OSU Extension and Agricultural Office to Host Series on Managing Young Farmers’ Businesses

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DARKE COUNTY — The average age of a farmer is 62. As a result, many farms will experience generational renewal over the next few years. This will leave our farming operations to the next generation for management. Ohio State Extension Darke County and Darke County Farm Bureau want to help prepare our next generation of farmers for business management responsibilities.

OSU Extension and Farm Bureau have planned “Hoppin’ Around Darke County,” a farm business management series for young farmers, which will be hosted at various Darke County wineries and breweries. The first party will take place on January 27 at Sure Shot Tap House in Greenville at 5:30 p.m. The topic of discussion will be Tips for Taking Charge of Farm Finances with Defiance County Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Bruce Clevenger. The second session will take place on February 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Twenty One Barrels Cidery and Winery in Bradford. The topic will be Agricultural Transition Planning, with guest speaker David Marrison, Coshocton County Extension Educator. The third session is scheduled for March 24, at 5:30 p.m., at A & R Winery in Arcanum. Guest speakers will be Darke County Extension Educators Dr. Greg McGlinch and Taylor Dill on the topic of Small Commodities and Farm Diversification Tips. The fourth session will take place on June 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Endless Pint in Versailles. The Ohio Farm Bureau will speak on the plea. The fifth and final session will again take place at Twenty One Barrels Cidery and Winery in Bradford. Dr. Peggy Hall will be the guest speaker and will discuss agricultural law. Please come join us for a conversation over drinks and the farm! For more information, contact Taylor Dill at [email protected] or (937) 569-5000.

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