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  1. Say Yay, Not Neigh, to Managing Horse Manure: Hear How Aug. 3

    LONDON, Ohio — Good manure management — practices that enrich the soil, keep water clean and save people money — is for more than cows, more than pigs, more than chickens, but for horses too. So says Les Ober, who will speak on the topic at the Aug. 3-4 North American Manure Expo. The event is in London, about 25 miles west of Columbus. “Over the years, more and more backyard horse owners have been stabling their animals in larger boarding stables,” said Ober, who’s an agriculture and natural resources program coordinator with Ohio State University Extension. “This concentrates a large number of animals on a small area of land. “This can lead to water quality issues if the manure isn’t handled properly.” Ober, who’s...
  2. Gwynne Conservation Area, Farm Science Review, London, Ohio. Photo: CFAES

    Farm Science Review to Induct Two New Members into Hall of Fame

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Farm Science Review will induct Terry Howell and, posthumously, John Rockenbaugh into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame on Sept. 22 during the farm trade show’s annual three-day run. Howell is the owner and managing member of St. Paris, Ohio-based Howell Land Development. Rockenbaugh was an Ohio Division of Wildlife/Soil and Water Conservation District wildlife specialist. Both are being honored for their significant contributions to the Review, said Chuck Gamble, who manages the annual farm show. The Farm Science Review, which this year is Sept. 20-22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, offers farmers and other visitors the opportunity to learn about the latest agricultural innovations from experts from the College of Food,...
  3. Hops. Photo: Thinkstock

    Field Nights Continue Work to Increase Growth of Ohio Hops

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two workshops offered in August offer both new and established hops growers insight into how to produce the increasingly popular crop. The Ohio Hops Field Night is Aug. 16 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Ohio State University South Centers Research Building Auditorium, 1864 Shyville Road, in Piketon. The Northwest Ohio Hops Field Night is Aug. 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, in Bowling Green. Growing hops is an increasingly popular way to generate additional income from the farm, said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with the OSU South Centers at Piketon who will host the field nights. “The field nights will be of interest to new, beginning as well as advanced hop growers or anyone...
  4. Get Details on New Grape Disease, More at NE Ohio Field Day

    KINGSVILLE, Ohio — A new disease could put the squeeze on some of Ohio’s grapevines. Called red blotch, it’s a featured topic — one of a bunch — at the Aug. 11 educational field day at the Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station in northeast Ohio. The station, which is run by The Ohio State University, does research on growing grapes, especially grapes used to make wine. It’s at 2625 South Ridge East in Kingsville, about 65 miles east of Cleveland. Andy Kirk, the station’s manager, said the free event, which goes from 2 to 4:30 p.m., is for anyone interested in Ohio’s $786 million grape and wine industry, including grape growers, wine industry workers, horticulture students, and food and wine journalists. Red blotch new but an ‘...
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    Chow Line: Stay safe by signing up for food recall alerts

    My wife was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and so we are both watching what we eat much more carefully. I was surprised to learn that she needs to be more careful about foodborne illness now. We think we do pretty good at following guidelines at home, but how can we find out about food recalls? Good for you for being aware that you need to be, well, more aware. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 6 of us will suffer from foodborne illness every year, at-risk groups of people are more likely to get sick from contaminated food, and the illnesses can be much more severe. People with diabetes are 25 to 30 times more likely to get sick with listeriosis, for example, than a healthy adult. Anyone with a chronic health condition, such as diabetes...
  6. Why Americans Waste So Much Food

    Most people feel guilty about discarding food, but say it would be hard to stop Editor: This news release is also being distributed today by University Communications.  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Even though American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, only about half of them are aware that food waste is a problem. Even more, researchers have identified that most people perceive benefits to throwing food away, some of which have only limited basis in fact. A study published today in PLOS ONE is just the second peer-reviewed large-scale consumer survey about food waste and is the first in the U.S. to identify patterns regarding how Americans form attitudes on food waste. The results provide the data required to develop targeted efforts to reduce the...
  7. Presenters and attendees interact during a Pumpkin Field Day event. (Photo by Ken Chamberlain)

    Aug. 18 Pumpkin Field Day Tackles Disease, New Varieties, Use of Drone Technology

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio — This year’s Aug. 18 Pumpkin Field Day will offer growers valuable research updates regarding disease, insect and weed control as well as state-of-the-art demonstrations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, for more efficient pest detection. Organized by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, the event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 South Charleston Pike, in South Charleston, Ohio. “The field day will feature some traditional stops, including an eight-treatment powdery mildew fungicide demonstration trial, a variety trial with 12 powdery mildew-resistant hybrids ranging from small to large fruit, and a downy mildew sentinel...
  8. Workshop for Natural Resource Pros Will Give Intro to QGIS

    MANSFIELD, Ohio — Learn the ABCs of using QGIS — in this case, to map tree cover, land use, water quality and similar data — in an Aug. 17 workshop in Mansfield. QGIS is a free and open-source geographic information system, or GIS. It works on operating systems including Mac OS X, Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows. The workshop is for anyone who studies or works with natural resources, including forests, farmland, watersheds and wildlife, said Kathy Smith, coordinator of the event’s sponsor, the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. The stewards program is part of The Ohio State University and its College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Taught by Ohio State expert The instructor for the workshop will be Alexis Londo, a lecturer in the college...
  9. Greener Than Grass? Speaker Will Talk About Lawn Alternatives

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Susan Weber of Columbus-based Integrity Sustainable Planning and Design will headline the next breakfast of the Environmental Professionals Network on Aug. 9 at The Ohio State University. Weber, an expert on sustainable landscape design, will present “Transforming Our Yards: Doing More for Family and Community” as part of the 7:15 to 10:20 a.m. event in Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive in Columbus. She’ll look at alternatives to growing just lawns, including using the space for trees, wildlife habitat, bee and butterfly gardens, and fruit and vegetable plantings. Benefits can include fresh food for the home, “discovery” spaces for children, less time spent mowing and...
  10. Healthy water leads to healthy fish and increases the potential for healthy profits for fish farmers. CFAES workshop offers tips on how to boost water quality for fish farming. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Aquaculture Water Quality Workshop Offers Tips to Boost Profitability of Fish Farming

    PIKETON, Ohio – Healthy water leads to healthy fish and increases the potential for healthy profits for fish farmers. On the other hand, poor water quality can lead to stressed fish, increasing the chance for the animals’ illness and death, and resulting in income losses for farmers, says Matthew Smith, an Ohio State University Extension aquaculture specialist. Water quality management for fish farmers is the subject of an Aug. 6 workshop Smith is holding at the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at The Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon. The workshop will focus on the importance of understanding water quality, water chemistry, and identifying water and weed problems applicable to fish farmers in Ohio, Smith said. “Water chemistry is an...

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