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    OSU Agriculture Safety and Health Professionals Offer Grain Handling Safety Tips

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – With grain harvest well underway statewide thanks to favorable weather conditions throughout the region, growers are reminded that taking extra precautions when handling grain can lessen the potential for injury. When working around grain storage facilities, incidents such as slips, trips, falls, severe trauma injuries, entanglement or engulfment can happen in a fraction of a second, said Kent McGuire, agriculture safety and health coordinator for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “Throughout Ohio, on-farm grain storage facilities are being upgraded, and newly constructed on-farm storage facilities are getting larger and larger,...
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    Ohio State Experts: Tax Schools Offered Statewide November, December and January

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Provisions of the Affordable Care Act will again be the big issue this year for taxpayers – but instead of the focus being heavy on individual taxpayers, more interest will be on employer reporting requirements, a tax expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University said. To help experienced tax preparers learn about federal tax law changes and updates for this year as well as learn more about issues they may encounter when filing individual and small business 2015 tax returns, the college is offering a series of two-day income tax schools. The tax school will also offer information on preparing taxes that focus on agriculture concerns, said Larry Gearhardt, director of the Ohio State University Income...
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    Dec. 14 Agriculture and Natural Resources Tax Webinar and Workshop Focuses on New Tax Rules

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers, farm representatives and rural landowners can learn more about the special issues with farm tax returns during a daylong tax webinar and workshop Dec. 14 hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University Topics such as inherited property and income tax on farm transfers will be discussed during the workshop, which focuses on issues specific to farm tax returns related to agriculture and natural resources, said Larry Gearhardt, director of the Ohio State University Income Tax School Program of 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...
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    New Disease: Growers Can Send in Samples for Testing if They Suspect Tar Spot in Their Fields

    WOOSTER, Ohio – A new corn disease has been spotted in fields near the Indiana-Ohio border that, while it isn’t a big threat for growers this year, could potentially cause some concern in impacted fields next year. That is, if the fungus can survive the harsh Midwest winter. So says Pierce Paul, a corn and small grain Extension specialist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Called tar spot, this corn disease is not only new to Indiana and Illinois, where it was first reported, its appearance is a first in the U.S., Paul said. While the fungal disease is typically found in Mexico, South America and the Caribbean, tar spot is thought to have been transported to the Midwest earlier this season by Tropical Storm Bill...
  5. Solar Energy Could Offer Significant Savings for Agriculture

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Farmers and agribusinesses can learn more about the benefits of installing solar energy systems as a method to reduce costs — and slash their operations’ environmental impact — during an agricultural solar energy workshop offered at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) Oct. 1. Agriculture producers may find that installing such solar energy systems offers significant cost savings, said Fred Michel, event co-planner and associate professor of biosystems engineering in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “In addition, these systems result in the emission of almost no greenhouse gases, reducing a farm’s impact on climate change,” he said...
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    Clean Water for Ohio: New Partners, Projects, Funding are Growing Field to Faucet

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the year since the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University launched its Field to Faucet program, significant strides have been made to improve Ohio water quality. Field to Faucet was conceived by Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the college, who put $1 million in college funding toward the effort after harmful algal blooms caused dangerous microcystin levels in Lake Erie and shut down Toledo’s water supply for two days in August 2014. The initiative includes research projects, training and education efforts, all designed to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector, said Jay Martin, an ecological...
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    Save the Date: OSU Extension to Offer Beef Cattle School Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and 16

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Beef cattle producers who want boost their profit potential and become more competitive in the cattle industry can learn how by attending the 2016 Ohio Beef Cattle School series Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and 16, taught by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The three-session program will include a wide range of topics focusing on management decisions that producers can make to take full advantage of the beef economic outlook in the present and prepare for the long term, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team. The overall goal of the program, he said, is to help producers continue to take advantage of the increasing consumer demand for...
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    Ohio State Making Strides in Working to Improve Water Quality

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s been one year since the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University launched its Nutrient Stewardship for Cleaner Water Signature Program, and already the initiative is making strides in working to improve water quality in Ohio. In that time, nearly 6,600 farmers and commercial applicators have gone through fertilizer applicator certification training created and offered by Ohio State University Extension researchers. And 45 percent of OSU Extension educators have or will have conducted on-farm and field trials throughout 2015 on the best management practices producers can use to reduce runoff of nutrients into Ohio waterways, according to Sam Custer, an OSU Extension educator who leads the program. OSU...
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    Sept. 3 Corn Field Day to Focus on New Technology

