Sherrie R. Whaley

Media Relations Coordinator
  1. Team Nationwide

    Ohio State’s Dean’s Charity Steer Show Raises $247,148

    COLUMBUS—Final donations have been tallied and an impressive $247,148 was raised by the Dean’s Charity Steer Show for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. Held August 2 at the Ohio State Fair’s Cooper Arena, the show far surpassed all expectations. “This wonderful event brings people together to celebrate communities, agriculture, and children,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) who serves as host for the event. The event is focused on youth who benefit from the Ronald McDonald House, which is the sole beneficiary of the funds, as well as the 4-H youth who provide their expertise and steers for...
  2. Farm Science Review overview shot

    Great weather, crowds make for successful 60th annual Farm Science Review

    The 60th annual Farm Science Review, sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University, came to a close yesterday at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center after welcoming 114,589 visitors during the course of the three-day event and showcasing the latest in agricultural innovations. “We’ve received great feedback in terms of the value that Farm Science Review offers to both attendees and exhibitors. It provides a venue for forging new business partnerships and the transfer of knowledge among people involved in different areas of agriculture,” said Nick Zachrich, show manager. With more than 600 exhibitors, the latest in agricultural technology, presentations by subject matter experts from Ohio State and...
  3. Ask the Expert session

    Ask the Expert sessions always popular at Farm Science Review

    It’s not every day that Ohio farmers can hear directly from 24 agricultural experts on a variety of hot topics. That’s one reason the Ask the Expert sessions at Farm Science Review (FSR) are always so popular. Hosted by the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), FSR is celebrating its 60th year of agricultural education and industry innovation in 2022. The three-day farm show will be held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, near London, Tuesday, Sept. 20, through Thursday, Sept. 22. Approximately 40 free Ask the Expert sessions will address a variety of important agricultural topics including: Boom or bust: Where are Ohio farms financially? Agricultural trade in the shadow of the Russian invasion of Ukraine...
  4. Farmhouse kitchen table

    Kitchen table conversations a feature at Farm Science Review

    On every farm, some of the best conversations and discussions often center around the family kitchen table. Some important "Kitchen Table Conversations" will be hosted each day at the 2022 Farm Science Review (FSR) by Ohio Women in Agriculture of Ohio State University (OSU) Extension. FSR is held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38, near London. The 60th annual farm show will focus on “Embracing Time and Change.” Review hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20–21 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. Join the kitchen table conversations either in-person or virtually via Zoom on September 20, 21, and 22 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Programs will focus on key topics related to health, marketing, finance, legal, and production...
  5. Cart racing at Leeds Farm.

    October 4-H Fundraiser Returns to Leeds Farm

    The Ohio 4-H Celebration of Youth will return to Leeds Farm in Delaware County on Thursday, October 6. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with a theme of "Honoring Our Past and Zipping Into the Future.” To support Ohio 4-H youth development, adults 21 and over are invited to join the Ohio 4-H Foundation and its board of trustees for a casual evening of fun, fellowship, and fundraising. At last year’s Celebration of Youth, the Ohio 4-H Foundation raised more than $137,000. Before dinner, guests will have the opportunity to participate in the annual silent auction, as well as numerous activities including hayrides, a zip line, pumpkin jump, slides, pedal cart racing, and more. Dinner will conclude at 7 p.m. Guests can then watch pig races and participate ...
  6. Ohio State's Aaron Wilson

    Time to request media credentials for Farm Science Review

    LONDON, Ohio—This year’s Farm Science Review, set for Sept. 20-22, offers numerous events, exhibits, and presentations of interest to members of the media.  Sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the annual farm show is celebrating its 60th year in 2022. It takes place at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, and annually draws more than 100,000 people.  Media members will need tickets to get in and parking passes for the news media lot. For those, please request by visiting go.osu.edu/mediaRSVP. The requested number of admission tickets and parking passes will be mailed to you by Friday, Sept. 9. Send in your request now, so you don’t miss these 2022 FSR offerings...
  7. Rattan Lal examines soil.

