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    Chow Line: Food safety and homemade fruit- or vegetable-infused water

    I’m planning to add either fresh strawberry or cucumber slices to a pitcher of water to serve with a lunch I’m hosting. Are there any food safety concerns that I need to be aware of when making fruit- or vegetable-infused water? Infusing water with fruits or vegetables is a wonderful, healthy, and delicious way to add flavor to water without adding sugar. Not only is infused water a simple way to stay hydrated, but it has also become increasingly popular among consumers who are seeking healthy alternatives to sugary drinks. However, when preparing fruit- or vegetable-infused water, it’s important to keep food safety in mind to prevent the potential of developing a foodborne illness. In fact, you should handle infused water as you would any perishable food,...
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    Farm Science Review to offer career fair

    LONDON—Looking for a job in agriculture? Come to Farm Science Review and you just might find one. For the first time, the annual agricultural trade show, sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will offer the Career Exploration Fair for anyone interested in working in agriculture. On Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, visitors to the career fair can discuss jobs and internships with representatives from a variety of companies, many of them exhibitors at FSR, which is held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. “With the hundreds of exhibiting companies, it’s a great place to look for another job or new career,” said Nick Zachrich, manager of FSR. The job fair will take...
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    Planted late? Watch out for diseases

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Late-planted corn and soybeans could be vulnerable to higher-than-normal levels of crop diseases this year, experts from The Ohio State University warn. When sown one to two months later than usual, corn and soybeans stand a greater chance of succumbing, especially, to fungal diseases. Dry weather across much of Ohio since July has helped stave off some disease spread because fungal diseases need moisture to thrive. Still, during a year when late planting has already limited the yield potential on crops, it’s critical to be watchful for other threats too, including all types of diseases, molds, and insects, advise experts with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Fungal diseases that can infect either...
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    News tips and events for the week of Aug 5

    Tip 1: Film festival celebrates agriculture: The inaugural Germinate International Film Fest taking place Aug. 16–17 in Hillsboro, Ohio, will feature two days of films about rural communities and their associated industries. The intent of the festival is to expand what people know about agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. Along with films, the event will include panel discussions to provide a forum for open discussion about agricultural, environmental, and rural community development topics important to the public. While rural areas represent 97% of the U.S. landmass, only 19.3% of the population resides in a rural area. Less than 2% of the nation’s population identifies as farmers. This festival will provide an opportunity to showcase the agricultural...
  5. Ohio State’s Inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show a Rousing Success

    COLUMBUS—The Dean’s Charity Steer Show, a new event held at the Ohio State Fair, surpassed all expectations and raised more than $146,000 (and counting) for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. 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), the July 30 charity show included 13 teams of celebrity exhibitors and 4-Hers with their steers. It was held at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair’s Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center. If you were unable to attend the show, donations to RMHC will be accepted through August 31 at give.osu.edu/deanscharitysteershow. “I am so appreciative of the unbelievable support we...
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    Chow Line: Multiple ways to disinfect drinking water in an emergency

    The water supply for my household has been disrupted twice this summer due to historic rainfall levels, leaving us faced with boil alerts due to floodwaters. But since our power was also out because of the storms, we had to buy bottled water instead. Is there any other way to clean the water in a situation like that?  Many people in Ohio and throughout the Midwest have experienced similar situations due to the excessive rainfall that has hit the region recently.  In fact, May 2018 to April 2019 was the wettest year on record nationwide, according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information. An average of 36.20 inches of precipitation fell nationwide, which was 6.25 inches above the...
  7. The recent disaster declaration in 40 of Ohio's counties offers financial assistance to farmers unable to plant a cash crop on saturated fields. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Ohio’s disaster aid levels still uncertain

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Though the disaster declaration for nearly half of Ohio’s counties extends low-interest loans to farmers, many growers are hoping for changes that could offer more financial help, according to experts with The Ohio State University. The full extent of benefits that come with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s disaster declaration are still unknown. The federal agency has yet to make decisions about the federal disaster aid bill passed in June.   Growers want the USDA to approve requested changes to disaster aid packages that would increase payment guarantees to farmers who file crop insurance claims on acres where they could not plant a cash crop, said Ben Brown, assistant professor of agricultural risk management in the...
  8. 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...
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    Media Advisory: Ohio State expert available to speak about breast implants

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—In light of yesterday’s recall of breast implants linked to a rare cancer, an expert in polymers from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is available to discuss her research in developing new polymer materials and coatings for breast implants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday requested that Allergan, the manufacturer of a specific type of textured implant, recall specific models of its breast implants from the U.S. market due to the risk of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The agency also issued a safety communication for patients with breast implants, patients considering breast implants, and health care professionals outlining the known risks and...
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    Chow Line: Advanced meal planning one way to benefit from Community Supported Agriculture

    I joined a CSA this spring for the first time, and now I’m getting so many vegetables in my weekly shares that I don’t know what to do with them all. Some of the produce spoils before I get around to using it. How can I better manage this bounty of fresh foods? It’s great that you’ve joined a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. CSAs are a wonderful way to access fresh, locally grown produce and other foods.  While every CSA has some slight differences in how it operates, all work by allowing consumers to purchase a share—some call it a subscription—to a farm in return for weekly deliveries of farm-fresh, local produce, goods, and foods. Farmers benefit because they are able to derive income from the shares, which are often used for...

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