    HARTFORD, Ohio – With more growers looking to incorporate the use of technology in their fields to produce crops and increase yields, experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a free workshop that focuses on technology and allows growers to ask questions about its use in agriculture. The Central Ohio Corn Field Day is Sept. 3 from 5-7 p.m. at Ohio Foundation Seeds, 11491 Foundation Road in Hartford, Ohio. The event will also offer farmers and crop consultants a chance to learn more about corn fertility and nitrogen placement, said Ted Wiseman, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “With the extreme weather that we’ve had this season, for...
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    Ohio’s 2015 Wheat Crop Faced Tough Year

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Growers wondering how this year’s historic rains have impacted wheat now have proof that it has indeed been a tough year for the crop, according to the results of the 2015 Ohio Wheat Performance Test. The test results are offered by researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and can be viewed at go.osu.edu/wheatresults. They provide growers with the latest information on how well 78 soft red winter wheat varieties grown at five Ohio locations in Wood, Crawford, Wayne, Darke, and Pickaway counties have performed this year. The test is designed to evaluate wheat varieties, blends, brands and breeding lines for yield, grain quality and other performance characteristics, said Laura Lindsey, a...
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    Ohio State Beef Cattle School Offered in October

    BELLE VALLEY, Ohio – Beef cattle producers who want to reduce costs while maximizing their profit potential can learn how during a Beef School Oct. 6, 13 and 20, taught by experts from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. The three-day program focuses on forage weed control, spring development, working livestock, carcass beef breeds and open cows, said Clif Little, OSU Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources. “We’re hoping to show producers low-stress, economical and practical practices they can implement on their cattle farms,” he said. “For example, participants can see the effects of pasture clipping versus chemical weed control methods that we’ve implemented on land at the...
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    OSU Expert: Sustainable Ag Grants Can Help Fund Farm Objectives

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Producers who want to add sustainable agriculture practices to their farm operations may be able to use grant funds to do so — if they know where to look and how to write a winning grant proposal, according to an educator with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Mike Hogan is an Ohio State University Extension educator who is also the coordinator of the university’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. He said that while the grants may not offer a huge amount of money, “there are several sustainable agriculture grants out there that can offer a big benefit for farmers and producers.” Hogan will discuss “Utilizing Grants to Achieve Your Farm Objectives” Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. in the...
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    Grape Field Day Aug. 27 to Focus on Dealing With Winter Injury

    HARPERSFIELD, Ohio – Wine grape and commercial grape juice growers can learn how to increase their production management skills and how to manage grape vines after winter injury during a workshop and winery tour Aug. 27 presented by horticulture and viticulture experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The program will feature a tour of three wineries and a look a how the grape industry is recovering from multiple severe winter injury events in 2014 and 2015, said David Marrison, an Ohio State University Extension educator.  “Many growers across the region are still recovering from the frigid temperatures experienced in the region last two winters, which destroyed a majority of popular wine grape crops grown...
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    New Guide Directs Consumers to Local Food Producers

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new publication that connects food producers with consumers not only can help increase food producers’ bottom lines but can increase consumers’ access to safe, nutritious, locally produced foods, says a local foods expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The Columbus Local Foods Guide is designed to benefit food producers by exposing them to an engaged consumer market for their products as well as benefit consumers by informing them of the availability and locations of local food producers, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension educator who is also the coordinator of the university’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. The...
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    Farm Science Review Workshop: How To Make Informed Choice Before Deciding to Add Alternative Crops

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Wondering if you should add goji berry production to your farm operation? Or how about adding hops to your production lineup? Maybe fish farming is a good option? Before answering yes to adding these or other in-demand crops to a farm business, producers should make sure they are aware of all the requirements that go with adding alternative agriculture enterprises to their farm operations, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension educator who is also the coordinator of the university’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. While alternative crops such as hops, super berries and aquaponics are great ways to generate additional farm income, farmers need to be clear first how the additional crops fit into their business’s overall objectives, he said....
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    Farm Science Review Allows Farmers, Producers, to Question Ag Authorities

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Whether it’s questions about how this summer’s record flooding will impact grain prices or whether drones can be used legally to scout agriculture fields, the answers to these and more will be available from experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University during Farm Science Review, Sept. 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. In fact, 53 presentations will be offered by experts from Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Purdue University during the Review’s “Question the Authorities” question-and-answer sessions offered daily at the three-day...
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    OSU Extension: ‘Superfruits’ Could Offer Ohio Growers Alternative Income Source; Workshop Set for Aug. 20

    PIKETON, Ohio – The potential market for so-called “superfruits” in Ohio could offer growers an additional income stream thanks to increasingly health-conscious consumers and ongoing research that finds these plants can grow well in the Buckeye state. That’s according to a fruit crop expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, who said that based on research trials of elderberry, aronia berry and Chinese goji berry plants at Ohio State’s South Centers in Piketon, the berries are a viable option for Ohio growers. Fruits such as these, which are also known as super berries because of their nutrition quotient including a rich antioxidant content, are growing well in the research trials, said Gary Gao...
  18. NW Ohio Farmers: Sign Up for Project Designed to Improve Ohio Water Quality

