Do you have pesticides sitting in storage that you do not intend to use? The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a Pesticide Clean Sweep Day for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on Tuesday, August 15 in Ottawa. The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.

The disposals are limited to farmers only. Commercial entities are not supposed to bring product. Pesticides not have to be in original containers or identifiable for disposal. The largest container that can be accepted is a 55 gallon drum as long as it has a good sealed bung. There is no limit to the amount of pesticides that a farmer can bring, although ODA would like to know if someone is bringing anything larger than a pickup load.

The pesticide collection will happen from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Putnam County Extension Office parking lot (the old Weather Seal Factory west of the Fairgrounds) to allow for local and surrounding county farmers to dispose of these chemicals.

Ohio Pesticide Clean Sweep collections are sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the ODA at 614-728-6987.

  1. Master Gardener Summer Children's Programs at The Children's Garden

    May. 14, 2018

    Smiley Park Children's Garden " through the eyes of a child"! Outdoor Educational Programs at the Children's Garden Summer 2018

  2. 2018 Livestock Quality Assurance. May 31st -last one for 2018

    May. 03, 2018

    Quality Assurance is a state required training program for any 4-H or FFA member who is exhibiting livestock at the Van Wert County Junior Fair; rabbits included. The Van Wert Ohio State University Extension is hosting the 2nd  QA in 2018 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds on Thursday May 31st starting at 7:00 pm until approximately 8:30 pm members eligible for test out it will be offered starting one hour prior to the beginning at the Extension office.

  3. Private Pesticide Applicator Prep class March 29th

    Mar. 08, 2018

    OSU Extension- Van Wert County Office will offer a workshop on March 29th from 9:00am -12:00pm to help participants prepare for the private pesticide applicator examination in the Extension Meeting Room on the  fairgrounds.
    The workshop will cover topics specifically to prepare for the core and field crops sections of the pesticide exam. Anyone that uses restricted-use pesticides on his/her own land or rented land and produces an agrcultural commodity should be licensed.

  4. OSU Van Wert County Agronomy Day March 22, 2018

    Mar. 06, 2018

    Please join us March 22, 2018 from 8:30am-4:00pm for our informational "AG DAY" to be held on the Van Wert Couty Fairgrounds.

  5. Van Wert County 4-H Clubs Kick Off 2018

    Feb. 09, 2018

    4-H grows Leaders! Van Wert County is host to a wide variety of clubs that can help you get there! From learning how to make healthy snacks, bottle rockets, scrapbooking, and fishing there are over 200 project workbooks to choose from.  With our diverse variety of clubs there is sure to be one to fit your family’s needs. Take some time to look over this listing and feel free to call an advisor to get started today! We would love to have you join 4-H- the Nation’s largest youth development organization. Learn more at or check us out on Facebook at

  6. Jr. Fair Turkey Orders due April 2, 2018

    Jan. 29, 2018

    The Van Wert County Extension office is currently taking order for turkey pullets to be exhibited at the 2018 Jr. Fair. The first five (5) turkeys are free of cost (can be ordered as hens, toms, or a straight run combination). After the first five (5) birds can be ordered at an additional cost.

    Cost of extra pullets is as follows: Hens at $3.25/pullet, Straight Run at $3.25/pullet, and Toms at $4.25/pullet.

  7. 2018 Spring 4-H Craft & Vendor Show

    Jan. 09, 2018

    Looking for a good way to pick up spring gifts and Easter basket stuffers for all the loved ones in your life? How about doing that and supporting the Van Wert County 4-H Camp Counselors going to 4-H camp? Join us on Saturday, March 17h, 2018 from 10:00am-2:00pm for our Annual Craft & Vendor show at the Jr. Fair Building on the Fairgrounds! Food available for purchase to support the Jr. Fair Board and their renovation projects, as well as a possible visit from the Easter bunny!



    Jan. 09, 2018

    The Junior Fair Board has set the date/time for the 2018 show steer, performance steer and dairy steer weigh-in. Please mark your calendars for Saturday January 13, from 8:00am-10:00am at the Junior Fair Beef Barn on the Fairgrounds. Animals not in line to be weighed at the end of the time may be disqualified from participation in the 2018 Van Wert County Jr. Fair. Exhibitors may allow someone else to weigh in their animals for them if they are unable to be present for the weigh in.

  9. Ohio Pesticide Recertification Class & Fertilizer Applicator Recertification Class

    Nov. 17, 2017

    You will have two opportunities to renew your Private Pesticide License and your Ohio Ag Fertilizer Certification in 2018.

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018

    OSU Van Wert County Extension Meeting Room
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    Delphos Eagles- Delphos OH
    5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Total charge for class is $40.00

  10. 2018 Teen Leadership Opportunities

    Oct. 03, 2017

    Attention 4-H members! Interesting in taking on a new challenge for 2018? Look over our list of local, state, and national opportunities for teen leadership in 4-H. If you have further questions about any of the opportunities listed please contact the OSU Extension Office for details.