Volume 2, Issue 10, May 31, 2015

Personnel Update

  • Starting June 1, Tim Barnes will be the new Marion County ANR Educator and Jacci Smith will be the ANR/4-H program coordinator in Delaware County. Welcome to ANR Tim and Jacci!
  • Madison County ANR state screenings will be on June 5 with county screenings TBD
  • Hocking County ANR state screenings will be on July 1 with county screenings TBD
  • Muskingum County ANR state screenings will be on July 1with county screenings TBD
  • Mark Mechling, Muskingum ANR educator, will retire on July 1. Mark has been with OSUE since May 1 of 1989. One of Marks’ more dubious accomplishments during his long and storied career was that he was the first to suggest I do an ANR newsletter. I’m not sure this is what he had in mind; so you can either thank or blame him! Thanks Mark for all you’ve done for OSUE and Muskingum County. We all wish you the best in your retirement!
  • Dan Cowdrey, former ANR Agent for Highland County from 1970-1992, passed away on May 25. His obituary can be found here.


  • Eric Romich, Chris Bruynis, Bruce Clevenger and Larry Gearhardt received the national Cross-Program Team Award for “On-Farm Solar Energy Development” from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) at its annual conference in Little Rock, AR on May 19. Congratulations!
  • Ani Katchova, Associate Professor, Farm Income Enhancement Chair, and Director of the Center for Cooperatives in AEDE has been elected to the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Executive Board. Congratulations Ani!
  • David Apsley, Forestry Specialist, has been elected a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters. Congratulations Dave!
  • Sam Custer, Darke County ANR educator was recently highlighted in a news story on WHIO TV in Dayton about the potential damage avian flu can cause in Ohio. Sam’s interview can be viewed here.

ANR Summer Retreat June 16-18

The 2015 ANR Summer Retreat Planning Committee is pleased to announce that registration is now OPEN for our retreat by clicking here. Our “home base” will be Shawnee State Park Lodge & Conference Center.

We’ll be offering tours at:

  • Jackson Area Research Station
  • Shawnee State Park Golf Course
  • Shawnee State Forest
  • OSU South Centers & Endeavor Center.

Check out the retreat brochure for all the plans and highlights. We have invited our CD counterparts to join us on Wednesday, June 17, for our day at Piketon/OSU South Centers & Endeavor Center as the committee felt they would benefit from the “field to table” focus.

Reserve your lodge room or cabin by Wednesday, June 3 by calling Shawnee directly at 740-858-6621. Housing accommodation options at Shawnee State Park Lodging options include:

  • Cabins (sleeps up to 6 w/1 bath) - $165
  • Standard Double Room or Double Woods View - $109
  • Bunk Room or Bunk Woods View (sleeps 4 w/1 bath) - $109
  • King Room or King Woods View - $109

Costs are per night and do not include room tax
Group Reservation Code: OSU EXT ANR
Lodging Reservation deadline: June 3, 2015

Shawnee State Park Lodge & Conference Center
4404B State Route 125
West Portsmouth, OH 45663
Phone: 740-858-6621 - Fax: 740-858-4766

Retreat registrations are due Monday, June 8 to be sure that we have adequate food for everyone.

If financial assistance is needed to attend the retreat, please email Teresa or call 614-292-4077.

The planning committee has worked to implement a good balance between work and social activities. This year’s committee includes Curtis Young – Chair, Dave Apsley, Amanda Bennett, Brad Bergefurd, Chris Bruynis, Sam Custer, David Dugan, Jeff Fisher, Teresa Funk, Jerry Iles, Ashley Kulhanek, Jacqueline Kowalski, Mark Landefeld, Andy Londo, Julie Moose, Gigi Neal, Tony Nye, Chris Penrose, and Amy Stone.

Don’t delay, make your room reservations and complete your RegOnline now! We can’t wait to spend three action-packed days with you in beautiful Southern Ohio!

