Volume 2, Issue 8, April 30, 2015

Personnel Update

  • Wayne Dellinger started on April 20 as the new Union county ANR educator. Wayne, a Union County native, brings a wealth of experience to the position having worked in a number of positions within the university including the Agribility program. Welcome back to OSUE Wayne!
  • Marion County ANR state screening will be on May 6 with county screening TBD
  • Hocking ANR will be reposted with state and county screenings will be TBD.
  • Trumbull County ANR will be reposted with state and county screenings TBD
  • Barb Brahm has agreed to continue as the interim regional director for SW Ohio. Beginning July 1, our very own Jeff McCutcheon has agreed to serve as the interim regional director for SE. Ohio. Good luck Barb and Jeff!


  • Congratulations to Dave Shetlar, Extension entomology specialist! Dave has received the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology from the Entomological Society of America - North Central Branch. He is now in the running for the national award. Good luck Dave!
  • Congratulations to Sam Custer, Darke County ANR Educator, winner of the Hoard's Dairyman Judging Contest! Sam had a score of 434/500. For this achievement, Sam received a $15 gift card to Subway. Way to go Sam!

Save the Date!

2015 ANR summer retreat will be held June 16-18 at the Shawnee State Forest. Mark your calendars. More details coming soon.

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Farm Bill Program Charges

If you have outstanding Farm Bill related charges, please submit those through erequest ASAP. Farm Bill programs are winding down, and we want to make sure all billing is complete before the funding expires.

Campus Campaign

April 30 is the last day to show your Buckeye pride by giving to the Campus Campaign. (http://cfaes.osu.edu/development/events/campus-campaign-2015-is-here). In 2014, our college had its highest number of donors ever, increased support across all campuses and received university-wide recognition amongst our peers. Your efforts and support made that possible. Thank you!

This year, we have set an ambitious yet attainable goal of 45% participation and we’re already over halfway there! As of February 4th, 27% of our college has already given back to a fund of their choice. Campus Campaign 2015 runs through April 30th, and every gift counts, no matter the size. Your participation is key! Please join us in meeting our goal.

There are two ANR development accounts I’d like you to keep in mind as you prepare to make your gift to the University. They are fund numbers:

  • 305079- AG/NR Team Support: -this helps support ANR team activities
  • 312761- OSUE AG/NR Edu Prof Imprfd: To be used for OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educators for Professional Improvement, recognition and other needs to support their profession

Campus campaign runs from March 1 through April 30. If you have questions, or need more information, feel free to contact Rachel Schrock at Schrock.73.

Academic Department Update

Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences is finishing up another year of success and growth. This past year the undergraduate enrollment grew to 800 majors, and the Department was well represented at the recent CFAES banquet demonstrating the high quality and engagement of these students. The Buckeye Dairy Club, advised by Dr. Maurice Eastridge, was awarded the Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization, and Michael McKinney received an OARDC Research Award while Natalia Jurcak took home a CFAES Internship Award. In addition, Dr. Eastridge was recognized with Outstanding Academic Mentor and Service to Students Awards. Our three Newcomb Scholars included Clint Gasser (Rank Two), Gabrielle Ruble (Rank Three), and Caitlyn Mullins (Rank Four), while Marina Sweet and Ashley Rose received the two Jill A. Pfister Outstanding First Year Student awards. The senior class has been outstanding and has set the bar for their peers. Seven of the 20 CFAES Outstanding Seniors were animal or meat science majors: Joey Brown, Brandon Colby, Katherine Dowling, Natalia Jurcak, Caitlyn Mullins, Samantha Parsons, and Erin Williams. Joey Brown was honored with the Ray A. Miller Council Scholarship. In addition, our students excelled beyond these college-level awards. Three of the 20 OSU Outstanding Senior Awards went to animal/meat sciences students: Joey Brown, Caitlyn Mullins, and Natalia Jurcak. The Animal Science Community Alliance leadership group received a Diversity Engagement Award sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center. Two students placed at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum: Laura Whalin and Rachel Leimbach received second place in the Agriculture / Ecological / Environmental Science category. Finally, our inaugural Animal Welfare Judging Team took first place at the Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest, which took place at Michigan State in November.

We have had some new faculty join the Department during the past year as well: Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia (Animal Behavior and Well-being; emphasis in Extension and Teaching; Columbus Campus), Dr. Michael Cressman (Animal Products and Poultry Science, emphasis in Teaching; Columbus Campus), Dr. Lyda Garcia (Meat Science; emphasis in Teaching and Extension; Columbus Campus), and Dr. Justin Kieffer (DVM; Animal Health and Large Animal Clinical Care; Columbus Campus and outlying research stations).

