Tracy Turner

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  1. Ohio State Rural Cooperative Development Center Awarded USDA Grant to Aid in Business Development

    PIKETON, Ohio – Rural business development in Ohio and West Virginia is getting a boost thanks to a $200,000 grant presented to the Ohio Cooperative Development Center, housed at The Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon. The funding is one of 29 grants awarded Oct. 3 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Rural Cooperative Development Grant program. The federal agency awards a total of $5.8 million to help rural cooperatives create jobs and support business expansion, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement. “America’s rural communities have incredible potential to create jobs and expand economic opportunities,” Vilsack said in the statement. “Many rural businesses and organizations are succeeding under the...
  2. Aquaculture farm with blue containers and water pipes. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Workshop Offers Insight into Aquaculture

    PIKETON, Ohio – Ohio needs more fish farmers, and researchers at the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development are working to meet that need. The center will offer a daylong introductory workshop on aquaculture and aquaponics Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop, which will be held at The Ohio State University South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road in Piketon, is designed to offer participants insight into what aquaculture is and how to get started in it, said Matthew Smith, an Ohio State University Extension aquaculture specialist. Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing and harvesting of aquatic plants and animals in a natural or controlled environment, Smith said. “Aquaponics is usually a coupled system in which there is a marriage of two systems –...
  3. Webinar Offers Insight on Tax Issues for Farmers, Rural Landowners

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a daylong webinar Dec. 19 on the special issues with farm tax returns for farmers, farm representatives and rural landowners. The webinar, which will focus on issues specific to farm tax returns related to agriculture and natural resources, will offer insight into topics such as Conservation Reserve Program payments, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college. The six-hour program, which will be presented in a live webinar format, is open to tax preparers as well as individuals who file their own farm taxes, Ward said. The program is an intermediate-level...
  4. Farm Science Review. Photo: FSR.

    Good Weather, Innovation Drive Farm Science Review Attendance

    LONDON, Ohio – Sunny skies and warm temperatures ushered in strong attendance at the annual Farm Science Review held Sept. 20-22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, which saw some 125,790 visitors over its three-day run. Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, the Review offered farmers and growers a wonderful opportunity to learn about the latest agricultural research and innovation, said Matt Sullivan, superintendent of the Molly Caren center. Some 24,200 visitors attended the show Thursday (9/22), with 46,680 in attendance for Tuesday’s (9/20) opening day, while Wednesday (9/21) was the highest-attended day with 54,910 visitors, he said. “When you look at the overall Farm Science...
  5. Aquaculture farm. Photo: Thinkstock

    Ohio State Aquaculture Boot Camp Program Recruiting New Fish Farmers

    PIKETON, Ohio – Want to learn how to become a fish farmer? The Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at The Ohio State University South Centers is offering 30 new and beginning fish farmers an in-depth introduction to aquaculture and aquaponics and the business of fish farming through a yearlong program. Called Aquaculture Boot Camp-2 or ABC-2, the program’s goal is to increase the number of fish farmers in the region, said Hanping Wang, the director of the ABC program at the OSU South Centers. The OSU South Centers are part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “The goal of the ABC-2 is to enhance the sustainability of new and beginning aquaculture, aquaponic and next-generation farmers in Ohio and the Midwest,” Wang...
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    Free Pumpkin Field Night Sept. 15 Focuses on Jack-O-Lanterns, Pie and Specialty Pumpkins, Among Others

    PIKETON, Ohio — Just in time for the upcoming fall harvest, pumpkin growers can learn more about 70 varieties of jack-o-lantern, colored pumpkins, pie pumpkins and specialty pumpkin cultivars during a Sept. 15 field night offered by horticultural experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Ohio State University South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, the Pumpkin Field Day will also offer growers the newest research on pumpkin pest and disease control, said Charissa Gardner, program assistant with South Centers. “The workshop is designed for anyone that grows pumpkins currently, or anyone that is interested in starting to grow them,” Gardner said. “In addition to...
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    Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training Workshop Offered Aug. 29

