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  1. Lake Erie is among the bodies of water in Ohio affected by phosphorus runoff from farm fields. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Attracting more farmers to participate in water quality efforts

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Skepticism, more than anything else, is keeping farmers from changing how they apply fertilizer to their fields, according to a behavioral scientist at The Ohio State University. Many farmers question whether the conservation measures they are being asked to do, such as applying fertilizer underground rather than on the surfaces of fields, will actually improve water quality in Lake Erie, said Robyn Wilson, a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). And they also question whether they can carry out those measures on their farms, particularly small farms that typically have less equipment and fewer workers and financial resources than larger farms have, Wilson said. So, offering farmers more evidence about the link...
  2. News tips and events for the week of Aug. 26

    Tip 1: Biosystems workshop in Sidney: The 2019 Advanced Biosystems Workshop, “Bioprocessing and Commercialization,” takes place Sept. 10 in Sidney, Ohio, co-sponsored The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the Ohio Soybean Council. Featured will be six presentations by industry and university experts on topics related to bioprocessing, which is the turning of biological materials such as farm crops into useful products. See the Sept. 10 listing below for more information, or contact CFAES scientist Ajay Shah, the event’s co-organizer, at shah.971@osu.edu, 330-263-3858. Tip 2: Algal bloom conference in Toledo: The fourth annual Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science conference—...
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    Farm Science Review media credentials available

    LONDON, Ohio—This year’s Farm Science Review, set for Sept. 17–19 offers numerous events, exhibits, and presentations of interest to members of the media. The annual farm show, sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) takes place at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. Media members will need tickets to get in and parking passes for the news media lot. For those, please email Sherrie Whaley, media relations coordinator, at whaley.3@osu.edu on or before Sept. 2. Please provide in the email your name, title, organization, and contact information; how many tickets and parking passes you need and any special needs or requests you might have. We’ll mail the requested number of...
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    Chow Line: Healthy, safe lunch options for back to school

    School is back in session for my fourth grader, and he’s decided this year that he wants to pack lunch for the first time. Any tips on how to make sure his packed lunch is safe and healthy? Considering that nearly 40% of school-aged kids bring their lunches to school on a given day, it’s important to take some simple precautions to ensure that your son has a safe, nutritious meal to eat and enjoy. When deciding what to pack, it’s a good idea to include lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy products in his lunch. If you want to pack your son a sandwich, opt for whole-grain bread and veggies for toppings. If you want to be a little fun and adventurous, use a cookie cutter to cut the sandwich into fun shapes for your child. As a...
  5. Suzanne Steel (Photo: CFAES)

    Farm Science Review’s Hall of Fame winner chosen

    LONDON, Ohio—A long-time journalist, communicator, and promoter of the annual Farm Science Review, Suzanne Steel, has been inducted into the 30th class of honorees in the FSR Hall of Fame, where 78 others are honored for their contribution to the event. For 23 years, Steel worked in the marketing and communications department of the event’s main sponsor, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. During that time, Steel promoted FSR through contacts with national, state, and local media. FSR will take place this year from Sept. 17–19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38 NE, in London, Ohio. The show offers visitors an opportunity to view the latest in technology and gain insights from...
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    Finding solutions on the farm even in tough times

    LONDON, Ohio—In talking to farmers across the Midwest, Jolene Brown, a professional speaker and family business consultant, offers some unexpected advice to those overwhelmed by the stress of cultivating the land. Call your family doctor, she’ll say. “When you make the appointment, tell them you have a sore throat.” A sore throat? The farmer will look at her awkwardly. Yes, she will assure them, a sore throat. “Once you get into the office with the doctor, tell the doctor what you’ve told me, that you’re having trouble sleeping, you’re anxious all the time, often irritated,” she says. To a farmer, a sore throat or another physical ailment is a legitimate reason to see a doctor. And farmers are more likely to make the...
  7. Temple Grandin

    News tips and events for the week of Aug. 19

    Tip 1: Animal expert and livestock guru Temple Grandin featured at September CHAIRE event. The annual fundraising event for The Ohio State University’s Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education (CHAIRE) will focus on “Animals in Our Lives” on Sept. 30, from 5–8 p.m. at the Dave Thomas Conference Center, One Dave Thomas Blvd. in Dublin, Ohio. The program will include dinner, a silent auction, animal behaviorist Peter Neville, and animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a world-renowned designer of livestock handling facilities, will give a presentation. Diagnosed with autism as a child, Grandin will talk about how her mind works, giving her the ability to “...
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    Chow Line: FDA warns consumers to stop drinking sodium chlorite products

    I just saw a social media post warning against drinking Miracle Mineral Solution. What is it, and why shouldn’t I drink it? Miracle Mineral Solution is a mixture of distilled water and sodium chlorite. It is sold online as a purported treatment for several diseases and conditions, according to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. But, instead of helping consumers, the product has sickened numerous people who’ve ingested it, the FDA said As a result, the federal agency this week warned consumers to stop drinking the product, which is also known by several names including Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide Protocol, and Water Purification Solution, according to the FDA. “Some distributors are making false...
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    Ohio stable in farm bankruptcies, while nation is up

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Farm bankruptcies across the nation are up, but Ohio’s rate remains among the lowest in the Midwest, according to a new analysis by researchers at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Ohio had nine new farm bankruptcy filings from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. That’s compared to 45 in Wisconsin, 39 in Kansas, and 32 in Minnesota—the three states in the nation with the highest number of new filings during that period. Farm bankruptcies in Ohio have been stable in recent years, with a total of under 10 annually since 2017, said Robert Dinterman, a post-doctoral researcher in agribusiness at CFAES. Dinterman and Ani Katchova, associate professor, analyzed farm bankruptcy trends in the past...
  10. Film fest to focus on agriculture, environment, and rural communities

    The inaugural Germinate International Film Fest, set for August 16–17 in Hillsboro, Ohio, will use film and photography to tell the story of rural communities and their associated industries. One of the only film festivals of its kind, the two-day event is being sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Ohio State University Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm. “Less than 2% of the nation’s population now identify as farmers,” said Brooke Beam, festival director and Extension educator in Highland County. “The intent of the festival is to expand what people know about agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.” It will include screenings of both feature films and...

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