Volume 2, Issue 9, May 15, 2015

Personnel Update

  • Marion County ANR state screening was on May 6 with county screening May 13.
  • 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
  • Laura Tui, Extension aquaculture specialist at OSU South Centers has resigned effective May 7. She has moved to Florida to assume a similar position. Good luck Laura!
  • Greg Davis has agreed to serve as the Interim Extension Director, starting July 1. Congratulations, and good luck Greg!


  • Congratulations to Greg LaBarge, Agronomic Crop Field specialist. He has secured a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation totaling over $1.06 million; when combined with matching funds from Field to Faucet, OFBF, Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing program, and the Ohio Small Grain Marketing Program. These funds will be used for nutrient management plan development and 4R adoption in the Lake Erie watershed. Way to go Greg!

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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Save the Date 2!

The 2015 Farm Science Review will be held September 22-24 this year. I encourage you to make plans to attend and participate in one of the most significant extension events in the University.

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.

Avian Influenza Preparedness Planning in Ohio

Since December 2014, USDA has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (or migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections to be low. No human cases of these HPAI H5 viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally.

122 Influenza findings have been reported since December, a majority of which have been turkeys and most recently layers. The HPAI H5N2 virus strain has been confirmed in several states along three of the four North American Flyways: Pacific, Central and Mississippi.

The novel HPAI H5N1 virus is not the same virus as the H5N1 virus found in Asia, Europe and Africa that has caused some human illness. This HPAI H5N1 strain is a new mixed-origin virus that combines the H5 genes from the Asian HPAI H5N1 virus with N genes from native North American avian influenza viruses found in wild birds.

Biosecurity is critical for all poultry producers including backyard flocks. Consider a review of the recent news release from our college http://cfaes.osu.edu/news/articles/ohio-poultry-owners-advised-increase-biosecurity-virus-spreads-in-western-us.

Make sure you share the biosecurity information with your 4-H Educator as they will want to share with 4-H members with poultry projects.

So what does all of this mean in Ohio, and specifically in Darke and Mercer Counties? Why even spend time on something that may not even occur?

There are over 11 million layers and turkeys in Darke County. If they all needed to be composted, it would take an 8’ X 6’ compost windrow over 50 miles long or an 18 acre slab compost 7 foot high.
If we look at Mercer County, we would add another 10 million birds.

It is our goal to develop a plan of action to address the Avian Influenza and how it may affect producers in Darke and Mercer County. Immediate goals are to talk with Dr. Forshey, State DVM, to ask about parameters for disposal of large numbers of birds and to understand impending quarantines, if enacted in the state. We will be working with State Soil Scientists and the State NRCS Geologist to further determine parameters to predetermine burial site acceptability according to the NRCS composting standard, OH 316, for Animal Mortality.

It is our desired outcome that Darke and Mercer County poultry producers know parameters and process to predetermine if their site is acceptable for what type of disposal for their emergency planning purposes.

If a bird is suspected and subsequently determined to have the Avian Influenza then a quarantine would be put in place. An immediate depopulation would take place of the flock with the disease. It does not matter if this is a backyard flock, a 20,000 turkey house or a 2 million bird complex.

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The Quarantine:

• 2 mile radius from the infected sites

  • Heavy testing
  • No movement of poultry or products
  • Does not necessarily mean that everything in the 2 mile radius would be depopulated

• Additional 6.25 mile radius from the infected site

  • Surveillance

At a recent state poultry team meeting a large producer indicated they would probably compost their turkeys inside their barn they were raised in. That helps but there needs to be another option.
That leaves about 19 million layers and pullets between the two counties to dispose of on site. Extension has been asked by producers and other members of the state poultry team to assist the producers in pre-identifying the farms that can bury all or a portion of their birds. I am estimating it would take a 1 acre hole, 12 feet deep to bury 2 million layers.

