Kurt Knebusch

Technical Editor
Focus Areas: 
Organic farming and gardening; sustainable agriculture; natural resources/ecology; forestry; wildlife; Wooster campus news.
  1. Maple syrup bottles

    Ohio Maple Days Set for Jan. 23-25 in Three Locations

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- A new international grading system for maple syrup and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new food safety requirements for maple syrup producers will be two of the featured topics at 2014’s Ohio Maple Days. The workshops are scheduled for Jan. 23 in Morrow County, Jan. 24 for Wayne and Holmes counties, and Jan. 25 in Geauga County. The topics will be the same at each location. “The laws and regulations to produce any type of food are changing, and maple products are no different,” said organizer Gary Graham, a specialist and educator with Ohio State University Extension. “There’s a mandatory registration process with the FDA, and the grades for maple syrup are changing internationally and nationally. “Participants will...
  2. The LEED certified Ohio 4-H Center

    Speakers to Look at LEED, New ‘Sustainable Sites Initiative’

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The LEED green building program and a similar new program for sustainable landscapes are the focus of the next monthly breakfast program of the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN). The event, which is open to the public, runs from 7:15-9:20 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Ohio State University’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus. “Increasing urbanization worldwide offers opportunities for sustainability, but only if we are serious and innovative about designs and practices,” said David Hanselmann, the network’s coordinator and a lecturer in Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). The school is part of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental...
  3. Greenhouse

    OARDC to Hold Greenhouse Management Workshop Jan. 16-17

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- More and more growers are using greenhouses and high tunnels, says the organizer of a workshop that will show how to boost the structures’ crop quality, profitability and sustainability, especially by managing water better. Ohio State University’s 2014 Greenhouse Management Workshop takes place Jan. 16-17 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “Rising demand for local food has inspired many growers to improve their operations for better yield and to be more socially responsible,” said Peter Ling, an associate professor in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological...
  4. Child in canoe

    Program to Discuss Increasing Central Ohio’s Recreation Access

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- How to boost recreation access for central Ohioans, especially young ones, is the focus of a breakfast program sponsored by the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) from 7:15-9:20 a.m. Dec. 10 in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on Ohio State University’s Columbus campus. The program features John O’Meara, executive director of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, speaking on outdoor recreation trends and the parks’ strategic plans. Students in Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and Fisher College of Business also will give a presentation on the viability of a new “Discovery Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education.”  SENR is part of Ohio State...
  5. Christmas tree in snow

    CFAES Forestry Students to Sell Christmas Trees Dec. 5-8

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State University’s Forestry Forum, a group for students working toward forestry careers, will hold its annual Christmas tree sale from Dec. 5-8 behind the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on the university’s campus in Columbus. Proceeds will support the group’s activities, which include educational events for its members and the granting of more than $2,000 in scholarships annually. Ohio State’s forestry-related majors are offered by its School of Environment and Natural Resources, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “This is our largest revenue-producing event of the year,” said Forum President Ben Robinson, a junior from Mt. Vernon majoring in forestry...
  6. Image of Ohio State scientist Stan Gehrt

    Feral Cats Avoid Urban Coyotes, Are Surprisingly Healthy

    Editor: This story was previously released by Ohio State University’s Office of Research and Innovation Communications, http://go.osu.edu/X87. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cats that live outdoors in the city do their darnedest to steer clear of urban coyotes, a new study says. The cats cause less damage to wildlife in urban green spaces, such as city parks and nature preserves, because of that dodging, the study suggests. And they live longer and are healthier than previously thought. “Free-roaming cats are basically partitioning their use of the urban landscape. They’re not using the natural areas in cities very much because of the coyote presence there,” said the study’s lead author, Stan Gehrt, a wildlife ecologist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and...
  7. Grass carp

