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  1. Ohio Educators Explore 2 'Amazing' Resources for Teaching About Nature, the Environment

    Jul 18, 2017

    MANSFIELD, Ohio — A July 18-19 workshop in Mansfield — called A Walk Through Ohio’s Forests: The Good, the Bad and the Invasive — will feature two helpful tools for teaching students about nature and the environment, says co-organizer Kathy Smith of The Ohio State University.

  2. Ohio 4-H Awarded $20,000 to Help Grow 4-H

    Jul 18, 2017

    Over 11,800 4-H alum show support through Raise your Hand

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (7-11-2017) -- Ohio 4-H announced its award of $20,000 for participation in Raise Your Hand, a national 4-H initiative asking the millions of 4‑H alumni across the nation, including 4-H alums in Ohio, to ‘Raise Your Hand’ and pay it forward in support of providing the hands-on learning that empowers kids across America.

  3. CFAES Changes Twitter Handle

    Jul 5, 2017

    Recently the college changed their Twitter handle, transitioning from from @FoodAgEnvNews to @CFAES_OSU. Follow the account for future pertinent information about both Government Affairs and CFAES in general.

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  4. News: Manure Science Review on August 2

    Jul 5, 2017

    PAULDING, Ohio – Farmers who want to learn more about creating fertile soil for crops and how to manage manure to improve profits, while also protecting the environment, should attend the Manure Science Review on August 2.


    The Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation are collaborating to host the event.


  5. News: Urban Farm Tours Happening Throughout Columbus

    Jul 5, 2017

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – When you think of farms, you might envision wide open grass lands, a tractor and grazing cows, pigs or horses. But did you know there are farms right here in urban Columbus?

    Columbus was home to only five urban farms just three years ago. Now, there are 16 urban farms throughout the city, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator.

  6. Report: USDA Awards $4.8 Million to Support Critical Agricultural Research and Extension Projects

    Jun 8, 2017

    From the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Daily Bulletin:

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.