March 26, 2020 - 4:02pm --

Did your usual workshop get canceled?  Looking to fill the void of the big basketball tournament?  Ohio State University Extension is here to help with a new virtual education program for the agricultural community.  “Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness: A Tournament of Education” will include 64 educational events broken into daily brackets.  Each day, a virtual educational session will be held at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m.  The educational tournament is free of charge and will likely continue until mid-May.  To access the tournament educational resources, visit:

“This effort is a direct response to providing a variety of useful and timely sessions for farmers and families across the state during Gov. DeWine’s stay-at-home order,” said Jacqueline Wilkins, interim director of OSU Extension.  “While our ‘tournament’ is being loosely tied to March Madness, it’s not a competition, and people can join in at any time for as many or as few sessions as they desire.”  Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness is just one example of how OSU Extension is employing its online resources during this challenging time to remain engaged with Ohioans.  “The intent is to reach the agricultural community in a time of high stress,” Custer said.  “OSU Extension has also updated its Ag Crisis website to include a toolbox of resources related to COVID-19. Those can be reached at:”