Sherrie R. Whaley

Media Relations Coordinator
  1. Wedding in the OSU Wooster amphitheater.

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

    WOOSTER—Have you ever attended a Zoom 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 provide...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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,...
  6. 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,...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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,...
  14. 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...
  15. A blue dasher dragonfly.

    News tips and events for the week of Sept. 23

    Tip 1: Dragonfly migration leaving unanswered questions. MaLisa Spring, an alumna of the CFAES master’s degree program in entomology, serves as state coordinator of the Ohio Dragonfly Survey. Hordes of dragonflies have recently shown up on weather radar in the eastern United States. While there are still a lot of unanswered questions about dragonfly migrations, Spring said several species do fly south in the late summer and early fall. “This year, it seems like the numbers are much larger as a lot more people are reporting them,” she was quoted as saying in a Sept. 19 story on the CNN website. Contact Spring at spring.99@osu.edu. Tip 2: Ohio State ATI professor named National Educator of the Year. Laura Deeter, professor of horticulture technologies at Ohio State ATI...
  16. Ohio State’s Inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show Raises $152,000

    COLUMBUS—The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences vice president and dean, Cathann A. Kress, hosted the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show raising $152,000 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. The event was held on July 30, 2019 at the Ohio State Fair and surpassed all expectations. “I am so appreciative of the unbelievable support we received in our first year of doing this,” said Kress. “It was wonderful to see the community come together to celebrate agriculture and children, both our 4-H youth as well as youth who benefit from the wonderful Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.” The charity steer show, which was held at the Ohio Expo Center and...
  17. Pounden Hall, Ohio State Wooster campus

    Wooster’s BioHio Research Park to be transitioned

    WOOSTER – A decision has been made by the BioHio Board of Directors to transition the work of the BioHio Research Park, an affiliate of The Ohio State University, in Wayne County to the auspices of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences’ (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. As an affiliate of Ohio State, BioHio was envisioned in 2010 and was created to facilitate the movement of discoveries from the college into the commercial sector. It is located on the CFAES Wooster campus. Additional goals of BioHio were to advance, encourage, and promote the industrial, economic, commercial and civic development of the Wooster area and to serve as a research park for the benefit of The Ohio State University, the City of Wooster, and Wayne County. “...
  18. Temple Grandin

    News tips and events for the week of Aug. 19

    Tip 1: Animal expert and livestock guru Temple Grandin featured at September CHAIRE event. The annual fundraising event for The Ohio State University’s Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education (CHAIRE) will focus on “Animals in Our Lives” on Sept. 30, from 5–8 p.m. at the Dave Thomas Conference Center, One Dave Thomas Blvd. in Dublin, Ohio. The program will include dinner, a silent auction, animal behaviorist Peter Neville, and animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a world-renowned designer of livestock handling facilities, will give a presentation. Diagnosed with autism as a child, Grandin will talk about how her mind works, giving her the ability to “...
  19. Film fest to focus on agriculture, environment, and rural communities

    The inaugural Germinate International Film Fest, set for August 16–17 in Hillsboro, Ohio, will use film and photography to tell the story of rural communities and their associated industries. One of the only film festivals of its kind, the two-day event is being sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Ohio State University Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm. “Less than 2% of the nation’s population now identify as farmers,” said Brooke Beam, festival director and Extension educator in Highland County. “The intent of the festival is to expand what people know about agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.” It will include screenings of both feature films and...
  20. Ohio State’s Inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show a Rousing Success

    COLUMBUS—The Dean’s Charity Steer Show, a new event held at the Ohio State Fair, surpassed all expectations and raised more than $146,000 (and counting) for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. Hosted by Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the July 30 charity show included 13 teams of celebrity exhibitors and 4-Hers with their steers. It was held at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair’s Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center. If you were unable to attend the show, donations to RMHC will be accepted through August 31 at give.osu.edu/deanscharitysteershow. “I am so appreciative of the unbelievable support we...
  21. Clark Kellogg

    See superheroes at the upcoming Dean’s Charity Steer Show

    COLUMBUS—Their names could be a new batch of superhero characters: Sasquatch, General, Cosmo, Eclipse, Mr. Ranger, and Gizmo. But that deduction screeches to a halt with Buttercup, Peppa, and Zip-Zip. Instead of new Justice League or Avenger members, the names belong to superhero beef steers who will be strutting their stuff at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair as they raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. Superheroes will be in many forms and sizes at the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show set for 2–4 p.m., July 30, at the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center, 717 E 17th Ave, in Columbus. The event will celebrate Ohio agriculture, Ohio communities, and Ohio children. It will be hosted by Cathann A. Kress, vice...
  22. Dean Cathann Kess and 4-H partner Wyatt Osborn

    News tips and events for the week of July 22

    Tip 1: Inaugural CFAES Dean’s Charity Steer Show on July 30 to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. Come to the Ohio State Fair on July 30 to see 13 central Ohio celebrities team up with 13 4-H youth from the counties of Athens, Carroll, Fayette, Geauga, Highland, Huron, Licking, Miami, Pickaway, Putnam, Tuscarawas, and Wood. They will compete for bragging rights as steers are shown and “sold” to the highest bidders, with all proceeds going to RMHC. The sale will follow the same procedures as a typical livestock sale, but without the actual transfer of livestock. The event will celebrate Ohio agriculture, Ohio communities, and Ohio children. Read more and access the media packet here go.osu.edu/C2xd. To interview CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress,...
  23. Roger Rennekamp

    Ohio State University Extension Director Rennekamp to step down

    COLUMBUS—Roger Rennekamp, associate dean and director of Ohio State University Extension, will bring his 40-year career in Cooperative Extension to a close on July 31. Rennekamp has served Ohio and its citizens since 2016 as the 12th leader of OSU Extension, which has an office in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. Specializing in agriculture and natural resources, Ohio 4-H youth development, community development, and family and consumer sciences, Extension educators bring the knowledge of The Ohio State University directly to Ohioans. During his tenure, Rennekamp has been responsible for a number of positive organizational changes. “Dr. Rennekamp has forged a large number of new partnerships that have served to heighten awareness of Extension’s mission among both...
  24. Dean Cathann Kess and 4-H partner Wyatt Osborn

    Ohio State Fair to feature inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show

    COLUMBUS—A new event that will celebrate Ohio agriculture, Ohio communities, and Ohio children is planned for the 2019 Ohio State Fair. The inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show will be held from 2–4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, at the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair. The event will be hosted by Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “This will be an exciting event to bring together our community to celebrate agriculture and children, both for our 4-H youth development programs as well as youth benefitting from the Ronald McDonald House,” Kress said. “All proceeds from the...
  25. Farmer on computer in dairy barn. Photo: Getty Images

    News tips and events for the week of June 24

    Tip 1: The Dairy Margin Coverage Program is a hot topic this week. Experts at The Ohio State University are holding 13 informational meetings with dairy producers throughout the state to explain the intricacies of the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program and how to use a new decision tool. DMC is a voluntary federal program that will make payments to farmers when the national average income-over-feed-cost margin falls below a farmer-selected coverage level. Four meetings were held last week to educate dairy producers about enrolling in and choosing to lock in coverage levels in the new program, which was authorized under the 2018 Farm Bill. The last few years have been tough for dairy farmers due to rollercoaster milk margins and loss of some markets. Ohio State’s College of...

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