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  1. Ohio State’s Rattan Lal Receives International Agriculture Award

    NANJING, China — Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at The Ohio State University, yesterday (Oct. 28) received the 2018 World Agriculture Prize from the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA). His work focuses on the ability of soil to address such global challenges as climate change, food security and water quality. The award honors Lal’s “exceptional and significant lifetime achievements” in the agricultural and life sciences, GCHERA officials said. It was presented in a ceremony at China’s Nanjing Agricultural University. Lal is a faculty member in Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), part of the College of...
  2. Tips and Events for the Week of Oct. 29

    Tip 1: Agricultural Outlook: The U.S.-China trade war and its effects on farmers will be one of the many topics at the 2018 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference on The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus on Nov. 2. The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE), part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), is sponsoring the event. The speakers will be AEDE faculty, CFAES leaders and members of Ohio’s agricultural community. Read a press release about the event at go.osu.edu/CdDz. Find the full list of topics and speakers and a link to register at go.osu.edu/CdDG. Tip 2: Edible Insects: Julie Lesnik of Detroit’s Wayne State University will present a seminar called “Edible Insects and...
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    Chow Line: How to Carve Pumpkins Safely

    Since I’m not crafty in the least bit, I don’t know the best way to carve a pumpkin. Can you help? Carving a pumpkin can be a fun, festive, fall family event — as long as you know what you’re doing. Even though pumpkins are a beautiful, tasty vegetable (or fruit, depending on who you ask), carving them can result in injuries if you aren’t careful. One thing to keep in mind is choosing the right pumpkin to carve. There are several kinds of pumpkins — some that you eat, and some that are typically used for carving, said Jenny Lobb, a Family and Consumer Sciences educator for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University (CFAES)....
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    New Ohio State App Helps Users Identify, Prevent and Control Bed Bugs

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Not sure if the dark speck that crawled across your desk at work was a bed bug? Wondering if the tiny insect you saw on the seat next to you at the movie theater or on the bus was a bed bug? How about that fleck you thought you saw on the corner of the mattress the last time you stayed in a hotel? A researcher at The Ohio State University has created a free new app to help you figure it out. Created by Susan Jones, a professor of entomology with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the Bed Bug Field Guide app comes complete with photos, descriptions and enough information for consumers to know, definitively, what bed bugs look like, where to find them, how to get rid of them and, most importantly, how to...
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    New App Helps Farmers Know When to Spray or Spread

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new app from The Ohio State University will help farmers save both money and the environment.  The Field Application Resource Monitor (FARM) uses advanced weather forecasting to advise farmers on when to apply fertilizers and pesticides so that they aren’t washed away by rain.   According to Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and project manager of FARM, it is much more than just a fancy weather app. “The app allows you to specify the location of your field in high resolution,” said Wilson. This means that the app can actually give specific forecasts for an area as small as 1.5 miles wide—allowing for incredibly accurate and...
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    Tips and Events for the Week of October 22

    Tip 1: ’Shrooms for the Taking in our Backyards and Woods. Fall is a great time not only for all things pumpkin spice, but for wild Ohio mushrooms as well. Erika Lyon, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Jefferson and Harrison counties, knows all about the fungi and lists her favorite mushroom groups to find during this time of year as the corals and jellies. She also warns that some white mushrooms look like button and meadow mushrooms, but are deadly if consumed. To chat about what kind of mushrooms you might find in your yard or the woods, contact Lyon at 740-264-2212 or lyon.194@osu.edu. OSU Extension offers a mushroom resource handbook titled Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and the Midwestern States. The handbook is $26.25 for a print copy and $8 for a PDF copy...
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    Chow Line: Newly Updated Foodkeeper App Helps Reduce Food Waste

    How do I know when an item of food is spoiled? That really depends on the food item in question. Food spoilage refers to a decrease in quality beyond what is acceptable to consumers, said Abby Snyder, an assistant professor and food safety field specialist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University (CFAES). Signs of food spoilage can include a change in color or texture. The food may also emit a foul odor or develop an unpleasant taste, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service.                                                       ...
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    Conference to Address Farm Income and Trade

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prices on goods sold in the United States are likely to increase as an extensive array of tariffs on foreign goods, particularly from China, remain in place, according to an agricultural economist with The Ohio State University. “I don’t think we’ve seen the full effects of the trade war yet,” said Ian Sheldon, who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The Trump administration first imposed a tariff on foreign steel and aluminum, then on a range of products from various countries including about 5,000 products made in China and sold in the United States. China and other countries have in turn raised tariffs on U.S. products sold...
  9. High yields on corn and soybeans, plus expected government payments, will help farmers contend with the slump in commodity prices. (Photo: Getty Images)

    High Yields and Aid Help Offset Low Commodity Prices

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Record-high crop yields and new government aid are expected to help insulate Ohio crop farmers from significant financial losses that would have occurred because of low commodity prices, according to a recent Ohio State University study. If net income for farms across Ohio this year follows the projected national trend, then it will decrease by 15 percent compared to last year’s total. But it could have been a whole lot worse. Fortunately, Ohio farmers, on average, are basking in high yields. The average yields of both soybeans and corn are projected to beat the state’s previous record highs. Soybeans, which are estimated to average 60 bushels per acre, are expected to top last year’s average by 19 percent, and the 190 bushel-per-acre...
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    Tips and Events for the Week of Oct. 15

    Tip 1: How to deal with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—The new tax law for both individuals and businesses is among the topics to be discussed during the Income Tax School workshop series offered throughout November and December by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. The annual series helps tax preparers learn about federal tax law changes and updates for this year, as well as issues they may encounter when filing individual and small business 2018 tax returns, said Barry Ward, director of the Income Tax School program. The tax schools are intermediate-level courses that focus on interpreting tax regulations and changes in tax laws to help tax preparers, accountants, financial planners and attorneys advise their clients, he...

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