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  1. Agricultural Economists: U.S. Dairy Margin Insurance Programs Offer Pros, Cons

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The two competing margin insurance programs being debated as part of the dairy subtitle of the 2013 Farm Bill both offer pros and cons for dairy farmers, based on the individual farm characteristics, according to a pair of Ohio State University agricultural economists. In a new report released last week, Cameron Thraen, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE) in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and doctoral student John Newton, discuss the two programs to provide clarification and insight into both without taking a side on either. The report takes an in-depth look at the Dairy Security Act, with its margin insurance paired with a dairy market...
  2. OSU Expert: Now’s the Time to Scout for Alfalfa Weevil in Ohio

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Now’s the time for growers in southern and central Ohio to start scouting for alfalfa weevil. Northern Ohio field crop growers should prepare to start scouting for the pest by next week, said an entomologist with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The pest, known to cause significant alfalfa damage in both its adult and larvae stages, typically starts showing up in southern Ohio first, slowly progressing its way to northern Ohio fields, said Ron Hammond, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist. This winter’s relatively warmer days have contributed to the pests’ damage potential, said Hammond, who also has an appointment with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU...
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    Ohio State Food, Ag, Env Calendar Listings as of April 22, 2013

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Here are upcoming events involving Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences as of April 22: April NEW: April 23: Produce Safety Training, 6-9 p.m., OSU Extension Montgomery County, 1001 South Main St., Dayton. Workshop on preventing microbial contamination on fruit and vegetable farms, including the use of Good Agricultural Practices. Registration $10. To register or for information: mills-wasniak.1@osu.edu, 937-224-9654 or http://producesafety.osu.edu/events. April 24: Guided Spring Walk, 2-3:30 p.m., Secrest Arboretum, Seaman Orientation Plaza, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. Information: cochran.7@osu.edu or 330-464-2148. NEW: April 25:...
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    Family Fundamentals: Trouble talking to teen? Try some of these ideas (April 2013)

    We have a teenage daughter who seems to be withdrawing. We barely talk. I’m worried about what will happen when she deals with a stressful situation. If we can’t talk about everyday stuff, how will we talk when it’s really important? Communicating with teenagers, whether they’re girls or boys, can feel like an exercise in frustration. But it doesn’t have to be. And you’re right, the better you are at communicating with each other on a normal, day-to-day basis, the easier it will be to talk about serious issues when they arise. First, you should realize that it’s perfectly normal for teens to withdraw emotionally from their parents. The teen years are when people develop a sense of independence and self-awareness. At the same time, teens need to...
  5. Chow Line: Boost health with more fiber

    I’m trying to add more fiber in my diet, but I’m not sure how much I need or if it matters what type of fiber it is. Can you fill me in? The amount of fiber you need varies a bit, depending on your age and gender. The 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans lists these goals for adults: Ages 19 to 30: 28 grams per day for women; 34 grams for men. Ages 31 to 50: 25 grams for women; 31 grams for men. Ages 51 and older: 22 grams for women, 28 grams for men. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t get nearly enough fiber. And that’s too bad, because research continues to show fiber’s benefits. For example, a study published online in advance of the May 2013 issue of the journal Stroke indicates that for every 7-gram increase in daily fiber...
  6. Ohio State Strawberry Workshop is May 16

    PIKETON, Ohio – Strawberry growers can learn about new production methods and techniques during an Ohio State University strawberry plasticulture workshop May 16 that can help them extend their growing season and boost on-farm profits. The workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, 1864 Shyville Road. Registration is $5. The centers are part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The workshop will feature Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). Bergefurd will discuss the plasticulture production method, in which strawberries are planted in September and grow over the winter using...
  7. 2012 Drought Could Mean Larger Soybean Seeds for 2013 Growing Season

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – As soybean growers go into the 2013 planting season, they may find that many soybean seeds are larger than normal, a lingering impact from the 2012 drought, said an expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). On average, 2,500 individual soybean seeds constitute a pound, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grain specialist with the college’s outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension. But considering that dry conditions during seed fill followed by August and September rains can result in larger than normal seeds, growers could find instances where 1,700 seeds constitute a pound, she said. Last year’s drought conditions plus late-season rains expedited the growth of soybean plants...
  8. Entomologist Offers Guidance on Controlling Slugs in No-till Soybean, Corn Fields

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Crop growers should take extra precautions to scout their fields this spring for slugs to try to get control of these plant feeders before they attack corn and soybean plants and cause feeding injury, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist said.  Ron Hammond, who also has an appointment with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, offers his guidance in videos posted on the Plant Management Network, a nonprofit publisher of science-based crop management information for growers, consultants and other applied audiences. Hammond is a featured speaker for April on the feeding injury that gray garden slugs can cause to corn and soybean crops.  OSU Extension and OARDC are the statewide outreach and research arms, respectively, of...
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    Ohio 4-H Planning Two Campus-Based Science Camps

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For most kids, summer means a well-deserved extended break from school. "But it's so important to continue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the summer -- but to do it in a fun, hands-on way outside of the classroom," said Sally McClaskey, program coordinator with Ohio State University Extension's 4-H Youth Development program.  That's why she is coordinating two science camps for kids this summer -- a day camp and an overnight camp. Both will be hosted at Ohio State's Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, and are part of the science, technology, engineering and math offerings by OSU Extension's 4-H program. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food,...
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    Ohio State to Hold Produce Safety Workshops in Toledo, Dayton, Canfield

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program has three new workshops scheduled on good agricultural practices, or GAPs, for Ohio produce growers. The workshops, which are the same at each location, will teach ways to reduce the risk of food-borne illness from fresh produce. Organizers say a good understanding of GAPs has become especially important due to the Food and Drug Administration’s recently proposed new food safety rules. The instructors will be from Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), of which the safety program is a part. Among the workshops’ topics will be soil safety, water safety, worker training, worker hygiene, recordkeeping, traceability, good handling practices and...

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