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  1. Ohio's amount of rainfall and number of intense rain events have been increasing, causing the potential for more fertilizer runoff and erosion. (Photo: Thinkstock)

    Rain, Rain, Will It Ever Go Away?

    ADA, Ohio — If it seems that you’re reaching for your umbrella more often — or wishing you had — here’s the reason. Ohio is getting a lot more rain than it used to and more intense downpours. That may seem like just an inconvenience when you want to work outside or an expense if your roof springs a leak. However, the consequences are far more significant for farmers who plant and tend crops in soggy fields and for the water quality of Lake Erie that’s affected by pollution sources including rain running off fields carrying fertilizer with it. Ohio receives 10 percent more rain per year, on average, than we did in the 20th century. “You can think of it as the ‘new normal,’ ” said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for...
  2. Learn How to Keep Woods and Wildlife Healthy

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed millions of ash trees in Ohio, the Midwest and eastern North America, including possibly yours. But there are ways to help your woods bounce back. For starters, you should scout for invasive plants on a regular basis, said Kathy Smith, forestry expert at The Ohio State University. If you find any, you should root them out. With fewer trees in your woods and more gaps in the canopy, “the concern is that non-native invasive species can quickly get out of hand,” Smith said. She named buckthorns, honeysuckles, garlic-mustard and kudzu as a few of the many invaders you should watch for. Woods hit by ash borers also may need selective thinning, seedling planting and changes in the owner’s management...
  3. ATI student Gage Smith started the first two 4-H programs in the Volta Region of Ghana. Smith (right) is pictured with Togbe Kotoku XI, paramount chief of Kpenoe, a town in Ghana.

    Ohio State ATI recognized Internationally for its Ghana Research and Education Abroad Program

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Ohio State ATI has been selected to receive an Andrew Heiskell Award in Internationalizing the Community College for its Ghana Research and Education Abroad program. ATI is an entity of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The Heiskell Awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among the 1,400 member campuses of the Institute of International Education (IIE). This year’s winning campuses are notable for their geographic diversity, with campuses in nine U.S. states as well as universities in Ethiopia, South Korea and Russia. ATI’s Ghana Research and Education Abroad (GREA) program immerses associate degree-seeking students in a month-long experiential...
  4. News Tips and Events

    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 stone.91@osu.edu 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 ward.8@osu.edu or 614-688-3959.   February 2018 events 19-20 Ohio Grape and Wine Conference, Embassy Suites, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. More information:...
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    Chow Line: Food Safety Hotline Provides Answers to Consumers’ Food Questions

    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...
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    News Tips and Events

    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...
  7. The Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference March 6-7 will include talks on building healthy soil while reducing fertilizer runoff. (Photo: Thinkstock)

    Conference to Discuss Enriching Soils While Keeping Water Safe

    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...
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    Chow Line: Are You Eating Out for Valentine’s Day?

    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? Good question! 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...
  9. The Ohio Grape and Wine conference offers talks from experts on every phase of making wine from growing the grapes to managing the fermentation process. (Photo: Thinkstock)

    Conference Offers Tools To Make Better Ohio Wines

    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...
  10. News Tips and Events

    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, graham.124@osu.edu, 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...

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