News tips and events for the week of July 29

Tip 1: Dean’s Charity Steer Show: The inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show, hosted by Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), takes place from 2–4 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair in Columbus. Featuring celebrity, Ohio State, and 4-H exhibitors, the event will raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Find details at go.osu.edu/C2xd

Tip 2: Farm crisis website: CFAES has launched a new website for farmers who are dealing with Ohio’s unprecedented rainfall. Called “Addressing 2019 Agricultural Challenges,” the site offers help on topics related to the ongoing rain-caused farming crisis—from prevented planting to crop insurance to managing stress and more. The site provides science-based solutions and recommendations, helping farmers get through the crisis as well as possible. Areas covered include field crops, dairy, livestock, fruits, and vegetables. Visit the site at go.osu.edu/AgCrisis

Tip 3: Breast implant research: In light of last week’s recall of breast implants linked to a rare cancer, a polymer expert from CFAES is available to talk to reporters about her research on developing new polymer materials and coatings for breast implants. Judit Puskas, professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, can be reached at puskas.19@osu.edu or 330-310-1072. Read more about her research at go.osu.edu/C3PJ and go.osu.edu/CvjV.   

July 2019

30 Lake Erie Science at Lakeside Chautauqua: Snakes at the Lake! 2–3 p.m., Pavilion West Deck, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio. Ohio Sea Grant presentation on the snakes of the Lake Erie region and the good they do for ecosystems, and also featuring live specimens. Admission to the talk is free but requires paid admission to Lakeside and a parking pass. Details: go.osu.edu/CyW7.

30 Dean’s Charity Steer Show, 2–4 p.m., Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center, Ohio Expo Center and State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio. New event, hosted by Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, will celebrate Ohio agriculture, Ohio communities, and Ohio children. All proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Free and open to the public. Details: go.osu.edu/Czd7.

31 Name That Tree, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ovalwood Hall, 1760 University Drive, Ohio State Mansfield campus, Mansfield, Ohio. Spend the day getting familiar with tree identification terminology, walk through a dichotomous key, and finish the day with hands-on practice in the field. Join CFAES’ Jim Chatfield and Kathy Smith for a day of tree-focused information. Cost: $40; includes lunch and class materials. Details: go.osu.edu/Cxp7.

August 2019

1 Managing Multiple Generations, 9–11 a.m., online. The workshop will identify four generations of people in today’s workforce, consider the workplace environment that each generation prefers, compare the communication styles of each generation, and identify strategies for effective communication in the workplace. Cost: $95 ($75 for Ohio State employees). For more information, contact The Ohio State University Leadership Center at 614-292-3114 or e-mail Beth Flynn at flynn.61@osu.edu. Register: go.osu.edu/generation.

2 Tree Diagnostics, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1760 University Drive, Eisenhower Memorial Center, Ohio State Mansfield campus, Mansfield, Ohio. This workshop aims to improve skills when it comes to diagnosing what is happening with a sick-looking tree. Cost: $40; includes lunch and materials for the day. Details: go.osu.edu/treediagnosis.

6 Turfgrass Research and Technology Field Day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Research and Education Facility, 2710 N. Star Road, Columbus, Ohio. Cost is $20 for Ohio Turfgrass Foundation members, $40 for nonmembers. Register at https://www.ohioturfgrass.org/event-3409856. Contact: Lori Landry, 614-477-6332 or lori@bennett-management-llc.com.

6 Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer Orientation, 7–8 p.m., Hilltop Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, 511 S. Hague Ave., Columbus, Ohio. One of three orientation meetings offered for those interested in becoming Franklin County Master Gardener volunteers; potential volunteers must attend one of the three meetings to be able to apply for the program. Free; no registration needed. Details: go.osu.edu/Czxq

7 Effective Meeting Facilitation: Getting the Most Out of Your Group, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Cost: $210 ($190 for Ohio State employees). The training is aimed at proving techniques for helping groups work through the thinking and decision-making of important ideas and difficult conversations. Details: Call 614-292-3114 or e-mail Beth Flynn, flynn.61@osu.edu. Register: go.osu.edu/smartmeetings.

7 Manure Science Review, 9:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 9877 Strasburg Bolivar Road NW, Strasburg, Ohio. Annual event featuring ways for farmers, compost operators, and others to get the most value from manure. Includes educational sessions, field demonstrations, and a tour of Bull Country Compost in nearby Dundee, Ohio. Registration is $25 by July 30; $30 after July 30; and includes lunch, doughnuts, coffee, and the tour. For details and a mailable registration form go to go.osu.edu/2019MSR. Online registration available through Aug. 1 at go.osu.edu/msr2019.

8 Whiz Bang Science Show, 7–8:30 p.m., John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Free and open to the public. Show will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Contact: Gwen Zimmerly, 330-263-3761, zimmerly.30@osu.edu.

10 Vacant Lots Become Productive Urban Farm Tour, 10–11:30 a.m., Magic House Farms, 120 N. Yale Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Tour of community-based urban farm focusing on companion planting and intercropping. Part of Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series. Free. Details: go.osu.edu/Czxj.

11 Urban Landscape Pest Management Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. For more information including cost and registration, contact the Pesticide Safety Education Program, 614-292-4070 or pested@osu.edu.

