Tracy Turner

Technical Editor
Focus Areas: 
Chow Line, consumer news, food safety, nutrition.
  1. Monthly Webinars to Help Growers and Producers Enhance Marketing, Improve and Expand Sales

    CANFIELD, Ohio – Growers and producers – have you ever wondered how to go about marketing your hops to Ohio’s microbreweries? Or how about getting your meats into area grocery stores or restaurants? Have you ever wondered how to make sure your food business or operation has a strong, income-building presence in the mobile media arena? Answers to these questions and more are available to growers, producers and anyone in the agriculture and food industry through a series of free monthly webinars offered by food and agriculture marketing experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The webinars are designed to teach participants how to effectively use direct marketing as a way to improve their businesses’...
  2. CANCELLED: Farmland Preservation Summit Set for Feb. 5

    NOTE (2/4/14): Due to worsening weather forecasts, the Ohio Farmland Preservation Conference scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 5) has been cancelled. The registration fee will be returned to those who have pre-registered. COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers, landowners, planners, local officials, land trust leaders, economic development professionals and anyone interested in preserving farmland in Ohio can take part in an annual farmland preservation summit Feb. 5 designed to gather local and national experts on the subject to promote methods to support this valuable natural resource, organizers said. The 14th annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit is designed to help interested parties learn various techniques, tools and methods to preserve farmland, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State...
  3. Ohio Commercial Berry Production School March 4 to Offer Growers Options to Deal with Winter Injury in Small Fruit Plants

    PIKETON, Ohio – The polar vortex and subsequent arctic cold temperatures throughout the region this winter have left many small fruit growers seeing varying degrees of winter injury in their plants, according to a small fruit crops expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The sub-zero arctic temperatures have taken a significant toll on small fruit crops this year, 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. For example, wine grape growers are likely to find significant damage to their grape vines. The Vinifera or European grape varieties have probably sustained 90 to 100 percent injury to their primary...
  4. CFAES Grad Report Positive Jobs Outlook

    Ninety-three percent of recent graduates of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences report either having a job or being enrolled in an advanced degree program within six months of graduation COLUMBUS, Ohio – Graduating senior Jessica Rose will soon trade her backpack and classroom desks for a business suit and production lines  as one of the newest operations management trainees for Cargill Kitchen Solutions, a Minnesota-based food manufacturing company. The St. Paris, Ohio, native will earn her bachelor of science degree in agriculture with a focus in food business management in May from The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and will begin working for Cargill’s...
  5. Ohio State Announces New Public-Private Partnership to Enhance Ohio MarketMaker

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio food producers and buyers will soon have access to a newly enhanced and expanded web-based resource with food industry-related information that links producers to potential customers thanks to a new partnership announced today by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The partnership is a new global licensing agreement with Ohio State and Riverside Research, a New York-based nonprofit scientific research company. The agreement calls for Riverside Research to invest in additional research and development to expand the capabilities of the Ohio MarketMaker program to reach new markets, said Julie Fox, direct marketing specialist with the Ohio State University South Centers, the Ohio Agricultural Research and...
  6. Participants: Attending Annual Conservation Tillage Conference Benefits Bottom Line

    ADA, Ohio – Farmers who’ve attended Ohio State University’s Conservation Tillage Conference in the past say information they’ve gleaned from the annual event has helped them increase their farm operation’s financial bottom line, according to a survey by researchers from Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  In fact, some past farmer participants have reported that information they’ve gained from attending the numerous workshops and presentations offered during the CTC conference has resulted in an average gain of $13 to $16 per acre in farm values, said Jim Hoorman, an Ohio State University Extension educator, assistant professor and conference co-organizer. Last year, more than 900 farmers, growers,...
  7. Agronomists Offer Webinars for Corn, Soybean and Wheat Growers Feb. 11 and 25

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Growers wanting to learn more about corn yield optimization, corn seed treatments and high-input soybean production can take advantage of a series of upcoming webinars taught by agronomists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.            The webinars offer participants insight into some of the key issues in grain production including updated information on fungicides and resistance as well as how to best control weeds, said Greg LaBarge, an Ohio State University Extension field specialist and one of the leaders of Ohio State’s Agronomic Crops Team.  The team also includes scientists from the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU...
  8. National Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference to Feature Local Farmer Who Has Benefited from Ohio State Research

