News Releases

  1. Clark Kellogg

    See superheroes at the upcoming Dean’s Charity Steer Show

    COLUMBUS—Their names could be a new batch of superhero characters: Sasquatch, General, Cosmo, Eclipse, Mr. Ranger, and Gizmo. But that deduction screeches to a halt with Buttercup, Peppa, and Zip-Zip. Instead of new Justice League or Avenger members, the names belong to superhero beef steers who will be strutting their stuff at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair as they raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. Superheroes will be in many forms and sizes at the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show set for 2–4 p.m., July 30, at the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center, 717 E 17th Ave, in Columbus. The event will celebrate Ohio agriculture, Ohio communities, and Ohio children. It will be hosted by Cathann A. Kress, vice...
  2. Dean Cathann Kess and 4-H partner Wyatt Osborn

    News tips and events for the week of July 22

    Tip 1: Inaugural CFAES Dean’s Charity Steer Show on July 30 to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. Come to the Ohio State Fair on July 30 to see 13 central Ohio celebrities team up with 13 4-H youth from the counties of Athens, Carroll, Fayette, Geauga, Highland, Huron, Licking, Miami, Pickaway, Putnam, Tuscarawas, and Wood. They will compete for bragging rights as steers are shown and “sold” to the highest bidders, with all proceeds going to RMHC. The sale will follow the same procedures as a typical livestock sale, but without the actual transfer of livestock. The event will celebrate Ohio agriculture, Ohio communities, and Ohio children. Read more and access the media packet here go.osu.edu/C2xd. To interview CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress,...
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    Chow line: Help for family members dealing with diabetes

    My dad was diagnosed with diabetes last year, but it seems he hasn’t really embraced what that means. For example, he hasn’t made any changes to his eating habits at all. How can I help him better understand his diagnosis and make healthier food choices? While it might seem that your dad hasn’t accepted his new reality of living with diabetes, it might just be that he doesn’t know where or how to start in terms of making changes to accommodate his new health situation. Changing and maintaining a new behavior can be difficult, especially when you’ve received a new diagnosis of diabetes that might require you to change several behaviors all at once, according to Communication Strategies to Support a Family Member with Diabetes, a new Ohioline fact...
  4. Roger Rennekamp

    Ohio State University Extension Director Rennekamp to step down

    COLUMBUS—Roger Rennekamp, associate dean and director of Ohio State University Extension, will bring his 40-year career in Cooperative Extension to a close on July 31. Rennekamp has served Ohio and its citizens since 2016 as the 12th leader of OSU Extension, which has an office in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. Specializing in agriculture and natural resources, Ohio 4-H youth development, community development, and family and consumer sciences, Extension educators bring the knowledge of The Ohio State University directly to Ohioans. During his tenure, Rennekamp has been responsible for a number of positive organizational changes. “Dr. Rennekamp has forged a large number of new partnerships that have served to heighten awareness of Extension’s mission among both...
  5.  Rattan Lal

    Ohio State announces summer commencement speaker

    Soil scientist Rattan Lal, one of The Ohio State University’s most decorated faculty researchers, will address the university’s summer graduates. Approximately 1,500 degrees will be awarded at the summer commencement ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4., at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Lal, whose career in science spans five decades and five continents, was honored most recently with the 2019 Japan Prize in recognition of his research on sustainable soil management and its role in improving global food security and mitigating climate change. A Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Lal was the first Ohio State scientist and the first soil scientist to ever receive the...
  6. Flooded farm fields in southern Ohio. Photo: Sherrie Whaley.

    News tips and events for the week of July 15

    Tip 1: CFAES help for growers and producers: Experts at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) know that this year has been particularly challenging for Ohio growers and producers due to the historic rainfall in Ohio this growing season. As such, CFAES has convened a task force to address concerns and offer the best science-based recommendations for and solutions to the issues growers are facing regarding weather impacts, tariffs, and low commodity prices.  Here are just a few of the resources that CFAES experts are working hard to offer farmers statewide. FAQs about the 2019 agricultural challenges can be found at go.osu.edu/AgCrisis. Recommendations and information for farmers of grain and feed can be found...
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    Chow Line: No such thing as male and female bell peppers

    I saw a link on Facebook saying that male bell peppers have three bumps on the bottom and are better for cooking, while female bell peppers have four bumps and are sweeter and better for eating raw. Is that true? No.  Although the myth that bell peppers are either male or female continues to spread, bell peppers do not have genders.  According to the myth, “male” bell peppers have three lobes and are more bitter, while “female” bell peppers have four or more lobes, have more seeds, and are sweeter to eat.  However, bell peppers grow from flowers that have both male and female parts. The peppers, which are the fruits of a pepper plant, each contain ovaries that produce the seeds inside the peppers. Each pepper is produced through self-...
  8. New CFAES leadership appointments announced

    Cathann A. Kress—vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)—has recently announced the following new appointments: Tim Haab as chair of the CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) and as the college’s inaugural dean’s chair Scott Shearer as chair of the CFAES Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) Andrew (Dewey) Mann as director of CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory Greg Davis as department chair and associate director of Ohio State University Extension Tracy Kitchel as CFAES associate dean for faculty and staff...
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    Keeping livestock nourished despite hay shortage

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Less salad, more carbs and proteins. That’s counter to what many say is right for our diet. But for cows and other livestock, that’s the direction in which their diets are likely to shift. Farmers are trying to keep their animals well fed amid a Midwest shortage in hay and other grasses grown for livestock to eat. “They have to start cutting back right now,” said Bill Weiss, dairy nutritionist with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Cutting back doesn’t mean the animals will have to eat less. It means they might need to eat more alternatives to the higher amounts of fiber they typically get. So, for example, if hay, which is high in fiber, normally makes up about...
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    Helping farmers face extreme weather, climate challenges

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Despite facing a surge in annual rainfall and increased risks of fields eroding and weeds and insects spreading, farmers can build resilience.  That’s one of the central messages of “Climate Smart: Farming with Weather Extremes,” a July 18 conference where farmers and others in agriculture can learn ways to adapt to the growing challenges of a wetter, warming climate. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Der Dutchman, 445 S. Jefferson Ave., in Plain City. Climate Smart includes talks from agronomic and horticultural experts from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), which is co-hosting the conference with the State Climate Office of Ohio.  “The idea is...

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