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Connections Newsletter: Spring-Summer 2022


  1. Dr. Hanping Wang
    Aquaculture Program Leader 

    Aquaculture team members recently published two papers related to production of monosex fish and sex control in aquaculture in prestigious aquatic and biological journals. The first paper is about the effect of density on sex differentiation, sexual dimorphism, stress, and related gene expression in yellow perch. It was published by PLOS ONE, which is a prestigious journal published by the Public Library of Science. 


  1. By Bradford Sherman 
    CFAES/South Centers

    The Ohio State University South Centers, the College, and The Ohio State University lost a beloved friend and colleague in April with the passing of Duane Rigsby. Duane was one of the first staff members hired at CFAES South Centers when it first opened in 1991.  Duane was nearing his 31st anniversary of service with the university as a most loyal and faithful Buckeye.


  2. By Bradford Sherman
    CFAES/South Centers

    Pursue new opportunities. Do not be afraid to try something new and fail.

    Not only is this the parting message that retiring Extension educator Brad Bergefurd wishes to share with new generations of Buckeyes, but it is also the philosophy that defined his outstanding 30-plus year career with The Ohio State University.

    “If you aren’t doing anything, then you won’t make mistakes or fail, but then you will not accomplish anything either,” Bergefurd said.

  3. By Bradford Sherman
    CFAES/South Centers

    When Extension educator and Pike County Local Foods Group (PCLFG) organizer Tammy Jones visited the Reeb Avenue Center in Columbus as part of a series of field trips to learn about how other counties provide local foods to residents, she was left with one overwhelming conclusion…

    “I can’t believe this is a food pantry,” she thought, “this is a market.”


  1. Two new faces have joined the CFAES Center for Cooperatives team in recent months. Joining Program Director Hannah Scott are new Program Coordinator Samantha (Sam) Black and most recently new Program Specialist Melissa Whitt.

    Melissa Whitt 

  2. By Hannah Scott
    CFAES Center for Cooperatives Program Director 


  1. By Gary Gao, Professor and Extension Specialist
    Ryan Slaughter, Research Assistant
    Paul O’Bryant, Research Assistant

    The Specialty Crops Small Fruits team is in the midst of a two-year long-cane raspberry project funded by Ohio Department of Agriculture through a Specialty Crop Block Grant. Our project officially started late last year. 

    What is long cane raspberry production? 

  2. Guess who just got back today? Them honey bees that’d been away. It has been a few years since South Centers has been home to managed hives of honey bees, but with the acquisition of the long-cane raspberry production grant from the Ohio Department of Agricultural Specialty Crop Block Grant Program by Dr. Gary Gao and Ryan Slaughter (see article by Dr. Gao for details), the necessity for supplemental pollination by honey bees is required again at our research facility.


  1. By Bradford Sherman
    CFAES/South Centers

    Christie Welch, Direct Food and Agricultural Marketing Team Leader with OSU Extension, has been elected to a three-year term on the Farmers Market Coalition board of directors. The board is tasked with representing the farmer, consumer, and community interests served by farmers markets.

  2. By Christie Welch
    Direct Food and Agricultural Marketing Team Leader

    Summer is here and one of the best benefits of an Ohio summer is the availability of fresh local produce. Who can resist fresh berries, tomatoes, sweet corn, and more? One way to feed your craving for these summer treats is to visit your local farmers market. There is no better time to visit than during National Farmers Market Week, August 7-13, 2022.


  1. By Arif Rahman
    SWBR Scientist

    The Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Resources program at OSU South Centers, along with Dr. John Lenhart, a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with The Ohio State University, have been funded to work on the development of Al-Fe/LDH intercalated activated carbon composite to control edge-of-field phosphorous and nitrogen loss.

  2. By Rafiq Islam
    SWBR Program Leader

    Rafiq Islam, Program Leader of the Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Resources program at The Ohio State University South Centers recently attended the USDA-Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) Borlaug Mentor Focus Group Event at North Carolina State’s Centennial Campus on June 14 and 15.

  3. By Rafiq Islam
    SWBR Program Leader

    Professor Yelikbayev Bakhytzhan, Department of Chemical Processes and Industrial Ecology, Satpayev University, Almaty, Kazakhstan, has joined the Soil, Water and Bioenergy Resources program at The Ohio State University South Centers as a visiting scholar. 

    Satbayev University is the oldest, and one of the most prestigious, technical universities in Kazakhstan. 

  4. By Arif Rahman
    SWBR Scientist

    The Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Research program team organized a technical session and participated in the State of Lake Erie Conference. Drs. Rafiq Islam and Arif Rahman moderated a session titled “Agricultural practice and water quality” as chair and co-chair, respectively. It was held March 16-17, 2022 in Cleveland and was sponsored by the International Association for Great Lakes Research. 

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