1. Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders, One 4-H Member at a Time

    Mar 9, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — One of the proudest moments of his tenure with Ohio 4-H was when Tom Archer opened a note from a 4-H alumna. He remembered her as a teen 4-H camp counselor who became president of both the 4-H Junior Leadership Club and the County Junior Fair Board in Shelby County, where Archer started his career.

  2. Small Farm Conference March 13-14 Offers Expansion Options for Farmers

    Feb 9, 2015

    WILMINGTON, Ohio – While the number of farms with less than 50 acres of land has declined slightly in recent years according to 2012 Agriculture Census data, small farm operators with specialized farms, particularly organic farms, have experienced substantial growth in recent years, the same data shows.

    That’s not surprising to Tony Nye, an Ohio State University Extension educator who coordinates OSU Extension’s Small Farm Program. Nye said he continues to see “a huge interest” in small farm production, particularly among farmers who are new to agriculture.

  3. Ohio Ice Wine Is Hot — Share It With Your Valentine

    Feb 9, 2015

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Born of Ohio’s cold winters, a boon from being below freezing, Buckeye State ice wine is hot with critics. It can make a sweet gift for your Valentine.

    “They don’t call it ‘nectar of the gods’ for nothing,” said Todd Steiner, who leads Ohio State University’s enology program, the science of wine-making, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “Ice wine and chocolate-covered strawberries or crème brulee — who can resist?”

  4. Big Data, Water Quality Focus of Conservation Tillage Conference March 3-4

    Feb 5, 2015

    ADA, Ohio – As more farmers gain access to and use big data to increase yield production, questions remain about how to keep that data from potentially hurting their farm profits later.

    Finding ways to make sure data gleaned from precision agriculture -- which is a farming management concept that uses technology such as satellites and GPS tracking systems to help farmers increase yields -- doesn’t fall into the wrong hands is just one of the topics to be discussed during the Conservation Tillage Conference, March 3-4.

  5. Ohio State Scientist First Woman to Receive International Agriculture Honor

    Feb 3, 2015

    WOOSTER, Ohio — Linda Saif, a scientist in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded the 2015Wolf Prize in Agriculture for her work on viral diseases of critical importance to farm animals, food safety and human health.

  6. Animal Welfare Specialist Expanding Reach in Ohio

    Jan 15, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University Extension’s new animal welfare specialist already has a win: The student team she coached in an intercollegiate animal welfare competition last November took home the first-place trophy.

    Now, Monique Pairis-Garcia is working on expanding her reach throughout the state during 2015.

  7. OSU Extension Offers Beef Cattle School Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24

    Jan 15, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Beef cattle producers who want boost their profit potential and become more competitive in the cattle industry can learn how by attending the 2015 Ohio Beef Cattle School series Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24, taught by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

  8. Precision Agriculture Webinar offered Jan. 20

    Jan 14, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The more data farmers and producers can access regarding their fields, the better they can make decisions regarding how to manage their farm operations, experts say.

    But boiling down information from field monitored data, satellite data and remote sensing data captured using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles can sometimes be challenging, said Greg LaBarge, an Ohio State University Extension field specialist and one of the leaders of Ohio State University’s Agronomic Crops Team.

  9. Statewide Farm to School Conference March 5 Offers Opportunities to Grow Successful Programs

    Jan 13, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Producers looking for ways to sell fresh, local foods to schools — and school districts looking to start or expand a Farm to School program — can come together during a statewide conference in March that’s designed to help expand opportunities between the groups.

  10. Getting Started in Hops Production Workshop is Feb. 4

    Jan 13, 2015

    WOOSTER, Ohio – With Ohio-grown hops in high demand from Ohio microbrewers, growers who want to learn how to get started in hops production can learn from the experts during a preconference workshop on Feb. 4 designed to offer tips on how to get in on the next big thing in Ohio agriculture.