Sherrie R. Whaley

Media Relations Coordinator
  1. Bain Wilson

    Bain Wilson joins CFAES as livestock evaluation specialist, new Ohio State ATI coaching position announced

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has announced the appointment of Bain Wilson as livestock evaluation specialist. Wilson will join the CFAES Department of Animal Sciences, effective August 2021, as assistant professor, professional practice. He will lead the Ohio State Livestock Judging Team, teach the department’s livestock evaluation course, and begin connecting with Ohio 4-H livestock evaluation teams across the state. “We are excited for Dr. Wilson to join the faculty and to lead the livestock evaluation courses and team. His arrival is part of a larger plan of pursuing excellence for our judging team,” said John Foltz, chair of the Department of Animal Sciences. Wilson currently...
  2. Fertilizer spraying in farm field

    Time of the essence for pesticide and fertilizer applicator recertification

    COLUMBUS—Ohio growers with private applicator licenses have had fewer seats and opportunities to recertify in pesticides or fertilizers because of COVID-19 meeting restrictions.  On Thursday, March 25, they can accomplish one or both in live online webinars offered by OSU Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Private pesticide recertification will begin at 8:45 a.m. on March 25 and fertilizer recertification will begin at 1:30 p.m. the same day.  “Both webinars will be conducted live and growers must participate actively in the online sessions to receive recertification credit,” said Mary Ann Rose, director of the pesticide safety education program at Ohio State....
  3. CFAES Distinguished Senior Award

    Ohio State CFAES names its top 25 seniors

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Twenty-five seniors have received the most prestigious undergraduate award at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The Distinguished Senior Award honors top graduating seniors on the Ohio State Columbus campus who exemplify the CFAES mission in areas such as academics and scholarship, research and innovation, service and involvement, and influence and leadership. “The 2021 recipients are our future innovators and leaders who have already made an impact within the academic environment at this university and beyond,” said Steven Neal, CFAES professor and associate dean for academic programs. Listed below are the Distinguished Seniors, including their academic units, majors, and hometowns....
  4. CFAES Wooster Science Building

    Media advisory: Virtual ribbon-cutting for new CFAES Wooster science building

    WOOSTER, Ohio—Please join us on Thursday for the official opening of the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Wooster Science Building.  What: Virtual Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for CFAES Wooster Science Building When: 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 Who: Join Ohio State vice president and CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress and special guests How: View the ceremony via YouTube Live at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATygXHKZDQM&feature=youtu.be Register:  https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8Jn3BlujbR8LQ21 Background: The 60,000-square-foot, $33.5 million Wooster campus science building is a “great bright spot” for both students and researchers. Teaching labs, entomology research...
  5. New science building on the CFAES Wooster campus

    CFAES Wooster new umbrella term for Ohio State location

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Wooster, Ohio has long played an important role for The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Two of its major components, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), and the two-year associate degree-granting program, the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI), got their start there in 1892 and 1968, respectively. While in past years, the research and student pieces have operated separately, new changes are afoot to unify the campus. A first step in ensuring this evolution is a name change to CFAES Wooster. Changing the name of the campus will also produce shared resources, infrastructure, personnel, and equipment. “It allows us to think about this location as a full campus,...
  6. Dean Cathann Kress

    CFAES dean reappointed to Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

    COLUMBUS—Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has reappointed Cathann A. Kress, vice president of agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University, to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Kress began her first term on the board in 2017. Her new term began on July 31, 2020, and will end on Jan. 25, 2023. “Within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, we take our land-grant mission seriously and seek to connect our science to issues impacting Ohioans,” said Kress. “I am honored to be reappointed to a board that has a critical role in protecting the welfare of livestock raised in Ohio, and balances scientific knowledge with professional experience and ethical...
  7. Rattan Lal