The need to pre-identify is because once their flock is hit they will have just a couple days to get them covered. It typically takes 6 to 8 days for 95% mortality. Most producers will begin removing the live birds from the cages as soon as they suspect the influenza is in the building. Live bird removal is typically done at a rate of 60,000 birds per day with a crew of 25 people. Waiting will result in a very significant increase in time needed to dispose of the birds and will also result in probable damage to the cages of the layers.

It is our current understanding that EPA says no to burial, but Dr. Forshey says, “If the water tables allow, there will be burial. Composting does not make sense on a lot of sites.”

His guidance on Burial:
• If buried, the cap needs to be at least four feet. The disease will be killed quickly. No additives needed.

  • He only mentioned water table as a gate keeper

• In most cases the litter will not be permitted to leave the infected farm.
• Producers have been encouraged in the past to pre determine their ability to bury
• Dr. Forshey thinks it would be very wise to predetermine acceptable sites. He said this would be helpful for him and the other agencies when the disease hits.

Summary Thoughts
Producers are no longer thinking about “if” this will hit Ohio, but “when”. I hope we will miss the disease this spring but it has been predicted that the level of risk will be high each fall and spring for the next couple years as waterfowl migrate back and forth through our state.

One size does not fit all. We continue to look at composting, burial and other ideas to be designed. As ANR educators in Ohio, I would encourage you to begin a dialogue with your NRCS Engineers about how you can help your poultry producers develop a plan for the worst with a hope that it will be a waste of your and their time. This is an important time to reach out to your poultry producers. They are looking for someone that will listen and who will help them think critically.

Even if there is no poultry in your county, think about the effect on the demand for corn and soybean meal. You can figure about 1 bushel of corn eaten per layer per year, 10 pounds of corn per broiler and 2/3 of a bushel of corn per turkey (10-12 weeks). If we would lose ½ of our poultry for a 6 month period of time you would reduce corn demand alone by 27,000,000 million bushels, the equivalent of 9% of our state corn production.

For more information, contact Sam Custer, Darke County ANR educator, or Mo El-Gazzar, state poultry veterinary specialist.

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Team and Program Updates

New and Small Farm Program

The New and Small Farm Program has had another successful winter/spring of programming.

Two Small Farm Conferences – “Opening the Doors to Success” and “Living the Small Farm Dream” were held in Wilmington and Wooster.

Overall the two conferences had over 250 paid attendees representing 47 Ohio Counties and two additional states, West Virginia and Kentucky. The audience was made up of 57.3% male and 42.7% female. In addition, 4.45% of our audience was minority farmers.

Here are some other bullet points from the conferences:

  • 32% attending were in the age range of 25 to 44 years of age.
  • 48% attending were in the age range of 45 to 64 years of age.
  • 21.6% of attendees are landowners operating a full-time operation were as,
  • 39.9% were landowners operating on a part-time basis.
  • 16.9% own land but do not currently have an ongoing agriculture enterprise and 5.4 % have no land or active enterprise.
  • 16% rent land as part of their small farm operations.
  • The average farm size reported attending the conferences was 96 acres.
  • 90% of respondents said they believed the conference will help them to improve the profitability of their farm enterprise(s).
  • 64% said they were very satisfied with the content and design of the conferences and another 27% said they were satisfied with the content and design of the conferences.
  • The Small Farm program also held two eight week New and Small farm Colleges in Greene and Delaware counties. A unique characteristic to this year’s colleges was the fact we had farms representing Alaska, Indiana, and Virginia along with farms in 17 Ohio counties. The colleges had 90 participants this year which included 4.4% minority farmers (Urban) and 44% of participants were female.
  • The average farm size was 27.7 acres with a range of 0 to 500 acres and they have owned their farms for an average of 9.7 years. This year of the 90 participants, 14 did not own property or have an active agriculture enterprise.
  • Motivation for owning land – the top three responses were:
    • Lifestyle – 53%
    • Earning a living – 24.8%
    • Retirement – 22.2%
  • Another fact to this ongoing program is that it continues to draw new clientele. This year, 78.9 % of the participants had never participated in an OSU Extension program before attending the Small Farm College.
  • 66.7% of the respondents to the final evaluation said they developed or changed their plan for their farm operation.
  • The program was rated an overall score of 9.02 out a possible 10. 96.5% of the evaluation respondents said the program exceeded expectations and 96% said they would recommend the program to others.

