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Tip 1: Chocolate: Columnist Dave Barry once wrote, “Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.” Mary Kay Pohlschneider would disagree. She teaches a Chocolate Science class in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and can discuss the history of chocolate, its health benefits, how it’s processed and what you should look for in a chocolate to please your Valentine. Contact her at pohlschneider.1@osu.edu or 614-292-3867. She is busy teaching classes in Food Science and Technology, so leave her a message and she will get back to you.

Tip 2: Olympic Illnesses: While Pyeongchang Olympic officials scramble to manage events among high winds and bitter cold, they also are working to keep athletes safe from norovirus, a common and highly contagious illness that causes diarrhea and vomiting. The Los Angeles Times reports today that 194 people have been diagnosed with the illness, but none are athletes. Qiuhong Wang, a CFAES researcher based in Wooster in the Food Animal Health Research Program, is an expert on noroviruses and can be reached at wang.655@osu.edu or 330-263-3960.

February 2018 events

13 Tri-State Sow Housing Conference, preregistration fees are $25 or $50 for attendance to the Sow Housing Conference and Ohio Pork Congress. More information: ohiopork.org/pork-council-information/ohio-pork-congress.aspx.

15-17 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Annual Conference, Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th St., Dayton. Online registration closed, but walk-in registration welcome on Feb. 16 and 17; costs vary. More information: oeffa.org/conference2018.php.

19-20 Ohio Grape and Wine Conference, Embassy Suites, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. More information: ohiograpeweb.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/events/2018-ohio-grape-wine-conference

23 Planning for the Future of Your Farm Workshop, Coshocton County, Montgomery Hall on the Central Ohio Technical College Coshocton Campus, 200 North Whitewoman St., Coshocton. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information: u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager/farm-management-workshops/. $20/person, includes lunch. Register by Feb. 16.

23 Guided Winter Walk, 2-3:30 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. More information: secrest.osu.edu/events/guided-winter-walk.

27 Planning for the Future of Your Farm Workshop, Darke County, Romers, 118 East Main St., Greenville. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information: u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager/farm-management-workshops/. $20/person, includes lunch. Register by Feb. 20.

March 2018 events

6-7 Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University, 402 West College Ave., Ada. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early registration by Feb. 22: $65 per day or $85 for both days. After Feb. 22: $80 per day or $105 for both days. More information: fabe.osu.edu/CTCon.

8 Pruning Workshop, 8 a.m. – noon, Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Registration required. $25 for members of Friends of Secrest Arboretum; $30 for nonmembers. More information: secrest.osu.edu/events/pruning-workshop.

17 Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Loveland. $45 by Feb. 28; $55 after Feb. 28; includes continental breakfast and lunch. Final deadline to register is March 9. More information: go.osu.edu/2018WoodlandWildlife.

21-22 Ohio Compost Operator Education Course, Shisler Center, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. $225 for members of Organics Recycling Association of Ohio; $275 for nonmembers; all materials, continental breakfast and lunch included. Final deadline to register is March 8. More information: go.osu.edu/2018CompostCourse.

23 Floral Arranging Workshop, 9 a.m.-noon, Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Registration required. $25 for members of Friends of Secrest Arboretum; $30 for nonmembers. More information: secrest.osu.edu/events/pruning-workshop.

Writer(s): 

Suzanne Steel
steel.7@osu.edu
614-292-9637