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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


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Join us on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 to explore the various programs housed at The Ohio State University South Centers. Connect with programs and specialists. Collaborate to enhance your county-based programming.

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Learn more and interact with research and Extension programs including:

  • Aquaculture and Aquaponics
    Workforce development and youth education is a key for aquaculture development. Aquaculture Boot Camp (ABC) has proven a successful extension educational program in Ohio and the Midwest for new/beginning farmer training and youth education in the past six years. With ABC-1 and ABC-2 completed, we are recruiting students for ABC-3.
  • Small Business Development/Manufacturing
  • Specialty Crops
    Meet up with Dr. Logan Minter for a field tour of the specialty crop research plots and discuss collaborative opportunities, including the ePLUS initiatives and IPM program. Additional discussions about opportunities for crop diversification through research and extension involving specialty crops will be encouraged.
  • Soil, Water, and Bioenergy

Our Soil, Water, and Bioenergy program conducts applied research, develops educational initiatives, and shares evidence-based knowledge on climate-smart agriculture. Focus areas include soil health, conservation tillage, nutrient management, water quality, and bioenergy feedstocks. Projects range from controlling algal blooms with photocatalysis and reducing phosphorus loss with recyclable adsorbents to boosting soybean production with sulfur fertilization, improving crop stress tolerance with chemical inducers, and recycling biosolids for energy feedstock production.

  • Small Fruit Research

Dr. Gary Gao conducts applied research and delivers comprehensive statewide extension programs on high value fruit crops, such as Aronia, blackberries, blueberries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, hardy figs and kiwis, honeyberries, and raspberries. Dr. Gao will highlight his research projects, discuss ways on research collaboration, and identify opportunities on co-authoring fact sheets.

  • Direct Marketing/Cooperative Business Models
    Join Christie Welch and Hannah Scott to discuss how the Direct Food and Agricultural Marketing Program and Center for Cooperatives can help your constituents better connect with their customers through digital marketing, cooperative marketing; learn how you can teach them to explore different market channels; and explore farm diversification through agritourism. We will share information and resources on business and marketing plan development, cooperative opportunities and considerations, and request feedback from you on how these programs can help you reach your professional goals while helping your clients.
  • Food and Nutrition
    Dr. Dan Remley will discuss the Dining with Diabetes program, Developing Food Councils and MyChoice Food Pantries, Opportunities with Public Health Americorp, and Serving up Change- A Food Ethics Workshop for Food Service.

OSU South Centers
1864 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
June 25, 2024