Plans are already underway to host at least three more colleges across Ohio this next fall/winter and there is a strong possibility one of the Small Farm Colleges will work with Veterans.
The two conferences will again be held in Wilmington and Wooster. The Wilmington dates for 2016 look to be March 11 &12. We are considering April 2, 2016 for the Wooster conference.

I want to personally thank the 30 plus Extension Professionals who helped plan, serve and teach at all of these events!!!!!

Veterinary Extension

The Veterinary Extension Unit continues to provide many educational programs for clientele including veterinarians, Extension Educators, producers, workers, consultants, etc.
Dr. Schuenemann continues to provide numerous on-farm training sessions for dairy farm workers on topics such as milking routine, calving & newborn care, fresh cow care, and best cow-calf handling/welfare practices. Module 4 of the Ohio Dairy Health and Management Certificate Program completed the nutrition sessions. The next module for practicing dairy veterinarians will be held on May 28-29 and involves “Leadership and Personal Effectiveness”. The “Dairy Reproduction and Genomic Workshop” was held at Der Dutchman in Plain City as part of the USDA-NIFA project entitled “Genomic selection for improved fertility of dairy cows with emphasis on cyclicity and pregnancy”. This project is multi-institutional and he is currently working with additional workshops for other states.

Dr. El-Gazzar just finished the Poultry Health Management Schools and is continuing to work on the outbreak situation regarding H5 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). While this outbreak has not yet reached Ohio, Dr. El-Gazzar has been active in working with commercial and noncommercial poultry clientele in efforts to educate and prepare. Other efforts have included multiple newsletters and internal publication updates, professional publications for the poultry industry, and mass media publications including TV interviews. He continues to work closely with the Ohio Poultry Association and other professional poultry organizations to provide education, updates, and preparedness strategies. In addition, he is working on large scale composting for large layer complexes in collaboration with Dr. Fred Michel in the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering as flocks infected with HPAI are facing tremendous challenges regarding the depopulation and disposal of carcasses.

Dr. da Costa is growing her Extension program on milk quality and udder health. She has been participating in conferences and workshops with the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). In addition, she has been meeting with veterinarians and producers throughout the state.

Dr. Saville coordinates the Applied Field Epidemiology Program, which is a monthly forum for updates and discussion regarding current diseases affecting animal and public health. This effort was the first in the nation and now several other states have started as well. The recent meeting included a presentation from the Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORDS Network) which is a unique, international non-governmental organization building information exchange among disease surveillance networks in different areas of the world. Meetings are at noon on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Please let us know if you have any interest in participating via conference telephone.

Food Animal Health Research Program faculty including Drs. LeJeune, Lee, and Rajashekara hold Extension appointments. Recent Extension activities include the “Stamp Out Disease” interactive educational display at various events and a workshop on food safety intervention.

Contact information for Veterinary Extension is available on the website at http://vet.osu.edu/extension

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Agronomic Crops

It’s planting season! While spring rolled in late, most areas are dry now and in just 10 days we went from near zero acres of corn and soybean to nearly 100% finished on corn and 50% on soybeans. This sets us up for great yields for the year.

The CORN newsletter (http://corn.osu.edu) contains concerns for your area of Ohio. Take time to scout early season corn and soybean growth. Wheat is progressing quickly - in many areas wheat is heading out and will flower in the next few days. If we have rain during flowering then the chance for head scab goes up.

To learn more: participate in the Monday morning conference call for the C.O.R.N. (Crop Observation & Recommendation Network) newsletter. We meet at 9AM Monday mornings except for the couple of holidays when we move the call to Tuesday - we have our own dedicated toll-free number - 888-919-9126, no PIN required. You may also join us on VOIP with Chrome as your browser at https://www.uberconference.com/corn2015.

