CFAES Monthly : February 2018

  1. Watters named International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year

    Harold Watters holding plant and soil probe

    The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) has named Harold Watters, associate professor and field specialist for OSU Extension, the International Crop Adviser of the Year.

    The award honors outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. In a press release, ASA reported:

    Watters works directly with agronomic crop producers, crop advisers and extension educators, to provide relevant information in a timely manner with an emphasis on web and media outlets. Recruited as a team coordinator in 2004 for the 80-member Ohio State Agronomic Crops Team, Watters has influence on Ohio agronomic crop production education. Watters' works in the areas of agronomic crop production practices, systematic data evaluation and field research done locally to confirm best practices.

    Highlights of his contributions:
    - Serves as editorial coordinator of the Crop Observation and Recommendation Network newsletter - C.O.R.N.
    - Serves as an informal mentor to new team members.
    - Visited Ukraine 10 times to assist producers there in adoption of modern crop production methods.
    The International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award is designed to annually recognize a certified crop adviser who delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, has shown that they are a leader in their field, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agriculture industry. The award recipient will be recognized at both the Commodity Classic and the American Society of Agronomy Annual Meeting. The award consists of hotel and travel expenses to the Commodity Classic Meeting and ASA Annual Meeting, a $2,000 honorarium, a commemorative plaque, and a one-year membership in the American Society of Agronomy. The ICCA of the Year Award celebrates a level of proficiency that belongs to an individual and not to a company.

  2. Jackwood receives 2018 Charles Beard Research Excellence Award

    Daral Jackwood

    The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and the USPOULTRY Foundation named Daral Jackwood the 2018 recipient of the annual Charles Beard Research Excellence Award. Jackwood is a professor in the CFAES Food Animal Health Research Program based on the Wooster campus. The award is named in honor of Charles Beard, former director of the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory and former vice president of research at USPOULTRY.

    In their press release, USPOULTRY said: The USPOULTRY Foundation Research Advisory Committee selected Jackwood for this award based on his exceptional research on infectious bursal disease. Jackwood is recognized for his contributions to the understanding of the genetic diversity of infectious bursal disease virus, the genetic basis for antigenic drift in the virus, development of detection methods for very virulent infectious disease virus, and development of a genetic classification system for infectious bursal disease virus variants. Jackwood served as the primary investigator on five grants from USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation to support much of this work. In his role at Ohio State, Jackwood has very actively communicated his findings through publications and presentations, and his work has formed much of the basis for current programs used to control infectious bursal disease virus infections in the poultry industry.

    “The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has been very supportive of our research program over the years, and I am very grateful for this support. The support of the Association has helped us to make meaningful advances in the control and diagnosis of infectious bursal disease,” Jackwood said.

    “Dr. Jackwood’s research program is a great example of how USPOULTRY research funds can be directed toward important applied research to find solutions to current problems faced by the poultry industry. The quality of Dr. Jackwood’s research is outstanding, and the results have been used by the poultry industry to make improvements in the control of infectious bursal disease,” remarked Dr. John Glisson, vice president of research programs for USPOULTRY.

    Jackwood received a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Delaware in 1978, M.S. in infectious diseases from Ohio State in 1980 and a Ph.D. in molecular virology from Ohio State in 1982. He joined the faculty at Ohio State in 1986.

    The goal of the Charles Beard Research Excellence Award is to recognize outstanding completed research projects, funded by USPOULTRY or the USPOULTRY Foundation, that have made a significant positive impact on the poultry industry. As the recipient of the award, Jackwood received a $1,500 cash prize. The award was presented to him during the International Poultry Scientific Forum meeting by Charles Beard.

  3. National Mastitis Council presents Award of Excellence to Joseph Hogan

    Joe Hogan

    The National Mastitis Council (NMC) honored Joseph “Joe” Hogan with the 2018 NMC Award of Excellence for Contribution to Mastitis Prevention and Control. The 2006 NMC president, Hogan is an emeritus professor with The Ohio State University. Boehringer Ingelheim sponsors the award and presented Hogan with a $2,500 honorarium.

