Tracy Turner

Technical Editor
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  1. Ohio State Experts Offer Tips on Best Management Practices to Keep Phosphorus on the Field, Improve Water Quality

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Growers wanting to increase crop yields while helping to improve Ohio’s water quality can do so using a set of best management practices when applying fertilizer to their fields this fall, according to a group of agronomists and agricultural engineers with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.            The recommendations are designed to offer growers insight into some of the steps they can take now to boost farm profits while also benefiting the state’s water quality, said Greg LaBarge, an Ohio State University Extension field specialist and one of the leaders of Ohio State’s Agronomic Crops Team.  The group also includes experts from the Ohio...
  2. New Website Available for Dairy Farmers to Register for Workshops Designed to Help Navigate New Farm Bill Dairy Programs

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new website that allows dairy farmers to sign up to participate in meetings offered statewide to help them navigate the intricacies of the 2014 farm bill new dairy programs, is now up and running. The training is provided in part by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The meetings are part of the college’s efforts to help farmers learn more about the 2014 Farm Bill’s Dairy Margin Protection Program (DMPP) and the decisions dairy producers must make by Nov. 28 if they want to participate in the program in 2014 or 2015, said Dianne Shoemaker, an Ohio State University Extension field specialist in dairy economics. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. The meetings, which will...
  3. Ohio State University to Offer Series of Tax Schools Statewide, November and December

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – This year’s tax filing season may be confusing for some taxpayers as they try to understand the tax filing connection between the Affordable Care Act and their income taxes, according to a taxation expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The Affordable Care Act will be a big issue in taxes again this year, 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. “Many people that received benefits from the act may not understand the reporting requirements that they’ll have on their 2014 tax returns,” he said. “So it will be a huge burden on tax...
  4. Ohio State to Offer Agriculture and Natural Resources Tax Webinar and Workshop Dec. 15

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers, producers, tax preparers and anyone who wants to learn more about the potential changes in tax laws, including those that relate to Expense Deductions and Bonus Depreciation (Section 179), can participate in a day-long tax webinar and workshop Dec. 15 hosted by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The six-hour program will focus on special issues specific to farm tax returns related to agriculture and natural resources and is open to tax preparers as well as individuals who file their own farm taxes, 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 program, which...
  5. Pumpkin Field Night Oct. 9 Focuses on Crop Management

    PIKETON, Ohio -- As consumers head to the pumpkin patch and reach for their pumpkin spice lattes, growers can learn how to meet growing demand for this popular crop at a pumpkin production workshop Oct. 9. Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is hosting Pumpkin Field Night at its South Centers at Piketon. Ohio growers planted 6,800 acres of pumpkins last year, according to Jim Collom with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Great Lakes Region. Producers harvested 6,100 acres of pumpkins, with an average yield of 165 hundredweight per acre. The total value of Ohio pumpkins last year was nearly $15.5 million, Collom said. The three-hour workshop will feature detailed information on the ins...
  6. Study: Most Farmers Willing to Take More Steps to Improve Water Quality

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Most farmers in the Maumee River watershed that drains into Lake Erie are willing to take at least one additional action to reduce nutrient loss on their farm if they feel like the action will both benefit their farms as well as water quality. That’s according to new research from Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Most farmers, she said, are willing to adopt a new conservation practice if they believe that nutrient loss from their fields will have a negative financial impact on their crop production and if they believe that if they put best management practices in place on their farms, the techniques will work. “If you want...
  7. Ohio State to Hold Farm to School Workshop Oct. 24

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Call it speed dating for food producers and school districts. Farmers looking for school districts to provide with fresh local foods and school districts looking for farmers to source local foods for their school lunch programs can attend a regional Farm to School workshop Oct. 24 that organizers liken to speed dating for its ability to try to help connect producers and school districts looking to start or expand Farm to School programs.   The workshop is targeted toward educators, farmers, food producers, businesses and anyone else interested in beginning or expanding a Farm to School program or other related activities, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension educator and sustainable agriculture coordinator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of...
  8. OSU Expert: Fall Beef Outlook is Strong

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thanks to lower corn prices, improved pasture conditions and increased domestic demand, beef cattle producers can expect to continue to see record prices for beef this year, according to a beef cattle expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Add to the equation that the beef cow herd is the smallest in decades, exports are increasing in volume and value, and pork and poultry are in tighter supply -- and beef producers are seeing prices that they’ve never seen before, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “The beef industry is currently undergoing some of the most unique economic conditions in our history,...
  9. A high tunnel  on Alaska Street in Dayton, Ohio. The tunnel is built on a demolished elementary school parking lot and located in a “food desert.”  Photo by Ray Wasniak

    Learn about Season Extension, More at Farm Science Review’s Small Farms Center

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cold frames, high tunnels, row covers and plasticulture are just some of the ways rural and urban growers can extend their growing season and increase access to fresh, local, healthy foods, says an Ohio State University Extension educator with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Techniques like these can also help growers in urban areas offset some of the impact of food deserts, particularly in cities that have a lot of vacant land no longer being used for housing, said Suzanne Mills-Wasniak, an OSU Extension Educator who will present a workshop on season extension during this year’s Farm Science Review, Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. Her presentation, “Season...
  10. Drones on the Farm: What Are the Laws?