For those of you working on the Soybean Limitation survey with Laura Lindsey, it’s time to collect soil samples and get variety and planting information.

We are still looking for cooperators for the corn nitrogen rate trials. See page 35 of the Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training Manual for ideas on plot set up and data collection - share with a grower and get some field experience for yourself.

If you have summer field days planned that include a topic of interest for Ohio Soybean producers the Agronomic Crop Team as $250 grants that can provide seed monies for these efforts. In addition get dates and information on all Agronomy related field days for posting to the events calendar. Interested in on-farm research?, the Team can sponsor projects involving soybean production with $1250 grants with $500 for the participating grower and $750 for the participating educator. If you are interested in any of these contact Greg LaBarge.

Finally, promote the Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide, Bulletin 827 to growers and consultants. We are now into field scouting season and this newly expanded and enlarged guide is “the tool” to make scouting efforts pay off. The guide retails for $12.50 in hard copy from the Extension publication eStore: http://estore.osu-extension.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2845 and is also available in a pdf version for tablets and smart phones: http://estore.osu-extension.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2841at $10.

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EERA Updates

Erie Basin

  • 2015 statistics for Erie Basin in North Central Ohio which has 10 counties:
  • Private Pesticide Applicator training was received by 628 farmers at 10 meetings from January – March.
  • Fertilizer Certification training was received by 1112 farmers at 10 meetings.
  • Projected for 2016, private pesticide applicators needing certification = 975.
  • This 10 county area contains 7,140 farms and 1,714,000 acres of farmland serviced by 5 Ag Educators.
  • Activities for spring and early summer include: on-farm research plots, OARDC research station plots, planning for field day events, drift damage assessment, and farm visits.

Heart of Ohio

Fairfield County

  • Two 3 hour Good Agricultural Practices Trainings were held in in March and April. The April Training was adapted for primarily Amish participants that sell at the Bremen Produce Auction.
  • A hands-on fruit tree pruning clinic was held at Hugis Fruit Farm in Fairfield County on March 28th. (30 participants)
  • Other programs offered in Fairfield County included: On April 21st Growing Shitake Mushrooms was offered. (25 participants) Identifying and Management of Invasive Species that was offered to Master Gardeners from Fairfield and Pickaway Counties, A Lunch & Learn program titled “Critter Control in the Landscape. A pesticide license study session followed by pesticide testing provided by ODA. (30 participants)
  • For the past 8 weeks Fairfield and Pickaway County have offered training for 26 new OSU Master Gardeners!
  • Media outreach efforts include the weekly Ohio BEEF newsletter, weekly news columns for two local newspapers and the weekly “Farm Page” radio show that highlights local agriculture and Extension programs.
  • Other programs offered in the upcoming summer months in Fairfield County include a series of farm tours beginning June 23rd as part of a Local Foods effort. Also…Look for “Scouting Field Crops by Air “as another evening summer Extension program.

Knox County

  • A 3 hour Good Agricultural Practice Training was conducted as well as training for new vendors at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market.
  • Composting demonstrations were provided as part of the Kenyon College Earth Day Festival.
  • Mini workshops were held at Lowes of Mt. Vernon garden center on vegetable/herb gardening and caring for annuals and perennials. Presentations were provided to the local garden club on soil amending/composting, container gardening and vertical gardening.

Morrow County

  • Conducted a three session grazing school held in conjunction with Delaware, Knox, and Licking Counties.
  • Programs included teaching youth Quality Assurance session and also teaching lawn care basics for a local garden club
  • Cooperating with Farm Bureau, SWCD, and Ag Credit to sponsor a general Agricultural Issues breakfast every other month.
  • Conducting research with Steve Culman of OSU’s Soil Fertility Lab evaluating P&K two corn plots.

