Connections Newsletter : Fall 2020

  1. By Dr. Rafiq Islam
    SWBR Program Leader

    Rafiq Islam was actively involved, participating in and virtual teaching, in the training program  “Growing organic crops in crop rotation with a focus on technical tomatoes” organized by the Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine (IWPLR NAAS), together with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). 


  1. By Bradford Sherman
    South Centers/CFAES

    Dr. Hanping Wang’s latest book, Sex Control In Aquaculture, has been named one of the best aquaculture books of all time by the popular book recommendation and ranking website

  2. By Dr. Hanping Wang
    Aquaculture Program Leader


  1. The Appalachian Export Development Program is an initiative for eligible businesses in the Appalachian region of Ohio that are looking to start or grow their exports of products and services.
    The program will pair accepted companies with trained export advisors in their area to develop an export plan. Grant funds will be available to help implement the export plan.

    Which companies are eligible to apply?
    To be eligible, companies must:

  2. By Brad Bapst
    SBDC Director

    The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The Ohio State University South Centers is continuing to serve the needs of businesses in the region. SBDC is monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and, with the information and guidance provided by the university, state, and federal government, the program is taking all necessary precautions to reduce the spread of the virus.


  1. Ryan Kline is the new Cooperative Development Specialist for the CFAES Center for Cooperatives. Born and raised on a fifth-generation family farm in Ross County, Appalachian agriculture deeply impacted his personal and professional life. In college, his passion for agriculture and history joined. In 2018, he received his BA in History at Ohio University, and this past spring, Kline received his Master’s degree in History at Auburn University, focusing on the history of agriculture, labor, and race.


  1. By Ryan Slaughter
    Research Assistant

    Despite all the changes brought on by COVID-19 in everyday life, activity for the research farm has changed very little.  
    The presence of the specialty crops team to accomplish all the intricate day-to-day duties required to raise a healthy crop of fruits for research and Extension purposes has never ceased.  Weeding, mowing, spraying, planting, and harvesting are activities that continue.

  2. By Dr. Gary Gao
    Professor and Extension Specialist

    This year has been quite challenging in many ways; COVID-19, obviously, is one of those. As you read this article, I hope it finds you healthy and that conditions are improving where you live. COVID-19 is an invisible enemy and we need to work together to defeat it. 


  1. By Bradford Sherman 
    CFAES/South Centers

    One of the newest Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) clients is poised to play an important role in delivering a crucial COVID-19 vaccine to Americans.

    Stirling Ultracold is a manufacturer of ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers, the kind necessary for transporting large doses of such a vaccine across the country. The MEP program at The Ohio State University South Centers is helping the Athens-based company prepare for such a monumental task.


  1. By Christie Welch
    Direct Marketing Program Manager

    While 2020 has been a challenge for us all, the Ohio State University Direct Food and Agricultural Marketing Program has continued to help Ohio’s direct marketers continue to serve their customers and run their businesses. Ohio’s farmers are still farming, and Ohio’s consumers are still accessing the locally produced foods they have come to love and expect, but how they go about that, in many ways, has changed.  


  1. By Dr. Mohammad (Arif) Rahman
    SWBR Scientist

    Soil, Water, and Bioenergy team members at The Ohio State University South Centers published 10, and submitted several other research manuscripts to internationally reputed, peer-reviewed journals through our national and international collaborations. Moreover, we have submitted several research grant proposals during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  2. By Dr. Rafiq Islam
    SWBR Program Leader

    Rafiq Islam, Program leader of the Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Resources at The Ohio State University South Centers, participated virtually in the International Symposium on Food Security and the Stand of Civilization: Agri-Horti-Livestock Dynamics in Changing Global Ecology, jointly organized by Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, India, Lincoln University College, Malaysia, and University of Bengkulu, Indonesia. 

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