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – While the appeal of using unmanned aerial systems by farmers and growers to aid in farm operations is growing in popularity, before you launch a drone over your crops to gauge field conditions, be aware that doing so could result in a hefty fine from the Federal Aviation Administration. So says Peggy Hall, assistant professor and Ohio State University Extension field specialist in agricultural and resource law. Hall said that while the technology is available for farmers and growers to utilize drones for their farm operations, the rules of who can use it and how aren’t as clear.  OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “In this case, the technology is clearly...
  11. Gwynne Conservation Area

    Got Questions on Trees, Plants, Flowers or Conservation? Farm Science Review’s Gwynne Conservation Area Has the Answers

    LONDON, Ohio – Wonder why some of the trees on your property have died or are dying in higher numbers this summer? Do you have questions about the owls in your barn or the names of some of the beautiful wildflowers or grasslands growing in your fields? Some of the most knowledgeable minds in natural resources will be available to answer these questions and more during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.  Landowners, farmers and agricultural enthusiasts can gain insight on the latest in natural resource management tips and techniques from natural resources professionals from Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science. They, along with other experts, will offer...
  12. Utzinger Gardens

    Farm Science Review Utzinger Gardens Workshop Promotes Local Foods

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – When planning your next meal, why not think local? That’s one message Susan Broidy hopes participants will take away from the “Local Foods for Thought” presentation during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. Broidy is a program assistant for the Seeds Community Gardens program in Ohio State University Extension's Clark County office. The overall goal of the workshop, she said, is to get more people to learn about the benefits of local foods and urban agriculture. Those benefits include supporting local growers and producers, getting a boost in nutritional value from local foods, and fostering a sense of community, said Broidy, who will lead the presentation Sept. 18 at 10 a...
  13. Hops Production Twilight Tour is Aug. 14

    PIKETON, Ohio – As interest in growing hops in Ohio increases among potential hops growers as well as brewery industry insiders, a workshop on how to get into the hops business will be held Aug. 14, designed for both beginning and experienced growers. The Hops Production Twilight Tour will feature detailed information on the ins and outs of hops production, including trellis construction, drip irrigation and how to evaluate which variety of hops growers are interested in producing, said Charissa McGlothin, program assistant with the Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon. The workshop will feature presentations from horticulture experts with Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and OSU South Centers. It’s designed to...
  14. Jackson Beef and Forage Field Night is Aug. 28

    JACKSON, Ohio – From broadleaf weed management and fence building and construction to beef cattle handling and animal care, livestock producers can learn the latest updates in the beef and forage industry during a workshop offered by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences during a workshop Aug. 28 in Jackson. The Jackson Beef and Forage Field Night will include the opportunity for beef cattle producers to have an up-close look at how to build a fence that can hopefully last a lifetime, said Kenny Wells, manager of the Jackson Agricultural Research Station. The research station is part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and has been a primary site for reproductive and production management...
  15. Water: the next generation’s oil?

    As you tell the story of the science behind agriculture’s impact on water quality, here are a few initiatives underway at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Greg LaBarge, an Agronomic Field Specialist for the college’s Ohio State University Extension, is our lead contact regarding phosphorus, from a number of angles. Contact LaBarge at 419-460-0600 or labarge.1@osu.edu. LaBarge has been working closely with the Ohio Agriculture Business Association to establish a 4R Certification program for Ohio Ag Retailers. This program certifies that plans adopted by farms apply the 4 “R’s” as recommended by Ohio, Michigan and Indiana universities regarding fertilizer application. The four Rs refer to the right fertilizer...
  16. 2014 FSR Media Credential Request

    Dear Media, This year's Ohio State University Farm Science Review celebrates its 52nd year and includes lots of newsworthy events, exhibits and presentations.  Mark your calendars for Sept. 16-18, 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. 3.  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...
  17. Pepper Disease and Pest Prevention, New Varieties to be Discussed during Field Night July 31