Licking County

  • Farm Bill Update - conducted 7 meetings with 232 attending for Licking & Perry Counties. Fertilizer Certification 4 programs (103 producers) Pesticide Recertification – over 90 participants.
  • Small Farm Conference: Assisted with set up and was a Co-presenter on the Friday session in Wilmington discussing fencing, facilities. Taught Forage and Hay testing session on Saturday with 24 attending. Assisted with the Wooster Small Farm conference on Friday and Saturday. Taught beef production in Xenia for the small farm college 38 attending.
  • Conducted 3 Gardening programs (34 attendees). Toured Wooster beef handling facility with local producers.
  • Wrote an article for Farm and Dairy and also one for the Beef Team Newsletter. Continue doing weekly radio and Monthly TV segments. Monthly Professional Agrarians meetings, Met with Agronomy Committee conducted Hall of Fame Breakfast and are planning variety corn trials with Foundation Seeds. Conducted Adult Pork Quality Assurance Program, and co-taught youth Quality Assurance. Presented IPM program to the Athens County Master Gardener Training. Met OSU student Interns in the Masters in Plant Health Management (MPHM) program. Planning Perry County Home and Garden show, tree grafting class, and gardening programs

Pickaway County

  • Taught the Small Farm Recordkeeping session at Small Farm College in Green County.
  • Taught the Pickaway & Fairfield County Master Gardeners pesticide management class.
  • The A/NR Educator is serving on Farm Credit Mid America Advisory Committee and the
  • Pesticide-Fertilizer Education Advisory Committee. Participated in committee meetings with both organizations.

Delaware County

  • Conducted a Small farm College that ended in April. The College had 39 participants, all with a variety of interests. Surprisingly, many of the participants were interested in starting or expanding livestock operations. Tony Nye was a great helping make the college run smoothly.
  • Earlier this month we had the chance to work with a Somali Bantu group on starting a community garden. It was interesting to talk to them about agronomic principles and fertility while hearing about their former farming practices. They have a 7 acre plot that they hope to use to produce fruits and vegetables for their community.
  • In March and April I had several chances to speak on direct marketing topics.
  • Mary Griffth and I spoke on direct marketing at both small farm colleges and at the License To Steal: National Wine Marketing Conference.
  • Emily Adams and I taught a Market Ready session as guest lectures in Elaine Grassbaugh’s OSU Farm Class. Emily developed a labeling activity that added an interactive learning component to the lesson. No students fell asleep and a few smiled so I think it was a success.
  • In early April got a chance to work with Eric Barrett on a Branding and a Maps and Apps presentation for The Vermont Agritourism Conference. Eric delivered the presentation, did a great job, and it sounds like we may have a chance to go back up sometime.

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Ohio Valley

The Ohio Valley EERA ANR Programming continues strong although we have only 4.5 FTE ANR Educators to cover 10 counties. AgNR Educators and Specialists meet at least quarterly with most meetings held at the OARDC Jackson Agricultural Research Station or at the Piketon Research and Extension Center. Bev Kelbaugh meets with our group when she is available and provides an administrative update. Andy Londo meets with the group once or twice a year to provide an administrative update.

Here are some of our recent programming highlights:

Presentations & Programs

  • Workshops, schools and conferences that Ohio Valley EERA educators and specialists organized and/or presented or will be presenting at include:
  • Monthly Scioto County Ag. Leaders Breakfast meeting (Lucasville, OH);
  • Monthly community Gardening programs (Scioto county);
  • University of KY Farm and Family Night in Maysville, KY;
  • Over 550 people attend livestock quality assurance trainings for swine rabbits and
  • poultry;
  • Bergefurd taught a hops research update at the Pickaway County and Jackson County Farms Club meetings;
  • With a NIFA grant received from the Ohio IPM program a state wide 2 day High tunnel IPM training program was organized and taught at the OSU South Centers which included one day of in classroom training and one day of in field training at the OSU South Centers and on grower farms.
  • Educators are on the Committee for planning of Summer ANR meeting is being held at Shawnee State Park with tours of Jackson OARDC and OSU South Centers.
  • Educators and Specialists taught sessions at Small Farm Colleges in Greene and Delaware Counties and Small farm Conferences in Wilmington and Wooster.
  • Educators and Specialist regularly are invited to teach at other EERA programs.
  • The OSU South Centers hosted the faculty and staff from Central State University Land Grant Office and provided them with EERA and research and Extension program updates from the EERA.
  • EERA members also regularly teach and/or guest lecture undergraduate and graduate level animal science, fruit, vegetable, brewing science and ag engineering courses on the main OSU campus through CFAES and other colleges. This past quarter Bergefurd guest lectured OSU Horticulture and Crop Science HCS 2305 and he guest lectured AG130 Fundamentals of Horticulture at Wilmington College for 60 students and Bergefurd guest lectured the EQU 1040 Commercial Equine Facility Management class at Ohio University.