    Ohio State leading new $15 million project to study carbon farming as climate change solution

    Taking excess carbon out of the atmosphere, where it is driving climate change, and locking it into the soil, where it improves its health and agronomic productivity, is the impetus behind a new five-year, $15 million project at The Ohio State University. Funding for the project comes from a $5 million grant from the Washington, D.C.-based Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and about $10 million in matching contributions from Ohio State, commodity groups, industry and other donors. The project will measure how much organic and inorganic carbon gets sequestered in the soil under different farming practices in key regions across the western hemisphere. What science knows about carbon sequestration, says Rattan Lal, Ohio State Distinguished University Professor of Soil...
  8. Combine and drone in farm field

    Farm Science Review unveils new mobile ticketing option

    Even after 60 years, there’s always something new at Farm Science Review and, for this year’s show set for Sept. 20-22, it starts with how visitors can purchase tickets. A new mobile ticketing option will allow visitors to print tickets at home or save to a mobile device for entry. The presale ticket price of $10 will be available online at fsr.osu.edu and at participating sales locations such as county offices of OSU Extension and at participating agribusinesses, until midnight Monday, September 19th.  Tickets may still be purchased online during Farm Science Review (FSR) for $15. Children 5 & under are free. Visitors may also still purchase paper tickets with cash or credit card at the gates. Parking is free....
  9. 2022 Dean's Charity Steer Show

    Thousands raised for Ronald McDonald House at Dean’s Charity Steer Show

    COLUMBUS—The 2022 Dean’s Charity Steer Show, held at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, August 2, raised an astounding $240,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Media personalities, celebrity exhibitors, and 4-H youth, along with their steers, donated their time to raise money and compete for bragging rights in front of a large crowd of supporters in the Cooper Arena. The show was hosted by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. The president of Ohio State, Kristina M. Johnson, was also in attendance. Clark Donley, news director at Columbus Radio Group, served as...
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    Urban youth to benefit from Franklin County, OSU Extension partnership

    COLUMBUS—Building on the partnership between Franklin County Commissioners and Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) specifically through OSU Extension, Franklin County, a new program will be unveiled at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 1 at the Ohio Exposition Center and State Fair. This program will increase awareness and opportunity for urban youth in the food, agricultural, and environmental sectors.  Franklin County Commissioner Erica Crawley will join Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, at the East end of Brown Arena. Crawley will discuss her focus on urban youth and her motivation for creating what will be known as the Urban ROOTS (Reshaping Outreach Opportunities Through Self-...
  11. 2022 Dean's Charity Steer Show

    Dean’s Charity Steer Show partners with Ronald McDonald House at Ohio State Fair

    COLUMBUS—The Dean’s Charity Steer Show, an event that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio, returns to the Ohio State Fair in 2022 after a two-year COVID-inspired hiatus. Hosted by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), it will be held from 2–4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the Cooper Arena at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair. “This exciting event brings together our community to celebrate agriculture and children, both for our 4-H youth as well as children benefiting from the Ronald McDonald House,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “Every dollar we raise means families can stay together only...
  12. Former 4-H Project Green Teacher class

    4-H Project Green Teacher goes hybrid in 2022

    COLUMBUS—4-H Project Green Teacher, a school gardening series for educators, Master Gardener Volunteers, and others interested in school gardening, will return to The Ohio State University Columbus campus June 6–10. The series is designed for those who would like to use gardening as a context for learning with youth, meet resource personnel, and boost their confidence as a garden educator while also providing an opportunity to network with others who are interested in school gardening. “Research has shown that gardening with youth has significant impacts including higher test scores, increased love of learning, better nutrition, and teamwork skills,” said Sue Hogan, Ohio 4-H youth development educator with Ohio State University Extension-Franklin County...
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    Documentary on Ohio water affordability debuts on World Water Day

    COLUMBUS—A documentary film that explores the complexities of water access and affordability in Ohio will debut both virtually and in person on March 22, World Water Day. The film, And Water for All, was written, directed, and produced by faculty, staff, and students from The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). Building and maintaining the physical infrastructure to deliver high-quality, affordable water to Ohio’s citizens is a costly endeavor, and how to pay for these important investments can lead to heightened levels of social and political conflict. The documentary examines the challenges that governmental and nongovernmental actors will face to secure access to clean, affordable water in the coming decades. “With this...
  14. Wildlife habitat evaluation area

