Sherrie R. Whaley

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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. “...
  5. 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 “...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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,...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. A free Fulton County Breakfast on the Farm will provide consumers a firsthand look at modern food production.

    News tips and events for the week of May 20

    Tip 1: Breakfast on the farm. Ever wondered how a dairy farm operates or where your food comes from? Breakfast on the Farm, a free event on June 15, will provide consumers a firsthand look at modern food production, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The breakfast event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Henricks & Krieger Dairy, 14692 County Road 16-3, in Fayette, Ohio. The event is free but requires registration. Register at go.osu.edu/fultonbotfregister2019. The event allows the community to visit local farming operations, have a close-to-home agricultural experience, and interact with farm families who provide a wholesome food...
  14. A plastic bottle and a landfill

    News tips and events for the week of April 22

    Tip 1: Keeping plastic out of landfills with a biodegradable replacement: Companies looking to shrink their environmental footprint are already showing interest in new research from The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).  Almost all plastics—about 90%—are petroleum-based and not biodegradable, a major environmental concern. A CFAES research team reports success with a rubber-toughened product that could perform like conventional plastic and is much stronger. Beyond packaged foods, a bioplastic could also be used in other food-related applications such as utensils and cutting boards. Read more about the research here or contact Yael Vodovotz, professor of food science and technology, and director of the Center...