    BOTKINS, Ohio — Growers will have an opportunity to gain fertilizer applicator certification training at a workshop Aug. 29. Known as Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT), the training allows farmers and commercial fertilizer applicators to meet the educational requirements of Ohio’s agricultural fertilization law. Passed in 2014, the legislation requires individuals who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres to become certified by Sept. 30, 2017. Already, Ohio State University Extension has trained more than 10,000 Ohio farmers on best practices to apply fertilizer for optimum crop yield, reduce the risk of nutrient runoff and improve water quality throughout the state. The Aug. 29 three-hour workshop is just one of several training opportunities that will...
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    Aug. 26 Field Night to Focus on Calf Heifer Management, Key to Livestock Production Success

    JACKSON, Ohio — Livestock producers who want to improve the profit potential for their cow herd operations need to make successful heifer management a key component in their business plan, says a beef cattle expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Heifer management is one of the most important things that livestock producers need to be concerned with in developing a cow herd, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team. “One of the most expensive investments in any beef herd is the young cow,” Grimes said. “Heifers require a higher degree of management to maximize their profit potential. “They can be more challenging to...
  9. Farm Science Review is Sept. 20-22, 2016. Photo: FSR.

    2016 Farm Science Review Media Credential Request

    Dear Media, This year's Ohio State University Farm Science Review celebrates its 54th year and includes lots of newsworthy events, exhibits and presentations.  Mark your calendars for Sept. 20-22, and be sure to join us at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. You’ll need tickets to get in and parking passes for the media lot, so please fill out the form below and return it by Sept. 6.  We'll mail the requested number of admission tickets and parking passes on Sept. 8. Send in your request now so you don’t miss: The latest in equipment, supplies and information from over 600 exhibitors. Field demonstrations on tillage, GPS and harvest (depending on crop conditions). Information from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio...
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    Strategies to Survive Low Profitability: Ask the Expert at Farm Science Review

    LONDON, Ohio – Lower crop prices this year combined with higher input costs means that producers, farmers and farm business owners may need to develop clear financial strategies to deal with projected lower profit margins, says a farm business expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. In order for farmers to lessen the potential for losses and to deal with the prospect of lower profitability, they first must fully understand where they are financially, said Chris Bruynis, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “Questions to consider include, can you restructure debt, reduce costs or even switch to more profitable crops,” he said. “Farmers are...
  11. Gwynne Conservation Area, Farm Science Review, London, Ohio. Photo: CFAES

    Farm Science Review to Induct Two New Members into Hall of Fame

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Farm Science Review will induct Terry Howell and, posthumously, John Rockenbaugh into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame on Sept. 22 during the farm trade show’s annual three-day run. Howell is the owner and managing member of St. Paris, Ohio-based Howell Land Development. Rockenbaugh was an Ohio Division of Wildlife/Soil and Water Conservation District wildlife specialist. Both are being honored for their significant contributions to the Review, said Chuck Gamble, who manages the annual farm show. The Farm Science Review, which this year is Sept. 20-22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, offers farmers and other visitors the opportunity to learn about the latest agricultural innovations from experts from the College of Food,...
  12. Hops. Photo: Thinkstock

    Field Nights Continue Work to Increase Growth of Ohio Hops

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two workshops offered in August offer both new and established hops growers insight into how to produce the increasingly popular crop. The Ohio Hops Field Night is Aug. 16 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Ohio State University South Centers Research Building Auditorium, 1864 Shyville Road, in Piketon. The Northwest Ohio Hops Field Night is Aug. 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, in Bowling Green. Growing hops is an increasingly popular way to generate additional income from the farm, said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with the OSU South Centers at Piketon who will host the field nights. “The field nights will be of interest to new, beginning as well as advanced hop growers or anyone...
  13. Healthy water leads to healthy fish and increases the potential for healthy profits for fish farmers. CFAES workshop offers tips on how to boost water quality for fish farming. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Aquaculture Water Quality Workshop Offers Tips to Boost Profitability of Fish Farming

