CFAES Connect: September 2015

  1. Invest in the Future -- Yours and Theirs

    A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) helps you pursue your dreams and supports future Buckeyes at CFAES too. With your gift, you can enjoy fixed payments for life and ultimately benefit your area of interest at CFAES. Additionally, you can receive great tax benefits, such as an immediate charitable contribution deduction, possible tax free income and potential estate tax savings.

    The Office of Gift Planning can help you create a legacy for yourself and make a huge impact for future Buckeyes.

    Rates for an immediate Charitable Gift Annuity:

    Age Lifetime Annuity Rate (Single Life)
    65 4.7%
    70 5.1%
    75 5.8%
    80 6.8%
    85 7.8%

    Learn more about CGAs and get started here.

  2. Last Chance to Register for Homecoming 2015!

    Register now for CFAES Homecoming 2015, Oct. 9-10 at The Ohio State University.

    Reconnect with fellow alumni and friends of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences during this weekend, which gets bigger and better every year.

    The college offers two days of activities leading up to the Ohio State Buckeyes’ game against the University of Maryland Terrapins, who are making their first visit to Ohio Stadium as members of the Big Ten Conference. Events will take place at Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, a short walk to Ohio Stadium.

    Programming on Friday, October 9 will include the Dean’s State of the College address, alumni tours, breakfast, lunch, and the Department of Food Science and Technology Hall of Distinction induction ceremony and reception.

    Saturday, October 10 will see the return of the CFAES Homecoming Fallfest Tailgate. Enjoy catered tailgate, live music and fond memories from 8:30 to 11 a.m., with the football game kickoff scheduled at noon.

    Please update your Ohio State University Alumni Association contact information at the alumni portal  and return regularly to stay on top of updates regarding the weekend events.

    Just click on then select “Update Your Info.” Hotel information can be found here.

    Questions can be directed to the CFAES Development Office at 614-292-0473 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Hope to see you there!


    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2015

    CFAES PROGRAMMING DAY - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

    8 to 9 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

    9 to 10:15 a.m. – Dean’s State of the College Address

    10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Alumni Morning Activities

    1.    10:15 to 11:45  a.m. – Golf Cart & Walking Tour (originating from the 4-H Center) of the new Student Success Center, enCORE (Ohio State’s solar-powered, student-designed and -built house) & Chadwick Arboretum

    2.    11:50 12:40 p.m. – Tour of Parker Food Science & Technology including discussion of current projects and research.   

    12:45 p.m. – Buffet Lunch

    Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

    2 to 4 p.m. – Alumni Bus Tour/Activities

    1.    2:10 to 2:55 p.m. – Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory

    2.    3:05 to 3:55 p.m. – The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

    Alumni Programming Day Fee - $35 for all day activities 


    4:15 to 5:30 p.m. - Dessert & Beverage Reception Following Ceremony


    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015


    8:30 to 11 a.m.

    Ohio 4-H Center

    9:30 a.m. – Fallfest Program

    Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean – Dr. Bruce A. McPheron

    Young Alumni Emcee – John Torres

    Future Alumni Student Emcee – Joel Penhorwood

    Anniversary Recognition: 5, 10, 15, 25, 35, 45 & a special gift for 50 Years



    Ohio Stadium

    Fees for football game ticket and Fallfest Tailgate - $115 for alumni, $105 for young alumni, $85 for Class of 1965

    Fees for Fallfest Tailgate only - $30 for alumni, $20 for young alumni, free for Class of 1965

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2015


    12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

    Ohio Union Archie M. Griffin Ballroom

    By invitation only to 50-year Alumni from the University

  3. Thanks for Attending Farm Science Review 2015

    Thank you to the many alums and friends who visited Farm Science Review 2015!

    It was great seeing so many of you stop by the CFAES alumni tent.  

    This video provides an update on our Field to Faucet initiative and a special announcement about scholarship support for the 2016-2017 academic year.

    Gifts to Field to Faucet can be made here

    Donations to the Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Undergraduate Endowment Scholarship Fund can be made here.