If you have any questions, please email Teresa or call 614-292-4077 (office) or 614-309-3487 (cell) or email Curtis Young or call him at 419-238-1214.

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Hold the Date!

The Annual Farm Science Review will be held September 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. I encourage you to attend and participate in one of the most significant extension events in the University.

Farm Bill

Thank you all for your efforts on the Farm Bill. The paperwork has been submitted for reimbursement to the USDA. Total programs and attendance were:

Farm Bill Education Program # of Programs Attendance
Dairy Margin Protection Program (DMAP)
Totals 187 7668

Additional DMAP programs will be conducted in the coming months. Stay tuned for further details. If you have questions, contact Dianne Shoemaker or Chris Bruynis.

Academic Department Update

The Department of Food Science and Technology

The Ohio State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology continues to maintain their presence as one of the top food science programs in the country. Dr. Sheryl Barringer, a twenty year faculty member of the department was recently appointed to a four year term as chair and the department is currently actively working to fill the JT ‘Stubby” Parker Endowed Chair in Dairy Foods which was left vacant by the passing of Dr. Jim Harper who passed away in 2014.

We believe that our faculty are among the best and the brightest in Food Science and this past spring, a number of them were publically recognized for their work. At the OARDC Research Conference Steve Schwartz was recognized with the 2015 OARDC Distinguished Senior Faculty Award and Hua Wang was given the 2015 OARDC Director’s Innovator of the Year Award. At the CFAES Annual Recognition Banquet Monica Giusti was given the Rodney F. Plimpton Outstanding Teaching Award and both Mary Kay Pohlschneider and Lynn Knipe were mentioned as a mentor by a Top 20 senior in the College. We are also very fortunate to have adjunct faculty like Ron Harris who have had successful careers in the food industry help teach our capstone courses like Product Development. Ron, whose career included Nabisco and Kraft, was honored for his work with students this spring when he was recognized for his meritorious service to students during the banquet. In addition, Ahmed Yousef will be awarded the Research and Development award and FST chair Sheryl Barringer will become an IFT Fellow during the IFT Annual Meeting this July in Chicago.

Pictured below is Dr. Steve Schwartz and Dr. Hua Wang.

Professor Bala Balasubramaniam hosted an international non-thermal processing workshop and short course at CFAES last fall. The event attracted about 175 participants representing academia, food industry, equipment manufacturers and regulatory agencies from 24 countries. The workshop and short course served as a forum to exchange ideas and transfer knowledge among participants about various non-thermal processing technologies that have the potential of satisfying health conscious consumer demand for minimally processed foods with no or minimal preservatives. The short course introduced the basic principles and potential industrial applications of non-thermal technologies to several entrepreneurs interested in starting food processing companies. Breakout sessions discussed opportunities for public-private partnership for advancing non-thermal processing research, information and education for entrepreneurs getting into non-thermal processing commercialization, as well as validation of non-thermal processing and research needs in non-thermal processing. In addition, this event afforded over 40 graduate and undergraduate students representing a number of universities around the world the opportunity to share their research via poster presentations and provide them a unique and valuable opportunity interact with peers. This international event finished up with an opportunity for attendees to take a trip to visit Avure Technologies.

Pictured below are workshop attendees (left) and Dr. Bala Balasubramaniam (right) speaking to the group.

Our students continue to represent us in a very favorable light on a number of fronts both professionally and academically. This year, three of our product development teams have either advanced to the finals of their competition or have been named a top finisher. The teams and their products are: “Tranquilibee” has been selected as a top three finalist in the National Dairy Council new product competition and will travel to the IFT annual meeting for the final leg of the competition. “Fruit Cyclone” placed second in the DD Williamson natural coloring competition and the “Kran Cup” was selected a top three finalist in the Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. This past spring, we graduated over fifty undergraduate students and look forward to them going out into the food industry and making a difference as OSU Buckeyes! Out students enjoy very high job placement and this year’s graduates will be heading to companies like Cargill, Tamarack Farms, T. Marzetti, Sensient Technologies, Abbott Nutrition, Coalescence, and Boars Head just to name a few.

