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  1. Creating Incentives for Better Food Choices

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Encouraging people to choose cucumbers over, say, potato chips or milk instead of soda can be a hard sell. Federal legislators are considering ways to do that. Both the U.S. Senate’s and the House of Representatives’ versions of the federal farm bill include funding to measure how effectively financial incentives inspire people who receive food stamps to eat more vegetables and fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, said Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economist and professor emeritus with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. Currently, there are no restrictions on buying food with little nutritional value. But food stamp recipients have been given financial incentives through...
  2. Project investigation team meeting at the Advanced Technology Pilot Plant in CFAES’ Parker Food Science and Technology Building. From right to left: Professor V.M. “Bala” Balasubramaniam, PBI Senior Vice President Edmund Ting, Professor Ahmed Yousef, Professor Rafael Jimenez-Flores, and Professor Christopher Simons. Photo: CFAES.

    Ohio State Scientists Studying Healthier Food and Beverage Processing Options

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – While more consumers want healthier beverage options, they’re also concerned about the safety of how those beverages are preserved. Health-conscious consumers want great tasting, healthy drinks that don’t include chemical additives and preservatives with names they can’t pronounce. Researchers in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University are seeking to remedy that issue. A team of CFAES scientists has been awarded a four-year, $891,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop an innovative manufacturing technology that will preserve food and beverages using wholesome, recognizable ingredients, no artificial...
  3. Black vultures

    Tips and Events for Week of July 9

    Tip 1: Managing black vulture damage in Ohio:  Not only are they not very appealing in the looks department, but black vultures can also do some real damage both on-farm and off. Although these scavengers play an important role in the ecosystem, they can attack and kill calves, lambs, piglets and other weak animals. They can also damage homes, commercial buildings, vehicles, boats and tractors. The fact that they’re protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, state laws and regulations, makes their management tricky. Homeowners and farmers alike must work with wildlife specialists on their control. Find out more from: Marne A. Titchenell, Ohio State wildlife program specialist, OSU Extension, School of Environment and Natural Resources, titchenell.4@osu.edu, 614-292-0402....
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    Chow Line: USDA Warns: Wash Your Hands Properly to Prevent Foodborne Illness

    My husband gets frustrated with me because I’m always reminding him to wash his hands multiple times when cooking. He says washing before he cooks is enough.  Which one of us is right?   In this case, you are right. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture just sent out a warning last week urging people to wash their hands throughout the food preparation process, not just at the beginning of cooking. And when you wash your hands, the USDA is urging people to take their time and wash their hands properly. This warning comes as a new USDA study in collaboration with North Carolina State University and RTI International, a North Carolina-based nonprofit research institute, found that people are failing to properly wash their hands 97 percent of the time when...
  5. Marcie Todd, owner of Freshtown Farm, an urban agriculture venture on the South Side of Columbus. The farm, located on a plot of land that formerly housed three vacant homes, now grows several varieties of plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Photo: Tracy Turner.

    Ohio State Tour to Highlight Columbus’ Growing Urban Agriculture Industry

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – For Mark VanFleet, down on the farm is actually a formerly vacant lot in a residential neighborhood on the South Side of Columbus. His one-half acre plot grows row upon row of vegetables, including lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, turnips, cucumbers, garlic, basil, dill, chard and kale. Known as Harriet Gardens, the lot provides enough for the full-time urban farmer to sell his produce to 15 local restaurants and at least three farmers’ markets. “I never thought I’d grow up to be a farmer – I’d never even gardened until my wife and I bought our house 10 years ago and planted a small plot in the backyard,” VanFleet said recently, as he harvested carrots out of his Merion Village farm. “It’s become my passion and, three...
  6. More Ohio farmers raising sheep.

    Farmers Flocking to Meet the Demand for Lamb

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The high slopes of southeast Ohio and other parts of the state are suited more for grazing animals than for row crops. “You can put cattle and sheep across those areas and make it productive land,” said Roger High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA). Many have. Across the state, the number of sheep flocks has grown in the past decade in response to an increasing demand for lamb meat. Much of the growth has been among Amish farmers in several counties, some of them former dairy producers who took up raising sheep for a chance at higher profits, High said. Some cattle producers have recently started grazing sheep on the same pasture as their cattle. And in cities and suburbs in northeast Ohio, some are using lambs...
  7. Picture of Stone Lab

    Tips and Events for the Week of July 2

    Tip 1: Lake Erie algal bloom forecast: Last year’s Lake Erie algal bloom was the third-largest on record, according to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Ohio Sea Grant, a program based at The Ohio State University. How are things looking for the summer ahead? On July 12, Stone Lab, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will host a media briefing at which NOAA experts will announce their Lake Erie algal bloom forecast. Learn more at go.osu.edu/NOAAforecast. Register to attend at go.osu.edu/HABSatStoneLab. Register to participate by webinar at go.osu.edu/habs2018. Contact Ohio Sea Grant’s Jill Jentes, jentes.1@osu.edu, 614-937-0072, for more information. Tip 2: On fish, Lake Erie, teaching...
  8. Gary Pierzynski

    CFAES Announces New Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) welcomes Gary Pierzynski as its new associate dean for research and graduate education. "Ohio State University and CFAES have an outstanding reputation for research, which employs the complete spectrum of basic to applied research to address many of the grand challenges for society,” Pierzynski said. “I am looking forward to working with faculty, staff and students to further enhance research productivity and the impact of those efforts from CFAES.” Pierzynski joins CFAES on July 2 from Kansas State University, where he was a university distinguished professor and head of the Department of Agronomy, a comprehensive unit with a $14 million budget...
  9. A bite from a lone star tick can cause meat allergies in some people. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Chow Line: Certain Tick Bites Can Cause Food Allergies

    Can you really develop an allergy to red meat from a tick bite? That depends. In certain cases, with a certain tick, in some people and in some states, including Ohio, yes. According to a recent article about a study on lone star ticks and allergies that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, some people who have been bitten by a lone star tick have gone on to develop an allergy to eating red meat, and in some cases, dairy. The study, done by researchers with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, found that, in rare cases, some people have developed life-threatening allergic reactions to red meat after being bitten by a lone star tick. The study attributes the allergic reaction to galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose (alpha-gal), which...
  10. Manure Science Review Set for July 25

    FOREST, Ohio — There are safe, research-tested, beneficial ways to use manure on farm fields — methods that put its nutrients to good use while also protecting water quality — and they’re the focus of an upcoming event in northwest Ohio. On July 25, Watkins Farm in Hardin County will host Manure Science Review, an annual event showcasing new findings, practices, equipment and technology. The expected 250 attendees will see field and indoor demonstrations and hear six expert talks. One of the talks, by Tom Menke of Greenville-based Menke Consulting Inc., will get to the heart of matter: “Valuing Manure.” Manure’s benefits to soil Ohio State University Extension’s Glen Arnold, a member of the event’s planning...

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