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    Family Fundamentals: Blended families need time, patience (August 2015)

    My husband and I married this summer. It’s a second marriage for both of us, and we each brought children into the family. Everything seemed fine until we combined households and school started — now, the kids are not getting along at all. What’s the best way to handle this? Blending families can be challenging, and reasons are many and varied. The National Stepfamily Resource Center points out that all stepfamilies begin with a history of loss: Stepfamilies form because previous relationships have ended. Such a significant loss can bring on feelings of sadness, anger and fear, and many times members of a blended family may enter into the new situation on edge, guarding themselves against the possibility of experiencing that kind of loss all over again. In addition,...
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    Chow Line: School lunch may be healthier than packed

    Generally, which is healthier for kids, a packed lunch or a school lunch? Obviously, this could go either way, depending on the content of the actual meal. But according to at least one study, school meals might have a significant edge. The research, published in 2014 in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, compared 1,314 lunches of preschool and kindergarten students in three schools in Virginia. About 43 percent of the lunches were packed lunches, and 57 percent were school lunches. Like most schools, the schools in this study participated in the National School Lunch Program, and the research was conducted after that program upgraded its nutrition standards in 2012-13. The researchers found that packed lunches had more vitamin C and iron and less sodium than the school...
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    Sept. 3 Corn Field Day to Focus on New Technology

    HARTFORD, Ohio – With more growers looking to incorporate the use of technology in their fields to produce crops and increase yields, experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a free workshop that focuses on technology and allows growers to ask questions about its use in agriculture. The Central Ohio Corn Field Day is Sept. 3 from 5-7 p.m. at Ohio Foundation Seeds, 11491 Foundation Road in Hartford, Ohio. The event will also offer farmers and crop consultants a chance to learn more about corn fertility and nitrogen placement, said Ted Wiseman, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “With the extreme weather that we’ve had this season, for...
  4. The new online education program seeks to expand Ohio State’s land-grant mission by engaging students beyond the traditional classroom and breaking down barriers between institutions.

    Ohio State ATI Expands Into Online Education, College Partnerships

    WOOSTER, Ohio — The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) is adding online teaching to its educational repertoire, beginning this autumn semester with a unique partnership with a northwest Ohio community college. The two-year degree-granting institution of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State ATI is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the awarding of associate degrees in agriculture and related sciences. Now, the institute is developing an online education program that seeks to expand Ohio State’s land-grant mission by engaging students where they are, beyond the traditional classroom and breaking down barriers between institutions. “This is a way to expand the reach and mission of Ohio State ATI...
  5. Top 5 Secrets of Ohio’s Flying Squirrels and How to Find Out More

    LONDON, Ohio — Flying squirrels have secrets, and an expert from The Ohio State University soon will spill the nuts, er, beans. Marne Titchenell, wildlife specialist in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, will reveal “Nature’s Gliders: The Flying Squirrels” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at the annual Farm Science Review trade show in London, Ohio. The college is the Review’s sponsor. “In some woodlands, flying squirrels are the most abundant squirrel,” Titchenell said. “We just don’t see them that much because they’re nocturnal.” So what are they hiding? They technically don’t fly, but they definitely get airborne. They have a covert way to “talk” to each...
  6. Agribusiness major Summer McCracken, left, at Iguazú Falls in South America, said studying abroad has made her a more well-rounded student and person.

    The World Is the Classroom: CFAES Study Abroad Provides Unique Educational Experiences

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Today, the world is more globalized and interconnected than ever before. For students, college administrators say, this means that no education is complete without a healthy dose of international experiences to help them explore and understand the culture, history, nature and business practices of other countries.   That’s what Dana Sorter experienced when she traveled to South Africa last summer as part of the Exotic Animal Behavior and Welfare Study abroad program sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “I chose this program to round out my animal science education. CFAES does a great job of providing opportunities to learn about food and companion animals, but I still wanted to...
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    Ohio’s 2015 Wheat Crop Faced Tough Year

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Growers wondering how this year’s historic rains have impacted wheat now have proof that it has indeed been a tough year for the crop, according to the results of the 2015 Ohio Wheat Performance Test. The test results are offered by researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and can be viewed at go.osu.edu/wheatresults. They provide growers with the latest information on how well 78 soft red winter wheat varieties grown at five Ohio locations in Wood, Crawford, Wayne, Darke, and Pickaway counties have performed this year. The test is designed to evaluate wheat varieties, blends, brands and breeding lines for yield, grain quality and other performance characteristics, said Laura Lindsey, a...
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    Program Planting Seeds of Agricultural Science in Urban Classrooms

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio 4-H is bringing agricultural science to two urban elementary schools in inner city neighborhoods. The idea is to increase students’ awareness that food and agriculture are viable career options, even in neighborhoods with little green space and limited local employment opportunities. And students are responding. Now entering its second full academic year, the 4-H Agri-science in the City program in Cleveland and Cincinnati is supported through special legislative funding to reach kindergarten through sixth-grade students. Ohio 4-H is the youth development program of Ohio State University Extension, which is part of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. During the school year, Ohio 4-H program managers...
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    Ohio State Beef Cattle School Offered in October

    BELLE VALLEY, Ohio – Beef cattle producers who want to reduce costs while maximizing their profit potential can learn how during a Beef School Oct. 6, 13 and 20, taught by experts from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. The three-day program focuses on forage weed control, spring development, working livestock, carcass beef breeds and open cows, said Clif Little, OSU Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources. “We’re hoping to show producers low-stress, economical and practical practices they can implement on their cattle farms,” he said. “For example, participants can see the effects of pasture clipping versus chemical weed control methods that we’ve implemented on land at the...
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    OSU Expert: Sustainable Ag Grants Can Help Fund Farm Objectives

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Producers who want to add sustainable agriculture practices to their farm operations may be able to use grant funds to do so — if they know where to look and how to write a winning grant proposal, according to an educator with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Mike Hogan is an Ohio State University Extension educator who is also the coordinator of the university’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. He said that while the grants may not offer a huge amount of money, “there are several sustainable agriculture grants out there that can offer a big benefit for farmers and producers.” Hogan will discuss “Utilizing Grants to Achieve Your Farm Objectives” Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. in the...

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