Planted with a Purpose

2023 Agriculture Outlook: Planted with a Purpose

The Workforce Development and Community Services Division of Southern State and The Ohio State University Extension are sponsoring the 2023 Agriculture Outlook: Planted with a Purpose to allow local agriculture producers and area entities to learn from seasoned professionals in the field.

This FREE event will address important topics and programs that can help you get off to a successful 2023 growing season. There are two ways to register - by phone or by email. Registration is optional, but strongly encouraged. Participants may register for only one or more of the sessions.

  • PHONE - Call 800.628.7722 Ext. 3520 (Amanda Lewis)
    Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • EMAIL - Send an email to Amanda Lewis at

We hope you can take advantage of this unique training opportunity, and look forward to seeing you at the event!

Event Details:

Date: Friday, February 3, 2023

Time: 9 - 11:45am


  • Southern State Community College
  • Central Campus
  • 100 Hobart Drive
  • Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

Session One: Carbon Credits

Time: 9 - 9:45am

Presenter: Mike Estadt

Description: This session will briefly describe why "carbon credit" programs are being promoted to farmers and woodland owners. Whether or not you are seriously considering enrolling in one of the many programs, this presentation will give you an overview of what is coming in the future.

About the Presenter:

Mike Estadt is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator for Pickaway County. His areas of specialization are agronomic crop production and farm management. His on-farm research has included Dr. Steve Cullman's soil quality work around the active carbon component of soils as well as seeding rate trails, soybean cyst nematode surveys and double crop soybean systems. He cochairs the carbon footprint working group for OSU Extension.

Session Two: Grazing Management

Time: 10 - 10:45am

Presenter: Richard Purdin

Description: During this session, attendees will receive an overview of what a grazing management plan is and the steps to take for constructing and implementing a grazing management plan on your operation.

About the Presenter:

Richard Purdin works for The Ohio State University Extension as an Agriculture/Natural Resources and Community Development Educator for Adams County, Ohio. He was born and raised in Adams County on a grain and livestock farm. Today, he still farms with his father near Winchester where they raise beef cattle, hogs, sheep, corn, soybeans, tobacco, and hay. Richard is the fifth generation in his family to farm. Growing up, Richard always wanted to make a difference in agriculture and his community. This led him to Wilmington College where he earned his bachelor's degree in plant, environment, and soil science. After college, he started his career as a Conservation Technician for the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District. He worked with farmers and general landowners, helping them better conserve natural resources. After 6 years in that position, he pursued his current career with the OSU Extension. Richard's focus is to help address challenges that face our rural communities and small farming businesses.

Session Three: FSA Updates

Time: 11 - 11:45am

During this session, USDA personnel will explain the related programs that are available in 2023 such as the Environment Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Reserve Program for Grasslands (CRP - Grasslands).

Agency: USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Presenter: Sarah Fullenkamp, CED

Agency: USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

Presenter: Lee Walker, District Conservationist

Agency: Highland Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD)

Presenter: Pam Bushelman, Operations Manager

Agency: USDA Rural Development

Presenter: Jennifer Brown, Business Program Specialist

Agency: OSU Extension - Highland County

Presenter: James Morris, Agriculture and Natural Resources/ Community Development Educator