    Below are a few highlights of the 2015 Farm Science Review:

    • Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, announced a commitment of an additional $1 million in financial support to undergraduate students for the 2016-17 academic year.
    • John Hixson and Harold Watters were inducted into the 26th class of the Farm Science
    • Field to Faucet Water/Nutrient Research Tours were available to attendees, featuring joint projects between Ohio State and Beck’s Hybrids.
    • A field demonstration featuring four different plot combines and three plot planters was an addition to the show’s normal field demos schedule and showcased different aspects of the machines and the latest seeding techniques.
    • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) took to the skies above the fields during daily demonstrations, and were complemented with video monitors on the ground displaying real-time images and video footage for attendees.
    • Titan Tire’s second annual charity tire auction raised $29,000 for Ohio FFA students.
    • Early harvest results showing an average of 47 bushels per acre for soybeans and 180 bushels per acre on average for corn from fields on the Farm Science Review grounds.
    • The Ohio Land Improvement Contractors of America installed 50 acres of tile, along with a flood control structure.
    • Daily attendance totals: Tuesday - 38,220; Wednesday - 54,404; Thursday - 24,160. The total of 116,784 compares with last year’s 131,153.

    If you weren’t able to join us this year, please mark your calendar for next year. The review will be held September 20-22, 2016.


  4. CFAES Alum Returns to Lead Ohio State Extension

    Congratulations and best wishes to the next Ohio State University Extension Director, CFAES alum Dr. Roger Rennekamp (Ph.D 1987, Extension Education).

    Currently the associate dean for Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University's College of Public Health and Human Science, Rennekamp will assume his role Jan. 4. He takes over for Keith Smith, who retired in June.

    Ohio State Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and has an annual budget of $71 million and 700 employees.

    “I am honored to renew my relationship with one of the nation’s premier land grant universities,” Rennekamp said recently about his return to Ohio State. “The need for Extension is as great as any time in its hundred-year history. Extension of the next century must remain true to key principles of community engagement and responsiveness while embracing approaches and technologies that will increase its reach and impact.”
    Bruce A. McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and CFAES dean, praised Rennekamp for his experience at all levels of the Cooperative Extension System and his reputation for building collaborative relationships and partnerships.
    “His strong background in working across disciplines will serve Ohio State and Ohio quite well,” McPheron said. “Roger’s enthusiasm and energy will help create the Extension organization of the future.”
    Learn more about Dr. Rennekamp here


  5. Department of Animal Sciences Hosts Meat Judging Contest Nov. 7

    Animal Sciences alumni are invited to the Buckeye Classic Meat Juding Contest 9 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Meat Lab in the Animal Sciences Building, 2029 Fyffe Rd.

    Details can be found here.

  6. President Drake’s Ohio Tour Includes CFAES, Field to Faucet

    Over the summer, President Michael V. Drake visited southern and western Ohio to learn more about the impact of The Ohio State University's programs and to meet with students, families, alumni and supporters.

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences hosted President Drake at the OSU South Centers, Endeavor Center, a Vinton County community garden and Grand Lake St. Marys to learn more about the college’s work on water quality efforts in the Field to Faucet initiative.

    The President also met with several CFAES students who are recipients of a Delma Roush Scholarship from our college, hosted affordability forums in Wilmington and Urbana, attended and participated in the signing of the Ohio State and Central State University memorandum of understanding focused on Extension work and attended the Mercer County Fair, among other stops. 

    Learn more about the tours here.

    During the stop at Grand Lake St. Marys, the university recognized the support of key partners in the Field to Faucet initiative. Pictured in the image from left to right are Jack Fisher, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Kirk Merritt, Ohio Soybean Council executive director; John Hoffman, chair, Small Grains Marketing Program board of directors; Dennis Vennekotter, member, Ohio Corn Marketing Program board of directors; President Drake; Patrick Knouff, Ohio Soybean Council chair; Scott Beck, president, Beck’s Hybrids; Tadd Nicholson, executive director, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association; and Dean McPheron.


  7. ‘Tackling Critical Issues in Today’s Society’: CFAES and the Discovery Themes

    Dean Bruce McPheron hosted a reception and discussion focusing on the college’s engagement with Ohio State’s Discovery Themes.

    College faculty serving in leadership roles shared updates and insights on the work and future plans of their teams.

    Attending the Aug. 13 reception were 65 college friends and supporters with an interest in the Discovery Themes.

    Watch the presentations here.



