Ag breakfast series planned

By Rob Leeds - Guest columnist

I hope everyone enjoyed a great holiday season with family and friends. As we move into the New Year, this is a great time to step back, take a look at how we have been doing things in the past and think about ways to improve.

Hopefully some of the information for some upcoming educational events will be of interest to you.

OSU Extension Delaware County has teamed with Madison and Union counties to start a winter Ag breakfast series. The first breakfast will be on Jan. 20. with special guest speaker Fred Yoder.

Yoder, a Plain City farmer and a member of President elect Donald Trump’s Ag Advisory Committee, will give an overview of the new administration’s Agricultural policy objectives.

OSU Extension’s Jan. 20 breakfast meeting will be held at the Red Brick Tavern in London, Ohio. A hot breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., followed by a discussion with Yoder about agriculture policy and his role on Trump’s committee.

The meeting is free to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is required by Jan. 13. To register, contact the Madison County Extension Office at 740-852-0975 or

This meeting is the first in a series of a monthly ag breakfasts hosted by OSU Extension and sponsored by the Madison County Farm Bureau. Topics include Enlist/Extend Soybean Technology Update with Mark Loux (Feb. 24), What’s New in Precision Ag with John Fulton (March 17), and Roadway Safety with Wayne Delligner (April 9).

Each meeting will include free breakfast at the Red Brick Tavern, beginning at 8 a.m. Pre-registration by contacting the Madison County Extension Office is required to attend each meeting.

Summer interns needed

If you are a college student who has completed at least two years of college you may want to consider applying for an internship in our county office. It will give you an opportunity to learn more about Extension and to explore a career that perhaps you would not have considered.

This will include working with us in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development; and community development.

Learn how you can use your education to make a difference in people’s lives and how what you are learning in college can have an impact on some of the most pressing issues facing Ohioans.

Your intern work may include:

• Planning, helping or teaching community classes, day camps, field days or fairs.

• Attending meetings with community leaders and volunteers.

• Developing news articles, exhibits, brochures, marketing materials, and resources for educational curriculum.

• Using social media and technology to share research-based information.

• Participating in field research, testing new methods and curriculum.

• Working with youth through 4-H activities, camps and project judging.

Applications are being accepted until February 19. More information on the internships and Information on applying is available at

By Rob Leeds

Guest columnist

Rob Leeds is OSU Extension Educator.

Rob Leeds is OSU Extension Educator.