News Releases

  1. Closeup of roses

    If You Want to Keep the Bloom on the Rose, Follow These Tips

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- On Valentine’s Day, everyone longs to speak those three little words: “Roses? For me?”  Whether you're the recipient or giver, you can prolong their beauty, said Teresa Lanker, assistant professor and coordinator of the floral design and marketing program at Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute. Her students devote an entire day in their Post-Harvest Flower Care class just to the care and handling of roses. If you’re the one buying the roses, your job starts with selection. Video (2:39): Ohio State ATI's Teresa Lanker gives tips on keeping roses fresh. “In the floral industry, we work hard to extend the vase life potential of flowers,” Lanker said. “Potential” is the operative...
  2. Chow Line: If food is recalled, find out details

    What’s the best thing to do when you hear a food that you’ve recently purchased is being recalled? First, find out why the product is being recalled. If it’s due to an undeclared food allergen, for example, and no one in your household suffers from that allergy, you don’t have to worry about it. However, if the recall is due to concern about foodborne illness and you haven’t yet eaten the product, you have two options. You can return the product to the store and ask for a refund, or you can throw it away. If you decide to dispose of it, do it in a way so you’re sure it won’t be consumed by anyone else. Also: It’s not a good idea to feed the recalled food to pets. They can get sick from the food just like you can. If you’ve already...
  3. Peace Corps Top Colleges logo

    Peace Corps: Ohio State Among Top 10 Volunteer-Producing Schools

    EDITOR: Much of the information in this news release comes from the Peace Corps. See the agency's official news release at www.peacecorps.gov. To see additional material provided by the Peace Corps, contact Martha Filipic at filipic.3@osu.edu. COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Ohio State University surged four places on the Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing schools, placing for the first time among the top 10 large universities, the international organization said yesterday (2/5). With 80 Ohio State graduates currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, an increase of nine volunteers over last year, the university now ranks No. 9 and "remains a solid source of alumni committed to making a difference at home and abroad," the Peace Corps said. Since...
  4. students in 2011 Culinary Science class

    Classes with a Taste of Science Tempt Buckeye Students

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Welcome to chocolate class. Or better yet, beer and wine 101. Ohio State University's Department of Food Science and Technology has plenty of standing-room-only courses to whet the appetite of students who, truth be told, may be looking for what they think will be an easy class to help make their semester coursework go down a little easier. "Students might take Chocolate Science or some of our other courses because they think they will be fun," said Sheryl Barringer, who originated Chocolate Science at Ohio State in 2007 and who currently serves as interim chair for the department, which is part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. "But we hope to get them interested in the field of food science, not necessarily to...
  5. The Spring Beekeeping Workshop drew a crowd of more than 1,000 last year.

    Beekeeping Workshop Brings National Experts to Wooster March 1-2

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- The largest educational beekeeping event of its kind in the U.S. will be held again in Wooster this year, March 1-2, featuring Ohio and national experts on queen bee rearing, pests and diseases of hives, and other issues impacting beekeeping and agricultural production. The 35th annual Spring Beekeeping Workshop, organized by the Tri-County Beekeepers Association Inc. of northern Ohio, will take place at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center's Fisher Auditorium and Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Last year, the event drew more than 1,000 attendees, making it the largest one-day beekeeping symposium or workshop in the country, said Joe Heider, president of the Tri-County...
  6. Ohio State University to Host Statewide Farm to School Conference March 13

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Educators, farmers, food producers, businesses and anyone else interested in creating or expanding a Farm to School program can learn from the experts on how to do so during a Farm to School conference March 13.  Ohio State University 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 continue 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.  Farm to School is a national program, which in Ohio is led by OSU Extension and is supported by numerous agencies,...
  7. Fresh blueberries and blackberries

    Produce Safety Training for Fruit, Vegetable Growers in Two Locations on March 11

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team will hold grower workshops in Zanesville and Newark on March 11. The topic of both programs is preventing microbial contamination on fruit and vegetable farms, including the use of Good Agricultural Practices, or GAPs. Speaking will be specialists from Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The times and locations: 1-4 p.m. in OSU University Extension’s Muskingum County office, 225 Underwood St., Zanesville. 6-9 p.m. in Hopewell Hall, Room 53, on Ohio State’s Newark campus, 1189 University Drive, Newark. Participants will receive a resource workbook, paper handouts and a certificate of...
  8. CANCELLED: USDA Chief Economist to Speak on Crop Insurance and World Trade Organization Feb. 12

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Joseph Glauber, chief economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will present “Crop Insurance and the World Trade Organization” Feb. 12 as part of a seminar series sponsored by Ohio State University’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE). The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, on Ohio State’s main campus in Columbus. As USDA’s chief economist, Glauber is responsible for the organization’s agricultural forecasts and projections and for advising the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on economic implications of alternative programs, regulations and legislative proposals. Glauber is also the...
  9. OSU Extension to Offer Tax Webinar Feb. 6 to Update Growers and Producers on Farm-related Tax Issues

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University Extension will host at Farm Tax Webinar Feb. 6 designed to help farmers and producers understand new tax laws and rules adapted after the so-called fiscal cliff legislation, organizers said. The two-hour program will offer updates on key issues pertinent to farmers, growers and producers, said Larry Gearhardt, director of the Ohio State University Income Tax School Program of OSU Extension. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “This webinar is so important because it’s an opportunity to explain to farmers and producers the changes in tax laws as a result of the ‘fiscal cliff’ legislation,” he said. “...
  10. Immigrant and seasonal workers, mostly Latinos, are vital to different sectors of Ohio agriculture, such as vegetable production.

    Immigration Reform Would Benefit Ohio Agriculture, But Some Producers See Downsides

    TOLEDO, Ohio -- Ohio agricultural producers who employ Latino immigrant workers would favor comprehensive immigration reform for several reasons, according to an Ohio State University Extension specialist on agricultural labor.   Francisco Espinoza, coordinator of OSU Extension's Agriculture and Horticulture Labor Education Program, said effective reform would afford producers a stable, legal workforce of experienced workers, plus newer workers should their operations expand.    "Replacing the current H2A guest worker program with a more workable, less expensive, less cumbersome visa program would move things in a positive direction for agricultural producers in Ohio," said Espinoza, who...

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