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  1. Chow Line: Paleo diet has pros and cons

    A lot of my friends seem to be trying the Paleo diet these days. Is the diet safe and sound? Most mainstream nutritionists hesitate giving their stamp of approval to any diet that eliminates entire food groups from the menu, and that’s what this diet does. But it can offer some benefits. For anyone who has been, well, living in a cave since this diet debuted, here are the basics: The Paleolithic diet, which also goes by names like the Caveman diet or the Stone Age diet, purports that the human body is programmed to respond well to a diet much like the one eaten by our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Details vary among proponents, but, for the most part, “in” foods include fresh meat, fish and shellfish, poultry, eggs, fats (including lard), vegetables (some versions allow...
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    Fighting Ohio's Invasive Species: 'Everyone Can Be Part of the Battle'

    Editor: National Invasive Species Awareness Week is March 3-8. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kathy Smith says not every bush, beetle, fish or fungus that lives in Ohio belongs there. And she wants you to know it. And pitch in. And give them the boot. As forestry program director for Ohio State University Extension, the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), she’s part of a statewide coalition recognizing National Invasive Species Awareness Week from March 3 to 8. “We’re trying to open people’s eyes to what’s going on in the environment around them so hopefully they’ll take action, whether by removing invasive species on their own land, reporting a sighting, joining a volunteer group or just...
  3. Ohio Vegetable Production Guide Updated and Merged with New Regional Guide

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University Extension's Ohio Vegetable Production Guide (Bulletin 672) has been discontinued but most of its content, including cultural, varietal, and pesticide recommendations, have been merged with an existing regional publication, an OSU Extension specialist said. The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide (Bulletin 948 for Ohio) is a regional publication involving seven states, including Ohio, published by Purdue University Extension. OSU Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) vegetable specialists are contributors to the new guide, ensuring the information within the document will reflect current recommendations applicable to Ohio farming operations, said Jim Jasinski, an OSU Extension educator and Integrated Pest...
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    Ohio Invasive Species Profile: Asian Longhorned Beetle

    Editor: National Invasive Species Awareness Week is March 3-8. COLUMBUS, Ohio — As part of National Invasive Species Awareness Week March 3-8, here are some facts and figures on the Asian longhorned beetle, one of Ohio’s newest invasive species: What it is: Big, shiny-black beetle with white spots. Has very long antennae, hence its name, which are black with white stripes. Its body is about the size of an almond. Total length, with antennae extended, can be nearly as long as a finger. Where it’s from: Japan, Korea, southern China. What it does: Adult females lay their eggs in the bark of many kinds of hardwood trees, including maple, horsechestnut, buckeye, poplar, willow, elm, birch, London plane tree, sycamore and others. (Both healthy and stressed trees may...
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    March 14 Workshop: Use Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health, Yields

      TIFFIN, Ohio – Growers who want to improve soil health and increase yields may want to consider using cover crops such as oilseed radish, cereal rye, cowpea or Austrian winter pea, which have also been proven to lower input costs, an Ohio State University Extension expert said. Jim Hoorman, an OSU Extension educator and an assistant professor studying cover crops and water quality issues, will hold a workshop, “Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health,” on March 14 to discuss cover crops and ECO Farming, or "ecological farming," a method that is growing in popularity among farmers because of its success in increasing yields, he said. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “ECO Farming...
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    Ohio Groups Recognizing National Invasive Species Awareness Week March 3-8

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A statewide coalition of natural resource-related groups is recognizing National Invasive Species Awareness Week from March 3 to 8. The National Invasive Species Council, which is sponsoring the week, said invasive species “cause a multibillion-dollar annual drain on our nation’s economy.” The Convention on Biological Diversity calls invasive species the second biggest threat to the world’s biodiversity after habitat loss. “A lot of (the week) is about early detection,” said Avraham Eitam, pest survey specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), one of the sponsors of the week’s observance in Ohio. “If we can get people to be more aware of invasive species...
  7. President Gee 'Greatly Valued 4-H Experience'

    Editor: March 3-9, 2013, is Ohio 4-H Week. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When he was about 8 years old growing up in the small town of Vernal, Utah, E. Gordon Gee joined 4-H, the youth development program of the nation's land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension System. Now president of The Ohio State University, overseeing six campuses, 65,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff, Gee is among the most highly experienced, respected and recognized leaders in higher education. And he gives credit to 4-H for helping set him on his successful path. "I greatly valued my 4-H experience," Gee said. "I believe 4-H first instilled in me the value of community, and it also provided some of my earliest opportunities to work with peers as part of a team."  ...
  8. MarketReady Workshops Offer Producers Tips to Improve Profitability, Expand Sales

      PIKETON, Ohio -- Ohio food producers wanting to learn how to increase their markets, develop better relationships with buyers or improve profitability can learn strategies and tips on how to do so and more during two MarketReady training workshops March 19 in Columbus and March 26 in Peninsula, Ohio. The MarketReady program is designed to help food producers learn what is needed to enter various direct marketing channels, how producers can capitalize on emerging trends and how producers can manage market development risks, said Julie Fox, direct marketing specialist with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and...
  9. Ohio State University to Host Statewide Farm to School Conference March 13: Salad Bar to be Donated to Local School Chosen During Event

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – A salad bar will be up for grabs during the Farm to School conference hosted by Ohio State University Extension March 13, thanks to a donation from Whole Foods Market that will allow a local school to set up the salad bar in its school cafeteria, organizers said. OSU Extension, with the support of the Ohio departments of Education, Health and Agriculture, will host the Farm to School conference as part of its goal to expand the successful program, which works to increase students’ access to healthy foods and to help them learn more about food, health, nutrition and agriculture, said Julie Fox, director of the Ohio Farm to School program.  The salad bar package will be presented to a local school chosen from among conference attendees, Fox...
  10. Chow Line: What to do about mold on cheese

    We had a nice weekend getaway a while back and brought home some artisan cheese we found in a local shop. Today I saw some mold on it. Can I just cut the mold away or is the whole block of cheese unsafe? It sounds like the cheese you’re talking about is a hard cheese (not something soft, like cream cheese). If that’s the case, you likely can still look forward to enjoying it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has a detailed fact sheet on mold online at http://bit.ly/moldonfood. Scroll down to the end and you’ll find a chart that lists all sorts of foods and what to do if you find mold on them. Fortunately, mold spores generally can’t penetrate deeply into hard cheese. So, just cut the mold off, at least one inch around...

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