CFAES Connect: August 2019

  1. Speak with the Next Generation of Buckeyes at Farm Science Review

    Bailey Building

    If you or a colleague are planning to attend this year's Farm Science Review September 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center and are a CFAES alumnus, you are invited to help inspire current and future Buckeyes in the college’s booth inside the Bailey Building.

    The goal is to highlight our alumni and show how their time, involvement, and degrees earned at The Ohio State University assisted them in achieving their career goals.

    We are filling one-hour time slots between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day of the review.  You may sign up by clicking here and filling in your information.  We ask that you sign up no later than Wednesday, September 12.  Those who sign up will receive some goodies from the CFAES Advancement Office.

  2. Dean's Charity Steer Show Brings in 'Unbelievable Support'

    Together they steered toward the good.

    The first-ever Dean’s Charity Steer Show—hosted by CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress and featuring 13 teams of celebrities, 4-H members, and the 4-H members’ bovine charges—raised $152,000 (and counting) for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

    The charity, among its services, provides housing for families of children being treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.  

    Check out full story here.  

    To donate, click here

    To watch the full show, click here

    The results of the show are as follows:  

    Best Steer: Clark Kellogg, former Ohio State basketball and NBA player, lead CBS sports analyst, and Ohio State Trustee - with 4-H member Sydney Sanders of Highland County 

    Best Showmanship: Bob Peterson, public servant, small business owner and an 8th generation farmer from Fayette County - with 4-H member Victoria Waits of Fayette County

    People's Choice Award: Adam Sharp, Executive Vice President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation - with 4-H member Sam Sutherly of Miami County 

    Other exhibitors included: 

    Cathann Kress, Vice President for agricultural administration and dean of Ohio State's CFAES - with 4-H member Wyatt Osborn of Highland County 

    Matt Barnes, news anchor for WCMH-TV Channel 4- with 4-H member Caroline Winter of Pickaway County 

    Mark Berven, president and chief operating officer of Nationwide Property & Casualty - with 4-H member Allison Davis of Carroll County 

    Joshua Perry,  - with 4-H member Kyle Kardotzke of Erie County 

    Jay Edwards, small business owner and real estate investor from Athens County - with 4-H member Austin Pullins of Athens County 

    Clay Hall, sports director for WSYX Channel 6/Fox 28 TV, Columbus - with 4-H member Shala Graham of Licking County 

    Woody Johnson, co-host of Woody and the Wake-up Call on 92.3 WCOL and iHeart Media/Columbus - with 4-H member Lauren Schulte of Putname County 

    Rick Malir, CEO and co-founder of City Barbeque - with 4-H member Jocelyn Belleville of Wood County 

    Bob McElligott, sports broadcaster for the Columbus Blue Jackets - with 4-H member McKalynne Helmke of Tuscarawas County 

    Shelley Meyer, former first lady of Ohio State football and instructor for Ohio State's College of Nursing - with 4-H member Taylor Poff of Geauga County 

    Shelley Meyer and Poff Twins with Brutus

  3. Free Course Offers Deep Insights into 150 Years of Ohio State History

    Did you know Ohio State’s colors were not always scarlet and gray? 

    You read that right.

    The first diplomas issued by The Ohio State University were almost tied with orange and black ribbon, as students selected ribbon samples for the first commencement. When students later learned that these were already Princeton University’s colors, they chose scarlet and gray as an alternative. 

    If you’re a history nut or even a Buckeyes superfan, there’s always more to learn. 

    The Ohio State University is inviting all of Buckeye Nation to celebrate the university’s sesquicentennial with a free online course commemorating its 150-year history. 

    Based on the popular History of Ohio State course, the self-paced, online course created by Ohio State’s Office of Distance Education and eLearning is part of the university-wide sesquicentennial celebration.

    To read on click here

  4. Livestock Exposure Could Help Babies' Immune Systems

    Getting up close—and a little dirty—with farm animals just might help us fend off illness, say researchers who’ve further demonstrated the benefits of early exposure to a wide variety of environmental bacteria.

    Scientists from The Ohio State University found that bacteria and other microbes from rural Amish babies were far more diverse—in a beneficial way—than what was found in urban babies’ intestines. And, in a first-of-its-kind experiment, they found evidence of how a healthier gut microbiome might lead to more robust development of the respiratory immune system.

    The study was published this month in the journal Frontiers in Immunology.

    “Good hygiene is important, but from the perspective of our immune systems, a sanitized environment robs our immune systems of the opportunity to be educated by microbes. Too clean is not necessarily a good thing,” said the study’s co-lead author Zhongtang Yu, a professor of microbiology in Ohio State’s Department of Animal Sciences and a member of the university’s Food Innovation Center. The Department of Animal Sciences falls under Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

    The research team collected fecal samples from 10 Ohio babies who were around 6 months to a year old. The five Amish babies all lived in rural homes with farm animals. The other five babies lived in or near Wooster, a midsize Ohio city, and had no known contact with livestock.

    The samples revealed important differences—particularly a wide variation in microbes and an abundance of beneficial bacteria in the Amish babies’ guts that weren’t found in their city-dwelling counterparts. The researchers expected this, based on the infants’ exposure to the livestock.

    “The priming of the early immune system is much different in Amish babies, compared to city dwellers,” said Renukaradhya Gourapura, co-lead author of the study and a professor in CFAES’ Food Animal Health Research Program.

