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2023 Conference Details

OSU Extension’s Weather Extremes Committee and State Climate Office of Ohio Present: Climate Smart – Farming with Weather Extremes Conference.


The event will take place on Thursday, November 30, 2023, from 8:30a-3:30p at Der Dutchman in Plain City (445 Jefferson Ave, Plain City, OH 43064).


REGISTRATION – Please click here to register! - Closed/Past Event


CCA Credits - Program has applied for up to 4 CCA credits, including the following categories: Nutrient Management, Soil & Water Management, Integrated Pest Management, Crop Management, Professional Development, and Sustainability.

Weather is almost always a challenge for agriculture, from a lack of or too much rain, late season freeze conditions, and severe weather impacts. Each year brings on a set of conditions that necessitates having good management strategies for dealing with water, weeds, pests, and diseases, all while making the economics work out as well.

This year’s conference will bring together The Ohio State University (OSU) and Central State University (CSU) specialists, NRCS, and experts in a number of areas to discuss the interactions between weather, climate, and agriculture (see below). This page will be updated with additional speaker information and presentation titles over the next couple of weeks, so check back for more information.




Registration / Breakfast / Networking


Welcome and Opening Comments

  • Dr. Aaron B. Wilson - Assistant Professor, Ag Weather & Climate Field Specialist, OSU Extension,

  • The Ohio State University; State Climatologist of Ohio


Weather and Climate Update

Dr. Aaron B. Wilson


Climate Smart Practices and Funding Opportunities with USDA NRCS

Eric Schwab - State Resource Conservationist for Ohio, USDA National Resource Conservation

Service and Carrie Cusick - Assistant State Conservationist for Programs,

USDA National Resource Conservation Service


Too Much or Too Little? Water Management Challenges for Ohio’s Row Crops

Dr. Vinayak Shedekar - Assistant Professor of Agricultural Water Management in the Department of

Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) at The Ohio State University


Sponsor and Exhibitor Introductions


Break / Visit Exhibitors


Insect Pests Under a Changing Climate

Dr. Maggie Lewis - National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Entomology

Department, The Ohio State University


Central State University Extension and Applied Research in Climate Focus Areas

Dr. Alcinda "Cindy" Folck -  Program leader of the Agriculture and Natural Resources and the

Interim Associate Extension Administrator for Central State University Extension and

Dr. Sakthi Kumaran - Interim Associate Director of Research for Central State University


Lunch / Visit Exhibitors / Networking


Panel: On Farm Realities and Responses to Extreme Weather

Local Producers

Marc Amante (Specialty Growers) - ANR Extension Educator Southwest Ohio,

Central State University

Glen Arnold (Manure Management) - Professor and Extension Field Specialist,

The Ohio State University

Bridget Britton (Farm Stress) - Behavioral Health Extension Field Specialist, 

The Ohio State University

Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins (Precision Ag) - Agronomic Systems Extension Field Specialist,

The Ohio State University


Break / Visit Exhibitors


Do "Climate Smart" Ag Practices Improve Resilience to Extreme Weather?

Evidence From Crop Insurance

Dr. Margaret Jodlowski - Assistant Professor, Department of

Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University


How Weather Risk is Presented in the Crop Market

Dr. Seungki Lee - Agricultural Economist and Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural,

Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University


Closing Remarks / Evaluation





Logo for Ag Resource Management



Logos for AgCredit, Leist Mercantile, Ohio Corn & Wheat, and Ohio Soybean Council


Logos for Silver Sponsors

Additional Sponsors:

Logo for USDA NRCS

Thanks to our sponsors, the event is free, but registration is required. Pastries and drinks will be served for breakfast with a full lunch provided. Please click on the registration link below to sign up for the event.

REGISTRATION – Please click here to register! - Closed/Past Event