Sherrie R. Whaley

Media Relations Coordinator
  1. 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...
  2. Urban Roots logo

    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-...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. And Water for All image

    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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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;...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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....
  16. 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....
  17. 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...
  18. 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,...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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. “...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...

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