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    School for Trees: Sign Up by Monday (5/13) (UPDATE)

    Note: The workshop's signup deadline has been extended from May 10 to May 13. MANSFIELD, Ohio -- Curious about Ohio’s top 10 landscape trees? Want to learn how to keep deer from eating your plants? Or learn how to fight kudzu, keep honey bees, make maple syrup, identify mushrooms, attract pollinators, and know the difference between sensible and senseless pruning? These are just a few of the topics to be taught at Ohio State University’s first-ever Tree School May 18. The program offers 20 sessions on topics that also include farm uses of wood, the right way to plant a tree, identifying Ohio’s tree species and “Weird Things in Your Woods,” such as the colorfully named beech aphid poop-eater. Organizers say the first-time event is for anyone...
  2. The blacklegged deer tick is quite small compared to the ticks most people are familiar with.

    Out for Blood: Ticks, Lyme Disease Cases on the Rise in Ohio

    May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. As ticks begin to emerge with warmer weather, learn how to protect yourself, family and pets. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Warmer weather is finally here and with the rising temperatures comes the emergence of ticks that may carry dangerous diseases, and are now looking to feed.   "Ticks will be out looking for a blood meal," said Glen Needham, an entomologist and tick expert withOhio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the university'sCollege of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. "We want people to understand there's a risk of getting sick from tick bites when they are outdoors, and that there are things they can do to keep themselves,...
  3. OARDC researcher Daral Jackwood is the founder and scientific adviser of LARAD Inc. (Photo by Ken Chamberlain)

    OARDC Researcher's Invention Leads to High-Tech Animal Disease Vaccine, Diagnostics Company

    Unique startup established at BioHio Research Park, seeks investors. WOOSTER, Ohio -- Patented technology developed at Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) has led to the creation of a startup company for the production of diagnostic tools and vaccines to combat poultry and livestock diseases. LARAD Inc. is the result of Ohio State research conducted by Daral Jackwood, a professor in OARDC's Food Animal Health Research Program. OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. "LARAD Inc. is also the first OARDC spinout into the BioHio Research Park," said Shauna R. Brummet,...
  4. Hardwood trees

    Forest Industry Brings Green to Ohio’s Economy: Details in New Fact Sheet Series

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When a tree falls -- is felled -- in a forest in Ohio, it supports a $22-billion-a-year industry and more than 100,000 jobs. And is replaced by more than two trees worth of new growth. So says an Ohio State University specialist who is documenting the green that grows in the state’s woods. Eric McConnell, a forest operations and products specialist in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), is researching and writing a series of fact sheets on the economic impact of Ohio’s forest industry, which includes timber, logging, paper, wood products and furniture manufacturing. His goal, he said, is to help landowners, businesspeople and regulators make informed decisions about the industry. “Sustainably...
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    Ohio Study Shows How Shoreline Anglers Value Lake Erie Fishing

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lake Erie shoreline anglers – those who fish from shore locations like docks and jetties instead of boats – value their fishing at an annual average of $13.5 million, according to a recent study completed by Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Shoreline anglers also spend an additional $1.1 million a year in communities near their fishing destinations. “Shoreline angling is only one small part of Ohio’s Lake Erie fishery,” said Frank Lichtkoppler, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist. “But we believe it was important to get a measurement of the value of this little-studied segment of the fishery, and we found willing research partners with...
  6. Conservation Reserve Program Workshops are June 13 and 14

      MARYSVILLE, Ohio – Growers and landowners can learn how to develop a Conservation Reserve Program plan and how to manage CRP contracts during workshops June 12 and 13 offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Readiness Initiative. The workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union County Services Center, 940 London Ave. in Marysville. They are part of the CRP Readiness Initiative, a nationwide effort to train conservation professionals and independent consultants to provide the planning, implementation and management services associated with the CRP, said Kevin Erb, CRP Readiness Initiative co-director and a certified crop advisor. While especially relevant to the more than 400 professionals who have already...
  7. Chow Line: Think food safety with microwave

    Some people at work keep their frozen food entrees in the refrigerator until lunchtime, even though the packages say they should remain frozen until heating. Is this safe? No, you can’t assume that it is. Frozen food entrees and snack items carry safe food handling and cooking instructions designed to prevent foodborne illness. Consumers should follow these instructions carefully. Most frozen convenience foods are not ready-to-eat and must be properly cooked first. Some people think freezing food will destroy bacteria that can cause illness, but that’s not true. Freezing temperatures can prevent or slow bacteria from multiplying, but they’re not dead. And they can raise their ugly head when you heat the food and put it in your mouth. It’s uncommon for frozen...
  8. Allison Whitaker enjoys her time on a farm in Australia, one of the most popular study abroad destinations among CFAES students.

    Study Abroad Numbers Double at Ohio State's College of Food, Ag, Env Sciences

    80 students get ready to travel to five destinations this May. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is reaching a milestone at the end of this school year: doubling the number of students participating in study abroad programs compared to last year.   During the 2012-2013 academic cycle, the number of students participating in CFAES-sponsored study abroad programs together with CFAES students participating in other international study opportunities reached 316, up from the 156 students who participated in such programs during the 2011-2012 year.   The college is committed to promoting the importance of international travel as...
  9. Ohio State Entomologists on the Hunt for Lady Beetles in Ohio

      WOOSTER, Ohio – Ohio State University entomologists are trying to determine how many “homegrown” lady beetles are in Ohio compared to the number of exotic lady beetles in the Buckeye state and are asking Ohio farmers, gardeners and homeowners for assistance. Mary Gardiner, an entomologist with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, is conducting the Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz as part of an effort to recruit some 200 Ohio farmers, gardeners and homeowners to volunteer to collect data on lady beetles in their farms, gardens and backyards and report their findings to use for research efforts.  “Many types of native lady beetles are declining in Ohio, while the introductions of exotic non-native species of lady...
  10. Multidisciplinary Team Research Award

    Clean Greens: Ohio State Produce Safety Team Bags Award

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio State University research team yesterday (4/25) won the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Multi-disciplinary Team Research Award for its efforts to reduce foodborne illnesses caused by fresh produce. The award, which is given every three years, honors research excellence by teams comprised of OARDC scientists from a range of fields. OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The team, which is called the Vegetable Safety Research and Extension Program, studies how produce gets contaminated in the first place, then uses that knowledge to develop new control methods that are science-based, affordable, socially acceptable and environmentally sustainable...

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