1. 2021 4-H Enrollment is NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

    Jan. 19, 2021

    4-H ONLINE Enrollment Information

    Putnam County 4-H is now open for enrollment for the 2021 4-H year. All enrollments will be submitted online at You will need a validate email to enroll online. If you do not have a valid email address please contact the Extension office at 419-523-6294 for assistance.

    The 4-H Enrollment Deadline is March 1, 2021

  2. Private Pesticide License and Fertilizer Recertification Opportunities for 2021

    Nov. 30, 2020

    Do you still need pesticide recertification for 2020 or 2021? Private and fertilizer applicators whose licenses expired in March 2020 or will expire in March 2021 now have until July 1, 2021 to recertify. Commercial applicators who expired in 2020 now have until July 1, 2021. The deadline for commercial applicators expiring in September 2021 has not changed.

    Pesticide recertification options have expanded for 2021.  Please note that there will be additional programs in neighboring counties as well. Currently, your options for 2021 are:

  3. Transition to Organic Grains

    Mar. 02, 2021

    Looking for alternatives on your farm and considering organic production? Join us for a discussion on diversifying your farm through the transition to organic grains. This program is ideal for current, transitioning, and interested organic grain farmers and buyers. Speakers include a farmer panel and organic production specialists from OSU Extension, The Anderson's, OEFFA and more.

    The program will cover:

  4. Putnam County Quality Assurance Opportunities

    Mar. 01, 2021

    All exhibitors showing market animals including lactating dairy cows and goats at the 2021 Putnam County Fair must attend Quality Assurance. Dairy feeders and Beef feeders exhibitors are not required to attend.

  5. Jr. Fair Hog and Feeder Calf Tags Now Available for Pickup

    Feb. 03, 2021

    EID Tags for Jr. Fair Hogs and Feeder Calves are now available for pick up at the Extension Office. 

  6. Senior Scholarship Opportunities

    Jan. 13, 2021

    2021 Scholarship opportunities for Putnam County High School Seniors.

    2021 Putnam County Cattlemen's Scholarship (fillable form) - Due February 28, 2021

    2021 Darren Langhals Memorial Scholarship (fillable form) - Due March 12, 2021

  7. Putnam Co. 4-H News Update - January 2021

    Jan. 12, 2021

    Hello 4-H Advisors and Families:

    Happy New Year! Please find below some important information as we kick off the 2021 4-H Program year. Please read carefully as there are lots of details below.

    Putnam County Extension Office Opening - we will open to the public during normal business hours starting January 19th, 2021.

  8. Water Quality Wednesdays: Manure & Nutrient Management

    Jan. 08, 2021

    Water quality concerns continue to be at the forefront of environmental-impact discussions across many industries. Since agriculture occupies much of the land area in Ohio, adapting farming operations to include “best management practices” has been an area of focus for agricultural producers, governmental agencies and other stakeholders working to contribute to solutions. As water quality concerns remain, so do opportunities for reviewing the current research and considering adopting practices that work for your situation.

  9. Putnam County Small Farm College Series - Postponed

    Nov. 07, 2020

    The Small Farm College Series has been postponed until fall of 2021.

    Are you interested in learning how to make the most of a few acres? If so, this course is just for you! Filled with practical knowledge on a variety of topics - you won't be disappointed.

  10. 2020 Ohio Farm Custom Rates & 2019-2020 Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents

    Oct. 06, 2020

    Farming is a complex business and many Ohio farmers utilitze outside assistance for specific farm-related work. Often, having someone else with specialized tools perform a task is more cost effective and saves time. Farm work completed by others is often referred to as "custom farm work". A "custom rate" is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider.

    Ohio Farm Custom Rates 2020 reports custom rates based on a statewide survey of 377 farmers, custom operators, farm managers, and landowners conducted in 2020.