Enhancing Agriculture and the Environment
Ohio’s diverse agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy every year. OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources (ANR) programs assist with technology, marketing and educational support – protecting Ohio’s position in the global marketplace.
OSU Extension also works to help local residents and community leaders enhance and sustain the environment and natural areas throughout the state, balancing economic advancement with environmental sustainability.
Our ANR professionals help producers develop and expand profitable, sustainable farming and other agricultural businesses – thereby creating jobs and economic opportunity for Ohio’s citizens. They also provide leadership, collaboration, consulting, unbiased information, applied research, and access to land-grant university knowledge to address local issues and needs.
Belmont County has a very diverse agricultural base. Total farm income derived from agricultural sales, is approximately thirteen million dollars. Dairy, beef, and sheep farms make up the majority of the livestock production. Crops consists mostly of hay and pasture production. We also produce many alternative crop enterprises. These include Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production and Christmas Tree Production. Farm markets can be found throughout the county. Programs offered through the agricultural program include: Grazing Council Meetings, Pesticide Certifications, Forestry Workshops, and Horticulture Programs.
For More information, please feel free to contact the ANR Education, Dan Lima at (740) 695-1455.
You can also learn more about all OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources programs at http://agnr.osu.edu.
Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.