    PIKETON, Ohio – Healthy water leads to healthy fish and increases the potential for healthy profits for fish farmers. On the other hand, poor water quality can lead to stressed fish, increasing the chance for the animals’ illness and death, and resulting in income losses for farmers, says Matthew Smith, an Ohio State University Extension aquaculture specialist. Water quality management for fish farmers is the subject of an Aug. 6 workshop Smith is holding at the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at The Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon. The workshop will focus on the importance of understanding water quality, water chemistry, and identifying water and weed problems applicable to fish farmers in Ohio, Smith said. “Water chemistry is an...
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    Sprayers, Precision Ag Are Focus of Aug. 16 Southwest Ohio Corn Growers Field Day

    WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — Organizers will focus on technologies that can improve accuracy and efficiency while saving farmers money, increasing yields and protecting the environment during the Southwest Ohio Corn Growers Field Day on Aug. 16. A goal of the event is to help participants learn tips and techniques for improving farm productivity and profitability, said Ken Ford, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “It’s an opportunity for farmers to come hear about new technologies and new research to help growers increase the profit margins on their farms,” he said. “Topics for the day were generated from issues...
  15. Carrot Weevil Larva. Photo:  CFAES

    Muck Crops Field Day is July 28

    WILLARD, Ohio — Researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a July 28 field day focusing on the needs of fresh-market vegetable producers that will offer farmers the latest information on diseases facing muck crops. The Muck Crops Field Day is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station, 4875 State Route 103 S in Willard. The station covers 15-plus acres of high-organic-matter muck soil in Huron County’s productive “salad bowl” region, said Bob Filbrun, the station’s manager. The workshop will also offer growers information on several research trials being conducted at the station, including a look at...
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    Western Agronomy Field Day is July 20

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio – Growers who want to get an idea of what they can expect from their crops this year and how agronomic experts view yield potentials this season can do so at the Western Agronomy Field Day July 20 at the Western Agricultural Research Station, located in South Charleston. The workshop will feature presentations by researchers and state specialists from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The event is designed to inform and educate farmers about the agricultural research advances made in the past year at the Western Agricultural Research Station, one of...
  17. Harmful algal bloom -- Lake Erie. Photo: NASA, NOAA

    Experts: Smaller Algal Bloom Predicted For Western Lake Erie

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Harmful algal blooms are expected to be lower this year in Lake Erie than in 2015. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will experience a less severe bloom than the record-setting one experienced last year during the harmful algal bloom season, the agency said July 7. The outlook reflects less discharge from the Maumee River and a return to an average nutrient runoff into the lake, NOAA said. This year’s bloom is expected to first appear in late July and increase in August in the far western basin of Lake Erie. The location and effects will depend on prevailing winds. “The need to reduce phosphorus and other nutrients from fertilizer, manure and sewage remains,” said...
  18. Blueberries and red goji berries. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Super Berry Field Night to Provide Insight on Fruit Crops New to Ohio

    PIKETON, Ohio – Growers wanting to know more about production of a variety of berries not traditionally grown in Ohio can learn more about how this crop can add income to your farm during an upcoming workshop conducted by horticulture and viticulture experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. A Super Berry Field Night will be offered July 7 to help new and experienced growers learn more about Black Goji berries and other so-called “super fruits,” including blackberries, blueberries, elderberries, aronia and red goji berries, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon. Super berries or super fruits...
  19. Marestail. Photo: CFAES.