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio farmer who has worked with agronomists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences to further implement cover crop usage on his 1,150-acre farm will discuss his experiences during a conference next month that will be broadcast nationwide at locations including the Ohio State University Extension office in Wayne County. Growers interested in learning the latest information on cover crops and soil health can view the live broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at several Ohio locations, including the OSU Extension office at 428 W. Liberty St. in Wooster, said Alan Sundermeier, an OSU Extension educator who helped organize the nationwide viewing....
  9. Advanced Planning Can Help Growers, Producers Be Better Prepared for Emergencies

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Extensive winter storms, power outages, traumatic farm injuries, tornados and fires are just some of the kinds of conditions that can lead growers and producers to need assistance from emergency first responders,  a safety expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said. Advanced planning by farmers as to what steps they can take in the event of such emergencies or similar events can help to lessen the potential for extensive damage or injuries, said Kent McGuire, an Ohio State University Extension agricultural health and safety specialist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. With the increased potential hazards on farms, it’s a good idea for farmers and producers to have some kind...
  10. Sustainable Farming Conference Features 17 Ohio State Presenters, Feb. 14-16

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – From stink bug and weed management to recruiting farm labor and agricultural marketing trends, researchers and industry experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will present the latest information on some of the key issues in organic and sustainable agriculture next month during Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 35th annual conference, “Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground,” is Feb. 15-16 in Granville, Ohio. With 13 workshops and a full-day pre-conference event featuring Ohio State scientists, specialists and students, participants will get an updated look at some of the key issues facing growers...
  11. Hops Production Workshop is Feb. 13

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Growers looking to supply hops to Ohio’s booming microbrewering industry need to first research which varieties of hops craft brewers want to avoid the costly mistake of investing in the wrong types, a horticulture expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said. Ohio beer manufacturers spend an estimated $4 million annually on purchases of hop cones, or hops, to create craft beers. This creates a huge opportunity for local growers to get into hops production, said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Because the majority of those hops are sourced in states west of Ohio, the opportunity to grow and expand local...
  12. Ohio State University Conference Offers Education and Support for Cover Crops, Conservation Tillage, March 4-5

    ADA, Ohio – As more and more growers discover the benefits of cover crops to their overall soil health and use them on their farmland, Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will offer a day-long workshop on the impact and benefits of cover crops during this year’s Conservation Tillage Conference March 4-5. Farmers’ use of cover crops has increased significantly over the past five years as more growers learn about their multiple benefits, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer and an organizer of the annual CTC conference. “One of the latest trends by many farmers is to use a blend of multiple varieties of cover crops to improve the overall soil performance,...
  13. Farm Bill Legislative Committee Considers Dairy Safety Net Alternative Offered by Ohio State University Economists in Potential Compromise

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – A dairy safety net alternative formulated recently by a pair of dairy economists with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is currently being discussed by lawmakers as a potential compromise to possibly end the dairy standoff that is one of the latest roadblocks in getting a new farm bill passed. According to published reports, a compromise based on an independent analysis of the farm bill’s dairy safety net proposals formulated by Cameron Thraen, an associate professor in the college’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, and John Newton, a recent doctoral graduate in agricultural economics, is among the alternatives being floated by lawmakers as a potential...
  14. Ohio State Offers Webinar Jan. 9 to Help Farm Families Organize Farm and Family Affairs

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will present a webinar at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9 designed to help farmers and farm families learn how to prepare for the unexpected.  From organizing financial and personal information to preparing the next generation to take over the farm business, the webinar will tackle issues that farmers and farm families need to be aware of as they plan succession, retirement and their estate plans, said David Marrison, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college. The program will offer information to help farmers and farm families deal with the aftermath of an unexpected event, said Marrison, who will...
  15. Urban Agriculture Classes Designed to Increase Food Production Enterprises

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is looking to grow a new crop of urban farmers. The college is offering a new program, the Ohio Master Urban Farmer Workshop Series, designed to help urban farmers become food and crop producers within city limits. The new course will be held over a series of seven workshops created to offer participants knowledge on how to produce and market foods in urban settings, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension educator and Sustainable Agriculture coordinator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. Some of the topics participants will learn about in the courses include how to choose a farm enterprise, the site selection process and how to soil test for urban...
  16. OSU Safety Specialist: Proper Lighting, Footwear, Key in Lessing Risk of Injury on Farm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the region continues to experience one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent years, growers and producers can take measures to ensure their safety in increasingly hazardous outdoor conditions, said a safety specialist with the Ohio AgrAbility Program at Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. While snowy, icy conditions can be a hazard for anyone, growers and producers in many instances have a greater risk for injuries from slips and falls because they work in areas that have a variety of walking and working surfaces, including sloped and uneven terrain, said Kent McGuire, Ohio AgrAbility coordinator for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. Farmers have an...
  17. OSU Extension Offers Beef Cattle School Jan. 28, Feb. 18 and March 11, 2014