We are also excited to welcome additional members to the faculty this spring and summer: Eric England (Meat Science; Research and Teaching, Columbus Campus), Lisa Bielke (Intestinal Microbiology; Research and Teaching; Wooster Campus); Chan Hee Lee (Nutrient Management; Research and Teaching; Wooster Campus); Alejandro Relling (Ruminant Nutrition; Research and Teaching; Wooster Campus), and Sheila Jacobi (Non-ruminant Nutrition; Research and Teaching; Wooster Campus).
The Department continues to be engaged in discussions with the College and University about updating the Animal Facilities, as many of them have exceeded their original intended life expectancies. This is a coordinated effort to ensure the new or improved facilities will support the teaching, outreach, and research missions of the College as well as foster and enhance continued collaboration among colleagues, departments, and colleges across the University.

The Department would like to recognize and thank Dr. Paul Kuber for his contributions to the Youth Development Programs and for his service in teaching Sheep Production and assisting with the Meat Science Program over the past several years, as he has relocated and joined the program at Washington State University. We would also like to recognize Kyle Culp for his role as the Livestock Judging Coach and thank him for his service to the Department as he is finalizing his Ph.D. and has accepted a position with The Andersons. We wish John Anderson the best as he transitions into retirement; John has been an integral part of our poultry and youth extension programs over the years. Also, we wish Dr. Mike Day the very best as he will be moving to Wyoming later this summer to serve as the Department Chair for the University of Wyoming Department Of Animal Sciences. Dr. Day leaves behind a strong legacy in teaching, graduate student training, and his research and accomplishments in reproductive physiology and beef production.

As you can see, it has been a year filled with change, yet it has also been a very productive year, and we are excited about the continued interest and growth in our undergraduate programs as it looks like the number of students in Animal Sciences will grow again for the next academic year. We are excited about the addition of new faculty members to the Department, and we look forward to the quest to improve our facilities to enhance our teaching, research, and outreach capabilities.

Team and Program Updates

Woodland Stewards

The team is working with SENR faculty member Jeremy Bruskotter and Mike Reynolds, ODNR, Division of Wildlife to put together a workshop on the Endangered Species Act. The workshop will be May 29th at the 4-H Center. The topics for the day will include:
• Introduction to the ESA
• Update on Bat Listings
• Section 7 Consultations
• Managing Habitat of Listed Species
• Legal Perspective-Complying with the ESA

Registration is open online at http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu and costs $30 (includes breakfast and lunch).

We continue to work with other state and regional partners on updating and maintaining the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) invasive species app. Trainings are being offered for groups interested in learning how to contribute to the invasive species mapping efforts. Contact Kathy Smith smith.81@osu.edu, Eugene Braig braig.1@osu.edu, Marne Titchenell Titchenell.4@osu.edu, or Amy Stone stone.91@osu.edu if you have a group that would like to learn more and become part of this project.

Sheep Team

Mark your calendar, the 2015 Ohio Sheep Day will be held Saturday, July 11. It is being hosted by Schoolhouse Shropshires, Jim and Denise Percival located at 961 Hoop Rd., Xenia, OH 45385. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.

This year’s program is being finalized with the focus on programming to increase and improve the productivity and profitability of sheep and other small ruminant operations. Ohio Sheep Day will offer visitors the opportunity to visit a successful sheep farming operation dedicated to sheep production in a profitable way. Sheep farmers and anyone interested in sheep management is cordially invited to attend. Details will be made available on the Sheep Team Web page http://sheep.osu.edu