Lastly, we look forward to our OSU FST College Bowl competing during the IFT Annual Meeting in July, The group, pictured below, competed regionally to win and advance to the national competition in Chicago.

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Team and Program Updates

Dairy Working Group

The Dairy Working Group welcomes Jeff Stachler who will probably discover that he loves cows and will wonder why he ever thought crops were interesting! Or at least will find folks to help him with the large dairy population in Auglaize County.

We joined Educators and Specialists from MSU and Purdue at our first Extension Dairy In-service held in conjunction with the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference in Ft. Wayne, IN in April. In addition to the excellent conference schedule, two evening sessions focused on labor management issues, animal welfare issues and extension education. It was deemed a success by participants with another in-service scheduled in conjunction with the 2016 Conference to be held in Ft. Wayne April 18th -20th. Anyone with an interest in dairy are welcome to participate.

Sign-up for the 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program will be held at county FSA offices July 1 through Sept 30, 2015. Educators in Darke/Shelby/Auglaize/Mercer Counties as well as Wayne and surrounding counties will be scheduling regional programs in August. Will we post recordings on the http://dairy.osu.edu website, accessible to farmers throughout Ohio.

Watch ANR emails for announcements from Gustavo Schuenemann for programs related to dairy animal health and organic production scheduled through the summer. The “15 Measures of Dairy Farm Competitiveness” will be revised this summer.

OSU Beef Team

13 issues of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter, since the last update, to 2000+ subscribers, (plus Drovers and other pubs).

Ohio Beef Expo Presentations:  On March 20, 2015, Francis Fluharty gave a presentation at the Ohio Beef Expo discussing forage digestibility and ruminant nutrition. This presentation included a ruminant anatomy and physiology laboratory with the dissection of a digestive tract and an explanation of how forage particle size and forage maturity impacts digestibility, nutrient utilization, and animal growth and development.
Several YouTube and print materials were developed:


Three new presentations added to the Beef Team YouTube channel and a total of more than 1000 views of the 34 videos currently housed on the channel (since the first video was posted to the channel 3 years ago, there have been more than 47,000 total views on the various videos posted to the channel over those years)

  • The Future of Antibiotic Use, by Dr. Troy Brick, OSU Vet (from 2015 Beef School)
  • Forage Specie Selection and Alternatives for Ohio, by Bob Hendershot, retired NRCS Conservationist
  • Sustainable Beef Production, what is it and how can we improve it? by Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Director of Sustainability Research for NCBA (from 2015 Beef School)

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Magazine articles

  • Increasing the Digestibility of Forages = Economic Benefits! by Francis Fluharty
  • Spring Grazing Management, by Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County
  • Simplifying a Challenging Task, by John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator
  • Complicated Yet Exciting Times for the Cattleman! by John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator

John Grimes:

