COLUMBUS, Ohio—Erek Hansen, also known as “EcoErek,” will be collecting used denim at the 2013 Micki Zartman Scarlet and Gray Ag Day on April 19 on the campus of Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences for his national recycling initiative.
Hansen, a 12-year-old of Curtice, Ohio, hosts denim drives in order to recycle the material into UltraTouch Denim Insulation (http://www.CottonFromBluetoGreen.org). More recently, he has also started collecting athletic shoes for reuse and recycling through USAgain (http://www.usagain.com).
Hansen has collected denim items at Scarlet and Gray Ag Day since 2010. Last year, he received just over 500 pairs, which helped him reach 10,000 pairs of jeans overall. He hopes to...
Ohio State student's story shows the reach of College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences programs across rural and urban Ohio.
WOOSTER, Ohio -- How does an urban kid with no background in agriculture discover a love for plants and a professional interest in horticulture? For Cleveland native Josh Henry, it started with a gardening class in elementary school.
A greenhouse and nursery management major at Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI), Henry was a fourth-grader at Benjamin Franklin Elementary in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood when he attended a gardening course offered by the Cuyahoga County Master Gardener Volunteer program.
The Master Gardener...
A few weeks ago, I soaked some dry kidney beans to prepare them for some chili. My sister told me that before adding them to the chili, I should boil them to make sure the beans wouldn’t make us sick. I did, but was that really necessary?
You’ve got a knowledgeable sister. Many people don’t know the risk posed by dry red kidney beans when they’re not cooked properly.
The problem isn’t bacteria, but something called “phytohaemagglutinin,” also called PHA, or kidney bean lectin. Lectin is a type of protein that performs all sorts of functions in both plants and animals. But some types of lectin, including this one, can be toxic at high levels.
If this lectin isn’t destroyed by thorough cooking, you’ll be sorry. According to the U.S....
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Growers who want to get their corn crop out to a good start this year should make sure they get it planted during the optimal corn planting time, which in some parts of Ohio typically starts as early this week, an Ohio State University Extension expert said.
Getting corn planted in southern Ohio between April 10 and May 10 and in northern Ohio between April 15 and May 10 -- the optimal planting times for corn in Ohio -- is just one of several key measures growers can take to better ensure they avoid irreversible mistakes that could result in lower yield potential, said Peter Thomison, an OSU Extension agronomist.
OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences...
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio growers, agribusinesses and Ohio State University weed scientists will need to work over the next decade to prevent a weed known to many cotton and soybean farmers in the South as “pigweed on steroids” from further expansion in Ohio, an Ohio State University Extension expert said.
Palmer amaranth, which is a glyphosate-resistant weed that has wreaked havoc for Southern U.S. growers, has been spotted in a large field near Portsmouth in extreme southern Ohio and potentially in a site just south of Columbus, said Mark Loux, an OSU Extension weed specialist.
OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The concern is that this weed, which has had...
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- All across Ohio, a variety of grasses, shrubs and trees are being grown and analyzed to see how well they can produce something that is always in high demand: energy.
For the past few years, researchers with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) have been evaluating a number of so-called "bioenergy crops" for their suitability to different regions of the state, their biomass yield and their potential to become value-added crops for farmers.
"These crops can grow on marginal land and will not take away good land from food production," said Rafiq Islam, a soil, water and bioenergy specialist with Ohio State University...
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Big 10 may not have prevailed in the national college basketball championship, but today The Ohio State University was named national champion in the second annual Environmental March Madness tournament.
The competition is sponsored by Enviance Inc. in partnership with GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics.
Organizers said Ohio State's demonstrated excellence in environmental academics and sustainability, as well as outstanding student and faculty engagement in the tournament, were the reasons it beat out three other universities in the tournament's "Finest Four": Colorado State University, George Mason University and the University of Washington.
"We are very excited to be recognized as national champion and are especially proud of our exceptional...
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Here are upcoming events involving Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences as of April 5:
NEW: April 5-6: Cool-Season Annual Sale, April 5 from 4-6 p.m., April 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Chadwick Arboretum, 2001 Fyffe Court, Ohio State University, Columbus. Cash or check only. Free admission. Information: 614-688-3479.
NEW: April 5: Registration deadline for Your Woods, Water and Wildlife workshop April 13 in Bucyrus. $35. Register online at http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu. Information: email@example.com or 614-688-3421.
April 5: Registration deadline for Landscaping for Wildlife workshop April 10 in Sharon Center. Workshop by Ohio State University Extension’s Ohio Woodland Stewards...
What does vitamin D do? How much of it do we need?
Vitamin D plays a wide variety of roles. For one thing, it helps the body absorb calcium, which builds strong bones and prevents osteoporosis. Vitamin D’s effect is significant: If you don’t get enough, your body absorbs only 10 to 15 percent of the calcium you consume. With vitamin D, absorption jumps to 30 to 40 percent.
In addition, muscles, nerves, the immune system and many other bodily functions all require vitamin D to do their jobs properly.
The recommended amount of vitamin D for most people is 600 IU (international units) per day. Infants up to 12 months need less, 400 IU, and adults 71 or older need more, 800 IU.
How do you know if you’re getting enough? It’s not easy. Fortunately, nearly all milk in...
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 2013 Micki Zartman Scarlet and Gray Ag Day will be held April 19 at Ohio State University to demonstrate to youth in central Ohio how agriculture will be the underlying solution to many of the world’s dilemmas.
Scarlet and Gray Ag Day (SGAD) is a one-day educational outreach program on the campus of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The event strives to educate central-Ohio elementary students about agriculture through hands-on laboratory activities.
This year’s theme is AgROUND the World. Agriculture offers solutions to alleviating world hunger, say the event's organizers, who hope SGAD participants gain an appreciation for agriculture around the world and realize the impact of agriculture in...