    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 2014 Ohio Beef Cattle School series Jan. 28, Feb. 18 and March 11, 2014, taught by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The three-session program covers a broad range of topics including factors that influence reproduction efficiencies and grazing, 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 expand their beef operations and take advantage of the increasing consumer demand for high quality beef products. “We hope to equip...
  18. Workshop Focuses on Benefits of Understanding Soil Test Results, Crop Needs

    FORT LORAMIE, Ohio – Growers who have a clear understanding of what nutrients are already in their soil and what nutrients are missing are more likely to produce higher yields while saving money, according to agronomists with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental. Reading soil test results and understanding the meaning of those results is just one of several topics that will be discussed during the West Ohio Agronomy Day Jan. 13, 2014, offered by Ohio State University Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center researchers, educators and agronomists, said Debbie Brown, an OSU Extension Educator. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college. Open to growers statewide, the...
  19. OSU Expert: Extreme Winter Weather May Mean Extra Feed for Livestock

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Colder, icy, harsh winter weather means producers need to be aware of increased livestock energy requirements to ensure their animals are able to withstand the extreme outdoor conditions, according to a forage expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  And even though the temperatures are forecast to rise slightly over the next few days, the rain that is predicted still means that producers need to be vigilant to ensure livestock are prepared for the weather, said Rory Lewandowski, agriculture and natural resources educator for the college's outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension. Cold temperatures, cold rains and muddy conditions can significantly increase the energy required by...
  20. Online Commodity Challenge Allows Farmers to Learn Real-World Grain Marketing Without the Risk

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Growers who want to experience grain marketing using real-world strategies without any of the real-world risks can take advantage of a series of online courses taught by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The courses, to be offered Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18 and March 4, will be taught online and will offer participants the ability to experience simulations using options commonly used in grain marketing without the risk of actually taking a position on real bushels, said Chris Bruynis, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. Participants will learn how to use futures and options; make a marketing plan to fit their farm business; use crop...
  21. Fall Gypsum Applications Improve Soil, Increase Sulfur and Calcium for Next Crop

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- An Ohio State University scientist says that farmers who apply gypsum to their fields in the fall can expect to increase sulfur and calcium in their soils for their next crop. In a recent paper, Warren Dick, a soil biochemist in the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, said applying flue gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum to crop fields in the fall after harvest can result in improved soils that lead to higher yields. Gypsum is an abundant byproduct from coal-burning power plants, said Dick, who holds an appointment with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the research arm of the college. “Growers typically apply gypsum in the fall after harvest,” he said. “When the...
  22. Ohio State to Offer Forage Production School Jan. 30, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, 2014

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Livestock producers looking to improve their animal operations and increase their financial bottom line can learn innovative forage production techniques during a series of forage workshops taught by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The techniques can offer significant long-term monetary benefits for dairy, beef and sheep producers, organizers said. The workshops, to be held Jan. 30, Feb.4 and Feb. 11, will feature cutting-edge information on forage production, including forage genetics, weed control and double cropping, said Bill Weiss, an Ohio State University Extension dairy nutritionist with the Department of Animal Sciences at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC...
  23. Ohio State to Hold 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Statewide

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Growers and producers will find that despite the fact that cropland in Ohio increased in value in 2012 and 2013, those values are expected to remain flat or even decline in 2014, an economist from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) said. Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension, spoke Nov. 25 during the college’s kickoff of its 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series. The event initiates a series of local meetings to be held statewide through the end of the year. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. Ward, along with several others of the college’s agricultural economists will present their findings and their...
  24. Increased Global Grain Production Means Lower Grain Prices for U.S. Growers

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thanks to increased global grain production and lower domestic demand for grain for ethanol, crop producers will find 2014 to be tougher than the past few years and should prepare now for lower prices, an expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said. “Prices reflect that we have moved from an era of scarcity to one of adequate inventories and prices have responded by moving lower,” said Matt Roberts, an Ohio State University Extension economist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. “We are already seeing lower prices come into the market, and unless U.S. or South American acreage declines, those prices are likely to continue to move lower. “The prices we had...
  25. OSU Expert: Farmland Value Projected to be Flat, or Decrease in 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – While cropland values in Ohio increased in 2012 and 2013, they are expected to remain flat or even decline in 2014, an economist from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) said. Ohio cropland value rose 12 percent this year, with bare cropland averaging $5,600 an acre, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. Ward, citing statistics from the Ohio Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, said he expects the trend to remain flat or even reverse next year, with the key factors – crop profitability and interest rates – both showing indications of “unfriendly”...

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