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  1. Saddle and Sirloin members

    Saddle & Sirloin hosts inaugural cattle show

    The Ohio State University’s Saddle and Sirloin Club rang in the new year in a big way, hosting their inaugural Saddle and Sirloin Spectacular cattle show on December 29-31 at Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville. During the livestock show, youth were awarded grand champion through 5th overall in both market and breeding shows. While no animals were sold, all event proceeds went to fund the continuation of the show. While the 114 student members of Saddle and Sirloin are no strangers to livestock show management and have facilitated youth opportunities frequently, this is the first year for its cattle show. The successful show ran nearly 400 head (193 breeding heifers and 194 market animals) through two rings. Show chairs and Department of Animal...
  2. Roger High and Dean Cathann Kress

    Award recognizes CFAES partnership with Ohio sheep industry

    Cathann Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), was recently named a Friend of the Ohio Sheep Industry. The recognition was presented at the 2023 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium, held in December at the CFAES Wooster campus, from the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program (OSWP).  “In CFAES, we strive to develop partnerships that are transformational, increasing opportunities for meaningful participation from our stakeholders and alumni, and creating additional pathways for lifelong learning,” said Kress. “Our partnership with OSIA and OSWP is enduring – together, we prepare the next generation...
  3. Economic Outlook and Policy Webinar Series

    COLUMBUS, OH—The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) annual Economic Outlook and Policy Webinar Series topics and dates for spring 2024 have been officially announced. What are the key international issues with grain marketing in 2024? Do renewable energy needs ask too much of rural Americans? Uncertainty and rising prices have become fixtures in our financial and economic decision-making as of late. This uncertainty and unrest have far-reaching impacts on not just our wallets, but also on the very environment in which we live. Join our expert economists each month for insights and ideas on key food sector, energy sector, economic development, and environmental...
  4. Tanya Berger-Wolf, Amy Ando

    How technology and economics can help save endangered species

    A lot has changed in the world since the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted 50 years ago in December 1973. Two researchers at The Ohio State University were among a group of experts invited by the journal Science to discuss how the ESA has evolved and what its future might hold. Tanya Berger-Wolf, faculty director of Ohio State’s Translational Data Analytics Institute, led a group that wrote on “Sustainable, trustworthy, human-technology partnership.”  Amy Ando, professor and chair of the university’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, wrote on “Harnessing economics for effective implementation.” Berger-Wolf and her colleagues wrote, “We are in the middle of a mass...
  5. Photo: CFAES

    Ohio State Maple Syrup available

    MANSFIELD, Ohio—Still pondering which gift to give to that hard-to-shop-for friend? Are you a Buckeyes fan looking for a unique item to add to your collection? Or, maybe you’re someone who wants pure, fresh maple syrup to go with your breakfast tomorrow morning? If so, The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) may just have the perfect thing for you—Ohio State Maple Syrup. It comes from The Ohio State University at Mansfield, where students and faculty with CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) run a nearly 20-acre sugarbush. A sugarbush is a maple tree forest used to produce maple syrup. Now in its fifth year of production, the official Ohio State-branded syrup sales proceeds support...
  6. Chieri Kubota, Jeff Firkins, and Lingying Zhao

    CFAES names its Distinguished Professors

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has named Chieri Kubota, Jeff Firkins, and Lingying Zhao as its 2023–2024 Distinguished Professors of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The honorific title, selected annually on a competitive basis among members at the rank of full professor, recognizes excellent work and significant impact in teaching, research, outreach, and engagement.  “We congratulate these outstanding faculty members, and all of the nominees, for their impactful contributions—to their fields, to their students, to our college, university, and the public,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and CFAES dean....
  7. Chris Zoller (l) and Eric Barrett

    Zoller and Barrett Named to Interim OSU Extension Positions

    Ohio State University Extension has announced the appointment of Extension professionals Eric Barrett and Chris Zoller to state-level interim positions. Barrett will serve as interim assistant dean of OSU Extension and associate chair of the Department of Extension, effective Nov. 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024, or until the permanent position is filled. Zoller will serve as interim assistant director for agriculture and natural resources, effective Dec. 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024, or until the permanent position is filled. In his new role, Barrett will oversee the administrative and professional promotion process and the faculty promotion and tenure process, as well as supporting faculty affairs for OSU Extension, which is housed in The Ohio State University College of...
  8. Students working in the ATI Feed Mill.

    Ohio State ATI adds new certificate program

    Starting autumn semester 2024, Ohio State ATI in Wooster will offer a new 9-month certificate program in feed mill operations to meet a growing demand in animal agriculture. It is the only program of its kind in Ohio. According to The American Feed Industry Association, there are more than 5,800 animal food manufacturing facilities in the United States which provide more than 944,000 jobs. Students enrolled in the certificate program will take classes in the feeding and nutrition of horses, swine, small ruminants, and dairy and beef cattle. They will also study feed mill operations, quality assurance, and feed technology, formulation, and safety. The state-of-the-art feed mill located on the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)...
  9. Family at a Christmas tree farm

    The real tale of a real Christmas tree

    Let’s assume that you and your significant other have already hashed out the real vs. fake Christmas tree debate. If the real tree won, raise a glass of eggnog to that! Nothing says happy holidays quite like the amazing scent of a live tree in your house. And, if you cut down your tree on an Ohio Christmas tree farm, you’re helping to support local farmers, many of whom have been growing trees on family farms for generations. It’s probably no shock, but choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree guarantees the freshest tree possible and can be a great family holiday tradition when you hike out in the fields to pick your perfect tree. Christmas trees are even a sustainable resource since they clean the air, and the tree farms are usually on land that's...
  10. 2023 OSU Livestock Judging Team

    Livestock Judging Team finishes strong in successful season

    The Livestock Judging Team at the Ohio State University wrapped up its 2023 season at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville. Seniors Ryan Michael, Morgan Price, Sarah Belmonte, Ellie Shaw, Dawson Osborn and Stephen Parthemore – all animal sciences majors – left NAILE as the 13th High Team in the senior college competition. Other notable fall finishes for the team include second High Team overall (first in placings, second in reasons) at the Purdue Boilermaker Classic, third High Team (High Team in swine) at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and 12th High Team overall at the American Royal in Kansas City. Ryan Michael also placed in the top 20, earning the position of 19th High Individual...

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