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    Course to Teach Science of Large-scale Composting

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- The Ohio Compost Operator Education Course will take place March 26-27 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the composting process and the means to address operational issues at large-scale compost facilities. The instructors will be facility design engineers, compost industry regulatory personnel, commercial compost facility operators, marketing experts, and scientists from OARDC, which is the research arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Hours are 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 26 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27 in OARDC’s Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Registration is $175 for members of...
  2. OSU South Centers to Host Farmers Market Conference March 11-12

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers, growers, farmers market managers, vendors and anyone else interested in farmers markets can learn tips for increasing a customer base, determine how to prepare for a disaster and get updates on key food safety regulations during a Farmers Market Conference March 11-12, organizers said. Ohio State University South Centers will host the statewide conference as part of an effort to continue to offer new ideas, best practices and information to and from Ohio’s farmers markets and vendors, said Christie Welch, farmers market specialist at OSU South Centers at Piketon.  The conference will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on Ohio State’s main campus in Columbus. OSU South Centers is...
  3. Conference to Help Small Farm Owners ‘Open Doors to Success’

      WILMINGTON, Ohio -- Small farm owners who want to learn more about how to make their farms work better for them by increasing profits, increasing marketing efforts, expanding operations, or adding new educational or agritainment amenities can attend workshops and presentations on these and more issues during a small farm conference on March 8-9 in Wilmington, Ohio. The "Opening Doors to Success" conference and trade show is designed to help producers learn more tips, techniques and methods and to increase their awareness to make their small farm operations more successful, which can lead to increased farm profits, said Tony Nye, an Ohio State University Extension educator. "This intensive conference will provide participants the opportunity to choose from a...
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    Some Health Benefits Of Berries May Not Make It Past Your Mouth

    Editor: This story was released earlier today from Ohio State University's Office of Research and Innovation Communications. COLUMBUS, Ohio – Research has suggested that compounds that give colorful fruits their rich hues, especially berries, promote health and might even prevent cancer. But for the first time, scientists have exposed extracts from numerous berries high in those pigments to human saliva to see just what kinds of health-promoting substances are likely to survive and be produced in the mouth. It’s too early to name the best berry for health promotion based on this initial work. But the researchers have discovered that two families of pigments that provide berries with their colors, called anthocyanins, are more susceptible to degradation in the mouth than...
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    Ohio State Food, Ag, Env Calendar Listings as of Jan. 28

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Here are upcoming events involving Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences as of Jan. 28: January NEW: Jan. 29: Beef Cattle School, 7 p.m. at multiple locations around Ohio; also can be viewed on Internet. First program in three-part series continuing Feb. 26, March 19. Topic is how crossbreeding can boost cattle producers’ profits and how genetic selection tools have contributed to de-emphasis of heterosis. Registration fee may vary by location; $25 advance registration fee for Internet viewing. Information: http://go.osu.edu/RXv. Registration:
 grimes.1@osu.edu or 740-289-2071. NEW: Jan. 30: Discount registration deadline for Ohio Grape and Wine Conference Feb. 18...
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    Chow Line: Fight against flu bug with healthy diet

    I’m trying to do all I can to avoid getting the flu this season. Is there anything in particular I should include in my diet that could help? When it comes to avoiding the flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the best actions you can take are to get vaccinated with the flu shot; take everyday precautions against the spread of germs, such as avoiding contact with sick people and washing your hands thoroughly and often; and, if you get the flu, see your doctor quickly (within two days of becoming ill) and ask about taking antiviral drugs to treat the illness. A healthy, balanced diet won’t prevent you from being exposed to the flu virus, but it can help boost your immune system to help you fight off the flu virus and other illnesses. Recently, the Academy...
  7. OSU Extension Conference Offers Education and Support for Conservation Tillage, March 5-6

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – When it became apparent that the dry spell many Ohio growers were experiencing last year would become the worst drought in 50 years, David Brandt wasn’t worried about how well corn and soybeans on his 1,150-acre farm would fare.  The Carroll, Ohio farmer instead relied upon a natural form of insurance that left the soils in his fields protected against the devastating effects of the record heat and drought that decimated many farmers nationwide in 2012.  Using conservation tillage methods such as no-till and planting cover crops including radishes and Austrian winter peas in 15-inch alternating rows, as well as an eight-species cover crop blend, allowed the ground temperatures on his farm to remain in a healthy range of 80 to 90 degrees...
  8. Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council Conference is Feb. 8

      REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – While the drought of 2012 was an extreme example of dry conditions during a growing season, it was not an anomaly, meaning producers have to be prepared to deal with periods of dry conditions as part of their annual management plans, an Ohio State University Extension specialist said. Tips and techniques of how to do so will be discussed by experts in the field from OSU Extension and regional and national experts during a day-long conference hosted by the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council Feb. 8. The event is designed to help provide information for producers on how to make their pastures and forage crops more resilient and higher yielding, said Mark Sulc, an OSU Extension forage specialist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of...
  9. OSU Researchers Working to Increase Blackberry and Raspberry Production in Ohio

      PIKETON, Ohio – Researchers with Ohio State University Extension are in the midst of a multi-year project studying alternative planting methods to help Ohio growers increase the production of two small, increasingly popular fruits that many health experts hail as “superfoods.” The demand for blackberries and raspberries has exploded in recent years thanks to consumers who covet the tiny sweet fruits for their many health benefits, said Gary Gao, an OSU Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at the OSU South Centers at Piketon. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. And with the growing consumer demand for more locally grown, healthy foods, farmers who are able to increase...
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    OSU Extension Hosts Shale Workshop for Landowners Feb. 23

    CANFIELD, Ohio -- Landowners interested in shale energy development may want to attend an Ohio State University Extension workshop on Feb. 23. "Shale and You: A Workshop for Landowners" will be held at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield, 1-5:30 p.m. Registration is $15. Materials and refreshments will be guaranteed to those whose registrations arrive at the OSU Extension Ag Law's office in Columbus by Feb. 18. The registration form with the office's address and other details is available at http://shalegas.osu.edu. Click on the "Shale and You" event under "Upcoming Extension Events." "We held a similar workshop in Cambridge last November, and those who attended said they got a lot out of it," said...

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