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  1. 2022 Dean's Charity Steer Show

    Thousands raised for Ronald McDonald House at Dean’s Charity Steer Show

    COLUMBUS—The 2022 Dean’s Charity Steer Show, held at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, August 2, raised an astounding $240,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Media personalities, celebrity exhibitors, and 4-H youth, along with their steers, donated their time to raise money and compete for bragging rights in front of a large crowd of supporters in the Cooper Arena. The show was hosted by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. The president of Ohio State, Kristina M. Johnson, was also in attendance. Clark Donley, news director at Columbus Radio Group, served as...
  2. Farm Science Review. Photo: CFAES

    Farm Science Review celebrates 60 years

    COLUMBUS, Ohio–Ohio State’s Farm Science Review, which turns 60 this year, plans to highlight its decades of providing valuable information to farmers and producers, while focusing on continuing to educate for the future. The premier agricultural education and industry exposition is set for Sept. 20–22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38, near London. Hosted by CFAES, the 60th FSR will focus on “Embracing Time and Change.” More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will feature more than 100 educational sessions including “Ask the Expert” talks, the most comprehensive field crop demonstrations in the United States, 600 exhibits, a career exploration fair, and immersive virtual reality videos of...
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    Urban youth to benefit from Franklin County, OSU Extension partnership

    COLUMBUS—Building on the partnership between Franklin County Commissioners and Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) specifically through OSU Extension, Franklin County, a new program will be unveiled at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 1 at the Ohio Exposition Center and State Fair. This program will increase awareness and opportunity for urban youth in the food, agricultural, and environmental sectors.  Franklin County Commissioner Erica Crawley will join Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, at the East end of Brown Arena. Crawley will discuss her focus on urban youth and her motivation for creating what will be known as the Urban ROOTS (Reshaping Outreach Opportunities Through Self-...
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    July 20 webinar focuses on long-term impact on farm operations

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Farmers and producers who may now—or will soon—face questions regarding long-term care costs can learn how to fund such care by finding the best ways to mitigate long-term care risks during a July 20 webinar offered by an agricultural law specialist from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The hourlong webinar will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. by Robert Moore, CFAES agricultural and resource law specialist with Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Law program. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES. The issue of planning for long-term care costs for farmers and producers is significant, considering that nursing homes can cost some $100,000 per year, a cost...
  5. The study was conducted on Austrian pines, which are native to southern Europe and used ornamentally in the United States. Photo: Getty Images

    As globe warms, infected pines starve and disease-causing fungi thrive

    COLUMBUS, Ohio–The high heat and low water conditions produced by global warming weaken pine trees’ resistance to disease by hindering their ability to mount an effective defense at the same time that pathogenic fungi in their tissues become more aggressive, new research suggests. The study is the first to simultaneously examine metabolic gene expression in both host trees and the pathogens attacking them under normal and climate-change conditions. The findings help explain the mechanisms behind what has become a well-known fact: The warming world makes trees more susceptible to disease. The study was conducted on Austrian pines, which are native to southern Europe and used ornamentally in the United States. Researchers tested climate change conditions’ effects on...
  6. Sandbags one way to keep manure on the field and out of the water

    CUSTAR, Ohio–The goal when it comes to spreading manure on a farm field is to provide nutrients for crops while preventing nutrient runoff to streams. This year’s Manure Science Review will include both a look at applying new technology to vary the rate of manure application and a talk about old technology—sandbags—to keep nutrients from washing away. These topics and more will be discussed July 26 during a daylong event focused on educating farmers and producers about the latest in manure science. Held by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Manure Science Review runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ohio State’s Northwest Agricultural Research Station, 4240 Range Line Road, Custar. Talks and...
  7. Bloom severity index for 2002-2021, and the forecast for 2022. The index is based on the amount of biomass over the peak 30 days. (NOAA)

    Below-average harmful algal bloom predicted for western Lake Erie

    NOAA and its research partners are forecasting that western Lake Erie will experience a smaller than average harmful algal bloom (HAB) this summer, which would make it less severe than 2021 and more akin to what was seen in the lake in 2020. This year’s bloom is expected to measure 3.5, with a potential range of 2-4 on the severity index — whereas last year’s bloom was measured at a 6. The index is based on the bloom’s biomass — the amount of algae — during the peak 30 days of the bloom. An index above 5 indicates more severe blooms. Blooms over 7 are particularly severe, with extensive scum formation and coverage affecting the lake. The largest blooms occurred in 2011, with a severity index of 10, and 2015, with a severity index of 10.5...
  8. 2022 Dean's Charity Steer Show

    Dean’s Charity Steer Show partners with Ronald McDonald House at Ohio State Fair

    COLUMBUS—The Dean’s Charity Steer Show, an event that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio, returns to the Ohio State Fair in 2022 after a two-year COVID-inspired hiatus. Hosted by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), it will be held from 2–4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the Cooper Arena at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair. “This exciting event brings together our community to celebrate agriculture and children, both for our 4-H youth as well as children benefiting from the Ronald McDonald House,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “Every dollar we raise means families can stay together only...
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    CFAES to recruit 5 research faculty focused on race and equity issues

    COLUMBUS, Ohio–Under The Ohio State University’s new RAISE Initiative, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will be recruiting five additional faculty members focused on addressing how race and equity issues intersect climate, urban health, environment, and engagement with urban communities. The new positions are part of Ohio State’s expansion of high-impact research, which will include the university recruiting additional faculty members focused on addressing how race and equity issues intersect with criminal justice, STEM education, economic opportunity, and engagement with urban communities. The Office of Academic Affairs has approved 25 RAISE (Race, Inclusion and Social Equity) initiative positions since the fall —...
  10. Cathann A. Kress, vice president of agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Photo: CFAES

    Cathann A. Kress, reappointed as vice president and dean of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

    COLUMBUS, Ohio– Cathann A. Kress has been reappointed vice president of agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027, subject to approval by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees. Under her leadership, the college has advanced in important ways across its mission areas of research, teaching, and Extension. That includes the creation of a comprehensive new strategic plan; updated promotion and tenure processes; and strengthened and more representative shared governance structures for faculty, staff, and students. The college continues to have a robust research portfolio, including $44 million in research expenditures in FY21. The college...

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