    Media Advisory: CFAES, Ohio Sea Grant Experts Available to Speak on Asian Carp

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The following experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and Ohio Sea Grant College Program are available to speak with the media about the recent report of invasive grass carp breeding in a Lake Erie tributary: • Eugene Braig, Aquatic Ecosystems Program Director, Ohio State University Extension, School of Environment and Natural Resources, 614-292-3823, braig.1@osu.edu. Braig can speak on the significance of the finding and the potential impact of grass carp and other Asian carp on Lake Erie. • Jeff Reutter, Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program, Stone Laboratory, Center for Lake Erie Area Research and Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium, 614-247-6469 (...
  8. Bridge at sunset

    Program to Look at Future of America’s Infrastructure

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The present and future of America’s infrastructure are the focus of a public luncheon co-hosted by the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) and the Columbus Metropolitan Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad St. William Murdock, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, will moderate a panel discussion titled “Infrastructure in Decline, So Goes the Nation?” featuring Brian Pallasch, managing director of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Greg Murphy, assistant director and chief of staff with the Ohio Department of Transportation. “All 16 categories of infrastructure are failing us, including dams, roads, bridges, airports and drinking water, and innovation...
  9. Michael Hamm

    Michigan State Professor to Speak on Regional Food Systems, Sustainability

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- Michael Hamm, Michigan State University’s C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, presents “Why Are Regional Food Systems Important to a More Sustainable Future?” from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 8 in Research Services Building, Room 130, at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, and by video link to Kottman Hall, Room 333C, 2021 Coffey Road, at Ohio State University in Columbus. Admission is free and open to the public and reporters. OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Hamm holds a Ph.D. in human nutrition from the University of Minnesota, is the director of Michigan State’s Center for Regional Food Systems and is a member...
  10. Firewood

    Nov. 16 Chainsaw Safety Class in Nelsonville

    NELSONVILLE, Ohio -- Hocking College and the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, part of Ohio State University Extension, will give a hands-on course, “Basics of Safe Chainsaw Operation,” from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Hocking College Fleet Garage (Auto Petro Center), 15477 State Route 691, Nelsonville. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The course is for farmers, woodland owners and anyone else interested in learning how to operate a chainsaw safely. Classroom and field sessions will cover safety gear, saw maintenance, saw safety features, directional felling, bucking and limbing. Chainsaws and chaps will be provided for use in the class. Participants must wear boots...
  11. Fresh produce

    Nov. 21 Food Safety Training in SE Ohio

    CHESTERHILL, Ohio -- Farmers and food system stakeholders are invited to attend Good Agricultural Practices Food Safety Training from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Marion Community Center, 7474 College St., Chesterhill.  The morning session features Food Safety Modernization Act updates, local health regulations and other food safety information, presented by the group Rural Action. The afternoon session features Hal Kneen of Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, who will give food safety training, including on food-borne pathogen costs and impacts, strategies for controlling food safety hazards, food safety at all stages of production, and food safety plan writing. Registration for...
  12. OARDC employee awards

    OARDC Presents 2013 Employee Service and Achievement Awards

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), the research arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), yesterday (10/3) announced the winners of its annual service and achievement awards. The awards were presented by OARDC Director Steve Slack and OARDC Associate Director David Benfield during the center’s annual Employee Appreciation Night at the Shisler Conference Center in Wooster. • OARDC Outstanding Staff Awards: Cynthia Coy, Animal Sciences, Wooster; Jennifer Moyseenko, Horticulture and Crop Science (HCS), Wooster. The awards, which honor excellent service to customers and colleagues, are given each year to two non-faculty OARDC employees who are chosen by a committee of their...
  13. Water Quality

    Directors of Three State Agencies to Speak on Nutrient Runoff, Water Quality at Ohio State Oct. 1; Register by Sept. 30

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The leaders of three state agencies that deal with agriculture and the environment will come together for a panel discussion on nutrient runoff and water quality hosted by Ohio State University’s Environmental Professionals Network. Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Nally and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer will be the panelists for a discussion titled “Controlling Nutrient Runoff and Protecting Water Quality: Ohio’s Latest Programs and Policies” during the network’s next monthly Breakfast Club program. The event, which is open to the public, including non-members of the network, takes place on Oct. 1 from 7:15-9:30 a.m. in Ohio State...
  14. Hydrilla infestation