    A native of Jonesboro, La., Hogan earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and doctorate degree from the University of Vermont. In 1986, he became a post-doctoral researcher with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) Mastitis Laboratory. A year later, he was promoted to research scientist in the department of dairy science, OARDC. His career progressed further to assistant professor, associate professor and professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. In 2011, Hogan became associate chair of the department, a position he held until his retirement in 2016. His areas of expertise include: bovine mammary gland host defense against intramammary infections, virulence factors of mastitis-causing bacteria, and development of means to modulate bovine mammary defenses. Last year, he was inducted into Ohio State’s Dairy Science Hall of Fame.

    Hogan’s commitment to NMC runs deep. He served on the Research Committee for 19 years, Teat Dip Committee for 12 years, Program Committee for three years, Long Range Planning Committee for nine years, and helped write two versions of Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis and Laboratory Handbook on Bovine Mastitis, and the Microbiological Procedures for the Diagnosis of Bovine Udder Infection. One of his most notable contributions is developing and launching the NMC Scholars program.

    In addition to his many contributions to NMC, Hogan also assisted the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and International Dairy Federation (IDF). For IDF, he served on the Animal Health Standing Committee and Mastitis Action Team. In 1994, Hogan received the Distinguished Research Award as the OARDC top junior scientist and ADSA West-Agro Research Award. Four years ago, he earned the ADSA Elanco Award for Excellence in Dairy Science.

    Hogan maintained an internationally recognized research program in mastitis control and quality milk production. His research resulted in 119 peer-reviewed journal articles, 16 book chapters, 87 scientific abstracts, 226 lay articles, 39 invited symposium presentations and 239 invited seminar presentations.

    The 2018 NMC Award of Excellence recipient advised 13 graduate students, including Christina Petersson-Wolfe, an associate professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and past board member of NMC. She described her former adviser as a “steadfast NMC supporter.” From a research perspective, Petersson-Wolfe said Hogan’s most notable research contributions were related to the understanding of environmental mastitis pathogen control, impact of vitamin E and selenium on udder health, and the role of core antigen vaccines in mastitis control programs.

    “Dr. Hogan not only showed me the world of milk microbiology but taught me the historical perspective on udder health, which is often lost in today’s graduate training,” wrote Petersson-Wolfe. “Dr. Hogan was also very passionate about the training of undergraduate students.”

    In addition to his research program, Hogan had an active Extension program. The foundation of his Extension program was an active milk culturing laboratory. Each year, thousands of milk and bedding samples were processed and results were used to aid dairy producers in monitoring milk quality on dairy farms. Hogan also worked closely with many veterinarians who used the milk culturing laboratory as a service and sought advice with on-farm mastitis problems.

  4. Specht wins OFBF Discussion Meet

    Annie Specht

    Annie Specht, assistant professor of agricultural communication, is the winner of the 2018 Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals Discussion Meet. The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills.

    Specht won a $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance, an expense-paid trip to the 2018 Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Columbus and an expense-paid trip to the 2019 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in New Orleans, where she will represent Ohio in the national Discussion Meet competition.

    Specht, a Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau member, is also a member of the American Association for Agricultural Education, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture and the Association for Communication Excellence. She earned two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in agricultural and Extension education at The Ohio State University and her doctorate in agricultural leadership, education and communications at Texas A&M University.

  5. Royalty in the Extension family

    Photo of McCutcheon family

    CFAES, OSU Extension and Hartford, Ohio, will be well-represented in fair circles this year.

    Morgan McCutcheon, daughter of Lisa and Jeff McCutcheon, long-time Extension employees, has been named the 2018 Ohio Fairs’ Queen.

    Morgan will represent each of Ohio’s county and independent fairs as she travels throughout Ohio in 2018.

