Connections Newsletter : Spring 2018


  1. By Alayna DeMartini

    PIKETON — Inside cool water-filled fish tanks in southern Ohio, the laws of nature are being defied: Female yellow perch mate with other female yellow perch; male bluegills with other male bluegills.

  2. By Dr. Hanping Wang
    Senior Scientist 
    and Jordan Maxwell
    Program Coordinator

    The OSU South Centers, in partnership with OAA and University of Wisconsin–SP, have successfully started the second year of Aquaculture Boot Camp-2.


  1. By Bradford Sherman
    Program Assistant

    A longtime journalist has been tabbed as the new publications editor for the Ohio State University South Centers.

    Bradford Sherman joined the staff last month in the role of a Program Assistant. In addition to editing a variety of publications – including research papers, grant proposals and promotional materials – he will also assist several program leaders, perform general office-related tasks, and tap into his years of multimedia experience to help publicize the many goings-on at OSU South Centers.


  1. Endeavor Center

    2018 is off to a good start for the OSU Endeavor Center business incubator. The center operated at nearly a 100% occupancy rate in the first two quarters, having only one space available for lease.  A new partner application was recently approved and a start-up health coaching business will take possession of that office next month.  


  1. By Ivory Harlow and Hannah Scott
    CFAES Center for Cooperatives

    The 2018 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference brought together educators, dieticians, foodservice staff, farmers, and local food advocates from across the country in Cincinnati, Ohio in late April.


  1. By Gary Gao, Ph.D.
    Extension Specialist and Associate Professor

    Container Fruit Production:

    Now in the final year of our project on container berry production, our team has made significant progress.  Among blueberries and brambles, blueberries seem to be the most difficult crop to grow, both in the field and in containers.  Blackberries are next in terms of difficulty. Raspberries, on the other hand, are much easier to grow in containers than blackberries and blueberries.

  2. By Brad Bergefurd
    Horticulture Specialist

    Ohio hops growers experienced continued strong market demand in 2017 for locally grown hops, with many reporting being sold out before the end of 2017, and the demand is not likely to decline soon with almost 300 breweries operating (or soon to be) in Ohio.


  1. By Christie Welch
    Direct Agriculture Marketing Specialist

    Local food producers and buyers had the opportunity to come together to network, learn from each other, and make connections – all in the name of helping citizens through increased access to Ohio produced foods.  


  1. Vinayak Shedekar
    Soil, Water and Bioenergy Resources Program

    The Second International Conference on Food and Agriculture was held at Dhanbad, Jharkhand (India) during March 29-31, 2018.

  2. By Rafiq Islam
    Soil, Water and Bioenergy Resources Program

    Rafiq Islam participated at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM)/National Research Council (NRC), as a technical review committee member, to review and select NRC post-doctoral fellowships. 

  3. By Rafiq Islam and Wayne Lewis
    Soil, Water and Bioenergy Resources Program

    Recently, OSU South Centers farm manager Wayne Lewis and Dr. Rafiq Islam visited Ukraine to establish a long-term CLIMATE-SMART agricultural research experiment. 

  4. By Rafiq Islam
    Soil, Water and Bioenergy Resources Program

    Several members of our Soil, Water and Bioenergy Resources Program staff participated/attended 2018 Building Soil Health, Regenerative Agriculture, and Healthy Foods from Healthy Soil sessions of the Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference Annual meeting (CTC) held at Ohio Northern University in March. 

  5. By Yogendra Raut 
    Soil, Water and Bioenergy Resources Program

    While high-input conventional agriculture produces greater amounts of food, feed, energy, and fiber in developed countries, subsistence agriculture in Africa is one of the factors responsible for chronic food shortages. Current practices in both situations are associated with soil health degradation and food insecurity, and contribute to diminished agroecosystem services.

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