    Naming of Ohio State center cements Lal’s legacy

    The legacy of Rattan Lal, one of the world’s top scientists, has been bolstered with the addition of his name to a center at The Ohio State University. The honor was bestowed on Oct. 15, in a virtual ceremony hosted by Ohio State, Nationwide Insurance, and Ohio Farm Bureau. Earlier in the day, Lal received the 50th annual World Food Prize, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize in Food and Agriculture.” Lal serves as Distinguished University Professor at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and is the founding director of what will now be known as the CFAES Rattan Lal Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (C-MASC). “Although it would be an exception for a current faculty member to be acknowledged with an...
  8. ATI's Robby Frutchey (far left)

    Kubota partnership to aid ATI workforce development

    WOOSTER, Ohio—The prevalent scarlet and gray most often seen at Ohio State ATI is being supplemented with a heavy dose of Kubota orange this fall. Kubota Tractor Corporation is partnering with ATI to establish the Kubota Tech College training program. Students will be trained using high-tech Kubota equipment in areas such as diagnostics, preventative maintenance, and major repair. “The two programs that will be impacted are the power equipment program and hydraulic power and motion control program,” said Robby Frutchey, ATI coordinator for both programs. In the power equipment program, students learn about career preparation, electrical courses, engine diagnostics, mobile heating and air conditioning, welding, and power transmission. Students in the hydraulic...
  9. Rattan Lal

    Lal to speak at Borlaug Dialogue, receive World Food Prize, and be honored by Ohio State

    Rattan Lal, one of the most decorated professors to teach and conduct research at The Ohio State University, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize on Thursday, Oct. 15, during the virtual Borlaug Dialogue streaming from Des Moines, Iowa. That same day, he will also be honored by Ohio State in a virtual ceremony to honor his legacy. The renowned soil scientist and Distinguished University Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) was named recipient of the 50th World Food Prize in June. He will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony, set for 9 to 10 a.m. CDT and 10 to 11 a.m. EDT. The prize includes a prestigious $250,000 cash award and a sculpture by noted artist and designer, Saul Bass. Join...
  10. CFAES Students

    Learn how to become a Buckeye and CFAES student during Farm Science Review Online

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—If you’re hoping to be a future Buckeye on The Ohio State University’s Columbus or Wooster campus, you’ll want to catch the virtual sessions offered Sept. 22–24 as part of Farm Science Review. For the first time in its almost 60-year history, FSR will not be held in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By visiting this page, prospective students can learn virtually what it takes to be admitted to Ohio State and how to make the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) their academic home. An admissions overview for the Columbus campus will be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., followed by a student panel addressing “The dollars and cents of paying for college” from 10:30 to 11:15...
  11. Farm Science Review

    Farm Science Review will be a virtual show in 2020

    For the first time in its nearly 60-year history, The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, scheduled for Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, will not be held in-person. Instead, a virtual show will be implemented for 2020. The farm show, sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), annually attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada to the show site in London, Ohio. “We are committed to delivering a robust and innovative virtual show in support of agriculture during this pandemic,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of CFAES. “Throughout its history, the Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture,” she said. “...
  12. Wedding in the OSU Wooster amphitheater.

    Ohio State’s Wooster campus venues offers “new normal” virtual services

    WOOSTER—Have you ever attended a virtual wedding? If not, you may soon receive an invitation as part of the “new normal” world that we now live in. The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated changes to in-person gatherings ranging from employee meetings and trainings to annual conferences and yes, even weddings. Event venues on The Ohio State University’s Wooster campus are offering additional services to make virtual events easy to hold. Nine campus venues, all part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), are available throughout the year for a variety of Ohio events and meetings. “We are pleased to announce that, in addition to our offerings of in-person gatherings, we also have the technologies to...
  13. A supermarket meat counter

    Media advisory: COVID-19’s effect on the meat supply

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—The U.S. meat supply is on the minds of many, as some larger processing plants have slowed production. Others have temporarily closed, as workers have fallen ill with COVID-19. According to data compiled by USA Today and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, at least 4,400 workers have fallen ill across 80 plants in 26 states, causing 28 to close for at least one day. Sensational headlines, meat company executives buying full-page ads warning that the U.S. meat supply could be at risk, farmers euthanizing animals, and a presidential executive order have confused consumers and stoked fears. Two professors at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are available to talk with media about what the...
  14. Woman with computer tablet in front of dairy cows.