    Her aim is to visit each fair, attend the Ohio Fair Managers Association (OFMA) District meetings in April, and serve as a member of the OFMA Board of Directors throughout the year. She will also assist with several events and activities during the 2018 Ohio State Fair. During the 2019 OFMA Convention, Morgan will assist with the Queens PMorgan McCutcheon, Ohio Fairs' Queenrogram, and work to facilitate the selection process to name her successor.

    She was named the 2017 Hartford Fair Queen in August and represents the first Hartford Queen to carry the state-wide title.

    She’s also a Buckeye. She’s been taking college courses at Ohio State Newark as part of the College Credit Plus program at Utica High School, and will enter the Columbus campus as a first year student in the fall. She plans to pursue nursing, with a goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.

    Her father Jeff started with Extension in 1995 as the Perry County Agriculture and Natural Resources educator, and is now the regional director for Southeastern Ohio. Her mother Lisa has been the 4-H Youth Development educator in Licking County since 1999. In the photo at the top is the McCutcheon family, including Lisa, Morgan, Jeff, and son/brother Sean.

  6. Two CFAES graduate students receive Presidential Fellowships

    Award cup on top of books

    Two CFAES graduate students have been awarded The Presidential Fellowship by Ohio State’s Graduate School.

    The honorees include Thomas Delomas, who focuses on fisheries and wildlife science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Emile Gluck-Thaler, who focuses on fungal gene clusters in the Department of Plant Pathology.

    Thomas Delomas

    In a letter of support for Delomas, Eric Toman, graduate studies committee chair for the Environment and Natural Resources Graduate Program, wrote, “Thomas’s profoundly positive letters of support from eminent scholars in fisheries and aquatic ecotoxicology corroborate what was evident to our committee: that Thomas is an exceptional young scholar with a demonstrated track record of success beyond what is typical among doctoral students in his field. This is evident in his scholarly achievements, including his nearly perfect grade point average as well as through his high number of presentations and publications (seven published or in press with two more in review). Thomas is the first author on five of these papers, including the two currently in review. His publication record is three to four times greater than what is typical for ENRGP students. Additionally, he has seven articles in preparation, of which he is the first author on five, and he is credited along with his advisor for the invention of commercial techniques for the production of certain ornamental fish.”

    Delomas’s advisor Konrad Dabrowski wrote, “He was extremely well-organized in his research and within days after completion of the experiments, he quickly calculated, analyzed, and presented the data in graphical format. Consequently, Thomas was able to demonstrate his involvement in professional scientific societies and presented results of his research at several national and international scientific meetings for the past two years. He received the best oral presentation award at World Aquaculture meeting in San Antonio among over 150 graduate students.”

    Emile Gluck-Thaler

    About Gluck-Thaler, Pierluigi Bonello, graduate studies chair for Plant Pathology, writes, “I am also a member of Emile’s advisory committee, and likewise I’ve been extremely impressed by the quality of this young man, who definitely places in the top 1% of all graduate students I’ve dealt with in my career, including all students I have advised directly and as part of many advisory committees. I would venture to say that, in terms of sheer intellectual power and overall knowledge, Emile is pretty close to the point where I would have no problems calling him a peer.”

    Bonello goes on to say, “Dr. Jason Slot, Emile's advisor, points out that Emile is currently leading a project involving researchers from five institutions, which is part of a multi-year project focusing on dissecting the toxin production pathways used by the largest class of plant disease-causing fungi. Dr. Slot adds, 'Due to his focused efforts and resourcefulness, the analyses Mr. Gluck-Thaler proposed and conducted will probably be the first paper to come out of this major effort, and will have a significant impact on our understanding of the diversity and evolution of fungal toxins.'"

    The Presidential Fellowship gives fellows one year of full-time financial support. To be eligible, nominated students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6 for all Ohio State graduate course work, have completed all degree course work by the time the fellowship is activated, and have passed the candidacy examination (doctoral students) by the nomination deadline.

