CFAES Connect : July 2016

  1. You’re Invited: Visit CFAES at the Ohio State Fair

    Stop by the Ohio State Fair, and while you're there, meet students and staff from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at one of our tables for a special experience for CFAES and 4-H alumni, friends and future student.

    We will be providing fun giveaways for future students and alumni. Additionally, throw your name into a drawiing for a pair of football tickets to the Homecoming Football game and CFAES Fallfest. The drawing is eligible to all CFAES and 4-H alumni who stop by on one of the designated dates and times below and enter their names. The winner will be notified after the fair. 

    Monday, August 1
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Location: Lausche Youth Center (located near the A.B. Graham School)

    Tuesday, August 2
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Location: Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

    Saturday, August 6
    9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Location:  Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center

    Additionally, CFAES will have a booth within the “Land and Living” exhibit presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nationwide during the duration of the fair.  The "Land and Living" exhibit is located east of the giant slide and across from the south entrance to the midway.   The fair is located in Columbus, Ohio. CFAES will be hosting Commodity Carnival in partnership with the National 4-H Council and the CME Group, the world’s leading futures exchange.  We encourage you to bring your children to engage in these fun, educational activities.  To read more about the Commodity Carnival, please visit this website.   The Commodity Carnival runs the duration of the fair, July 27 –August 7, 2016

    Families or students interested in learning more about visiting Ohio State and the College can pick-up information about our majors as well as our visit opportunities in the booth.  Please encourage future students interested in learning more about our college to stop by the "Land and Living" exhibit!.

    We hope you will come see us. For more information about the Ohio State Fair and admission, please visit

  2. CFAES Autumn 2016 Career Expos

    Is your organization hiring for entry level positions or internships in the areas of food, agriculture, and environmental sciences? Come to our career expo on the Columbus Campus, or at the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. Connect with students, representing all of our 22 majors within eight departments and the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Register your company for the event.

    Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) Career Expo – Wooster, Ohio

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10am-2:30pm
    Location: Shisler Center, Wooster campus


    Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Career Expo – Columbus, Ohio

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 10am-2pm
    Location: Fawcett Center, Columbus campus

    Events are also open to alumni looking for entry level positions. Job seekers do not need to register, just show up on the day of the event.

    If you have questions please contact Career Development Manager Adam Cahill at

  3. Save the Date: Farm Science Review Is Sept. 20-22

    Please join the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at the Farm Science Review on September 20-22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center.

    For the second year, Farm Science Review will have an exclusive CFAES VIP Alumni experience for alumni and friends during their visit.

    The review is the premier exhibition of agricultural sciences and production. More information will be available soon; however, please save the date and we will plan to see you there!

    Find more information about the 2016 Farm Science Review here.



  4. Celebrate Local Foods Week, August 7-13, 2016

    Join Ohioans from across the state in a celebration of local foods August 7-13, 2016. OSU Extension educators are working with communities to showcase their local food producers through special events and educational programs.

    Why Ohio Local Foods Week?

    • Agriculture is Ohio’s number one industry contributing jobs for one in seven Ohioans, and more than $107 billion to the state's economy. (
    • Ohio offers a unique proximity of metropolitan and micropolitan areas, linking rural and urban consumers, growers and communities to food produced on small, medium and large-scale family-owned farms.
    • Ohio ranks in the top ten states for direct sales to consumers represented by a wide variety of food products including but not limited to eggs, milk, cheese, honey, maple syrup, beverages, bread and other artisan products, fresh, frozen canned and dried vegetables, fruits and meats. (USDA Ag Census, 2012.)
    • One in six Ohioans is food insecure and lacks access to fresh, local, healthy food.   
    • All Ohioans are part of the food system just by making daily decisions about what food to eat.

    There is not one definition for “local” food. When making food decisions, many people consider where their food was grown or raised and make an effort to develop personal connections with growers and producers to enjoy flavorful, safe, local food. Ohio Local Foods week is not only about enjoying the tastes of local foods but is also about becoming more aware and better informed about the nutritional, economic, and social benefits of local foods in Ohio.

    Even during wintertime, Ohio local food is available, whether it is fresh produce grown with season extenders or crops that can be held for long periods of time in cold/cool storage as well as baked, canned, frozen and dried foods. August is a great time to celebrate Ohio Local Foods Week because of the availability of direct-to-consumer marketing of all products including a wide variety of fresh produce. The Ohio State University Extension Local Food Signature Program invites everyone to celebrate Ohio Local Foods Week during the 2nd week of August. We encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to grow, purchase, highlight and promote local food all the time but especially during this week.

    Just as there is no one definition for “local,” there is no one way to celebrate Ohio Local Foods Week. You are invited to participate in the $10 Ohio Local Foods Challenge by committing to spend at least ten dollars (or more) on your favorite local foods during Ohio Local Foods Week. Look for regional community events, follow the event on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up at for the $10 Ohio Local Foods Challenge

    If you are looking to plan a celebration, here are some ideas to get started. You can also find a listing of events throughout the state.