Swine Team

  • February 11, 2015 – Ohio Pork Congress Symposium, 300+ attended. (Ricker and Moeller)
  • March 6, 2015 – Livestock Mortality Composting, Coshocton. 26 certified (Ricker)
  • March 13, 2015 – Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) Training, Oakwood. 12 certified (Ricker)
  • March 14, 2015 – Youth Pork Quality Assurance (YPQA) certification, Show Ring Success Clinic, Springfield. 87 youth certified. Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) certification, 4-H Volunteer Conference, Columbus. 10 adult PQA certifications. (Ricker)
  • March 18, 2015 – Ohio Swine Health Symposium, Plain City. 173 attended. (Ricker and Moeller)
  • March 19, 2015 – PQA Plus site assessment, McComb, Ohio (Ricker)
  • March 25, 2015 – TQA Training, Wilmington, Ohio, 21 certified (Nye)
  • March 28, 2015 – OSU Junior Swine Day, Columbus and Wooster, Ohio. Over 300 youth and adults attended the two locations. 119 received YPQA certification. Nutrition, swine health, selection, carcass evaluation and showmanship topics were covered. OSU Personnel participating: Henry Zerby, Ron Cramer and meat lab staff, Andrea Daubenmeir. Steve Moeller, Mike Amstutz and Dale Ricker.
  • March 31, 2015 – PQA Plus site assessment, Rawson. (Ricker)
  • April 2, 2015 – TQA Training, Maria Stein Grain, 7 certified. (Ricker)
  • April 6, 2015 – Putnam County Youth Quality Assurance, Kalida. 125 youth and adults attended (Ricker, Hedrick and Hoorman)
  • April 7, 2015 – TQA Training, Bryan, 4 certified. (Ricker)
  • April 9, 2015 – Scioto County Youth PQA, Lucasville, 98 youth and adults attended. (Ricker)
  • April 14, 2015 – Putnam County Youth Quality Assurance, Kalida. 70 youth and adults attended (Ricker, Hedrick and Hoorman)
  • April 16, 2015 – PQA certification, Sabina / Washington Court House. 18 certified. (Ricker)
  • April 18, 2015 – Pike County Swine Clinic, Piketon. 104 youth attended. Swine Nutrition presentation. (Ricker)
  • April 29, 2015 – TQA and Livestock Mortality Composting, Oakwood. 20 certified. (Ricker)

Vegetable and Fruit Team

Team Newsletter & Websites

The team Newsletter (VegNet) and website updates continue to gain new subscribers as Ohio fruit & vegetable programs expand and new educators join the team. Team members also manage http://vegnet.osu.edu/– a statewide database to disseminate research based fruit and vegetable updates and field updates for farmers to make production decisions and to alert of pest outbreaks. This newsletter is published and web site is updated bi-weekly or as needed in season with Team members and growers writing articles and submitting crop updates and being edited and published using office resources and editorship labor provided by Charissa McGlothin Program Assistant Horticulture & Direct Marketing of the Piketon Research & Extension Center/ OSU South Centers . A survey of newsletter subscribers was conducted to evaluate the 2014 season and changes have been made for the 2015 season. The 2015 field reports and research updates began in April 2015 and will continue through October season dependent.

Presentations & Programs

  • Ohio workshops, schools and conferences that Team members organized and/or presented at the past quarter included:
  • Ohio Farm Bureau Young Farmers Conference (Columbus);
  • Ohio Valley Extension EERA meeting (Piketon);
  • OSU Small Farm College at Xenia and Delaware;
  • Ohio Beginner Hop Growers Conference (Wooster);
  • Ohio Hop Growers and Craft Brewers Annual Conference (Wooster);
  • Monthly First Friday Hop Research Yard Tours (Wooster location);
  • Monthly First Friday Hop Research Yard Tours (Piketon location);
  • SW Ohio Fruit and Vegetable School Warren County Extension (Morrow); Southern Extension & Research Activity Orientation Meeting 2015 SERA 045 ( Lexington, KY);
  • OEFFA Conference (Granville);
  • Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group Annual Meeting (Wooster);
  • West Virginia Small Farm Conference (Charleston, WV);
  • Scioto County Farmer Business Annual Banquet (Portsmouth);
  • Wilmington Small Farm Conference (Wilmington);
  • University of Ky Farm and Family Night (Maysville, KY);
  • Pickaway County Farmers Club meeting (Circleville);
  • NE Ohio Small Farm Conference (Wooster);
  • Monroe County Vegetable Crop update (Somerton;
  • Scioto County Ag. Leaders Breakfast meeting (Lucasville).
  • Team members also regularly teach and/or guest lecture undergraduate and graduate level fruit, vegetable, fruit, brewing science and ag engineering courses on main campus through CFAES and other colleges.
  • National presentations included conducting a seminar on Urban Agriculture and poster 7
  • presentations on the effects of pesticides on squash bees and the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group at the 8th International IPM Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Upcoming Activities & Events

  • The team will be presenting and/or organizing at the: Ohio High tunnel Training at Piketon (4/27&4/28); as well as spring and summer programs and presentations.

Position Updates

  • There is discussion that an Extension/Teaching position for fruit is being discussed.
  • Mike Ellis’s vacant fruit pathology position is going to be filled soon.

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, go to: http://www.agcareers.com/newsletters/When-it-comes-to-professional-devel...