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Aug. 26, 2016
WOOSTER, Ohio — The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute recently approved a new greenhouse engineering technology specialization in its greenhouse and nursery management major. The program is unique in its engineering approach to traditional horticulture technology education and is the only two-year program in the U.S. for greenhouse engineering technology.
Ohio State ATI, located in Wooster in northeast Ohio, is an associate degree-granting unit within the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Ohio State ATI ranks first nationally in the granting of associate degrees in agriculture and related sciences.
According to the college’s Peter Ling, who collaborated with Ohio State ATI to found the new program, a critical...
Aug. 26, 2016
LONDON, Ohio — Lee Beers said he saw low-impact logging, lots of it, when living in Maine during graduate school.
He says it can work in Ohio, too.
“I was surprised at the lack of awareness about this practice in Ohio,” said Beers, who moved here in January to start his job as an educator with Ohio State University Extension in Trumbull County. “This is a common logging practice in New England, and it would have value with Ohio forests.”
Compared with full-scale logging, low-impact logging uses smaller and more specialized equipment, he said. The practice has several goals: less erosion and compaction of the soil, less damage to surrounding trees and land, and a smooth start toward healthy regeneration of the forest.
“Low-impact logging can be...
Aug. 26, 2016
When my children don’t like what’s offered for school lunch, I pack a sandwich and they carry it in a brown paper bag. My kids say most of their friends use insulated bags when they bring their lunch. Is that necessary?
It depends on the sandwich. If it contains anything perishable — lunchmeat, for example — then you’re taking a risk.
It may be hard to believe, but about 1 in 6 Americans gets food poisoning every year. While most cases aren’t severe enough to be reported, about 128,000 people end up hospitalized.
The most frequent cause of foodborne illness, Salmonella, is responsible for about 42,000 reported cases annually, and almost half are infants and school-age children. Young children are generally more at risk than adults, so keep that in...
Aug. 24, 2016
BOTKINS, Ohio — Growers will have an opportunity to gain fertilizer applicator certification training at a workshop Aug. 29.
Known as Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT), the training allows farmers and commercial fertilizer applicators to meet the educational requirements of Ohio’s agricultural fertilization law. Passed in 2014, the legislation requires individuals who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres to become certified by Sept. 30, 2017.
Already, Ohio State University Extension has trained more than 10,000 Ohio farmers on best practices to apply fertilizer for optimum crop yield, reduce the risk of nutrient runoff and improve water quality throughout the state.
The Aug. 29 three-hour workshop is just one of several training opportunities that will...
Aug. 19, 2016
My son, who is 11, says that since butter is made from milk, it should be counted as a dairy food. I know that it’s not dairy, but can you help me explain why?
The most important nutrient we get from dairy foods is calcium. Some foods made from milk, such as cheese and yogurt, retain their calcium content, and those foods are counted along with milk as part of the dairy group.
However, there are foods made from milk that have little or no calcium. That includes butter, as well as cream, cream cheese and sour cream. These are all very high in saturated fat, which should be limited in a healthy diet. That’s why they’re not considered dairy foods, and they don’t count toward the three cups of dairy foods that anyone who is 9 or older should eat each day. (Speaking...
Aug. 18, 2016
PIKETON, Ohio — For the last quarter-century, a small southern Ohio village has hosted a center with university scientists conducting world-class agricultural research, and area entrepreneurs have thrived thanks to guidance from the center’s expert marketing and development specialists.
It was Oct. 1, 1991, when The Ohio State University South Centers first opened its doors. Then known as the Piketon Research and Extension Center, the facility was designed to help Ohio State expand its land-grant mission of providing science-based outreach and engagement in the area.
“Having the center here in southern Ohio brings ideas and opportunities to the local region,” said Tom Worley, who started at the center in 2000 and was named director in 2005. “And even though...
Aug. 16, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio-- A $5 million gift will extend the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The gift creates the Franklin County Extension Building Capital Fund, which will be used for construction and maintenance of new Franklin County Extension offices and learning spaces on Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. Waterman consists of 261 acres of farmland located northwest of West Lane Avenue and Kenny Road.
Waterman is designated for a major renovation into a research, learning and outreach hub. Bringing Franklin County Extension to Waterman will put cutting-edge research at the extension office’s front door. The new office will engage the community in demonstration gardens, large urban farm...
Aug. 15, 2016
JACKSON, Ohio — Livestock producers who want to improve the profit potential for their cow herd operations need to make successful heifer management a key component in their business plan, says a beef cattle expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
Heifer management is one of the most important things that livestock producers need to be concerned with in developing a cow herd, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team.
“One of the most expensive investments in any beef herd is the young cow,” Grimes said. “Heifers require a higher degree of management to maximize their profit potential.
“They can be more challenging to...
Aug. 12, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Got ragweed?
Come to the Farm Science Review. Visitors can talk one-on-one with agronomists about everything from weed control to cover crops.
The Review, Sept. 20-22, is a three-day trade show for everything agricultural. It features field demonstrations, more than 630 exhibitors, and 180 educational presentations.
It also features Ohio State University Extension’s Agronomic Crops Team, who will meet with Review visitors, provide demonstrations and make presentations. Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which is the sponsor of the show.
Harold Watters, agronomist for college, expects most discussions at the Agronomic Crops Demonstration plots to surround...
Aug. 12, 2016
LONDON, Ohio — If Matt Sullivan, superintendent of the Farm Science Review, were to take a selfie to show what the farm show means to him, it would look east on Friday Avenue, the main drag through the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio.
“It would be Wednesday at noon, when crowds are the biggest,” Sullivan said. Behind him, some of the 110,000 to 130,000 people who attend the three-day event would be visiting with exhibitors, checking out the educational programs, and enjoying the milkshakes and pork chops served up by students from Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, sponsor of the show.
“My FSR is being able to interact with all of those visitors, see where they came from. They are not just from Ohio,...