    FREMONT, Ohio – Pepper diseases, insects, pests, weeds and how to control them will be among the topics discussed by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences during a workshop July 31 in Fremont. Faculty will also discuss options for the control of bacterial wilt through the use of perimeter trap cropping to manage cucumber beetles, said Matt Hofelich, manager of the college’s North Central Agricultural Research Station. The free 2014 Pepper Field Night will feature presentations from researchers and educators with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college. Participants...
  18. Workshop, Tour Offer Wine Grape Growers Insight on Managing Polar Vortex Damage is Aug. 13

    KINGSVILLE, Ohio – Wine grape growers still recovering from the prolonged and extremely frigid temperatures experienced in Ohio this winter can learn how to manage damaged vines during a workshop Aug. 13 offered by viticulturists and other experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. As the polar vortex destroyed a majority of popular wine grape crops grown in Ohio this year, the Ohio Grape and Wine Day program is an excellent opportunity for growers to see how to move forward, said David Marrison, an Ohio State University Extension educator.  The program will be hosted by OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college....
  19. Get Started in Hops Production Workshop is July 29

    MARYSVILLE, Ohio – Hops production has the potential to be a huge opportunity to boost farm profits, says an educator with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  But before growers decide to jump into production mode, they should make sure they know everything there is to know about growing hops, including how much money is needed to get started and how much time and effort goes into growing these popular crops, said Amanda Douridas, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.  The demand for hops, a main ingredient in beer manufacturing, is strong and growing from Ohio’s booming microbrewery industry. They provide bitterness to...
  20. Precision Ag Technology Day is Aug. 5

    WAUSEON, Ohio – Growers who want to learn more about how using precision agriculture technologies can help them make informed agronomic decisions can attend the Northwest Ohio Precision Agriculture Day Aug. 5, offered by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  The annual day-long event will offer information on combines, precision harvest technology, grain handling and data collection and will feature discussions and demonstrations from college researchers and farm equipment, seed and technology professionals, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator. The event, which is geared toward producers, certified crop consultants and anyone interested in precision agriculture, will feature...
  21. Participants Value Ohio State’s Aquaculture Programs

    PIKETON, Ohio – Current and future fish farmers who’ve attended aquaculture programing taught by researchers from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences say the techniques they learned not only increased their overall knowledge of the industry but also increased their confidence to work in this industry, according to a recent survey. In fact, some participants said the training taught them important concepts such as how to operate a successful fish farm and helped them clarify potential obstacles to running a successful aquaponics business, said Estefania James, program coordinator for the Aquaculture Boot Camp. The program is offered by the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at the Ohio State University South...
  22. Aronia

    Blueberry, Brambles and Winegrape Production Workshop Offered July 15

    PIKETON, Ohio – As the health benefits of so-called “superfruits” continue to become more widely known, growers in Ohio can take advantage of increasing consumer demand for these foods by adding them to their farm operations. Fruits such as elderberry, aronia and goji berries are being called super berries because of their nutrition content and their promise to combat a variety of ailments, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at Ohio State University’s South Centers in Piketon. And as the consumer demand for healthier foods continues to grow, farmers who are able to add small fruit crops to their farm operations may find that berry production is a potentially lucrative option, Gao said....
  23. Farm Science Review to Focus on New Technologies and Innovation

    LONDON, Ohio – Information on new agricultural technologies and innovation awaits growers and producers who plan to attend this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. Following the theme “Experience the Difference,” the 52nd annual event will not only showcase the latest technological advances in agriculture, but it will also give participants the opportunity to learn the latest educational research on how to improve their farm operations’ financial bottom line, said Chuck Gamble, manager of the show, which is sponsored by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. From providing the most-up-to-date techniques and research to help growers improve water and...
  24. Tips for Safe Hay Baling

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – As growers statewide finish their first cutting of hay crops, now is a good time to do preventative maintenance tasks that can boost farm profits and protect farm workers, says a safety research associate and lecturer from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Completing some preventative maintenance tasks on balers and other farm machinery can help lessen the potential for delay down the line because of a breakdown, said Andrew “Dewey” Mann, safety research associate for Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural Safety and Health program. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “We all know that farmers have a list of at least 10 things to do at any given time,”...
  25. Higher Beef Prices Prompting Some Producers to Consider Expanding

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – While the declining number of beef cattle nationwide has meant higher costs for consumers, the resulting higher prices that producers are fetching may likely encourage them to expand their herds, says a beef expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. According to the recently released 2012 Census of Agriculture, the nation’s beef cow herds have dropped to 28.9 million head, a decline of 3.8 million from 2007, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. The number of farms with beef cows has also declined to 727,906 with an average herd size of 39.8 cows, compared to 764,984 farms with an average herd size of 42.9 in 2007,...

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