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Oct. 5, 2015
CAREY, Ohio — A solar installer whose headquarters building has its own sun-powered system and the largest solar farm in Ohio, which spans an area equal to some 80 football fields, are two of the highlights of the 2015 Renewable Energy Workshop.
The event, which is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Vaughn Industries, 1201 E. Findlay St. in Carey in northwest Ohio.
“It’s for anyone interested in renewable energy, such as farmers, homeowners, small-business owners, financial and insurance companies, researchers and students, and state and local agency personnel,” said Yebo Li, the event’s organizer and a biosystems engineer with the college.
Oct. 2, 2015
WOOSTER, Ohio — The Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center presented the following staff and years of service awards at its annual Employee Appreciation Night on Oct. 1 in Wooster. The center is the research arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
OARDC Outstanding Staff Awards
Julie Morris, Animal Sciences, Wooster; Anthony Stull, Food Science and Technology, Columbus. The OARDC Outstanding Staff Awards are given each year to two non-faculty OARDC employees. They honor excellent service to customers and colleagues. Winners are chosen by a committee of peers.
50 years of service
Jack Bardall, Research Operations, Wooster.
35 years of service
Francis Beckler, Animal Sciences, Wooster; Warren Dick,...
Oct. 2, 2015
When fall comes and the weather starts getting cooler, I tend to indulge in comfort foods. I know most of them are high in calories, fat and sodium, and I worry about the effect on my weight and health. Are there ways I can make my favorite comfort foods healthier so I can keep enjoying them?
Yes, absolutely. In a lot of cases, you can make some relatively small adjustments to recipes that will boost nutrition, cut calories or otherwise make them healthier overall.
You can find many ideas for making these types of food substitutions with a simple search on the web. One good source from Ohio State University Extension is a free fact sheet, “Modifying a Recipe to Be Healthier,” available to download as a PDF online at go.osu.edu/modifyrecipe. Other good sources include...
Oct. 1, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four religious leaders with roots in Ohio will speak in a panel discussion called “Faiths Worldwide Tackle Environmental Challenges” on Oct. 13 at The Ohio State University.
The event is part of a monthly breakfast program series hosted by the Ohio State-based Environmental Professionals Network, a statewide professional networking group.
“We’ll hear from outstanding religious leaders at local and national levels about their faiths’ approaches and rationales for environmental stewardship,” said David Hanselmann, the network’s coordinator and a lecturer in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
“Perhaps the strengthening faith-based initiatives can even help overcome the...
Oct. 1, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Since November 2014, an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 has gripped the U.S. poultry industry, killing close to 50 million birds from commercial and backyard flocks in 19 states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Originally spread by wild waterfowl, the virus has impacted turkey and chicken producers in the West and Midwest. Heavy losses to egg farms in Iowa — the nation’s No. 1 producer of eggs until the current outbreak decimated production there — have sent egg prices soaring across the United States, more than doubling in some parts of the country.
While the virus has not reached Ohio, experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University have been helping...
Oct. 1, 2015
Several of our children’s friends’ parents are divorced. Some of them seem to work through parenting issues easily, but others seem to have a lot of conflict. What’s the most important thing for parents to focus on as they separate and divorce?
Focusing on children’s well-being is, of course, something that every parent should keep in mind, divorced or not. But that’s only part of a much bigger picture.
Today, family relations professionals recognize that divorced parents need to not only take care of the children’s needs, but they need to be sure they take care of themselves, too, both physically and mentally. All adults require some time and energy to put toward themselves, but in stressful situations, it can be easy to forget that. Eating properly...
Oct. 1, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Throughout her career, Karen Bruns has been a people person. She cares — and it’s been evident, colleagues say, in every aspect of her professional life.
That work is being recognized this month as Bruns receives the national Distinguished Service Ruby Award, the highest and most prestigious award offered by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the professional organization of Extension personnel nationwide.
Bruns will accept the award at ESP’s annual conference in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, Oct. 4-7.
Until her retirement in March 2015, Bruns was the assistant director of Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, in charge of Family and Consumer Sciences...
Oct. 1, 2015
Farm and Dairy Editor receives the National Friend of Extension Award
COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Susan Crowell first started reporting about farm and rural issues in the mid-1980s, she knew where to turn for information.
“As a reporter, I am always looking for sources — people who have the best information and can be objective,” she said. “So, naturally, whenever I’ve written about anything rural, environmental or agricultural, even as a newbie reporter, my first go-to was always Extension.
“Then I quickly learned the depth and breadth of programming, knowledge and research that Extension has to offer.”
Over the years, Crowell began volunteering her time and energy to serve on Ohio State University Extension advisory boards and committees,...
Oct. 1, 2015
WOOSTER, Ohio – A new corn disease has been spotted in fields near the Indiana-Ohio border that, while it isn’t a big threat for growers this year, could potentially cause some concern in impacted fields next year.
That is, if the fungus can survive the harsh Midwest winter.
So says Pierce Paul, a corn and small grain Extension specialist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Called tar spot, this corn disease is not only new to Indiana and Illinois, where it was first reported, its appearance is a first in the U.S., Paul said.
While the fungal disease is typically found in Mexico, South America and the Caribbean, tar spot is thought to have been transported to the Midwest earlier this season by Tropical Storm Bill...
Sept. 30, 2015
WOOSTER, Ohio — Want a more colorful yard in fall?
Paul Snyder, program assistant at Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, lists seven trees and shrubs — all available for purchase at the arboretum’s Saturday, Oct. 3, Autumn Discovery Day plant sale — whose changing fall foliage really shines:
Blackgum, or black tupelo, and specifically the types called Wildfire and Tupelo Tower. Both blaze red come autumn.
Hybrid witch hazel, whose fiery fall foliage is red, orange or yellow. “We’ll have three varieties in the sale — Diane, Primavera and Jelena,” Snyder said. “They’re great plants that everyone asks about, but very few garden centers sell them.”
Fragrant abelia, a shrub whose leaves turn fiery, too —...