Other programs:

  • Our Ohio Valley EERA planning meeting was held on April 8th after the whole Ohio Valley EERA meeting with the staff of the Jackson Agricultural Research Station and finalized details for our Beef and Forage field night. JARS Field Night will be held on August 27, 5 to dark. Topics include:
    • Health Programs for Weaning Calves – John Grimes
    • Water Management and Resource Development – Jeff McCutcheon, Scott to find local speaker
    • Grazing Annual Forage Options – David Dugan
  • Monthly grower tours of the hops production research yard at the Piketon Research and Extension Center were held the first Friday of every month from 10 am to 1 pm for farmers and landowners interested in beginning a hops farm. (This same tour is held at the Wooster OARDC hops research yard the first Friday of every month). Contact Bergefurd.1@osu.edu to register.
  • A hops list serve and a commercial fruit and vegetable list serve are maintained by Brad Bergefurd, any growers or Educators who want to register to receive hops educational programming, marketing and research updates should send an email request to bergefurd.1@osu.edu.
  • Monthly year around pesticide testing are being offered at two locations in the EERA, one in Highland County and one at the Piketon Research and Extension Center in Piketon. Both locations have 20 plus new applicators being tested monthly.
  • EERA AgNR Educators regularly contribute EERA program updates for local and area press columns and radio programs for the farm publication Farm World.
  • National presentations were made at: the West Virginia & Ohio Food Hub meeting (Columbus); West Virginia Small Farms Conference (Charleston, WV); the National Annual meeting of the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group in February at OARDC Wooster; International IPM Symposium (Salt Lake City, Utah); the National Urban Extension conference in Atlanta on Bergefurds, Nyes and Mills-Wasniaks Dayton Urban Agriculture Vacant to Vibrant project.

Upcoming Activities & Events

  • Strawberry Field Night that will be held on Thursday, May 21st. The field night will be held at the OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio. I have attached the flyer with full details. This workshop is for the beginner and the advance grower and will cover many topics. Special speakers from Adev Automation Inc. Advanced Robotic will be at this workshop to show us the newest technology on robotic assistance with strawberry growing. You MUST register for this workshop. The cost to attend is $20 per person, which includes educational handouts and dinner. To register contact Charissa McGlothin at mcglothin.4@osu.edu or 740.289.2071 ext. 132. Deadline to register is May 19th.
  • Monthly tours of the hops production research yard at the Piketon Research and Extension Center are held the first Friday of every month from 10 am to 1 pm for farmers and landowners interested in beginning a hops farm. (This same tour is held at the Wooster OARDC hops research yard the first Friday of every month). Contact Bergefurd.1@osu.edu to register.
  • Hops Field Night Brown County, July 21 contact David Dugan dugan.46@osu.edu for registration information
  • Hops Field Night July 30, 5 pm to dark. Contact Brad Bergefurd Bergefurd.1@osu.edu or Charissa McGlothin at mcglothin.4@osu.edu or 740.289.2071 ext. 132 for more information and to register.

New Appointments and resignations:

  • Hannah Scott has been hired 1/26/15 as the New Cooperative Development Center Program Manager at the Piketon Research & Extension Center/ Ohio Cooperative Development Center. Her contact information is: scott.1220@osu.edu and her extension is 227.
  • Bergefurd will be assuming the leadership for the Aquaponics research and Extension program.