  8. Good Reading: New and Revised Fact Sheets on Ohioline

    A number of new and revised fact sheets have been posted on CFAES’s Ohioline website. They give details on a wide range of subjects, from healthy nutrition to insects.

    Also, two new products are available on OSU Extension’s eStore: Trends and Determinants of Farmland Sale Prices in Western Ohio 2001-2010 and Ohio Pesticide Applicator Training: A Study Guide for Commercial Industrial Vegetation Applicators.

    We hope you’ll make use of these helpful resources. We ask that you spread the word among your colleagues and interested parties so they can have the most up-to-date information.

    Family and consumer sciences

    The following Family and Consumer Sciences fact sheet revisions have been posted to Ohioline — Limiting Risks for Your Unborn Baby, HYG-5535-15; and Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, HYG-5573-15 — and you can find them at these links:

    Food for the Toddler Years, MOB-6-15, a revised FCS fact sheet, has been posted to the following locations:

    Modifying a Recipe to Be Healthier, HYG-5543-15, has been posted to the following locations:

    Fruits and Vegetables Are a Convenience for Busy People! HYG-5302-15, has been posted to the following locations:

    Vitamin C, HYG-5552-15, and Iron, HYG-5559-15, have been posted to the following locations:

    Seed quality and handling

    Floriculture Crop Seed Quality and Seed-Handling, HYG-1261-15, has been posted to the following locations:


    Periodical and ‘Dog-Day’ Cicadas, ENT-58-15, has been posted to under Trees and Ornamentals.


    Listeria monocytogenes: A Concern for Pregnant Women and Older Adults, HYG-5562-11, has been replaced with Listeria monocytogenes: A Concern for Pregnant Women and Older Adults, HYG-5562-15, at all of these locations:

    West Nile virus

    All nine of the West Nile virus fact sheets (English versions only) at the following locations have been revised:

    Also, WNV-1007-15 has been posted at under Equine and WNV-1000-15 has been posted at under Poultry.

    Food preservation

    The following fact sheet revisions have been posted to under Family and Consumer Sciences Series Index.

    • Freezing Cooked Foods, HYG-5308-15.
    • Canning Meat, Poultry and Game, HYG-5330-15.
    • Freezing Vegetables, HYG-5333-15.
    • Freezing Meat, Poultry and Game, HYG-5334-15.
    • Canning Tomatoes, HYG-5336-15.
    • Canning Tomato Products, HYG-5337-15.
    • Canning Basics, HYG-5338-15.
    • Salsa: From Garden to Table, HYG-5339-15.
    • Basics for Canning Fruit, HYG-5343-15.
    • Basics for Canning Vegetables, HYG-5344-15.
    • Drying Fruits and Vegetables, HYG-5347-15.
    • Preserving Uncooked Jams and Jellies, HYG-5348-15.
    • Freezing Fruits, HYG-5349-15.
    • Jams, Jellies and Other Fruit Spreads, HYG-5350-15.
    • What to Do When Your Freezer Stops, HYG-5357-15.
    • Freezer Storage, HYG-5402-15.

    Solar energy

    On-Farm Solar Electric System Safety, CDFS-4105-15, has been posted to


  9. Extra $1 Million in CFAES Scholarships Awarded for 2016-17

    The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences  will commit an additional $1 million in financial support to its undergraduate students for the 2016-17 academic year.

    “The need to support our students has never been greater,” said Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, as he announced the commitment during Farm Science Review  on Sept. 22.  “We are going to take a very hard look at what we can do as a college to create a sustainable model that takes into consideration all the complexities of financial support for our students.

    “Our goal over the next decade is to cut our student debt significantly. Any impact we can make on reducing our students’ debt translates into more money they can put toward their professional and personal lives.”

    College affordability is increasingly becoming an issue of concern for students and their families nationwide. Currently, CFAES students graduate with an average debt of nearly $28,000 for students on the Columbus campus and just over $17,000 for students on the Wooster campus.

    Thanks to the generosity of its donors, the college awarded nearly $2.1 million in financial support to undergraduate students on the Columbus and Wooster campuses for the current academic year.

    Details can be found here.

  10. Check Out This Study Abroad Video!

    Please enjoy this Study Abroad video of students from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

    Thanks to College Communications for producing the video, which premiered during the 2015 Fall Scholarship Dinner.