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  1. Jackie Wilkins

    Wilkins named a top Ohio leader

    The Ohio State University's Jackie Wilkins has been named one of Ohio's top 50 women leaders in 2023 by Women We Admire, an organization of the most accomplished women executives and leaders across the U.S. and Canada. Wilkins served as the first-ever female associate dean and director in the over 100-year history of the Ohio State University Extension. In this role, she provided leadership for carrying out the vision, mission, and values of OSU Extension; established priorities for investment in OSU Extension by local, state, and federal government; and provided oversight of an approximately $77 million annual budget. She has nearly 30 years of progressive and diversified experience in higher education, as well as profit and nonprofit management and...
  2. Corn field with autumn woodland in back.

    Farms branching out: Expanding opportunities for agroforestry markets, connections, and conservation

    Originally published on the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Department of Forestry at Michigan State University's website. A team of Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin researchers and Extension professionals has recently been awarded funding from USDA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help support use of agroforestry practices and markets by small and medium sized farms in the region. “This project involves a team of passionate and dedicated researchers and Extension professionals who have worked with farmers and woodland owners in the Upper Midwest for decades. This is a unique opportunity to support synergy between forestry and agriculture professionals and landowners to expand use of agroforestry practices through the region...
  3. Trimble Lab on the CFAES Wooster campus

    Trimble opens Technology Labs to advance agriculture and construction talent

    Two state-of-the-art Trimble Technology Labs are now open to students at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). One lab is on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, while a second is located on the CFAES Wooster campus. Trimble, headquartered in Westminster, Colorado, built the multidisciplinary labs to enhance the university’s hands-on learning, teaching, research, and outreach activities in food and agricultural engineering, as well as in construction management. “The new Trimble Technology Labs help Ohio State lead the way when it comes to innovative agriculture programs,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “Not only does Trimble help the...
  4. Ohio 4-H Pathways to the Future announces youth engagement app

    Beginning in October, Ohio middle- and high school-aged youth will have the opportunity to track their Ohio 4-H youth development participation and earn digital badges in the skills needed to be successful in the future. The Ohio 4-H Pathways to the Future initiative partnered with Suitable to design BuckeyeNext, an app in which young people earn points for activities, event attendance, and accomplishments during their 4-H career. Built like a game, youth can easily identify the opportunities available through Ohio 4-H, organize their categories of participation, and track their cumulative progress in real time. “BuckeyeNext lets youth keep track of their accomplishments in real time,” said Margo Overholt-Seckel, program manager for Ohio 4-H Workforce Development and...
  5. James R. Helt inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame

    Ohio 4-H youth development is honored to recognize Jim Helt, the newest member of the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Helt was inducted into the 2023 class in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 9 at the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals annual conference. Helt is the retired state 4-H program leader for Ohio State University Extension at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Helt was recognized for his 47 years of service to 4-H, both in Ohio and the country. From his start as a 4-H agent in Hamilton and Pickaway counties, Helt’s lifetime of work had an enormous impact on youth and 4-H professionals. “Jim’s passion for positive youth development led to unparalleled learning and...
  6. (l-r) Peter Vonderberg, Andrew Klopfenstein, Scott Shearer

    BroadbandOhio awards Ohio State $125,000 for agricultural connectivity project

    BroadbandOhio has awarded $125,000 in grants to help establish high-speed internet connectivity to The Ohio State University’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. The center is part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and is home to the annual, three-day farm show, Farm Science Review, which drew almost 117,000 visitors earlier this month.   The agricultural connectivity will ensure that the center can be used as a demonstration area and proving ground for autonomous farming equipment, which promises increased efficiencies, reductions in environmental impacts, and enhanced overall productivity in the agricultural sector.  “As we continue through the digital agricultural revolution, reliable...
  7. James A. Ippolito

    Ippolito appointed as the Dr. Rattan Lal Endowed Professor at Ohio State

    COLUMBUS, Ohio–James A. Ippolito has been appointed to a five-year term as the Dr. Rattan Lal Endowed Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Throughout his career, Ippolito has held various academic and research positions, including his most recent role as a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU). He has also served as a research soil scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). Ippolito’s research interests encompass soil health, soil fertility, agroecosystems, heavy metals in soils, and their impacts on plant, animal, and human health. His work...
  8. Pat Brundige with 2023 Friend of Extension Award

    Brundige awarded national 2023 Friend of Extension

    Patricia Brundige, a generous benefactor and life-long supporter of Ohio State University Extension and Ohio 4-H youth development, received a national 2023 Friend of Extension Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) at its annual conference in Billings, Montana. ESP is the largest organization of Extension professionals. Brundige, of Dublin, Ohio, has been generous with her vision, talent, and funding to benefit The Ohio State University and especially the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), home to OSU Extension with its offices in all 88 Ohio counties. An active volunteer, an engaged stakeholder, and a visionary donor with $11 million in support in the last several years, she is the biggest individual benefactor in the history of CFAES. “Pat has...
  9. 61st Farm Science Review Brings Agricultural Innovation, Education and Exploration to the Midwest

    LONDON, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2023) - More than 116,786 attendees made the trip to the Molly Caren Agricultural Center this week for the 61st annual Farm Science Review and left with new products, new ideas and new connections. The three-day farm show welcomed 35,902 visitors on Tuesday, 59,641 on Wednesday and 21,243 on Thursday, all of whom experienced beautiful Ohio fall weather. “As far as shows go historically, this one is at the top of the list in terms of attendee-exhibitor interactions, field demonstrations and weather conducive to folks enjoying their time here,” said Nick Zachrich, FSR manager. “We’ve had lots of great feedback from attendees and exhibitors alike on how the connections made here this week will be prudent to the agriculture industry as a...
  10. Emily Mullen, owner and operator of Mullen Dairy

    This one’s for the women of Farm Science Review

    LONDON, Ohio (Sept. 15, 2023) - More than half (51%) of all farming operations in the United States have at least one female operator, according to the 2019 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). “We’re not always the tag-along,” said Emily Mullen, owner and operator of Mullen Dairy and Creamery in southwest Ohio's Okeana and a  longtime FSR attendee. “My first experience at FSR was actually a super big deal because I got to play hooky from school for the day and hang out with my dad,” said Mullen. “To be thrown together with a group of people that shared the same passion as I had made me feel like I was part of a community.” Like other farmers, Mullen has to think outside the box to keep her family’s fourth-...

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