    Let us know how you plan to celebrate Ohio Local Foods Week. Share your pictures and stories with us on Facebook or Twitter. #localfoodsOH.

  5. ‘One-of-a-kind research' opportunities: President Drake visits Wooster campus

    Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake’s July 6-7 tour of northern Ohio included a stop at CFAES’s Wooster campus. The tour highlighted his 2020 Vision and commitment to access, affordability and excellence. It also included stops in Mansfield, Akron, Youngstown and Canton.

    “Our Wooster campus is crucial in addressing our top university priorities: access, excellence and affordability,” Drake said in comments during a luncheon in the campus’s Shisler Conference Center. “It’s a great pathway to provide more students access to an Ohio State education.

    “As home to OARDC and Ohio State ATI, Wooster offers one-of-a-kind research opportunities.”

    Drake also said, “As we can see, community engagement is intertwined with campus life” as he introduced and thanked the local officials attending the luncheon. They included Wooster Mayor Bob Breneman, the Wayne County Commissioners and State Rep. Ron Amstutz, the event’s surprise honoree.

    Amstutz “has been a tireless advocate for Ohio State, and has dedicated his life’s work to serving the state of Ohio,” Drake said in introducing the Wooster resident. “We cannot thank him enough for his support of our Wooster campus and our Extension program.”

    Drake cited among Amstutz’s contributions his “steadfast support for research” that can be traced back to his high school summers spent working at OARDC; his help in securing funding to replace OARDC’s Agricultural Engineering Building, which was damaged beyond repair by a 2010 tornado; and his advocacy in helping promising youth, especially from rural backgrounds, go onto higher education.

    “Most importantly, Ron cares very much about other people,” said Drake, who presented Amstutz with a special framed aerial photograph of the Wooster campus.

    Drake’s tour of northern Ohio also included, among other stops, a town hall forum in Youngstown on college affordability and Ohio State’s Young Scholars Program.

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  6. Celebrating the Campaign

    Please take this opportunity to recognize generosity during the But for Ohio State campaign that has helped the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences to become a leader in teaching, research and outreach.

    In 2014, the estates of Geraldine and Arthur Winfough Jr. committed a $2.8 million gift to the college. Their generosity benefited CFAES students in general, as it kick-started construction of the new Library and Student Success Center. In addition, the gift helped establish three endowed funds that support Pickaway County students and OSU Extension there:

    “It just makes our job better,” Pickaway County Extension Director Mike Estadt said.  “We get exposed to new ideas to bring back and adopt to our community. Having that revenue source is nice and can share it amongst all of our staff and faculty.”

    Thanks to the fund, a new position has been created for an extension educator specializing in community development, Estadt said. The educator will collaborate with Pickaway County schools, the Pickaway County Educational Service Center, Pickaway HELPS, local businesses, economic development groups and others.

    The goal is to develop a comprehensive approach to enhancing community activities that promote STEM education for youth.

    As the But for Ohio State campaign winds down over the coming months, look for more stories about our donors and their impact -- both immediate and everlasting -- on CFAES scholarship, research and community outreach. Also, you can still participate in the campaign with a donation.
  7. CFAES students featured on cover of Garden Center magazine

    Identified as "Fresh faces of horticulture," two CFAES students were featured front and center in the May 2016 issue of Garden Center magazine.

    Cristen Flamm and Nathan Detwiler, both undergraduate students in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, were interviewed about their goals and career aspirations, along with students from 16 other universities and colleges. Flamm and Detwiler, however, were featured on the cover, in the opening spread and throughout the 15-page story.

    Garden Center describes itself as “the leading industry trade publication serving independent garden center retailers in North America.” It is published by Valley View, Ohio-based GIE Media.


  8. CFAES students make mark at Borlaug Global Food Security Institute

    Three CFAES graduate students recently participated in the U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security, an annual two-week-long educational program for graduate students attending U.S. institutions who are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the challenges surrounding global food security.

    Vivian Bernau, a PhD student in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science; Dustin Homan, an MS student in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership; and Susan Ndiaye, an MS student in the Department of Entomology were among 40 invited students (25 American and 15 international) from 21 other public universities selected from a competitive pool of applicants to attend the 2016 Borlaug Summer Institute, which was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

    The institute provided an introduction to global food security and offered students the chance to work in an interdisciplinary fashion to address real-world development challenges and to interact with an array of faculty, practitioners and policymakers with extensive experience in integrated approaches to global problem solving. It was convened and delivered by Purdue University’s Center for Global Food Security from June 5-18.

    “Each student who attended brought different expertise and experiences to the conversations, allowing us to gain new perspectives on issues including poverty, malnutrition, gender roles, post-harvest loss, and climate change,” said Ndiaye, who formerly interned at World Hunger Relief Inc. and served in the Peace Corps as an agricultural extension agent for three and a half years in Senegal. She added that as the world’s population continues to grow, the institute reminded her and her peers of the importance of coming together from a variety of disciplines to develop lasting solutions for a problem as large and complex as global food security.—International Programs in Agriculture

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