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  1. New Exhibitors Join Line-Up for 2023 Farm Science Review

    LONDON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2023) - More than 50 companies will join the ranks as exhibitors for the 61st Farm Science Review Sept. 19-21 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center. The new exhibitors represent various sectors in the agriculture industry including livestock handling, equipment advancements, agronomic technology, agricultural policy and more. “We are witnessing a new wave of technology in agriculture and are looking forward to the advancements our new exhibitors are bringing to the show,” said Nick Zachrich, Farm Science Review manager. “We continue to be a farm show that has something for everybody and that is thanks to the number of exhibitors that show up year-after-year.” A few of the new exhibitors joining the line-up at this year’s show...
  2. Logan Minter

    Minter named as Field Specialist, Specialty Crops Production Systems at Ohio State

    Columbus, Ohio–Logan Minter has been hired as field specialist, specialty crops production systems, for Ohio State University Extension in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Minter, who previously worked as an associate professor of biology at Shawnee State University, began his new position August 1, said Jacqueline Kirby Wilkins, associate dean and director, OSU Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES. “In this new role, Logan will provide overall leadership for a comprehensive outreach, applied research, and teaching agenda for Extension’s statewide agriculture and natural resources program,” Wilkins said. “Logan’s work with specialty crops will be relevant to Extension...
  3. Best steer Mook and the McSteering All Together team.

    Agricultural community steps up big for Ronald McDonald House at Dean’s Charity Steer Show

    COLUMBUS—Final donations have been tallied and once again, goals were exceeded as $172,709 was raised by the Dean’s Charity Steer Show for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. Held August 1 at the Ohio State Fair’s Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center, the show supported Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio while bringing people together to celebrate communities, agriculture, and children.  The event is focused on youth who benefit from the Ronald McDonald House, as well as the 4-H youth who provide their expertise and steers for the event. 4-H is the youth development program of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) through OSU Extension. “The Dean’s Charity...
  4. Asmita Murumkar

    Murumkar named as Field Specialist, Ecosystems Services at Ohio State

    Columbus, OHIO–Asmita Murumkar has been hired as field specialist, ecosystem services for Ohio State University Extension in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Murumkar, who previously served as a research scientist in the CFAES Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE), began her new position July 1, said Jacqueline Kirby Wilkins, associate dean and director, OSU Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES. “In this important position, Asmita will provide vital leadership for a comprehensive applied ecosystems services program with an emphasis on carbon research and Extension outreach for agriculture and natural resources in Ohio,” Wilkins said. Murumkar will work with...
  5. Photo of Best Steer and winning team from 2022 Steer Show.

    Open your hearts and wallets at the Ohio State Fair to help Ronald McDonald House

    COLUMBUS—In one week, the Dean’s Charity Steer Show will be held at the Ohio State Fair to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. Don’t miss the opportunity to cheer on your favorite team and support a cause that helps families stay near to their hospitalized child with serious illness. The annual event, hosted by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. in the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center on the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair grounds. “This exciting event brings together our community to celebrate agriculture and children, both for our 4-H youth as well as children benefiting from the Ronald McDonald House,” said Cathann A....
  6. Photo: CFAES

    Ohio State receives $2.5 million to improve nutrition and physical activity

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has received a $2.5 million award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund a project that will focus on improving nutrition and physical activity, and will address health disparities related to poor nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. The grant will fund the High Obesity Program (HOP), which, in Ohio, will be led by Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of CFAES. The five-year program will focus on rural communities, where 40% or more of adults have obesity, said Carol Smathers, a CFAES associate professor and field specialist in youth nutrition and wellness for OSU Extension. “The issue is significant considering that...
  7. Planting the Seeds for Success at Farm Science Review 2023

    LONDON, Ohio (May 30, 2023) - Planting season is underway across Ohio and the midwest, and the Farm Science Review staff is hard at work preparing for this year’s show. The annual farm show is set to take place Sept. 19-21 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, and the seeds to a successful FSR have been planted, literally, this spring. “We dedicate 500 of our acres at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center to field demonstrations that take place during Farm Science Review,” said Zachrich. “We are on track for this year’s harvest demonstrations thanks to the optimal weather that has allowed us to plant in a timely manner.” The well-known FSR field demonstrations are unique to this three-day event. “We take a lot of pride in offering our...
  8. Members of the CFAES Crisis Rapid Response Team for East Palestine, from left to right, Tracy Kitchel, CFAES senior associate dean and director of faculty and staff affairs; Ellen Essman; Karen Chou, Michigan State; Jeff Hattey; Haley Shoemaker; Eric Barrett; Michael Bisesi, College of Public Health; Matt Teegarden; Sam Custer; and Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and CFAES dean. Photo: Ken Chamberlain.

    CFAES Crisis Rapid Response Team receives Spirit of the Land-Grant Award for work in East Palestine

    COLUMBUS, Ohio–From the moment the train derailed Friday night Feb. 3 in East Palestine, Ohio, resulting in a toxic chemical release and massive fire that forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, the calls from local farmers and producers for help began flooding into the Ohio State University Extension office in Columbiana County. Impacted families were told to evacuate due to the release of some of the train’s transported chemicals including vinyl chloride, and the combusting chemical products from the initial burning tank cars followed by a controlled burn, into the air, on to the soil and into surface water.  “We’ve been told to evacuate, but where can we take our livestock?” was among the first questions posed by farmers and...
  9. Pierce Paul, Martha Belury, and Scott Shearer

    CFAES Leadership Appointments Announced

    The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has announced leadership positions for three departments within the college: food science and technology, plant pathology, and food, agricultural and biological engineering. Martha Belury has been appointed chair of the CFAES Department of Food Science and Technology effective July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2027. Belury earned her bachelor’s in nutrition in 1987 and her Ph.D. in biological sciences in 1992 from the University of Texas, Austin. She joined Ohio State as the Carol S. Kennedy Professor of Nutrition in the College of Education and Human Ecology in 2002. Belury has served as interim chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology since July 1, 2022. Pierce...
  10. Greg Lipps takes a close look at a hellbender salamander.

    Greg Lipps receives Columbus Zoo’s Commitment to Conservation Award

    COLUMBUS—The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has named Greg Lipps of The Ohio State University as recipient of its 2023 Commitment to Conservation Award. Lipps, a leader in Ohio amphibian and reptile conservation in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Resources (CFAES), understands the vital role zoos play in conservation. He also serves as the amphibian & reptile conservation coordinator in the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership, a long-term relationship between Ohio State and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The professional herpetologist is the sixth recipient of the Commitment to Conservation Award which recognizes and rewards global conservation heroes who have made a measureable impact on wildlife conservation, and honors the lifetime...

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