    Ohio State certificate programs aimed at agricultural workforce development

    COLUMBUS – Two new Ohio State University certificate programs, aimed at farm labor management and animal health and handling, are moving forward after a successful grant competition in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The initiative was awarded $12,525 from the inaugural Spring 2020 Faculty Advisory Council and the Dean of CFAES Grant. The monies will fund the new project from May 1, 2020–March 31, 2022. “Three of our agricultural and Extension educators identified a knowledge gap on dairy farms that related to management training and animal handling,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “This gap limits the ability of farm managers to retain employees and...
  15. Script Ohio on the basketball court

    OSU Extension Announces Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness: A Tournament of Education

    Columbus, Ohio—Did your usual conference get canceled? Looking to fill the void of the big basketball tournament? Ohio State University Extension is here to help with a new virtual education program for the agricultural community. “Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness: A Tournament of Education” will include 64 educational events broken into daily brackets. Each day, a virtual educational session will be held at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. The educational tournament is free of charge and will likely continue until mid-May. “This effort is a direct response to providing a variety of useful and timely sessions for farmers and families across the state during Gov. DeWine’s stay-at-home order,” said Jacqueline Wilkins, interim director of OSU...
  16. Distinguished Seniors from Dept of Animal Science

    Ohio State CFAES names 2020 Distinguished Seniors

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Twenty-five students have been named 2020 Distinguished Seniors at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The award honors top graduating seniors on the Ohio State Columbus campus who exemplify the CFAES mission in areas such as academics and scholarship, research and innovation, service and involvement, and influence and leadership. “The Distinguished Senior Award is the most prestigious undergraduate award in CFAES,” said Steven Neal, CFAES professor and associate dean for academic programs. “Recipients are our future innovators and leaders who have already made an impact within the academic environment at this university and beyond.” Listed below are the Distinguished Seniors,...
  17. Two 4-Hers with a camera

    Ohio leaders proclaim Ohio 4-H Week

    Ohioans will be seeing green even before St. Patrick’s Day this year as 4-H members, in their official colors of green and white, will celebrate 4-H Week March 8–14 throughout the state. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted officially proclaimed the seven days as Ohio 4-H Week, with a state proclamation released last week. A number of special activities will help increase public awareness of the Ohio 4-H program. As America’s largest youth development organization, 4-H supports about 6 million children nationwide including nearly 172,000 children in Ohio, where 4-H clubs exist in all 88 counties. Ohio also has the distinction of being the birthplace of 4-H. In 1902, schoolteacher A.B. Graham started a youth program in Clark County, Ohio. Since then,...
  18. Ohio 4-Hers

    News tips and events for the week of March 2

    Tip 1: Ohio 4-H Week—Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted have officially proclaimed March 8–14 as Ohio 4-H Week. As America’s largest youth development organization, 4-H supports about 6 million children nationwide including nearly 172,000 children in Ohio, where 4-H clubs exist in all 88 counties. A.B. Graham started a youth program in Clark County, Ohio, in 1902, which is considered the birthplace of Ohio 4-H. Although 4-H originally began as an organization for farm children, today it emphasizes leadership and citizenship skills. Additionally, Ohio 4-H alumni are 10% more likely to have a college degree than their counterparts. To learn more about Ohio 4-H and to interview Ohio 4-H members and/or leadership at both the state and county levels, contact Kirk...
  19. A hemp field