    What they really wanted to know was how these differences might affect development of the immune system, setting the groundwork for a body’s ability to identify and attack diseases and its resistance to allergies and other immune-system problems. Previous studies in the U.S. Amish population and to comparable populations throughout the world have drawn a clear connection between rural life and a decrease in allergies and asthma, Gourapura said.

    To read more click here.  

  5. Tax Benefits for Supporting CFAES

    CFAES students

    Enjoy favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support CFAES and your favorite charities. With The Ohio State University Foundation's Donor Advised Fund, you decide which programs at CFAES and other eligible charities to support according to your own interests and timetable. Your fund has the potential to grow tax-free in one of our investment options, ready to support your next philanthropic endeavor when the moment is right for you. Read more.

  6. That Compost Contains What?

    Privy 2 Corn plot near 18th Avenue Library

    A small plot of corn popped up this spring on The Ohio State University campus and, as the adage goes, the stalks were standing knee-high by the Fourth of July.

    The crop is growing in soil amended with Com-Til, a compost product made with residual biosolids from the City of Columbus’ wastewater treatment plants.

    The corn patch is the public installment of a research collaboration led by Nick Kawa, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Forbes Lipschitz, assistant professor of landscape architecture at the Knowlton School, to look at the human waste stream. Kawa and Lipschitz are faculty hires in the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT).

    Funded by a 2018 InFACT Linkage and Leverage grant, the project considers the long history of using human waste as an agricultural resource – and what that looks like today in central Ohio.

    To Read on Click Here

  7. Events Calendar

    Farm Science Review - September 17-19, 2019 London, Ohio 

    Farm Show with opportunities to connect with 600 commercial exhibitors as well as fellow individuals within the agricultural community.  

    CHAIRE Presents Animals in Our Lives Featuring Dr. Temple Grandin - September 30, 2019 Dublin, Ohio

    Please join us for a most enjoyable evening featuring Dr. Temple Grandin! The evening will include a short introduction to CHAIRE, a plated dinner, a silent auction, animals from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, a presentation by Dr. Peter Neville, and a presentation by Dr. Temple Grandin. This is a fundraising event for CHAIRE and seats are limited!

    CFAES Fallfest Tailgate & Homecoming Game - October 5, 2019 Columbus, Ohio 

    Save the date to join us for our annual tailgate before Homecoming!  It’s always a great time and a chance to connect with fellow alumni.  This year, the Buckeyes host the Spartans from Michigan State University for an evening game at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The tailgate is 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on the Columbus campus.

  8. Alumni in the News

    Ohio Agricultural Council Inductees

    Our alumni are out in the world making great things happen.  If you see an alum in the news, let us know!

    Here are some recent newsmakers from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences:

    Cassie Jo Arend BS 2006 Agricultural Communications Job Offers Plentiful: Agricultural Economics Leads the Way, other CFAES Majors Strong

    Dr. Matt Baker PhD 1990 Agricultural Education Baker named department head for Texas A&M agricultural leadership, education and communications Paula Chen

    Bryan Black ASC 1980 Livstock Production & Management Beef & Sheep Ohio Agricultural Council inducts Hall of Fame

    Joseph Borchers BS 1975 Dairy Science Rural-Urban Mass held at Schmitmeyers

    Paula Chen BSNUTRN 2014 Animal Science, MS 2016 Animal Science Up & Coming Leaders: Meet Paula Chen

    Daniel Foster MS 2008 Agricultural Education, PhD 2009 Agricultural Education Culver's #FarmingFridays Features Pig Farmer Lauren Schwab Eyre

    Connor Frame BSAGR 2019 Agribusiness & Applied Economics Job Offers Plentiful: Agricultural Economics Leads the Way, other CFAES Majors Strong

    Earl Gerdeman BS 1952 Agricultural Education, MS 1955 Agricultural Education Gerdeman inducted into Ag Hall of Fame

    Susan Hogan MS 1983 Agricultural Education Why middle and high school will be better this year

    Charles A. 'Al' Holdren BS 1972 Agricultural Economics Ohio Agricultural Council inducts Hall of Fame

    Lewis R. Jones BS 1965 Agricultural Economics Ohio Agricultural Council inducts Hall of Fame

    Robinson 'Rob' W. Joslin BS 1975 Animal Science Ohio Agricultural Council inducts Hall of FameConnor Frame

    Kayla Miller MS 2017 Food, Agriculture & Biological Engineering New AgriPOWER Institute class announced

    Natalie Miller BSAGR 2019 Agribusiness & Applied Economics Job Offers Plentiful: Agricultural Economics Leads the Way, other CFAES Majors Strong

    Krystel Navarro-Acevedo MS 2016 Plant Pathology Krystel Navarro-Acevedo, Plant Pathology Ph.D. Student

    Megan Ritter BSAGR 2019 Agribusiness & Applied Economics Job Offers Plentiful: Agricultural Economics Leads the Way, other CFAES Majors Strong

    Dr. Scott Shearer BS 1981 Agricultural Engineering, MS 1983 Agricultural Engineering, PhD 1986 Agricultural Engineering [Technology Corner] Sizing Down Autonomous Opportunities

    Dusty Sonnenberg BS 1995 Agricultural Education Sonnenberg joins staff to head up Ohio Field Leader 

    Kevin Wendt BS 1990 Animal Science State Fair gives fodder for proud parentsDusty Sonnenberg

    Haylee Zwick BSAGR 2018 Agribusiness & Applied Economics  Job Offers Plentiful: Agricultural Economics Leads the Way, other CFAES Majors Strong