14 StrengthsFinder, 9 a.m. to noon, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Every leader possesses his or her own unique set of talents. Participants in this workshop will take the Clifton StrengthsFinder inventory to learn their five strongest talents and will learn how to best use them to increase their effectiveness as leaders. Register: go.osu.edu/strengthfinder.

14 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features a range of tree-related topics including selection, planting, pests, and diseases. Free, no registration required. Details: 330-263-3761.

15 The Ohio State University South Centers Hops Field Night, 5:30-9:30 p.m., South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio. Information applicable to new and veteran hops growers as well as those interested in getting started. Sessions on galvanized trellis systems, hop mechanical harvesting demonstration, drying demonstration, insects and disease, pest management, nutrient management/fertigation demonstration, and drip irrigation management. Cost: $15 required by Aug. 6. Contact Charissa Gardner, program coordinator at South Centers, at 740-289-2071, ext. 132, or email gardner.1148@osu.edu to register.

16-17 Germinate International Film Festival, Southern State Community College, 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, Ohio. Organized by the Highland County office of OSU Extension, the inaugural festival will feature a diverse range of films highlighting agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. Details: go.osu.edu/CzEg.

16 Wildlife in Your Woods, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 35 Ovalwood Hall, 1760 University Drive, Ohio State Mansfield campus, Mansfield, Ohio. Workshop on identifying, attracting, and managing woodland wildlife including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Presented by CFAES’ Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. Registration: $40; includes lunch and materials. Registration deadline is Aug. 9. Details and link to register: go.osu.edu/Czxn

17 Year-Round Youth Garden to Address Food Insecurity Farm Tour, 10–11:30 a.m., Highland Youth Garden, 65 S. Highland Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Tour of award-winning half-acre youth garden. Garden focuses on food insecurity, gardening education, and nutrition education for youth in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus. Part of Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series. Free. Details: go.osu.edu/Czxj.

21 New Pesticide Applicator Training, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bromfield Administration Building, 8995 East Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Cost: $35, morning session; $30, afternoon session. Details: go.osu.edu/newpesttraining.

21 Agricultural Diversification Research Tour, 6-8 p.m., CFAES’ Mellinger Farm, 6886 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster, Ohio. Learn about trends in arthropods and plant species on pasture plots, yield of poultry, vegetables with no added fertilizers, inorganic pesticides, and ecosystem services. Free of charge. Details: go.osu.edu/C2ws.

22 Composting in Ohio: A Tour of the Industry, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., starting at Rust Belt Riders, 1288 Marquette St., Cleveland. Tour featuring stops at four northeast Ohio composting facilities, plus details and discussion from CFAES and industry experts. Stops will be at Rust Belt Riders and Rid-All Green Partnership in Cleveland, and at KB BioEnergy and the Akron Zoo composting facility in Akron. General registration is $40. Student registration is $25. Both registrations include lunch. The deadline to register is Aug. 8. Registration is limited to 40 people. Continuing education credits for registered sanitarians will be available. Details: Mary Wicks, 330-202-3533, wicks.14@osu.edugo.osu.edu/C2Nb.

22 Mission Possible: Positive Leadership, 9 a.m. to noon, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. The workshop is aimed at helping leaders establish a culture of positive leadership. Cost: $95 ($75 for Ohio State employees). For more information, contact Sarah Chain, chain.10@osu.edu, 614-292-3114, or visit go.osu.edu/positiveleadership.

22 Pumpkin Field Night, 6–8 p.m., Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 South Charleston Pike, South Charleston, Ohio. Cost: $5. Details: Jim Jasinski, 937-484-1537, jasinski.4@osu.edu.

23 Sweet, Sour, and Savory: Tomato Tasting, 7–9 p.m., First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St., Troy, Ohio. Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will sponsor an expert speaking on tomato varieties; their diverse selection of colors, flavors, and uses; and how to grow fabulous tomatoes. Tickets available for $15 at the door or $10 pre-sale from any Miami County Master Gardener Volunteer; from the Miami County office of OSU Extension; from the Wild Farm Booth at the Saturday New Carlisle and Thursday Piqua Farmers Markets; or the Cherry Street Farmers Market in Troy on July 27, August 3, 10, or 17. Details: Amanda Bennett, 937-440-3945, bennett.709@osu.edu.

28 Flex Your Leadership Style, 9 a.m. to noon, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210. Cost: $95 ($75 for OSU employees). Participants will learn to discover their behavior strengths, foster teamwork, improve communication, and reduce conflict and stress. For more information, contact Sarah Chain, chain.10@osu.edu, 614-292-3114, or visit go.osu.edu/leadershipflex.

September 2019

6 First Run Fridays: Future Trends in Leadership, 9 a.m. to noon, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. First of four workshops covering current challenges related to leadership in any setting. Cost: $50 ($180 for all four First Run Friday workshops). For more information and to register, go.osu.edu/C2w5. Contact Sarah Chain, chain.10@osu.edu, 614-292-3114.

11 Urban Landscape Pest Management Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. Intended for those who hold a current commercial pesticide license. Cost: $100 by August 21, $120 after August 21. Lunch provided with registration. Details: go.osu.edu/C2w9.

11 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features a range of tree-related topics including selection, planting, pests, and diseases. Free, no registration required. Details: 330-263-3761.

19 Private Pesticide Applicator Testing, all day, testing begins at 10 a.m., Portage County office of OSU Extension, 705 Oakwood St., Room 101, Ravenna, Ohio. To register, call Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987 or visit go.osu.edu/pesticide_exams.