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Conference Name Farm Office Live – Helping Ohio Farms & Agribusiness Navigate the Coronavirus Pandemic

David Marrison, Peggy Hall, Barry Ward, Dianne Shoemaker, and Ben Brown


In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the OSU Extension Farm Office Team quickly pivoted from in-person programming efforts to a virtual platform featuring the Farm Office Live webinar series. Using the Zoom® platform, the first webinar was held on April 6, 2020 with additional programs offered weekly through the height of the pandemic. During 90 minute webinars, the team helped producers navigate the federal and state assistance programs initiated in response to the pandemic. To date, 12 webinars have been held with 593 participants with an additional 426 people watching the on-line recordings posted on YouTube®. In addition, the Farm Office web page which includes recordings, powerpoints and references for each session received 2,852 total views. Live participants included, industry professionals (47%), crop and livestock producers (33%), and Extension professionals (20%). Eighty-seven percent of the attendees reported they felt more knowledgeable about the issues facing the Ohio agricultural industry and 65% reported they would take some sort of action as a result of the webinar. One participant remarked on the post program survey, “To all presenters I thoroughly enjoyed the webinar and will definitely be registered next Monday. Some of our government officials should observe what real leaders do in the CFAES Extension. Great job.” In 2021, the team is offering two webinars per month. Additionally, the team has authored 19 scholarly articles which were published on the Farm Office blogs on the coronavirus pandemic legislation.