  • Taped an episode of the “Highland Highlights” radio show for WCHO radio on 3/2/15.
  • Met with representatives of Certified Angus Beef and Sysco Foods, Cincinnati Division to plan an educational event for Sysco Foods on 5/19/15.
  • Participated in the Ohio Beef Expo in Columbus on 3/20/15 – 3/22/15. Served on the Beef Judging Contest Committee and selected classes for the event.
  • Made a presentation titled “Beef Animal Production in Ohio” to 27 clientele at the Delaware County Small Farm College on 3/26/15.
  • Wrote two articles for the OSU Extension Beef Team’s “Beef Cattle Letter.”
    • Issue #927: “Bulls vs Cow Settlers”
    • Issue #928: “2015 OCA Seed stock Improvement Bull Sale”
  • Made a presentation titled “Spring Beef Management Tips” to 10 clientele at the Morgan Co. Cattlemen’s Assoc. meeting on 4/6/15.
  • Served as a resource person for a beef educational webinar sponsored by Penn State University Extension on 4/8/15. Presented the topic titled “Capitalizing on the Historic Beef Economy” to beef producers in western Pennsylvania.
  • Taped an episode of the “Highland Highlights” radio show for WCHO radio on 4/9//15.
  • Published an article in the Spring 2015 Issue of the “Ohio Cattleman” magazine titled “Simplifying a Challenging Task.” This article discussed methods to improve reproductive efficiencies in beef cow-calf operations.
  • Wrote four articles for the OSU Extension Beef Team’s “Beef Cattle Letter.”
    • Issue #930: “Utilize the K.I.S.S. Method”
    • Issue #930: “Final Reminder for OCA Seedstock Improvement Bull Sale”
    • Issue #931: “Calves = Very Valuable; Bulls Deemed "Satisfactory Potential
    • Breeders" = Priceless!” with Stan Smith
    • Issue #931: “Hillsboro Seedstock Improvement Sale Results”
  • Participated in a live radio interview with the radio station AgNews 890 in Fargo, North Dakota on 4/23/15. I was interviewed on the subject of grass tetany in beef cattle.


2014 farm business on-farm analysis is wrapping up. Please finish up your farm analyses by June 19th. Our goal is to have the state summaries completed this summer.

We are doing continuous recruitment for Ready, Set, Go! This NCRME grant-funded program allows us to work with farmers through this year to identify and collect needed financial and production information in real time. “How-to” webinars for participants start on Friday, June 5th. Each webinar will begin at 12:30 and last for an hour. Find the whole schedule here. Webinars will be recorded and posted for those who can’t participate during the broadcast.
A companion webinar series focusing on farm financial management – understanding and using financial statements – will start in the fall. Chris Bruynis will be leading that effort.

Please let us know if you have farmers that are interested in farm business analysis and refer them to our website for more information. They can also “Like” us on Facebook! Our more youthful than me Summer Student Assistant, Haley Drake, is kicking off this outreach effort begun by Christina Benton, Farm Business Analysis Program Assistant.

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In An Instant (from the Corn Newsletter)

The ABC network television show In An Instant will be replaying the Buried Alive episode on Saturday, May 30 at 9:00 pm. This episode features Arick Baker, a 23 year old farmer from Iowa, who was completely buried in his grain bin for over two hours and was fortunately rescued. Some farmers who saw the episode during its first run said it was very eye-opening to watch. The episode can also be viewed online at anytime here.

Modern but Still Countryside (Adapted from: Norman Jacknis, the Weekly Yonder)

Robots, soil sensors, and drones. Technology offers a way for Dutch entrepreneurs to innovate beyond the city limits.

In 1884 Van Gogh depicted the potato farmers of the southern Netherlands turning soil by hand. Today, things are different. Dutch farmers are still growing potatoes, and there is still open land. But the people in and around the small city of Eersel are creating a new kind of rural – the modern countryside.

Taking me on a tour of this region last month was Kees Rovers, a noted telecommunications entrepreneur and speaker on the impact of the Internet. Years ago he was a leader in bringing a high speed fiber network to the nearby city of Nuenen (where Van Gogh lived for a while 130 years ago). Now Rovers is working on bringing fiber networks to the area around Eersel.

Potato farmer Jacob Van Den Borne flying a drone he uses to gather information that helps production.

Eesel is located in the province of Noord-Brahant, a region that receives an unusually large number of research patents, perhaps partly – but not only – due to the presence of Philips research labs in the city of Eindhoven.

This culture of innovation gets a boost from inventive residents and leaders. Three of these leaders joined us for our tour: Eersel Mayor Anja Thijs-Rademakers, City Manager and Alderman Harrie Timmermans and Alderman Liesbeth Sjouw.

We saw three great examples of the modern countryside.

