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  1. News tips and events for the week of Nov. 25

    Tip 1: Digging in: December’s monthly breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) is called “Digging in With Ohio’s Soil Experts.” Eight Ohio scientists will speak on the hows and whys of having healthy soils. Among them will be Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), who is a 2019 Japan Prize laureate and the 2018 Glinka World Soil Prize recipient. The event, which is open to the public and reporters but has a registration fee, is set for Dec. 4, the day before World Soil Day, on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. EPN is a statewide professional group organized by CFAES’ School of...
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    Chow Line: How long is too long for holiday leftovers?

    I typically make a large turkey (22 pounds) and plenty of trimmings because my family loves Thanksgiving leftovers. How many days after the holiday is the food safe to eat? Wow, it sounds like your family really loves turkey, as do I!  Many people often wonder how long it is safe to eat leftovers, not just during the holidays, but at any other time as well. The recommended refrigerated storage time for different foods can vary by food type, but in general, the refrigerated storage time is quite short, said Sanja Ilic, Food Safety State Specialist, Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. For instance, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends storing cooked...
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    Ohio State Report Evaluates Options for Reducing Lake Erie’s Harmful Algal Blooms

    Several research teams, led by The Ohio State University, have concluded a three-year study evaluating the ability of agricultural management practices to reduce phosphorus-caused harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. In 2012, the United States and Canada set the goal of reducing phosphorus entering the lake by 40%. Now, researchers have a better understanding of what management practices need to be implemented, and what research still needs to be done to meet these goals by 2025. The majority of phosphorus entering Lake Erie originates from the Maumee River watershed. More than 85% of the phosphorus entering the lake comes from agricultural sources such as fertilizer runoff. To address this, researchers are evaluating what agricultural management practices have potential to...
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    News tips and events for the week of Nov. 18

    Tip 1: Evaluating Management Options to Reduce Lake Erie Algal Blooms: Researchers with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will present, “Evaluating Management Options to Reduce Lake Erie Algal Blooms With Models of the Maumee River Watershed” during a 2 p.m. news conference Nov. 21 at the CFAES Agricultural Administration Building in room 250, 2120 Fyffe Road, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. The event will answer the question, “If agricultural landowners were to adopt a combination of feasible best management practices, could we reduce phosphorus enough to meet the targets set by the United States and Canada?” The event will include remarks from Jay Martin, an ecological engineering professor with...
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    Chow Line: How to handle diabetes during the holidays

    I was recently diagnosed with diabetes and am not sure how to manage my disease as I go through the holiday season. Do you have any tips on what steps I can take to navigate through the holidays while keeping my diabetes in check? Holidays can present special challenges for those who live with diabetes, particularly as people look for ways to either avoid temptation or make better choices while they navigate all the indulgences of the season, said Jenny Lobb, a family and consumer sciences educator for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Whether it’s dealing with busy schedules, extra stress, family gatherings, or holiday eating, the holiday season...
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    Media Advisory: Ohio State food safety center to hold food safety forum Nov. 14

    Media Advisory What: The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI) at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will hold a food safety forum, “Translating Science Into Policy and Practice: What are the food safety priorities?” Where: Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Drive, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus When: 1–6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 Contact: Barbara Kowalcyk, 614-292-6487, Background: Founded as a nonprofit organization in December 2006, CFI brought its 13-year record of protecting public health to Ohio State in September. The center, which is now housed within the CFAES Department of Food...
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    Chow Line: Enjoy holiday meals in moderation

    I know it’s just the beginning of November, but I’m already dreading the upcoming holiday parties that I anticipate attending. While I love to spend time with family and friends, all the rich holiday foods and desserts are a real problem for me when it comes to not overdoing it on the buffet line. Do you have any tips on how I can enjoy the foods without overeating? Your question is very similar to another that was asked in a “Chow Line” column from November 2018, so it’s best answered by reissuing that column here. You aren’t the only one wondering about this issue. With the holidays approaching, many people are concerned about trying to stay healthy while also enjoying all the delicious foods and traditions associated with the many celebrations...
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    Have your hay, and eat it, too

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Farmers across Ohio are feeling the brunt of last spring’s unprecedented rainfall. Finding hay that is both affordable and sufficiently nutritious has been one roadblock this year for farmers. And something even more alarming than rising hay prices could be looming over Ohio farmers: A nutritional deficiency could be sneaking into their herd during this record-breaking year in agriculture.  “Some of the hay’s quality is so low, the animal could actually starve with their hay right in front of them,” said Ted Wiseman, Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).  The enormous amount of rainfall last...
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    CFAES student takes top position in National FFA

    COLUMBUS—Kolesen McCoy, a second-year student in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), is now leading an organization of 700,000-plus members after being selected 2019–20 National FFA Organization president on Nov. 3 in Indianapolis. The Clark County, Ohio, native is an agribusiness and applied economics major. He graduated in 2017 from the Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield, Ohio, where he was a member of its FFA chapter and received the American FFA Degree. McCoy is only the third Ohioan to hold the youth organization’s top leadership position. In 1933–34, Bobby Jones, from Radnor in Delaware County, Ohio, served as National FFA president. Mark Sanborn, from the Grand Valley Chapter in Orwell,...
  10. News tips and events for the week of Nov. 4

    Tip 1: What’s on the horizon for Ohio farmers in 2020? Speakers at the annual Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference on Nov. 12 at The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus will aim to answer that question, among others. Topics at the conference will include U.S. trade relations with China and other countries, and the impact of those relations on farmers; farm-income trends and projections; and export demand for corn and soybeans. The event is sponsored by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). It will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus. For an agenda and more information on the event, visit