    Gift to benefit Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources

    COLUMBUS—A $250,000 gift will benefit both undergraduate and graduate students in The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). The donation from Marathon Petroleum Foundation will advance terrestrial wildlife ecology research, student learning and sustainability, and diversity and inclusion scholarships. “We are excited that this gift will further enhance our efforts to support students from a diversity of backgrounds interested in pursuing careers in the environmental and natural resource fields,” said Jeff Sharp, SENR director and professor of rural sociology in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Specifically, $165,000 has been designated to research in terrestrial wildlife ecology, $60...
  15. Specialty crops

    Specialty crop virtual listening session set

    COLUMBUS—Ohioans with an interest in specialty crops are invited to participate in an upcoming virtual listening session on Friday, March 25. Sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the free event is set for 9:30–11 a.m. and will be of benefit to many in the specialty crop industry. Participants should register online no later than Thursday, March 24, at go.osu.edu/2022speccropreg. Designed specifically for Ohio specialty crop partners, the session will feature CFAES researchers and Ohio State University Extension educators with updates on priorities, existing support for specialty crops, and actions underway related to research and education. “We will also take time to explore emerging...
  16. CFAES Distinguished Senior Award

    Ohio State CFAES names its top 26 seniors

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Twenty-six 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 2022 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...
  17. The new year brings new challenges.

    Regional Agricultural Outlook and Policy Meetings set to kick off

    Ohio State University Extension will present its 2022 Regional Agricultural Outlook and Policy Meetings starting in late January and ending in late March. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), and the main sponsor of the meetings. Economists from the CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, along with other college specialists and invited guests, will serve as speakers. Held throughout the state, the eight outlook meetings will address agricultural topics of interest not only in Ohio, but across the Corn Belt as well. Programs will include presentations on grain market outlook; agricultural law updates; the dairy industry in 2022; Ohio’s changing climate;...
  18. Margo Long

    Long named to new 4-H workforce development position

    Margo Long has been named the first Ohio 4-H Workforce Development and Pathways program manager at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). She came to the new position from Marion County, where she worked as a county 4-H educator since 2017. In her new role, she will develop and implement a workforce development and associated career and college readiness program for Ohio 4-H youth and families. “Ohio 4-H has been helping youth develop the skills they need for more than 100 years,” said Kirk Bloir, Ohio’s associate state 4-H leader. “With this new position, Ohio 4-H will be able to focus more specifically on helping youth explore potential careers and develop a better understanding of the possible...
  19. Food waste in a trash can

    Ohio State researcher part of $15 million NSF grant aimed at reducing food waste

    It is a shocking statistic. In the United States, nearly 40% of all food produced is never eaten. This anomaly results in lost resources, economic costs to business and households, decreased food security, and negative climate impacts. With the United Nations moving toward an ambitious goal of halving food waste by 2030, a new $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be used to establish the first national academic research network on wasted food in the United States. Brian Roe, a professor of agricultural economics in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will serve as a co-principal investigator along with four colleagues from American University, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and the...
  20. Despondent female farmer

    New Ohio initiatives to address farm stress

    A new federal grant awarded to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will support and enhance several initiatives that address farm stress in Ohio. In partnership with Ohio State University Extension, training will be provided to mental health and other health care professionals in Ohio on the unique stressors and factors that influence agricultural producers, other individuals working in the agricultural sector, and farm and rural households.  Entitled “Bridging the Gap for Agricultural and Rural Mental Health Training in Ohio,” the $500,000 grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. “Our farmers and producers are facing incredible stressors...
  21. Brady Campbell

    Brady Campbell named small ruminant specialist at Ohio State

    COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences has hired Brady Campbell as an assistant professor to focus on small ruminant management. Campbell begins his new position on September 15 in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). He will work with Ohio State Extension professionals to develop educational materials and programs for sheep and goat producers. In addition, he will conduct applied research on small ruminant production and management and assist with youth livestock sheep and goat programs.  “Brady will fill an important role for our department and the state. Ohio is the largest sheep production state east of the Mississippi,” said John Foltz, chair of the animal sciences department. “Lamb and...
  22. 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...
  23. 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....
  24. 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....
  25. 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...

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