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  1. Ohio Compost Operator Short Course Set for March 8-9

    WOOSTER, Ohio — The 2016 Ohio Compost Operator Short Course, billed as a “comprehensive program on the science and art of composting,” is March 8 and 9 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in northeast Ohio. The annual event, which OARDC is presenting in conjunction with the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio, is for people who work at or with large-scale composting facilities, said co-organizer Mary Wicks, program coordinator of the center’s Ohio Composting and Manure Management Program. The intended audience, she said, includes compost facility managers, public health officials, farmers, plant nursery operators, municipal solid waste managers, composting consultants, public policy consultants, environmental regulators and equipment...
  2. Ohio State Organic Farming Program Has New Interim Director

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Doug Doohan, professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, has been named interim director of the college’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program. The program conducts studies and outreach on organic farming. About 40 scientists and specialists from the college — including from its research and outreach arms, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and Ohio State University Extension — are affiliated with the program. Doohan, who has been involved with the program since it started 18 years ago, is replacing former OFFER director Brian McSpadden Gardener, who left for a job in the private sector. “Doug has an established research and outreach program...
  3. Ohio's grape and wine industry accounts for $800 million a year in economic activity.

    Ohio Grape and Wine Conference Is Feb. 15-16 in Dublin

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 2016 Ohio Grape and Wine Conference will be held Feb. 15-16 in Dublin, Ohio, featuring a number of experts from around the country who will cover key topics for the industry — including fruit quality, winemaking and product branding practices, and spring frost protection. The conference is being jointly organized by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, the Ohio Grape Industries Committee, and the Ohio Wine Producers Association. It will be held at the Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. Full conference registration costs $225. There are additional options for partial registration. For complete registration information, visit go.osu.edu/BKps. “This year’s...
  4. Chow Line: More fiber: Just what the doctor ordered

    I know it’s important to get enough fiber to help with constipation, but I’ve also read that it can help prevent disease. How does that work?   New research is coming out all the time about the health benefits of a high-fiber diet, and you’re right, they go way beyond helping to keep you “regular.” Unfortunately, most Americans consume only about 10 to 15 grams of fiber a day. The recommendation for adults under 50 is 25 grams a day for women and 38 grams for men. Those over 50 should get 25 grams a day for women and 30 for men — still much higher than the average. Studies have long associated high-fiber diets with a reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, but two recent studies show even more benefits: A Harvard University study...
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    Conservation Tillage Conference March 2-3 Offers Tips for Farmers in Tight Economy

    ADA, Ohio – High input costs coupled with low grain prices anticipated in 2016 means that growers have to make smarter, calculated choices to grow profitable crops this year. Also important is the need to build and maintain healthy soils to help ensure good water quality, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer. Reeder is an organizer of the annual Conservation Tillage Conference offered March 2-3 by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and is organized by Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, with assistance from our partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Northwest Ohio. OSU Extension...
  6. Media Advisory: Conservation Scientist to Speak at Ohio State Feb. 11

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — M. Sanjayan, executive vice president and senior scientist with Conservation International, will give a free public talk, “Earth and People: Lessons in Living Together,” to more than 1,500 people — including students, faculty and staff from The Ohio State University and members of the surrounding community — at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Ohio Union on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. Reporters are welcome to attend. Sanjayan will be available for media interviews starting at 4:15 p.m. Contact Molly Bean at 614-688-8798 or bean.21@osu.edu to make arrangements. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium CEO Tom Stalf will give the event’s opening remarks. He’ll share highlights of central Ohio’s contributions to protecting Earth’...
  7. How Good Nutrition Can Combat Effects of Lead in Water

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Children are especially susceptible to the dangers of ingesting lead from drinking water or any other source, says a registered dietitian nutritionist with Ohio State University Extension. But parents can help limit the health impact by making sure their children eat a well-balanced diet, especially that they get enough calcium, iron and vitamin C.  “The best defense against lead for anyone is a healthy lifestyle,” said Pat Bebo, leader of OSU Extension’s Community Nutrition Program and interim assistant director in charge of Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences programs. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Bebo also holds an appointment with Ohio...
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    Demand for Goat Meat on the Rise in Ohio: Conference Offers Training on Meat Goat Production

    WILMINGTON, Ohio – The demand for goat meat is on the rise across the Buckeye state, creating a strong market for producers who are able to supply consumers with the specialty meat. “The demand for goat meat is tremendous across Ohio and in neighboring states,” said Tony Nye, an Ohio State University Extension educator who coordinates OSU Extension’s Small Farm Program. “Thanks to the dietary preferences of many ethnic, religious, and health-conscious groups across the region, the demand for goat meat is thriving right now, with all indications that the demand will continue to skyrocket. “Prior to 2000, the majority of goats produced in Ohio were dairy-based,” he said. “At this point, the demand for goat meat is outweighing the supply as...
  9. Aedes aegypti is the main vector that carries Zika virus. (ThinkStock photo)

    Media Advisory: Zika Virus: Ohio State Expert Available to Speak about Mosquitoes that Carry Disease

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Peter Piermarini, an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, is available to speak with the media about the mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus, which is now present throughout Latin America and has also infected more than 30 people in the U.S. who contracted the disease while traveling abroad. In Brazil, Zika virus has been linked to cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Zika virus is transmitted by species of Aedes mosquitoes, but Aedes aegypti appears to be the most efficient,” said Piermarini, an expert on disease-transmitting...
  10. At Least 4 Good Reasons to Boost Soil Organic Matter, and a Chance to Learn How to Do It

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The key to successful, sustainable farming is found in the ground — or should be, says soil scientist Rafiq Islam of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “Soil organic matter is the cornerstone of soil health,” said Islam, a member of a regional research team that’s spent the past 15 years studying soil organic matter, its benefits to crops and the best ways to boost it on farms run organically. “As with any agricultural production system, maintaining a healthy and productive soil is the foundation of sustainable organic farming,” he said. On Feb. 12, Islam and other team members will share their findings in “The Dirt on Organic Matter.” It’s a special...

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