About Pickaway County

Pickaway County was created by an act of the Ohio Legislature in 1810, and Circleville was designated the County Seat in 1811. The name "Pickaway" comes from the Native American word "piqua" meaning "man risen from the ashes." Pickaway County's land area is 502 square miles, and it remains a primarily rural farming area with approximately 80% of the land used in agriculture production. The 2010 Census reported the population of Pickaway County as 55,698.

OSU Extension, Pickaway County is one of the 88 county field offices of The Ohio State University bringing the knowledge of the university to your door. We fulfill the land-grant mission of Ohio State University by interpreting knowledge and research developed by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State and other land-grant universities, so that Ohioans can use the scientifically based information to better their lives, businesses and communities.

OSU Extension serves the residents of Pickaway County by sharing research based information in the following program areas:

  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Family & Consumer Sciences


2013 Pickaway County Highlights 


The Pickaway County OSU Extension office is grateful for the continued support of the

Harold Henson, Brian Stewart and Jay Wippel.




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Pickaway County 4-H Open House
Discover yourself in Pickaway County 4-H! Discover new friends, fun, career and lifelong hobby interests, leadership and citizenship skills, and so much more! Join us Monday November 3, 2014 to explore what 4-H has to offer.
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County News
Pickaway To Garden - October 2014
Change By Paul J. Hang An old philosopher once said that the only permanent thing is change. Actually the old philosopher was Heraclitus and I don’t know how old he was when he said that. He did say it over 2,000 years ago so I guess it is at least an old saying rather than an old philosopher. At any rate I believe he probably uttered that in the month of October. Is there another month that sees so much change?
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Pickaway To Garden, By Paul Hang
Over The Hill August is a month that brings me a sense of being over the hill. By the end of the first week we will be at mid-summer, half way between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox. By mid-month summer is waning. Days are getting shorter but not yet at an alarming rate. I get a feeling that we are sliding down hill, however slowly, towards September, October and the falling leaves of autumn. Although this is true, this time of year also seems like true summer. Warm days, misty mornings, dog days, meteors, tomatoes, pokeweed, milkweed, goldenrod, sumac, crabapples, watermelon and sweet corn all confirm that the season is at its height. I left out ragweed. It reminds millions of us that August has arrived. Ragweed is the culprit causing hay fever allergies, not goldenrod and not hay.
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State News
Farm Custom Rates are Updated
Ohio farmers were surveyed recently
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Find recent "Grazing School" presentations on-line here!
The "Pastures for Profit" grazing school is a comprehensive course in Management Intensive Grazing
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Keith L. Smith, Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration; Associate Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Director, Ohio State University Extension; and Gist Chair in Extension Education and Leadership.

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