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Academic Department Update


Department website: http://entomology.osu.edu/

Extension specialists (click on name to email specialist)

Extension Specialist Area of Expertise
Joe Boggs Ornamental Pest Management, Asian Longhorn Beetle
Luis Canas Greenhouse, Floriculture and Interiorscapes. Biological Control, IPM, Whitefly Management
Denise Ellsworth Honey Bees and Native Pollinators, Phenology
Mary Gardiner Biological Control, Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz, Urban Agriculture, Urban Green Infrastructure Management
Casey Hoy Agricultural Ecosystem Management, Agricultural Economic Development, Sustainable Farm Planning and Design
Dan Herms Landscape Entomology, IPM, Forestry and Urban Forestry, Nurseries and Christmas Trees, Emerald Ash Borer, Phenology
Susan Jones Structural and Household Pests, Bedbugs and Termites
Andy Michel Agronomic Crop Pests
Larry Phelan Insect-plant interactions, Biological farming
David Shetlar Nurseries - Insects and Mites, Landscape Insects, Landscape/Turfgrass IPM, Christmas Tree Insects
Celeste Welty Vegetable Pest Management, Fruit Pest Management

The Entomology department is currently in the process of hiring two new faculty members, one in Horticultural Food Crops IPM and the other focusing on Agronomic Crop Insect Management. We hope to have these new faculty members in place by the end of 2015.

Find all department factsheets here: http://ohioline.osu.edu/ent-fact/

Recent Entomology Factsheets:

Featured Specialists:

Name: Mary M. Gardiner
Area(s) of Expertise: Beneficial insects, biological control, lady beetle conservation and population monitoring, urban greenspace management, urban agriculture, hop production, and rain gardens for storm water management
Research focus: The AG-URBAN Landscape Ecology Lab is interested in understanding how the design and management of an urban greenspaces and agroecosystems influence food web structure and function. We are particularly interested in understanding mechanisms that explain the biodiversity-ecosystem function patterns found within these habitats. Our goal with this research is to advance the sustainability of food production and urban ecosystem management. We are also actively engaged in outreach related to enhancing home landscapes, greenspaces and small-scale farms as habitats for beneficial arthropods and work with the public to survey lady beetle populations across the state annually.


  • Gardiner, M.M. 2015. Good Garden Bugs: Everything you need to know about beneficial predatory insects. Quarry Books. Beverly, Massachusetts. 176 pages.
  • Recent factsheets:
  • Smith, C.A., M.M. Gardiner, B. Bergefurd, and T. Harker. 2014. Hops in Ohio: Beneficial Arthropods. OSU Extension Fact Sheet Number: ENT-42-14.
  • Smith, C.A., M.M. Gardiner, B. Bergefurd, and T. Harker. 2014. Hops in Ohio: Pests. Extension Fact Sheet Number: ENT-43-14.

Key websites:

Name: Denise Ellsworth
Area(s) of Expertise: Bee health and integrated pest management, bee identification, pollinator conservation and habitat enhancement, plant and insect phenology
Extension outreach: Monthly beekeeping webinars, county programs with beekeeping clubs and other organizations, regional pollinator ID and habitat programs, walks and programs at Secrest Arboretum. Join the Bee Lab contact list for reminders and login instructions for the OSU Bee Lab webinar series and other programs.
Research focus: Co-coordinator (along with Dan Herms) of the Ohio State Phenology Garden Network. This citizen science projects focuses on plant and insect phenology data collection at 28 garden sites across the state. In 2015 the project expanded to include perennial data collection for 11 native plants (span of bloom) and pollinator visitation data on all network plants.
Recent factsheet:

  • Ellsworth, D.R. 2014. Attracting Pollinators to the Garden. OSU Extension Fact Sheet Number: ENT-47-14.

Key websites:

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-development-you-need-options.htm

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