    Weed Science Field Day is July 6

    COLUMBUS, Ohio –Weed resistance prevention and updates on new technologies to control weeds will be among the topics discussed during the July 6 Weed Field Day offered by scientists with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Whether it’s Palmer amaranth, giant ragweed or marestail, the field day is designed to help growers learn more about how to prevent weeds from taking over farm fields, said Anthony Dobbels, an Ohio State University Extension program research specialist in weed science. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “The advantage of offering a weed field day is that it offers growers the chance to see new products and advancements in weed control before they are widely available,” he...
  20. Aerial  view of corn field from an unmanned aerial vehicle. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Registration Now Open for July 12 Western Ohio Precision Ag Day

    COVINGTON, Ohio – Registration is now open for the July 12 Western Ohio Precision Agriculture Day hosted by Ohio State University Extension. Focusing on precision placement opportunities, the daylong workshop is a chance for growers to learn more about nutrients and water quality, said Amanda Bennett, an OSU Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “We’ll focus on the newest innovations in precision agriculture and how farmers can use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to access imagery to guide nutrient applications decisions,” she said. “We’ll also focus on the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship – using the right source, at the right rate, during right time and in the...
  21. Grazing livestock. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Be Safe: Animal Control Tips for Livestock Producers

    PIKETON, Ohio — Livestock producers need to take precautions and be prepared to implement safety procedures when having visitors or tours on their farm or when exhibiting animals, to prevent risk of injury to both humans and animals, says a beef cattle expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. That’s especially true when visitors to farms or other livestock exhibits don’t have a background in production agriculture and have little understanding of the process of food production, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. With the warmer weather come more opportunities for public...
  22. Grazing sheep with lamb. Photo: Thinkstock.

    July 9 Ohio Sheep Day Offers Insight Into Starting, Expanding Commercial Sheep Production

    SALEM, Ohio — With a strong market for lamb and sheep in Ohio, the opportunities for new producers to get into the sheep production business or for existing producers to expand their operations are growing, says a sheep expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “The market for sheep and lamb meat across Ohio and the country is dictating that we need more commercial sheep and lamb producers to meet growing consumer demand,” said Roger A. High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and Ohio State University Extension state sheep program specialist. “The market demand has created a profitable way for farmers to make more income on their farms for those who have some extra...
  23. Cressleaf groundsel. Photo: CFAES.

    Large Populations of Cressleaf Groundsel found in Wheat, Hay Fields in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cressleaf groundsel is on the rise in fields across Ohio thanks to a mild winter that’s allowed many weeds to get an aggressive start this growing season, said a weed scientist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. And while cressleaf groundsel isn’t a new problem, the weed, which is typically found in no-till corn and soybean fields that have not yet been treated with burndown herbicides, is being reported in fairly high numbers in hay and wheat fields, said Mark Loux, an Ohio State University Extension weed specialist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college. Cressleaf groundsel is a winter annual that emerges in late summer or fall and infests late-summer seedings...
  24. Malting barley crops. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Vegetable Workshop Series Offers Insight into Alternative Crops, Soil Health

    FREMONT, Ohio — Growing hops and barley crops is an increasingly popular way to generate additional income from the farm. But before growers decide to devote some acreage to these new crops, they need to understand the costs and labor involved in growing them. Allen Gahler, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Sandusky County, said that while there is a strong and growing market for hops and barley in Ohio, growers should put pencil to paper before making the decision. Hops, for example, require a huge initial investment, Gahler said. “It would have to be the right fit for growers, considering that hops can be a $20,000 per acre investment just to get started,” he said. “Hops and barley crops are having a resurgence in Ohio because the growing craft...
  25. An example of black cutworm above ground injury on corn. Photo: CFAES

    Time to Scout for Black Cutworm in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Now is the time to scout for black cutworm in Ohio, thanks to the migratory pests that moved into the state from the South in April and are now starting to cause damage to some corn crops in the region, says an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “We’ve seen some fields with cutting damage,” said Kelley Tilmon, a field crop entomologist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms of the college, respectively. But, Tilmon said, the damage levels seen at this point do not indicate that the pests have risen to a level to cause a crisis situation. Already, there have...

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