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  1. A view of the new pilot-scale ultra-shear technology equipment housed in Ohio State’s Advanced Food Processing Technology Pilot Plant. Photo: CFAES.

    Ohio State installs, commissions new pilot-scale ultra-shear technology equipment for liquid foods and beverages processing

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Food processing companies looking for innovative new ways to preserve clean-label liquid food without artificial preservatives will soon have a new option to do so thanks to new technology being developed at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Researchers in the CFAES departments of Food Science and Technology as well as Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) have installed and commissioned a new, innovative manufacturing technology that preserves foods and beverages using wholesome, recognizable ingredients; no artificial preservatives; and reduced heat. And they will soon launch an outreach program to food and beverage companies to join the Food Industry Consortium to begin using the new...
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    Canaries in a coal mine: Energy transitions in Appalachian coal regions, and a roadmap for the rocky transition out of coal

    Columbus, Ohio—U.S. coal industry employment fell 94% over the last century and is expected to almost disappear by 2050. As the nation transitions away from coal, regions and communities must learn to adapt. A new study by researchers at The Ohio State University is the first to go beyond national trends to analyze how the coal industry affects local Appalachian counties—a coal-intensive region spanning 13 states and 420 counties—and outline policy recommendations to support successful transitions away from coal. “Our research found coal mining-dependent economies have generally struggled in the last century compared to Appalachian communities that have not been tied to coal extraction,” said Mark Partridge, professor and C. William Swank Chair in Rural...
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    Chow Line: Nonperishable foods to stock up on in advance of a snowstorm

    There’s a snowstorm predicted. What are some foods I should have on hand if I think I’ll be housebound for a few days? Generally speaking, bread and milk are typically the first items that many people stock up on when a winter weather emergency is forecast. While there are several theories as to why many people hoard bread and milk in anticipation of winter storms, the meteorologists at AccuWeather.com attribute the trend to the record-breaking Blizzard of 1978, when New Englanders were trapped in their homes for several weeks and the items that were most purchased prior to the storm were, you guessed it, bread and milk. However, if you really want to be prepared in the event of a snowstorm or other weather event that may keep you inside for a few days, you should...
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    How to ruin the taste of a cookie with just 2 words

    COLUMBUS, Ohio–A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a chocolate chip cookie labeled “consumer complaint” won’t taste as good as the exact same product described as “new and improved,” a new study suggests. Researchers labeled identical saltine crackers and chocolate chip cookies as either “new and improved,” “factory typical” or “consumer complaint” for the study, and then asked participants to taste the food samples and judge each on likability, freshness and a range of other qualities. The crackers and cookies labeled “consumer complaint” received significantly lower overall liking ratings than the samples labeled “new and improved.” This held true for both saltines –...
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    Feb. 9 webinar offers update on Ohio farmland leasing

    COLUMBUS, Ohio–Farmers, producers, and landowners who need to update their farmland leases can learn the latest about the 2022 rental market outlook and the current economic outlook for Ohio row crops during a Feb. 9 webinar offered by farm management specialists from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “Winter is a good time to review farm leases, and making sure that you have the most current information is critical to that process,” said Barry Ward, director of the Ohio State University Extension Income Tax School and leader of the Production Business Management program. “During the webinar, we’ll provide the latest economic and legal information relevant to farmland leasing in Ohio.” The...
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    Donations help fund CFAES student scholarships

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Looking for a worthy cause for donation? The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Undergraduate Scholarship Fund (#317468) is one good option. The fund helps provide scholarship monies for undergraduate students enrolled in CFAES to attend school and earn a college degree. The fund is also a part of the new larger effort by Ohio State to raise $800 million for student scholarships for the Scarlet & Gray Advantage program, which is designed to offer a debt-free bachelor’s degree within a decade. In addition to student scholarships, the Scarlet & Gray Advantage program will expand job and internship programs that allow students to gain experience while earning a paycheck; will provide grant...
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    Regional Agricultural Outlook and Policy Meetings set to kick off

    Ohio State University Extension will present its 2022 Regional Agricultural Outlook and Policy Meetings starting in late January and ending in late March. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), and the main sponsor of the meetings. Economists from the CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, along with other college specialists and invited guests, will serve as speakers. Held throughout the state, the eight outlook meetings will address agricultural topics of interest not only in Ohio, but across the Corn Belt as well. Programs will include presentations on grain market outlook; agricultural law updates; the dairy industry in 2022; Ohio’s changing climate;...
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    Long named to new 4-H workforce development position

    Margo Long has been named the first Ohio 4-H Workforce Development and Pathways program manager at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). She came to the new position from Marion County, where she worked as a county 4-H educator since 2017. In her new role, she will develop and implement a workforce development and associated career and college readiness program for Ohio 4-H youth and families. “Ohio 4-H has been helping youth develop the skills they need for more than 100 years,” said Kirk Bloir, Ohio’s associate state 4-H leader. “With this new position, Ohio 4-H will be able to focus more specifically on helping youth explore potential careers and develop a better understanding of the possible...
  9. U.S. Department of Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack speaks during a visit to The Ohio State University Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. Photo by: Kenneth D. Chamberlain.

    New $1.2 million project to fund climate-smart agriculture at Ohio State

    COLUMBUS, Ohio–Conservation measures and climate-smart agriculture at The Ohio State University got a boost last week with the announcement of a $1.2 million investment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund a new robotic irrigation system. USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced the project Friday during a tour of Ohio State’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory to highlight the critical role of agriculture in the nation’s economy and the administration’s investment in agricultural research and extension. Waterman is part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The project is designed to advance climate-smart agriculture as it relates to efficiently...
  10. Greenhouse Management Workshop set for Jan. 26–28

    WOOSTER, Ohio—Registration is open for the annual Greenhouse Management Workshop by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), set to be held virtually from Jan. 26–28, 2022.  The workshop will focus on integrated management of insects and diseases, with the speakers being experts from CFAES, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and industry. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST on all three days of the program. The $60 registration fee can be paid online at go.osu.edu/CD4p or by mail using the registration form available at go.osu.edu/CD4k. Registrants will receive Zoom links for the workshop on Jan. 23, 2022. Here are the topics and speakers scheduled...

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