1. Brown Announces Nearly $500,000 Investment for OSU Ag Institute

    May 19, 2017

    Investment Will Support OSU Efforts to Reduce Food Waste

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $499,384 to The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State ATI) to develop a smartphone app that will help reduce household food waste.

    “We’re proud of the world class research going on at OSU and this investment will put Ohio at the forefront of technology and research once again,” Brown said.

  2. Seeking the Stink Bug's Natural Enemies

    May 8, 2017

    COLUMBUS, Ohio —When Celeste Welty unzips the white, nylon cage, none of the stink bugs inside move.

    “They’re very tranquil,” she says.

    Why wouldn’t they be?  Inside their cage, they enjoy spa-like conditions with all the sunflower seeds and nuts they can feed on, the warmth of the sunlight coming through the window beside them and a few house plants to make it feel like the outdoors, though they’re in a lab. 

    Young offspring clutch the walls of a separate cage inside what appears to be a refrigerator but instead is a warming chamber.

  3. Learn How to Bring Down Your Home Energy Bills

    May 8, 2017

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — When we think of green homes, we often think: expensive and futuristic.

    However, over time, they may not cost more, and they certainly aren’t limited to the future.

    A daylong May 16 workshop will help homeowners and builders understand ways they can minimize energy costs and improve their indoor air quality.

    Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its partners will host the second Green Home Workshop at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, in Columbus.

  4. Strawberries, Robots and Taste Tests Featured at Berry Field Night

    May 2, 2017

    PIKETON, Ohio -- If you’re seeking more berries from your strawberry plants or want to know how to start growing them, an upcoming field night could be where your questions are answered.

    Those who attend the May 25 workshop at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, can step into a greenhouse and see how strawberry plants stacked atop each other grow year-round. Perhaps even more unusual, a robot will demonstrate how it can eliminate the back-straining work of picking berries.

  5. Registration Open, Scholarships Available for Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp

    May 2, 2017

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Put 100 teenagers in the woods for a week, in a place with spotty cellphone service, and you’d think they’d be bored.

    But teach them about the nature there, allow time for fishing and swimming, offer the occasional climb up a 10-story oak tree, and “the kids really seem to love it,” said Marne Titchenell, co-director of the Ohio Forestry Association’s 66th annual Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp.

  6. Leave the Tilling to Mother Nature

    May 2, 2017

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Whether talking to farmers in France, Ghana or southern Ohio, Rafiq Islam’s message is consistent: Tilling the land does more long-term damage than good.

    As an Ohio State University soil scientist, Islam is among the disciples in the movement to convince farmers that plowing their fields before they plant or after they harvest harms the health of the soil and its ability to spur growth and resist erosion.

  7. CFAES Announces New Director of Government Affairs

    Mar 1, 2017

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences’ new director of government affairs comes not only with rich experience in the state legislature, executive branch of state government, and in an advocacy role for policy and funding at the state and national levels, he also agricultural roots from a childhood growing up on a corn, soybean and hog farm in Champaign County.

    Adam Ward, executive director of the Ohio Soybean Association, is expected to begin his new position March 6.

  8. Hops Conference to Feature New Harvester, Prototype Trellis System

    Jan 18, 2017

    PIKETON, Ohio — The hops industry is booming in Ohio, and organizers of The Ohio State University Hops Conference and Trade Show on Feb. 24-25 have brewed up a program that will keep the learning flowing for beginner and advanced growers alike.

    “There was an estimated 200 acres of hops planted in Ohio on 80 farms in 2016, up from 10 acres on four farms in 2014,” said Brad Bergefurd, horticulture specialist with Ohio State University Extension and one of the conference organizers. The event is co-sponsored by the Ohio Hop Growers Guild.

  9. Show Me the Evidence: New Student Group Focuses on Communicating About Science

    Jan 18, 2017

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Bill Hildebolt worked as a product development researcher at Campbell Soup Co., one of his responsibilities was to keep abreast of any negative reports concerning the company’s products.

    Hildebolt, who led the team that developed Prego Spaghetti Sauce during his tenure at the company, remembers being surprised and angered at the sometimes exaggerated criticisms leveled against food and agriculture.

  10. Ohio State Experts to Speak at Sustainable Agriculture Conference

    Jan 18, 2017

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ten experts from The Ohio State University will be among the 100-plus presenters at this year’s annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

    Organizers call the event, which is Feb. 9-11 in Dayton, the largest sustainable agriculture conference in Ohio.