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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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. “...
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...
With Valentine’s Day approaching, can you tell me more about the health benefits of chocolate and red wine?
First, a word of caution: Don’t let positive news about foods and beverages that you enjoy give you an excuse to go on a bender. While there is some promising research on dark chocolate and red wine, overindulging on them would undermine the possibility of reaping benefits.
With that said, you might want to take a look at a Chow Line column from last year, “Jury still out on chocolate’s benefits,” online at http://go.osu.edu/choc. The bottom line: Flavonoids in very dark chocolate may improve the function of blood vessels, but the sugar and saturated fat it contains could cause other problems for the cardiovascular system. So, enjoy dark chocolate,...
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two Ohio State University programs will host an Organic Animal Health Symposium on March 18 in Columbus.
The event’s focus will be on the health of livestock in organic farming systems. Included will be discussions of practices and of needs in future research and education.
Among the speakers will be university faculty and experts from the organic industry.
The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus.
Admission is free and open to anyone interested in organic farming and livestock health, including scientists, Extension professionals, veterinary practitioners, farmers and consumers. Lunch is included. But advance registration is required by March 11 due...
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...