  • First, there’s the van der Aa family farm, which has invested in robotics – robots for milking the cows and robots to clear the barn of the manure the cows produce in great quantity. Think of a bigger, smarter, more necessary version of the Roomba.
  • Then we visited Vencomatic, which was created by a local entrepreneur but is now a global business, still based in the countryside. In addition to pioneering animal-friendly technology for the poultry industry, their headquarters won the award as “Europe’s most sustainable commercial building.”
  • The final stop was at Jacob Van Den Borne’s potato farm in Reusel. He described his use of four drones, numerous sensors deep in the ground, analytics and scientific experiments to increase quality and production on the land. He has a two minute video about precision agriculture.

This is the kind of potato farmer that Van Gogh could never have imagined. But farmer Van Den Borne and other innovators in the region may be hitting a limit. Slow Internet connections outside densely populated villages are holding them back. Van Den Borne, for example, needs a faster connection to analyze the data he uses to manage his potato farm and to learn new methods of farming.

Van Gogh painted this work on potato farmers while living in the southern Netherlands in 1884. There’s still countryside in the region, but the technology has come a long way in the last 130 years. So Van Den Borne has helped organize a co-operative to build out broadband in the countryside that doesn’t have connectivity yet. Then he can take his innovations to a whole new level.

And that’s why Rovers and the City of Eersel are deploying broadband away from the town center, using the motto “Close the Gap.” (Mr. Rovers is also the founder and director of the NGO of the same name.)

Whether it’s just an unusually strong regional culture of innovation or the historical necessity of being creative in rural areas, where you can’t just pay someone down the block to solve your problems, this region of the world sets a good example. And that, in part, is what motivates organizations like the Intelligent Community Forum, where I work, to promote a new, connected countryside everywhere.
Dr. Norman Jacknis is senior fellow at the Intelligent Community Forum

Dr. Norman Jacknis is senior fellow at the Intelligent Community Forum, where he is responsible for an initiative called the Rural Imperative for A New Connected Countryside. Next month he will be leading the “Rural Master Class” at the Intelligent Community Forum’s summit in Toronto.

Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp Offered for Teens

A week of learning and fun awaits teens at the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This outdoor learning adventure is scheduled from June 7-12 at FFA Camp Muskingum on beautiful Leesville Lake in Carroll County.

“This unique and popular outdoor learning experience has opened doors for campers that have led them to successful careers in a number of natural resource-related fields,” said Robert Boyles, ODNR deputy director and state forester. “More than 10,000 young people have made lasting friendships while learning important lessons in conservation.”

The Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp is a week-long resident camp with the goal of reaching the next generation of caretakers of Ohio’s valuable natural resources. Programs at this year’s camp include tree identification, ecology, wildlife management, forest management, invasive species, wildlife monitoring, tree climbing and forest industries, along with many other topics.

The camp is sponsored by the Ohio Forestry Association Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the wise management of Ohio’s forests and natural resources. The camp is supported by the ODNR divisions of Wildlife and Forestry, The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension, county soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) and other private and government organizations with natural resource professionals who teach a variety of subjects.

Campers spend the week making new friends, participating in fun camp activities and learning about the environment around them. Camp culminates with a comprehensive exam, including a tree identification section. The highest scoring students compete for college scholarships to Hocking College, The Ohio State University and Ohio University.

Camp costs $375, with sponsorships available to assist interested students who need help covering the fee. Sponsorships are offered through local SWCD offices, sportsmen’s clubs, forestry groups and many private forestry-sector businesses. Camp is open to youth who have completed the eighth grade. Students should be registered by June 7 to participate.

For more information and registration, please contact the Ohio Forestry Association at 888-38-TREES, or visit the OFA website.

Professional Development Opportunity at Purdue

The Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue has the following professional development opportunities available this summer and fall.

  • Strategic Decision Making , June 23-25, 2015
  • Agribusiness Finance for Non-Financial Managers , August 11-14, 2015
  • Executive Agri-Marketing, August 31-September 2, 2015
  • National Conference for Agribusiness , November 10-11, 2015

For more information, visit their website.

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