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STEUBENVILLE — This year the Ohio State University Extension’s East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference has been deconstructed into 10 free webinars and three in-person field days now through May 27.

Topics cover a wide variety of financial, production and home-related topics to help woman in agriculture, who are encouraged to participate in any or all of the series.

The schedule for the webinars, which run every other Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. are”

– Thursday: “Cooking with Cast Iron” with Christine Kendle, OSU Extension. Are you not sure what pan to use? How to season it? How you should care for your cast iron cookware? This class is for you, a spokesperson noted.

– Feb. 11: “QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention.” QPR includes how to “ask a question to save a life,” recognizing warning signs and referring for help.

– Feb. 25: “Insurance — Get Covered!” with Kim Davis, Kim Davis Insurance Agency LLC. This “fun, interactive session” discusses all types of insurance.

– March 11: “LOL — Lots of Loans!” A panel discussion covers the right fit for needs, including lines of credit, ag real estate, equipment and building loans/leases, home loans, home equity loans and youth loans.

– March 25: “The Mystery of Fruit Tree Pruning” with Paul Snyder, OARCD Secrest Arboretum. This session covers the basics of how and when to prune fruit trees, highlighting the most common backyard fruit tree, the apple tree.

The webinars are free to watch with registration available at go.osu.edu/eowiaseries2021. Webinars will be recorded for later viewing, but registration will still be required.

Field Days, meanwhile, will run on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March through May. Each field day is $15 which includes program materials and a dinner. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed during in-person events, and masks will be required. Space is limited to 50 people per event, and pre-registration is required to reserve a spot for the evening.

In-person events are subject to COVID-19 restrictions for the day of the event. In the event that a field day is canceled, registered participants will be contacted.

The field day schedule is as follows:

– March 2: “Hands-On Tractor Operation Skill-Builder” with Dee Jepsen, OSU farm safety specialist, Stark Count. Examining the utility of the compact tractor — safety, parts, color coding, hand signals and operation — will be discussed in this interactive audience driven session. The event may be outdoors, weather permitting.

– April 6: “Soils and Sustainable Agriculture” with Erika Lyon and Heather Neikirk, OSU Extension, and Clint Finney, USDA-NRCS, Jefferson County: What is sustainable for you? Dig into improving the health of your soils and the basics of soil testing services and kits. Explore sustainability and stewardship practices and opportunities for utilization in small farm animal and plant-based enterprises.

– May 4 – “Raising Livestock on 5 Acres or Less” with Sandy Smith, OSU Extension, Carroll County. “So you have some land and you want some extra income or a supply of food for your family. This session will investigate all of your options and possibilities,” reads the press release on the field day offering.

Field day location information and registration is available at go.osu.edu/eowiafielddays2021.

Questions about this series can be directed to Erika Lyon at (740) 461-6136 or by e-mail to lyon.194@osu.edu. CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For information: http://go.osu.edu/cfaesdiversity.

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