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July 6, 2015
UNION CITY, Ohio — Manure Science Review this year will have a clear focus on water.
The annual learning event will present more than a dozen sessions on getting the most from the nutrients in manure while limiting the chance of them reaching lakes and streams. It’s for farmers and others in the industry.
“Manure is an excellent soil amendment and provides nutrients for crop growth,” said Glen Arnold, an organizer of the event and manure nutrient management systems field specialist for Ohio State University Extension.
“Every positive step we take in properly applying manure is a positive step in the direction of better water quality,” he said.
OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The...
July 2, 2015
I want to rev up the healthfulness of our Fourth of July cookout. I always make a veggie platter or fruit salad, but they get bypassed for burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and chips. What can I do to draw more attention to healthier fare?
Why not take your cue from Old Glory and focus on red, white and blue fruits and vegetables this weekend?
Too often, people at parties and holiday gatherings treat fruits and vegetables as the Debbie Downer of dining. But with a little thought and effort, you can make produce the star of the show:
Put strawberries, sliced bananas and dark grapes (not quite blue, but close) on skewers.
On a rectangular platter, arrange raspberries and cut apples in red and white stripes, and put a bowl of blueberries in the corner.
Layer red, white and blue...
July 1, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ninety-two percent of recent graduates of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University report either having a job or being enrolled in an advanced degree program within six months of graduation.
That’s according to a recent survey by school officials that found that of those graduates, 77.2 percent reported accepting positions in Ohio, which contributes to the state’s overall economic strength, said Adam Cahill, career development manager for the college.
The remaining graduates reported accepting positions in 25 other states and three other countries, Cahill said.
“The fact that our students have secured positions in multiple states and internationally shows that our programs are well known and...
July 1, 2015
XENIA, Ohio — Improving the productivity and profitability of sheep and other small-ruminant livestock farms will be the focus of Ohio Sheep Day July 11.
The daylong program is designed to offer producers expert tips and techniques on pasture renovation practices and other management processes that can help improve their financial bottom lines, said Roger A. High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and Ohio State University Extension state sheep program specialist.
The event is sponsored by OSU Extension, OSIA, the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the Greene County Farm Bureau, the American Sheep Industry, and the Department of Animal Sciences and the Sheep Team at The Ohio State University.
The program will be led by...
July 1, 2015
CUSTAR, Ohio — Agronomists, educators and plant pathologists with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will discuss drought-tolerant corn hybrids and how to improve soil quality during a Field Crops Day July 30.
The workshop is open to farmers, producers, agribusiness personnel and anyone interested in processes associated with the production of food, said Matt Davis, station manager of the Northwest Agricultural Research Station.
The workshop is from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station, 4240 Range Line Road, in Custar. It is free and open to the public.
Pesticide licensing recertification credits and Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits are available, Davis said.
The workshop topics...
June 30, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sometimes a glass of warm milk just doesn’t do the trick.
That’s one reason why a team of food science and technology students from The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences developed a honey-vanilla flavored milk beverage, “TranquiliBee,” for the National Dairy Council’s 2015 New Product Competition. The team is one of three finalists in the contest and will find out if it wins — and snags an $8,000 first prize — at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 11-14.
The dairy council designed this year’s contest, “Dairy Beverage Reinvented: Reinventing Milk to Increase Its Relevance to Millennial Consumers” to spur development of...
June 30, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Greg Davis has been tapped to serve as interim director of Ohio State University Extension.
Now Extension’s assistant director overseeing community development, Davis will begin his role July 1, 2015, as Director Keith Smith begins his first day of retirement following 23 years as leader. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Davis serves on the steering committee for Conversations on the Future of Extension, an effort that began in spring 2014 with discussions to identify the most challenging trends and issues Ohioans will face by 2035. It is now in the “So what?” phase, he said, determining how Extension should address those issues.
As interim director, Davis will look at how...
June 26, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — See a new Columbus GreenSpot at the next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program. And spy the green of the Columbus Clippers’ ballpark while you’re at it.
The July 15 event, titled “Using Sustainability and Energy Efficiency to Help Customers and the Community,” is at the new Columbia Gas of Ohio and NiSource Gas Distribution headquarters overlooking Huntington Field in downtown Columbus. It’s from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at 290 W. Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District.
The new building opened last year. It earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and is part of Columbus’s GreenSpot sustainability initiative.
Speaking at the program...
June 26, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Excessive rain and extensive flooding and ponding have taken a toll on corn fields across Ohio, and could leave some growers facing sudden death of their plants now or diseased crops and potential long-term yield loss later, according to an agronomist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
Even if the flooding and ponding don’t kill some corn crops now, some growers could be faced with fields exhibiting stalk or root rot and stalk lodging later in the season, said Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college.
“While above-normal rainfall is not unusual in Ohio during the spring, the amount of rainfall this year has...
June 26, 2015
We seem to be eating out more and more. Instead of just ordering for them, I want to teach my children (ages 9 and 11) how to make healthier choices, whether we’re at a sit-down restaurant or going through a drive-thru. Any tips?
You’re right to be concerned. A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a study, “How Food Away from Home Affects Children’s Diet Quality.” It found that for children ages 6-18, each meal eaten out contributed an extra 65 calories and lowered diet quality by 4 percent, as measured by an index based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, compared with meals prepared at home. About a third of the higher number calories were due to soft drinks and other sweetened beverages. For older children, the number of extra...