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  1. Aedes aegypti is the main vector that carries Zika virus. (ThinkStock photo)

    Media Advisory: Zika Virus: Ohio State Expert Available to Speak about Mosquitoes that Carry Disease

    Feb 3, 2016

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Peter Piermarini, an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, is available to speak with the media about the mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus, which is now present throughout Latin America and has also infected more than 30 people in the U.S. who contracted the disease while traveling abroad.

  2. Tom Smarr, who keynotes Feb. 4’s Tri-State Green Industry Conference, was horticulture director for New York City’s innovative High Line Park, shown here, built on an old elevated train track. (Photo: “Sunrise On the Flyover” by Steven Severinghaus via Friends of the High Line licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.)

    Urban Green Space Expert to Keynote Tri-State Green Industry Conference

    Jan 26, 2016

    CINCINNATI, Ohio — What’s new in the business of landscaping, plant nurseries and grounds maintenance?

    Soil health, turf pests, deer damage, pollinators, hydroponics, invasive species, new urban green space, new pesticide regulations, and new types of annuals and perennials will be some of the nearly three dozen topics at the 2016 Tri-State Green Industry Conference.

    The annual event is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 4 in Cincinnati.

  3. Steve Slack retired in December 2015.

    College Creates Annual Lecture Series in Honor of Retired OARDC Director Steve Slack

    Jan 19, 2016

    WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University has announced the creation of a research lecture series in recognition of Steve Slack, who served as director of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center for 16 years untilhis retirement in December 2015.

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    Ohio State Seeks Participants for Ohio Farm Custom Work Rate Survey

    Jan 16, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Agricultural economists from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University want to know how much Ohio growers engage farm workers and machinery operators as part of the college’s 2016 Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey.

    The survey is conducted biannually by Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension, as a means of gauging farm work completed by others, which is often referred to as “custom farm work” or “custom work,” he said.

  5. Secrest Arboretum’s new Master Gardener class is its first in more than a decade. (Photo by Wavebreak Media.)

    Apply Now for New Secrest Arboretum Master Gardener Class

    Jan 16, 2016

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Master Gardener volunteers from across Ohio helped Secrest Arboretum regrow after a 2010 tornado.

    Now the 115-acre plant collection, part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, hopes to return the favor.

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    Southwestern Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference Is Feb. 2

    Jan 16, 2016

    LOVELAND, Ohio – Fruit, vegetable and specialty crop growers can learn how to do everything from increase sales using social media, control pests in their greenhouses, produce barley for malting and understand food marketing regulations during a day-long conference offered by horticulture, entomology and local foods experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

  7. Aquaculture farm. Photo: Thinkstock

    Conference Seeks to Boost Profitability of Fish Farming

    Jan 13, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Learn more about seafood safety and the 2016 economic outlook for the aquaculture, or fish farming, industry during the Ohio Aquaculture Association Annual Conference Jan. 29-30.

  8. New rules on growing and handling fresh produce are designed to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. (photo:

    Produce Safety Rule to Change the Way Fresh Fruit, Vegetables Are Grown and Handled

    Jan 7, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ever since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in January 2011 and the act’s Produce Safety Rule was proposed two years later, fruit and vegetable growers have waited for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to finalize the regulations they will be expected to follow on the farm.

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    Corn College Workshop is Feb. 10

    Jan 6, 2016

    GREENVILLE, Ohio – Producers and agriculture professionals can get an update on the 2016 corn market and learn how to budget a profitable corn crop at a workshop led by farm management experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

    The 2016 Corn College is a daylong workshop offered on Feb. 10 that will focus on what farmers need to know to operate a successful operation, said Sam Custer, an Ohio State University Extension educator who is organizing the program.

    OSU Extension is CFAES’s outreach arm.

  10. Ohio Pumpkin Crop Down This Year; Expect Smaller Pumpkins

    Oct 9, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio farmers harvested fewer pumpkins this year compared to the 2014 crop, and the fruits are smaller than usual, according to experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

    “Growers faced significant challenges during both ends of the growing season in 2015,” said Jim Jasinski, Ohio State University Extension educator and coordinator of the Integrated Pest Management program. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the college.