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Farmers’ Breakfast Series to run from

January to February

WINTERSVILLE — The Ohio State University Extension will host a Farmers’ Breakfast Series in Wintersville every other Friday from January to February with the first session beginning Jan. 12.

Each session will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will cover farm management topics for local producers and provide opportunities for networking with local farmers, agencies and industry experts.

With the number of challenges for small farms increasing each year, it has become more and more challenging for individuals who would like to farm to get started, according to Erika Lyon, OSU Extension educator in Jefferson County.

“Finding a market niche, improving efficiency in operations and knowing where to look for financial aid are critical for making a farm successful,” Lyon noted.

The 2018 schedule for the four session series includes:

≤ Jan. 12, King’s Restaurant, Wintersville

“Considerations for the Beginning Farmer: Where to Start,” will be presented by Lyon. The first session is a general introduction to common questions that a producer will have to decide on and will help those thinking about purchasing a farm or just getting started decide what will work best for them.

≤ Jan. 26, King’s Restaurant, Wintersville

“Financing a Niche Farm” will be presented by Rob Whinnery, Farm Service Agency Area director, and Lisa Baird, Farm Service Agency loan specialist. Unsure of what financial opportunities are available for agricultural producers? Learn about what the USDA-FSA has to offer local producers.

≤ Feb. 9, King’s Restaurant, Wintersville

“Direct Marketing a Farm in Jefferson County” will be presented by Clint Finney, Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation technician and local farmer. Learn about how to direct market your product to local consumers using online and offline techniques from Finney, a local livestock producer who has had extensive experience marketing products from his farm.

≤ Feb. 23, King’s Restaurant, Wintersville

“Insurance for the Farm,” which will involve getting questions answered about what type of insurance to should have a farm, including liability, property, etc., will be presented by Adam Perzanowski and Dan Milleson from Nationwide Insurance.

There is no cost for the series presentations, but participants should bring cash for breakfast. Pre-registration is required. Register by contacting the OSU Extension office at (740) 264-2212 or send an e-mail to one week before each session. Questions about other farm management topics can be directed to Lyon at (740) 264-2212, extension 203.

OSU Extension will provide accommodations to handicapped persons needing assistance to participate in Extension programs. Anyone requiring accommodations to attend programs or to access information should contact the Extension office.

For information on Jefferson and Harrison Extension programs, visit or Sign up for the Agriculture and Natural Resources newsletter to receive information and updates on a variety of farm management topics and other agricultural interests by contacting OSU Extension in Steubenville.

Computer job help offered Saturday

at Follansbee Branch Library

FOLLANSBEE — The Follansbee Branch Library will offer free help in using computers to create resumes and submit online job applications from 1 p.m. 2 p.m. Saturday. Help will be provided by library employee, Natalie Staffileno.

Call (304) 527-0860 to register.