The Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development (OCARD) at the Ohio State University South Centers has partnered with Sandplains Aquaculture farm to commercialize all-male bluegill and all-female yellow perch.
Former aquaculture PhD student at OSU South Centers, Dr. Hiam Elabd, has recently been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the field of fish diseases and management by Benha University (BU), one of the top universities in Egypt.
(Editor’s Note: The following is the latest in a series of feature stories highlighting Ohio State University South Centers Staff members)
Bradford Sherman CFAES/South Centers
When Dawn Coleman accepted a part-time position with The Ohio State University at her local Extension office in December 2018 – little did she know it would be the first step toward a brand-new career.
Informational videos produced by The Ohio State University South Centers have provided an excellent avenue for various educational programs to serve clientele, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Endeavor Center business incubator continues to experience significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. From the start of restricted operations in March 2020 through June, the facility doors were closed while OSU employees as well as the partner businesses’ staff worked remotely. Flexible payment terms were made available and fortunately most of the tenants remain in the Endeavor Center.
Dr. Gary Gao Professor and Small Fruit Extension Specialist
Ryan Slaughter Research Assistant
Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “change is the only constant.”
Extension professionals have seen many changes over the years and have managed to adapt to meet these challenges. However, this pandemic has been quite a bit different. When the last global pandemic of this magnitude occurred, most all of us (if not all) were not alive.
Christie Welch Direct Agricultural Marketing Specialist
No one could have predicted the unrest the COVID-19 pandemic caused. Despite all we have been through, Ohio’s local food producers are still producing.
Because of the relationships built over the years with Ohio’s local food consumers, many producers are reporting some of their best sales ever. At the same time, many other small businesses throughout Ohio are struggling.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The Ohio State University South Centers is continuing to serve the needs of businesses in our region. The SBDC is monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and, with the information and guidance provided by the university, state, and federal government, is taking all necessary precautions to reduce the spread of the virus.
With our mission to develop and promote research, Extension, and educational programs for agricultural management practices that are environmentally compatible to sustain soil and water resources and are economically viable for producers and growers, the 2020 achievements of Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Resources (SWBR) program at The Ohio State University South Centers are summarized in the following sections.