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    New App Lets You Report Invasive Species

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Now there’s a new tool for fighting alien invasions. Your smart phone. Ohio State University Extension has released a new app for spotting and tracking invasive species -- non-native organisms such as Asian carps, purple loosestrife and Asian longhorned beetle -- to try to keep them from setting up beachheads and hurting the economy and environment. By using the free Great Lakes Early Detection Network app, a person can take pictures of suspected invasive species -- whether of farm, forest or water -- and upload the pictures and locations for verification. Based on this early warning, scientists can send out alerts, map the spread and figure out a battle plan. Early detection gives us a greater chance of being able to handle infestations before they become...
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    OSU Extension: Producers Looking to Increase Calf Crop Value Could Turn to Surrogacy

    PIKETON, Ohio – Looking for a new way to add value to your calf crop? Try raising someone else’s calves instead of your own, an Ohio State University Extension beef expert said. Producers interested in maximizing income from their calf crop while controlling input costs can consider using their commercial cows as surrogate mothers to raise calves for other producers, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for OSU Extension. The process, which is called serving as a “cooperator herd,” allows a herd of commercial cows to function as surrogate mothers for another herd whose owner wants to produce additional calves from a desirable female through embryo transfer, he said. The concept can be profitable to all parties involved. “It’s one of the easiest ways...
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    Ohio Apple Crop: Smaller but More Flavorful

    WOOSTER, Ohio – Consumers may find that while the apple pickings in Ohio may be slimmer this year, the apple crop’s overall quality will be more flavorful, an Ohio State University Extension expert said. As a result of the extreme weather that the Buckeye state has experienced this year, including spring frosts, summer drought, extreme heat, high winds and hailstorms, the state’s apple crop this year is expected to be much smaller than in a typical year, said Diane Miller, an OSU Extension fruit-tree specialist. That means that while Ohio apples are available at markets and grocery stores, consumer will likely find a higher price tag on the shelves, she said. “Apple crops in Indiana, Michigan and northern Ohio are smaller this year,” Miller said. “No...
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    Interested in Renewable Energy? Nov. 8 Workshop in Wooster Has It All

    WOOSTER, Ohio -- Wind farms. Solar power. Biogas. Ohio is starting to embrace renewable energy. And you will have a chance to learn more about the opportunities and challenges of green energy generation Nov. 8 on the Wooster campus of Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). 

The 2012 Renewable Energy Workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at OARDC's Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Afternoon activities include tours of Wooster area green energy companies and projects. 

Registration (including lunch and materials) costs $40 before Nov. 2 and $50 after that date. The cost for college students is $20. To register, fill out the form available on the workshop's...
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    Shale Energy Community Education Workshop Planned for Nov. 10

    CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Ohio State University Extension is hosting a community education workshop on shale energy development on Nov. 10. "Shale and You: A Workshop for Landowners and Communities" will be held at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge, 1-6 p.m. Registration is $10 and must be received by Monday, Nov. 5, by the Guernsey County office of OSU Extension in Old Washington, Ohio. Registration forms with the office's address and other details can be downloaded (PDF) at or by going to and clicking on the "Shale and You" event under "Upcoming Extension Events." "What we hope to do is help landowners and community leaders make the best decisions possible,"...
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    Producers: Still Time to Eliminate Weeds in Hay and Pasture Fields

    WOODSFIELD, Ohio – Farmers looking to grow highly productive pastures and hay fields still have time to fight weeds in their fields to prevent reduced forage quality and quantity, an Ohio State University Extension expert said. Fall can be a good time to eliminate hard-to-control perennial weeds because many of the plants are feeding their root systems, which allows applied herbicide to reach the root system to effectively kill the weeds, said Mark Landefeld, an OSU Extension educator in Monroe County. “Farmers should monitor their fields regularly to identify weeds in their hay and pasture fields and deal with them in a timely manner,” he said.  “Not only can weeds decrease forage quality, but some can be invasive and reduce the tonnage of the forage that...
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    OSU South Centers to Host Pumpkin Field Night

    PIKETON, Ohio -- Learn the tricks of the trade for growing quality pumpkins during Ohio State University South Center’s Pumpkin Field Night Oct. 18. Whether you are a backyard grower or a commercial producer, this event offers the latest information for all pumpkin growers, an Ohio State University Extension expert said. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. at OSU South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, Piketon. Registration is $5 per person. The tour is part of OSU South Centers' Third Thursday Horticulture and Business Training Series. OSU Extension horticulturist Brad Bergefurd will walk attendees through pumpkin fields and provide tips and techniques for growing and managing pumpkin production. Ohio State’s new Pumpkin and Floral Strip trial is...
  8. Jeff Schultheis of Bio100 inside a car holding a seat rest.

    'An Ohio State Story': Lab Idea Yields 60 Local Jobs, New Green Industry

    MANSFIELD, Ohio -- Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee liked what he saw at the Mansfield, Ohio, factory: a syrupy mixture made from crop and biodiesel-processing wastes being turned into polyurethane foam. But he was more fascinated by the story of how this factory came to be: an Ohio State scientist’s lab idea transformed by an Ohio startup into local jobs and a new green industry. Gee toured the manufacturing facility of Bio100 Technologies on Wednesday (10/3) to celebrate the success of a partnership in which university knowledge and entrepreneurship have found the right balance -- just like the formula that yielded a chunk of bio-foam right in front of his eyes. He was joined by U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (Ohio...
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    OSU Farm Policy Expert: Not Surprising Farm Bill Expired Before New Bill Passed

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2008 Farm Bill expired this week, a move that was not unexpected by many in the industry, an Ohio State University farm policy expert said. It’s not surprising the 2012 Farm Bill didn’t pass before the current farm bill expired in such a politically divided Congress, which in turn reflects a divided country and a divided farm bill constituency, said Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economics professor at Ohio State and a farm policy expert. And the drought of 2012,which is one of the worst in the last 50 years, may have played a role in the bill’s failure to pass, he said. “The drought didn’t begin until relatively late into the (farm bill debate) process,” Zulauf said. “Disagreement may exist as to what kind of disaster...
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    Ohio State Food, Ag, Env Calendar Listings as of Oct. 3

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Here are upcoming events involving Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences as of Oct. 3: October NEW: Oct. 3: “Climate Change: Glaciers, People and Options.” Web-based seminar, noon to 1 p.m. Speaker is Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist with the Byrd Polar Research Center, both at Ohio State. Sponsored by Ohio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team. Free. Information, registration: NEW: Oct. 3: Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program, 6 to 9 p.m., Urban Community School, 4909 Lorain Ave., Cleveland. Food safety and Good Agricultural Practices, or GAPs, for fruit and vegetable production are...