Feb. 19, 2018
Feb. 19, 2018
Tip 1: Start Spring Indoors: Get a jump on spring by planting seeds indoors. Amy Stone, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Lucas County, can offer tips on the best ways to get seeds germinating so, come spring, your garden will be ahead of everyone else’s and the envy of friends and neighbors. Contact Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-392-1308.
Tip 2: The New Tax Law – How Will It Affect Me? Barry Ward, director of Income Tax School offered by OSU Extension, can discuss the changes to future income taxes as a result of the law that went into effect this year. Contact Ward at email@example.com or 614-688-3959.
February 2018 events
19-20 Ohio Grape and Wine Conference, Embassy Suites, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. More information:...
Feb. 16, 2018
There seems to be a lot of information on food safety issues online. But I’m wondering, is there somewhere or someone I can call for help when I have questions about food safety?
You can call 1-800-752-2751 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and a food safety expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University will likely have the answers to your food safety questions.
Created in 1985 by the CFAES Food Industries Center as a service to support the needs of Ohio-based food processors, the Food Safety Hotline is now a consumer resource for any popular food issue, according to Heather Dean, who serves as the hotline’s coordinator.
The hotline is now accessible by consumers nationwide, thanks to a...
Feb. 12, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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...
Feb. 12, 2018
ADA, Ohio — Farmers who apply fertilizer to their fields, particularly manure, need to be aware that if the fertilizer winds up in a waterway, they could be facing fines as farmers in northwestern Ohio did last summer.
Applying manure can be particularly tricky because it’s often in liquid form and typically applied to the surface of fields, unlike most commercial fertilizers. So, if manure is spread and not fully incorporated into the soil before a heavy rainfall, the manure could run off a farm field and into a nearby body of water.
In August 2017, three fish kills occurred in separate incidents in Williams, Allen and Hardin counties. Farmers had treated their fields with manure, then a major rainstorm came through.
Given the risks associated with spreading...
Feb. 9, 2018
With all the recent media reports of foodborne illness caused by eating at some restaurants, how can I know if the place I take my sweetie this year for Valentine’s Day won’t make us sick later?
With nearly 30 percent of consumers planning to dine out on Valentine’s Day this year, according to the National Restaurant Association, it’s good to know that health officials inspect these places to make sure they prepare food safely.
Local public health departments routinely inspect food establishments to ensure that they follow safe food handling procedures. Generally, inspectors check the restaurants to make sure that certain safeguards are being followed to prevent food contamination.
In Columbus, Ohio, for example, consumers can easily...
Feb. 5, 2018
DUBLIN, Ohio — With a steady increase in the number of Ohio wineries and the gallons of wine produced every year, the focus of this year’s Ohio Grape and Wine conference is making those wines taste even better.
“Consumers are demanding high-quality and reasonably-priced wines now more than ever,” said Imed Dami, an Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) professor in grape growing and one of the conference’s organizers.
“Quality wines are not a luxury or the exception anymore, but rather the expectation,” said Dami, an Ohio State University Extension specialist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.
The speakers at the conference Feb. 19-20 in Dublin, Ohio, will address every step of...
Feb. 5, 2018
Tip 1: Syrup Season: Ohio typically ranks fourth or fifth in the United States for the production of maple syrup. This year’s season is about to get started, with producers just waiting for daytime temperatures to edge above freezing. How is the season looking? What’s been the cold winter’s impact? What can consumers expect? Contact Gary Graham, CFAES’s state maple syrup specialist, email@example.com, 330-674-3015.
Tip 2: Hydroponics Booming: Hydroponic crops (lettuce, etc., grown in water without soil) are seeing a boom in Ohio, fueled partly by three major Canadian growers expanding into the state recently. A Feb. 8-9 workshop in Wooster, featuring new hydroponics research and technology, aims to spur that growth further. About 100...
Feb. 1, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Got milk?
If so, you may be among the majority of consumers who throw that milk out once the date on the carton or jug label has passed.
But Ohio State University researchers say not so fast — that pasteurized milk is still good to drink past its sell-by date.
Scientists in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) say that arbitrary date labels on food contribute to significant food waste because the date labels serve only as an indicator of shelf life, which relates more to food quality than safety.
Brian Roe, a CFAES professor of agricultural economics, co-authored a new study examining consumer behavior regarding date labeling on milk containers. The goal of the research is to help consumers reduce food waste through...
Feb. 1, 2018
It seems like every time the weather forecast calls for snow, sleet or ice, the grocery store aisles empty of bread and milk. But I’m wondering, what are some foods I should keep on hand if I think I’ll be snowbound for a few days?
You are right – generally speaking. Bread and milk are typically the first items that many people stock up on when a winter weather emergency is forecast
While there are several theories as to why many people hoard bread and milk in anticipation of winter storms, the meteorologists at AccuWeather.com attribute the trend to the record-breaking Blizzard of 1978, when New Englanders were trapped in their homes for several weeks and the items that were most purchased prior to the storm were, you guessed it, bread and milk.
However, if you...
Jan. 31, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — How certain natural microbes can help crops grow better and faster.
How to make contaminated soils, sometimes present in cities, healthy for urban farming.
How a new perennial grain could have double uses, as food for people and forage for livestock, and also double benefits, helping soil and water.
Those will be some of the topics when experts from The Ohio State University join the speaker lineup at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 39th annual conference, Feb. 15-17 at the Dayton Convention Center.
Called Ohio’s largest conference on sustainable food and farming, the event offers nearly 80 hour-and-a-half workshops on organic farming and related topics, including 10 with speakers from Ohio State. One track of...