  7. Grad student wins national video award

    Woman receiving flowers

    Jaclyn Fiola, a graduate student in Horticulture and Crop Sciences, won the American Floral Endowment's #FlowerLoveVideoContest sponsored by Asocolflores and funded through the Floral Marketing Research Fund (FMRF). See her video at the bottom of the newsletter.

    More than 50 flower lovers from across the country submitted creative videos for this contest that featured and promoted the use and giving of fresh flowers. Entries included skits, animation, surprise moments, artistic montages and testimonials.

    Fiola's entry, "Let Happiness Bloom," won the grand prize, which included $4,000. It features various people receiving flowers on different occasions — including birthdays, graduationa, holidays, and "just because" — and the joy on their faces after receiving the special gifts.

    "As a student studying horticulture, it means a lot to be recognized and I'm grateful for the opportunity to promote the floral industry and the gift of flowers," Fiola said.

    "I believe videos like these can tell a story that both informs and encourages people to buy more flowers."

    The contest was created based on results from the 2016 FMRF-funded study "Marketing Tactics to Increase Millennial Floral Purchases," also sponsored by Asocolflores.

  8. CFAES student wins USDA Student Diversity Program honor

    Haylee Zwick

    Senior Haylee Zwick came to the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) with a solid grasp on agriculture’s importance to society.  She also possessed the foresight to know that a degree in ag business and applied economics would provide her with a diverse set of career opportunities.  “Farming is the seed that has sown the path of progress and led to an endless array of career opportunities,” said Zwick.   

    She shared that sentiment in her winning essay that landed her a spot among 29 other undergraduate and graduate students from across the country at the Student Diversity Program at the USDA’s 94th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum.  Zwick heads to Virginia in February to learn about contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy in today's real world environment. 

    While at the forum, Zwick hopes to learn more about the policy side of agriculture and develop a deeper understanding on how policies like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) affect US agricultural interests.  

    “We will be meeting with policy makers, producers, and industry professionals,” said Zwick.  “And hopefully working together to provide solutions to the biggest issues in our industry.”

    Even though Zwick has another semester until graduation, she has already gained valuable experience toward a career in the industry.  She is getting ready to move to Enid, Oklahoma in May for her second summer internship with Archer Daniels Midland where she will work once again as a commodity merchandiser.  Last summer, while stationed in Mendota, Illinois, she learned about market impacts on grain prices and how to utilize that information to make smart decisions and mitigate risk in creating contracts with farmers.

    “As I gained confidence in my abilities through the help of invaluable mentors, I began to build relationships with farmers and work with them to market their grain,” said Zwick.  

    Zwick also learned first-hand the importance of diversifying grain contract portfolios and the significance of educating farmers on their upside margin potential. She returned to Ohio State in the fall understanding that a career in agriculture is more than just a job but a way of life. 

    “It is a chance to lead a life of significance and make positive impact on generations to come.”

    Speaking of the 30 graduate and undergraduate students selected to attend the forum, USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson said, “These students are the next generation of agriculture, and it is important for the USDA to support their training as future agriculture professionals. At the Ag Outlook Forum, these students will hear current leaders share their vision for agriculture as they begin to map out their own careers.”

    Now in its 11th year, the USDA Student Diversity Program gives undergraduate and graduate students real-world learning opportunities in contemporary agribusiness, scientific research, and agricultural policy. The program selects 20 university undergraduates and 10 graduate students based on essays on agricultural careers and challenges. These students major in agriculture-related studies, including business, economics, communications, nutrition, food science, and veterinary studies. Finalists are selected from land-grant universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and non-land-grant colleges of agriculture. During their visit students will take part in a USDA briefing and discussion of career opportunities with agriculture leaders in academia, government, and industry, as well as tour the nation’s capital. – by Kelli Trinoskey


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