax Updates for Farms - Trumbull County Farmer Lunch Series
Dec
4
11:30 AM11:30

Tax Updates for Farms - Trumbull County Farmer Lunch Series

OSU Extension Trumbull County, Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the NRCS have combined efforts to offer a farmer lunch seminar series that will cover a variety of topics relevant to NE Ohio. Each program will start with lunch at 11:30A.M. sponsored by the Trumbull County Holstein Club followed by a 1-hour presentation.

Cost for individual programs is $10/person. If you would like to register for all four programs, the cost is $35/person.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – Tax Updates for Farms

• David Marrison, OSU Extension Coshocton County

• New tax laws that went into effect in 2018 made some changes that impacts farm taxes. This session will provide an update to those changes.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Beef Quality Assurance

• Haley Shoemaker, OSU Extension Mahoning County

• The Ohio Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program ensures that both beef and dairy cattle are raised in a manner that results in a wholesome beef product for our consumers. This program helps producers gain market access and keep their cattle desirable to the buyer in the stands.

*Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – NE Ohio Agronomy School in Bristolville, OH*

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – Climate Impacts for Ohio Agriculture

• Aaron Wilson, OSU Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

• Our changing climate has already influenced how Ohio farmers operate. Learn how predicted climate changes will continue to drive changes in Ohio agriculture. CCA credits available.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – Tillage Effects on Soil Health

• Steve Culman, Assistant Professor, State Specialist in Soil Fertility

• New tillage technologies are arriving each year, but are they hurting your soil health? Learn how tillage, and other practices can improve or hurt your soil’s health. CCA credits available.]

To register, contact Trumbull OSU Extension Office at 330-638-6783.

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Annual Meeting and Board of Supervisors Election
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Meeting and Board of Supervisors Election

  • Portage County Soil & Water Conservation District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for our 72nd Annual Election!                                       

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will cause an election of Supervisors of the Portage Soil & Water Conservation District to be held in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Residents or landowners, firms, and corporations that own land or occupy land in   PORTAGE COUNTY and are 18 years of age and older may vote for Supervisor. A non-resident landowner, firm, or corporation must provide an affidavit of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot.

There are three ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:

  1. At the annual meeting, which will take place September 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Garden Meeting Room at 6970 State Route 88, Ravenna, OH 44266
  2. At the SWCD office until 4:30 p.m. on September 13, 2018; or
  3. Vote absentee by requesting the proper absentee request forms from the SWCD office at the following address: Portage SWCD, 6970 St. Rt. 88, Ravenna, Ohio, 44266

Voting starts at 6:00 p.m. with dinner provided by Ravenna’s own Guido’s Restaurant starting at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, please join us for a presentation on U.S. Trade Policy and Its Impact on the Agricultural Sector by Dr. Ian Sheldon, OSU Professor and Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing and Trade Policy.

Tickets for the dinner are $10.00. Please preorder banquet tickets by using THIS FORM. Dinner reservation requests should be received by this office no later than September 7, 2018. If you have any questions you can contact our office at 330-235-6815 for more information. Voting and the presentation are FREE. Registration for the presentation is encouraged but not required!

 

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