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are looking for farmers in the Maumee River Basin to volunteer for a study to determine the best management practices to reduce nutrient runoff while increasing crop yields. Greg LaBarge, an Ohio State University Extension field specialist and a leader of Ohio State’s Agronomic Crops Team, is leading the Farmer Phosphorus Water Quality Monitoring Project. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. The data will be used to quantify economic and environmental nutrient losses associated with phosphorus runoff, LaBarge said. The goal is to determine the best tools to target high-risk fields and design the most effective practices to maintain crop...
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    Weed ID Is the Key

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio — It was a contest to see who knows their weed. Or weeds, to be precise. College students from across the U.S. and Canada competed in the National Weed Science Contest July 20-21 at the Western Agricultural Research Station in South Charleston. The program was part of a competition to see who has bragging rights as the best student weed scientists, said Bruce Ackley, an Ohio State University Extension program specialist in weed science. The station is part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. More than 225 undergraduate and graduate students from over 25 universities...
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    Northwest Ohio Precision Ag Day is Aug. 4

    WAUSEON, Ohio – With increased interest in the benefits of precision nutrient management, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University is offering a day-long workshop that focuses on precision agriculture. The Northwest Ohio Precision Ag Technology Day is Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, 8591 State Route 108, in Wauseon, Ohio. The event will offer farmers and crop consultants a chance to focus on nutrient management, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.  Topics include: ·      Soil Phosphorus Recommendations ·      Soil Nitrogen Rate and Source Considerations...
  21. Ohio State Improving Water Quality, One Farm at a Time

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Since last fall, 6,586 growers and producers responsible for farming some 1 million acres of Buckeye State farmland have gone through fertilizer applicator certification training offered by researchers from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University as part of the college’s efforts to continue to improve Ohio water quality. Taught by Ohio State University Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program staff, the training is designed to help farmers increase crop yields using less fertilizer more efficiently, thus reducing the potential for phosphorus runoff into the state’s watersheds. The ultimate goal of the training is to keep nutrient runoff from fertilizers, especially phosphorus,...
  22. Nearly All of CFAES Grads Report Positive Job Outlook

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ninety-two percent of recent graduates of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University report either having a job or being enrolled in an advanced degree program within six months of graduation. That’s according to a recent survey by school officials that found that of those graduates, 77.2 percent reported accepting positions in Ohio, which contributes to the state’s overall economic strength, said Adam Cahill, career development manager for the college. The remaining graduates reported accepting positions in 25 other states and three other countries, Cahill said. “The fact that our students have secured positions in multiple states and internationally shows that our programs are well known and...
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    Ohio State Offers Aquaponics Fish Farming Workshop July 10-11

    PIKETON, Ohio – An innovative aquaculture program offered by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will hold a workshop July 10-11 to provide an in-depth look at the increasingly popular fish farming industry. Held at the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, the workshop will offer current and future fish farmers, and anyone else interested in aquaculture, an opportunity to learn more about managing a fish farming operation, said Estefania James, an Ohio State University Extension aquaculture program coordinator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. The OSU South Centers also are part of the college. Aquaculture -- which includes the breeding,...
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    Ohio State to Hold Grain Bin Rescue Demonstration June 26

    PAULDING, Ohio — Agriculture safety experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will hold a demonstration June 26 to help educate growers on grain bin safety. Ohio State University Extension educators, first responders with the Ohio Fire Academy and Paulding County firefighters will hold the grain bin rescue demonstration at 6:30 p.m. at the Paulding County OSU Extension Office, 503 Fairground Drive in Paulding. The demonstration is part of a two-day training program for farm families, 4-H youth, grain bin elevator employees, firefighters and first responders, said Sarah Noggle, an OSU Extension educator. The program will include demonstrations using the Grain Community Agricultural Rescue Trailer (C.A.R.T.) — Ohio...
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    OSU Expert: Extended Flooding from Tropical Storm Bill Remnants Could Drown Soybean Crops

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – With many soybean fields across Ohio already dealing with wet soils from earlier rains, the flooding impact from the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill could leave some growers with diseased crops or facing yield loss. In fact, if soybean crops at the V2-V3 growth stage are flooded for three days, growers could face a 20 percent yield loss, said Laura Lindsey, a field crops expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Growers with soybean fields flooded for six days could stand to lose up to 93 percent of their crops’ yield potential, said Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm. “Things are a little bit...

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