    Ohio Boaters Asked to Help Stop New Invasive Water Weed

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the Labor Day weekend here, Ohio experts are reminding boaters to help stop the spread of “aquatic hitchhikers” -- invasive species that live in the water that can snarl boating, hurt fishing, wipe out native plants and animals, and cost people money. And while Asian carp rightly get the headlines, there’s another new villain to watch out for: a fast-growing foreign water weed called hydrilla. Native to Asia, Africa and Australia, hydrilla is choking parts of the Ohio River, is in five small water bodies in the Cleveland area and poses a threat should it reach Lake Erie, said a lake and fisheries expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Smaller lakes, ponds and wetlands are also at...
  15. Asian carp

    Media Advisory: Asian Carp in the Ohio River? That and More at Meeting in Columbus

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Reporters and the public are invited to attend the 2013 meeting of the Mississippi River Basin Panel of the national Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force on July 23-24 at Ohio State University’s Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in Columbus. The meeting will give updates on current issues related to aquatic nuisance species, including the status of Asian carp in the Ohio River, and is an opportunity for the public to comment on invasive-species issues and funding priorities. The panel coordinates federal efforts for preventing and managing aquatic invasive species in the Mississippi River Basin, which covers 1.25 million square miles and drains water from 41 percent of the continental U.S. The panel includes resource managers with...
  16. Stream of clean water

    New Nitrogen Test, ‘Subsurfer’ Injector Among Highlights at Manure Science Review Aug. 6

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- Ohio State University’s 2013 Manure Science Review, an educational program for farmers, livestock managers, certified crop advisers, professional engineers and others, is Aug. 6 in north-central Ohio. The program features talks and field demonstrations on applying and managing manure, improving soil and crop yields, and protecting water quality. Ohio State’s Mary Wicks, who is helping organize the event, said the highlights will include the first ever demonstration in Ohio of the new “Subsurfer” applicator, which injects poultry litter and other solid manures into the soil without disturbing ground cover. The program also features details on the new Nitrogen Potential Assessment Test for corn, which enables more accurate nutrient application...
  17. Walnut twig beetles

    Media Advisory: Ohio State Experts Available to Talk About Walnut Twig Beetle, Thousand Cankers Disease

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Agriculture last week announced more detections of the walnut twig beetle in Butler County in southwest Ohio. The insect carries a fungus that causes deadly, incurable thousand cankers disease (TCD) in walnut trees, although at this point the disease itself hasn’t been found in the county. The following experts in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are available to talk to reporters about the beetle, the disease and the potential effects in Ohio: Nancy Taylor is program director of the C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic. She is involved with testing suspect walnut samples for TCD. Columbus, 614-292-5006, taylor.8@osu.edu. Dan Herms is a professor in...
  18. Longtail Salamander

    Ohio’s Salamanders: 24 Good Things to Know (and What They Can Tell You)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Explore Ohio’s rich diversity of salamanders and you’ll discover more than the creatures themselves. You’ll find good signs -- and red flags -- on the quality of the state’s environment, says an Ohio State University wildlife specialist. Twenty-four salamander species call Ohio home, said Marne Titchenell, who works in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). She's a co-author of Getting to Know Salamanders in Ohio: Life History and Management, a book aimed at woodland owners, nature lovers and others. “Salamanders are silent and spend most of their lives hidden, so people rarely see them,” Titchenell said. “But they’re there. And they’re often quite abundant....
  19. Invasive species