    News tips and events for the week of Feb. 3

    Tip 1: An update on hemp production and marketing—Growing hemp continues to be of wide interest throughout Ohio. Two educators with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will present a hemp production and marketing opportunities workshop on Monday, Feb. 17, from 7–8:30 p.m., at the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building, 2548 Carmack Road, on the Ohio State Columbus campus. Topics will include an Ohio hemp production update, legal and business issues related to hemp production, and agronomic requirements of hemp. Admission is free and no RSVP is required. Speakers will include Lee Beers, a Trumbull County Extension educator, and Peggy Kirk Hall, an...
  20. Anne Dorrance

    Dorrance named associate dean and director of The Ohio State University Wooster campus

    COLUMBUS—Plant pathologist Anne E. Dorrance has been named to the top leadership position at The Ohio State University Wooster campus. On January 1, 2020, she will begin a four-year term as associate dean and director for the Wooster campus and associate director for the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). When announcing Dorrance’s new position, Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration of Ohio State and dean of CFAES, said “Dr. Dorrance’s appointment to this position is essential to the continuing success of our Wooster campus and the college.” In her new role, she will also serve on the Vice President and Dean’s Administrative...
  21. Distinguished Professors of FAES

    Inaugural Distinguished Professors of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences announced

    COLUMBUS—The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has announced four inaugural Distinguished Professors of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The title was bestowed on a competitive basis to four full professors who have excelled in teaching, research, or outreach/engagement. In addition, their work has significantly impacted their fields, students, college, university, and/or the public.  The honorees include environmental economist Elena Irwin, plant pathologist Sally Miller, food scientist Devin Peterson, and chemical engineer Judit Puskas. “The selection committee was extremely impressed with all of the nominees and their impactful contributions,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for...
  22. Registration open for Farmer and Farmland Owner Income Tax Webinar

    Columbus, Ohio—Are you getting the most from your tax return? Farmers and farmland owners wanting to increase their tax knowledge should consider a Monday, Jan. 13, webinar that will address tax issues specific to this industry. Content will focus on important tax issues and will offer insight into new tax legislation and further guidelines that have been released this year. The live webinar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and is being offered by OSU Income Tax Schools, which are a part of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Ohio State University Extension, which is CFAES’ outreach arm. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, registered participants will receive a link to view the recorded webinar at a time...
  23. Compacted soil.

    News tips and events for the week of Dec. 9

    Tip 1:  Compaction is the topic of the 2020 Precision University. The fall of 2018 and spring of 2019 created less than ideal conditions for field work, leaving many farmers concerned with field compaction. When planting in wet soils, soil particles become pressed together, reducing space between them and limiting the flow of water. Farmer concern is justified as compaction can significantly reduce yields. Researchers have been conducting on-farm trials comparing farming practices to uncover ways farmers can reduce compaction. At the 2020 Precision University, Ohio State University Extension will host some of North America's leading experts on compaction research and management. Hear speakers from Oklahoma State University, Iowa State University, the Ontario...
  24. 2019-20 National FFA Officers

    CFAES student takes top position in National FFA

    COLUMBUS—Kolesen McCoy, a second-year student in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), is now leading an organization of 700,000-plus members after being selected 2019–20 National FFA Organization president on Nov. 3 in Indianapolis. The Clark County, Ohio, native is an agribusiness and applied economics major. He graduated in 2017 from the Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield, Ohio, where he was a member of its FFA chapter and received the American FFA Degree. McCoy is only the third Ohioan to hold the youth organization’s top leadership position. In 1933–34, Bobby Jones, from Radnor in Delaware County, Ohio, served as National FFA president. Mark Sanborn, from the Grand Valley Chapter in Orwell,...
  25. Insects

    News tips and events for the week of Oct. 21

    Tip 1: One-Day Insect University: A daylong exploration of the world of insects is planned for Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. The event will feature pollinators, landscape and garden insects, the role of citizen and community science, a bug zoo, an optional tour of The Ohio State University’s Museum of Biological Diversity, and more. Registration is $35, which includes morning refreshments, lunch, all sessions, and the optional museum tour. The event is sponsored by the Department of Entomology at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), in partnership with CFAES’ Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens. Ohio State University Extension’s...

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