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    Ohio 4-H Planning Two Campus-Based Science Camps

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For most kids, summer means a well-deserved extended break from school. "But it's so important to continue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the summer -- but to do it in a fun, hands-on way outside of the classroom," said Sally McClaskey, program coordinator with Ohio State University Extension's 4-H Youth Development program.  That's why she is coordinating two science camps for kids this summer -- a day camp and an overnight camp. Both will be hosted at Ohio State's Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, and are part of the science, technology, engineering and math offerings by OSU Extension's 4-H program. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food,...
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    Ohio State to Hold Produce Safety Workshops in Toledo, Dayton, Canfield

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program has three new workshops scheduled on good agricultural practices, or GAPs, for Ohio produce growers. The workshops, which are the same at each location, will teach ways to reduce the risk of food-borne illness from fresh produce. Organizers say a good understanding of GAPs has become especially important due to the Food and Drug Administration’s recently proposed new food safety rules. The instructors will be from Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), of which the safety program is a part. Among the workshops’ topics will be soil safety, water safety, worker training, worker hygiene, recordkeeping, traceability, good handling practices and...
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    EcoErek Collecting Denim at 2013 Scarlet and Gray Ag Day

    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...
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    Urban Kid Finds Calling, Career Path in World of Agriculture

    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...
  5. Chow Line: Dry kidney beans need to be boiled

    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....
  6. Spring Planting: Planting Corn During Optimal Time One Key in Getting Corn Planting Off to Good Start

      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...
  7. Ohio State Weed Specialist: Do Legwork to Stop Spread of Costly Herbicide-Resistant Weeds

    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...
  8. Ekrem Aksakal, a posdoctoral fellow at Ohio State, stands in front of miscanthus plots growing at the OSU South Centers at Piketon.

    Power Farming: Ohio State Tests Bioenergy Crops for Fuel, Combustion

    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...
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    Ohio State Named National Champion in Environmental March Madness Tournament

    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...
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    Ohio State Food, Ag, Env Calendar Listings as of April 5

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Here are upcoming events involving Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences as of April 5: April 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: ohiowoods@osu.edu 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...

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