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    Wet but well worth it: Farm Science Review 2021

    LONDON, Ohio—A deluge of rain might have shortened this year’s Farm Science Review by a day, but the show still drew a strong crowd, which got its fill on the latest farm techniques and technology. Farmers have to contend with sudden shifts in the weather. So do outdoor farm shows. Predictions of constant rainfall and powerful wind gusts that toppled some show tents and signs led to the show’s closure on the second day of what’s typically a three-day event. On the other two days, Sept. 21 and Sept. 23, a crowd persevered through wind and intermittent rain for a total turnout of 70,850 people. “There have been so many events canceled in the last 18 months that people were really happy to be outside at a large event with others,” said Nick...
  2. Farm Science Review announces 2021 Hall of Fame inductees

    LONDON, Ohio—The annual Farm Science Review trade show, now in its 59th year, has announced Jim Karcher of Apple Creek, Gerald Reid of Wooster, and Ken Ulrich of South Charleston as the 2021 inductees into its Hall of Fame. Each year, the Review, which is hosted by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), honors individuals who go above and beyond to ensure the best possible experience for visitors and the continued sustainability of the show site, CFAES’ Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London.  This year’s Review runs Sept. 21–23, with the inductees being honored at a private event. Jim Karcher, Apple Creek Jim Karcher, former manager of grounds at...
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    Ohio 4-H School Garden Conference is Oct. 22

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—A school garden can provide students access to a green space to relax and learn more about nature. Research shows that school gardens can also support and encourage healthy eating as a key factor of childrens’ physical well-being, which can aid their social and academic success. That’s just one of several reasons why Sue Hogan, an Ohio 4-H youth development educator for Ohio State University Extension, is coordinating the seventh annual Ohio School Garden Conference, whose theme is “Voices From the Field.” The conference is hosted by OSU Extension 4-H personnel. Ohio 4-H, the youth development arm of OSU Extension, offers 4-H programs to youth in all 88 of Ohio’s counties. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State...
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    Oct. 24–25 Tri-state community-supported agriculture conference focuses on sustainable farming practices

    ARCHBOLD, Ohio—Want to learn more about how to start a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program? How about learning how to expand your existing CSA to make it more sustainable and successful? If so, then the “Thinking Inside the Box: Growing CSAs Across the Tri-State” conference is a place to find answers to those and other CSA-related questions. Experts with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)—in collaboration with Purdue University and Michigan State University—will host the conference Oct. 24–25. It runs from 1 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Sauder Village and Farm, 22611 State Route 2, in Archbold, Ohio. “The goal,” said Christie Welch, who is an...
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    New Ohio initiatives to address farm stress

    A new federal grant awarded to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will support and enhance several initiatives that address farm stress in Ohio. In partnership with Ohio State University Extension, training will be provided to mental health and other health care professionals in Ohio on the unique stressors and factors that influence agricultural producers, other individuals working in the agricultural sector, and farm and rural households.  Entitled “Bridging the Gap for Agricultural and Rural Mental Health Training in Ohio,” the $500,000 grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. “Our farmers and producers are facing incredible stressors...
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    Considering carbon markets? Look but don’t leap

    Farmers would be wise to look into, but not jump into any agreements with companies to be paid for conservation measures that remove carbon from the air. That’s because the pay to farmers for those measures isn’t much right now, but it’s expected to increase in the next 10 years, said Brent Sohngen, a professor of natural resources and environmental economics at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Contracts to start no-till farming or plant cover crops pay $2 to $15 per acre annually, Sohngen said. And both measures come at a cost. Cover crops can be expensive, and no-till farming can reduce yields on a corn crop. So, the expenses or potential crop profit loss would have to be weighed against the carbon...
  7. Ahmed E. Yousef. Photo: CFAES

    $3.5 million gift funds new CFAES endowed chair in food science; Ahmed Yousef named holder

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ahmed E. Yousef, Distinguished Professor of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), has been named the college’s Virginia Hutchinson Bazler and Frank E. Bazler Chair in Food Science. His five-year term began Aug. 15. Yousef, who joined the CFAES Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) as an assistant professor in 1991, has won numerous national and international awards and authored or co-authored more than 200 publications that include books, book chapters, and research papers. His research focuses on improving human health through combating emerging foodborne pathogens and making the best use of beneficial microorganisms. This research also...
  8. Lots to see, learn at Gwynne Conservation Area: Farm Science Review 2021

    LONDON, Ohio—There’s a place you can go to discover such things as: How grazing goats can help control invasive plants in your woods. How to call turkeys, identify frogs, stock your pond with the best types of fish, and grow your own edible mushrooms in a bucket. How and when to harvest timber, and what today’s volatile lumber prices can mean for you and your woods. How to identify the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species new to Ohio that can damage your fruit and shade trees and grape vines. If you want to learn more about woods, water, wildlife, and grazing lands—and walk among them while you do it—check out the Gwynne Conservation Area at this year’s Farm Science Review. The nearly 70-acre demonstration...
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    Brady Campbell named small ruminant specialist at Ohio State

    COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences has hired Brady Campbell as an assistant professor to focus on small ruminant management. Campbell begins his new position on September 15 in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). He will work with Ohio State Extension professionals to develop educational materials and programs for sheep and goat producers. In addition, he will conduct applied research on small ruminant production and management and assist with youth livestock sheep and goat programs.  “Brady will fill an important role for our department and the state. Ohio is the largest sheep production state east of the Mississippi,” said John Foltz, chair of the animal sciences department. “Lamb and...
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    Ask the Experts offers timely insight into 2021 growing season

    LONDON, Ohio–Whether it’s learning how to navigate new tax laws, understanding the complexities of the U.S. trade policy and its impact on agriculture, or dealing with drought or excess rain, Ohio farmers likely have a lot of questions as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic amidst the challenging 2021 growing season. Faculty and staff from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will answer those questions and address some of the top farm management and veterinary medicine challenges facing Ohio farmers in 2021 during this year’s Farm Science Review. The annual farm trade show, sponsored by CFAES, takes place Sept. 21–23 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38 NE, in London, Ohio...

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