    Invasive Species Seminar Series Starts June 4

    MANSFIELD, Ohio -- The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is holding a four-part seminar series for gardeners, landscapers, homeowners and others on invasive species, the problems they cause and how to deal with them. The seminars will take place from 7-9 p.m. on June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 25 in 129 Riedl Hall on Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus, 1760 University Drive. Invasive species are species that aren’t native to a place but arrive through people’s actions, either by accident or on purpose. They tend to spread fast and can reduce or wipe out native species by eating, shading, crowding, damaging, infecting or outcompeting them. The stewards program is part of Ohio State University Extension, which is the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State’s...
  20. Hardwood trees

    Forest Industry Brings Green to Ohio’s Economy: Details in New Fact Sheet Series

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When a tree falls -- is felled -- in a forest in Ohio, it supports a $22-billion-a-year industry and more than 100,000 jobs. And is replaced by more than two trees worth of new growth. So says an Ohio State University specialist who is documenting the green that grows in the state’s woods. Eric McConnell, a forest operations and products specialist in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), is researching and writing a series of fact sheets on the economic impact of Ohio’s forest industry, which includes timber, logging, paper, wood products and furniture manufacturing. His goal, he said, is to help landowners, businesspeople and regulators make informed decisions about the industry. “Sustainably...
  21. Multidisciplinary Team Research Award

    Clean Greens: Ohio State Produce Safety Team Bags Award

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio State University research team yesterday (4/25) won the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Multi-disciplinary Team Research Award for its efforts to reduce foodborne illnesses caused by fresh produce. The award, which is given every three years, honors research excellence by teams comprised of OARDC scientists from a range of fields. OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The team, which is called the Vegetable Safety Research and Extension Program, studies how produce gets contaminated in the first place, then uses that knowledge to develop new control methods that are science-based, affordable, socially acceptable and environmentally sustainable...
  22. OARDC Poster competition

    Top 12: OARDC Names 2013 Research Poster Winners

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) has announced the winners of its annual research poster competition, which took place yesterday (4/25) during the center’s 2013 annual research conference in Columbus. The competition honors outstanding posters -- displays detailing research projects -- by OARDC-supported Ph.D. and master’s degree students, postdoctoral researchers, and research assistants and associates. OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Ph.D. Students First place: Nicholas Teets, Entomology, “Calcium Signaling Mediates Cold-sensing in Insect Tissues”; David Denlinger, adviser. Second place: Fabiola Gutierrez Orozco,...
  23. Krauss Award winner

    How Antarctica’s Only Native Insect Survives: Ohio State Grad Nets Honor

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nicholas Teets, who in fall 2012 earned his Ph.D. in entomology from Ohio State University, yesterday (4/25) received the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) William E. Krauss Director’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Research. The award honors the best published paper by an OARDC-supported doctoral student. OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Teets co-wrote “Gene Expression Changes Governing Extreme Dehydration Tolerance in an Antarctic Insect,” which appeared in PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in December 2012. The journal, according to its website, is one of the world’s most-cited multidisciplinary...
  24. Yebo Li

    Ohio State Scientist Recognized for Bioproduct, Bioenergy Breakthroughs

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University scientist Yebo Li, who works to develop new sustainable bioproduct and bioenergy sources, yesterday (4/25) received the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Junior Faculty Research Award. The award honors outstanding achievements by an OARDC faculty member at the rank of assistant or associate professor. OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Li, who is an associate professor in CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, leads OARDC’s Wooster-based Bioproducts and Bioenergy Research Laboratory, which focuses on biomass, biofuels, biopolymers, anaerobic digestion and algae-based biofuels. Video (1:...
  25. Guo-Liang Wang

    Disease Defense: Ohio State Scientist Honored for Helping Keep World's Rice Safe

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Guo-Liang Wang, an Ohio State University scientist who is an international expert on the molecular genetics of host-plant resistance to plant diseases, especially in rice, yesterday (4/25) won the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Senior Faculty Research Award. The award honors outstanding achievements by an OARDC faculty member at the rank of professor. OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Wang, who is a professor in CFAES’s Department of Plant Pathology, has successfully cloned genes for disease resistance in rice, which is a staple food for more than half the world’s population. The genes, which help reduce yield losses to such major rice...

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