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  1. Ahmed E. Yousef. Photo: CFAES

    $3.5 million gift funds new CFAES endowed chair in food science; Ahmed Yousef named holder

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ahmed E. Yousef, Distinguished Professor of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), has been named the college’s Virginia Hutchinson Bazler and Frank E. Bazler Chair in Food Science. His five-year term began Aug. 15. Yousef, who joined the CFAES Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) as an assistant professor in 1991, has won numerous national and international awards and authored or co-authored more than 200 publications that include books, book chapters, and research papers. His research focuses on improving human health through combating emerging foodborne pathogens and making the best use of beneficial microorganisms. This research also...
  2. Lots to see, learn at Gwynne Conservation Area: Farm Science Review 2021

    LONDON, Ohio—There’s a place you can go to discover such things as: How grazing goats can help control invasive plants in your woods. How to call turkeys, identify frogs, stock your pond with the best types of fish, and grow your own edible mushrooms in a bucket. How and when to harvest timber, and what today’s volatile lumber prices can mean for you and your woods. How to identify the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species new to Ohio that can damage your fruit and shade trees and grape vines. If you want to learn more about woods, water, wildlife, and grazing lands—and walk among them while you do it—check out the Gwynne Conservation Area at this year’s Farm Science Review. The nearly 70-acre demonstration...
  3. Brady Campbell

    Brady Campbell named small ruminant specialist at Ohio State

    COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences has hired Brady Campbell as an assistant professor to focus on small ruminant management. Campbell begins his new position on September 15 in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). He will work with Ohio State Extension professionals to develop educational materials and programs for sheep and goat producers. In addition, he will conduct applied research on small ruminant production and management and assist with youth livestock sheep and goat programs.  “Brady will fill an important role for our department and the state. Ohio is the largest sheep production state east of the Mississippi,” said John Foltz, chair of the animal sciences department. “Lamb and...
  4. Farm Science Review. Photo:CFAES

    Ask the Experts offers timely insight into 2021 growing season

    LONDON, Ohio–Whether it’s learning how to navigate new tax laws, understanding the complexities of the U.S. trade policy and its impact on agriculture, or dealing with drought or excess rain, Ohio farmers likely have a lot of questions as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic amidst the challenging 2021 growing season. Faculty and staff from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will answer those questions and address some of the top farm management and veterinary medicine challenges facing Ohio farmers in 2021 during this year’s Farm Science Review. The annual farm trade show, sponsored by CFAES, takes place Sept. 21–23 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38 NE, in London, Ohio...
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    Manure pit fatalities spur awareness

    ST. HENRY, Ohio—Among farmers, one family’s tragedy can feel like every family’s tragedy.   On Aug. 10, three brothers died from the toxic fumes of an underground manure pit on their family’s farm, sending shock waves across the agricultural community well beyond St. Henry.   The eldest brother stepped into the underground tank first. He went in to fix a problem with a pump. When he was overcome by a toxic mix of gases and passed out, another brother called for help before rushing in to try rescue his brother. Then a third brother went in to try to save the other two.  One by one, they all succumbed to the gases. One by one, they passed out, landing in the standing liquid, a tragic domino effect: Gary Wuebker, 37, Brad Wuebker, 35...
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    Chow Line: Food safety after a flood

    My home was flooded yesterday, impacting food I had stored in cabinets, my pantry, and my fridge. As my home dries out, what do I do with the food? Many Ohioans have experienced similar problems recently as heavy rains, flash floods, and flooding have caused water-soaked homes and businesses across the state. Because your question is very similar to others that were asked in previous “Chow Line” columns, it’s best answered by reissuing a combination of those columns here. If your home becomes flooded, it is important to throw away any food that might have come into contact with floodwater. That includes cartons of milk, juice, or eggs, and any raw vegetables and fruits. In fact, unless they were in a waterproof container, any foods in your home that...
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    Farm Science Review media credentials available

    LONDON, Ohio—This year’s Farm Science Review from Sept. 21–23 offers numerous events, exhibits, and presentations of interest to members of the media.  Sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the annual farm show in its 59th year takes place at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. The event draws more than 100,000 people.  Media members will need tickets to get in and parking passes for the news media lot. For those, please sign up by Aug. 27 by visiting go.osu.edu/fsrmediapasses. The requested number of admission tickets and parking passes will be mailed to you in early September.    Send in your request now, so you don’t miss FSR’s...
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    Learn pumpkin production at Aug. 26 Pumpkin Field Day

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio—Still can’t tell the difference between a squash and a pumpkin? With fall nearing, those who plan to harvest pumpkins or those who want to learn how to tell the difference between pumpkins, squash, and gourds, can attend the Aug. 26 Pumpkin Field Day, offered by Ohio State University Extension. The free event is from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 S. Charleston Pike, in South Charleston. The field day will offer beginning and experienced growers valuable research updates regarding disease management, insect management, weed control, weather impacts on production, and new pumpkin and squash varieties. Whether you are an experienced or a beginning grower, the field day can offer pertinent information, said...
  9. Manure Science Review to feature innovative MVP Dairy

    CELINA, Ohio—Manure Science Review this year will feature a cutting-edge livestock farm that’s keeping soil and water healthy by practicing regenerative agriculture.  The event takes place Aug. 10 at MVP Dairy in Celina.  Started in 2019, MVP Dairy is home to 4,400 cows, uses a variety of state-of-the-art technology, and was named 2020 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year by the International Dairy Foods Association and Dairy Herd Management magazine. The farm, its website says, “was specifically designed to effectively and efficiently handle manure from our cows while reducing odors and preventing potential runoff.”  Responsible manure management, the website says, “is always a top priority.” During Manure Science...
  10. 2021 Farm Science Review to be live and in person

    LONDON, Ohio—The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, which was held online last year because of the pandemic, will return this year to be live and in person for the 59th annual event. The premier agricultural education and industry exposition is set for Sept. 21–23 at Ohio State’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38, near London. “While research, teaching, and serving communities throughout Ohio never stopped during the pandemic, we are grateful to once again be in person, working together, to advance our industry,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). CFAES is the...

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