We explore the new and emerging research happening right now at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. It's science so fresh, you haven't heard about it yet!
KXplores Emerging Research: Brady Campbell
Assistant Professor Brady Campbell is new to the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences but he's not new to small ruminants. A fourth-generation sheep producer, Campbell serves as the department's small ruminant specialist. In this episode, Campbell talks about some of his current and upcoming research on using nutrition to skew the sex of offspring, utility scale solar grazing operations, and improving meat quality in Ohio.
KXplores Emerging Research: Jess Pempek
A challenging start for newborn male dairy calves, including transportation and mixing with unfamiliar animals, can drive higher antibiotic use. Could better communication with livestock buyers help inform farmers’ calf care practices? That’s one idea. A new project with Dr. Jessica Pempek, associate professor in the Department of Animal Science, and PI Dr. Greg Habing, with The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, hopes to show producers the benefits of improved newborn calf care before they're sold.
KXPLORES EMERGING RESEARCH: GUIL SIGNORINI
Biopesticides sound like a fantastic idea—made from natural materials, target specific pests and biological processes, better for the environment. So why aren’t more producers using them on farms? New research from Dr. Guil Signorini, an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, aims to survey professional agricultural producers, consultants, crop advisors, and Extension educators to find out why biopesticides aren’t more widely implemented.
KXplores Emerging Research: Darlene Wolnik and Christie Welch
Stands overflowing with fresh seasonal produce, food and flower vendors, fresh baked goods, and opportunities to see neighbors and friends. It takes a lot of effort and planning to keep this community staple successful. Can data collection improve the market, attract new farmers, and educate customers about their food? We learn how from Darlene Wolnik, support director with the national Farmers Market Coalition, and Christie Welch, program specialist with direct marketing at The Ohio State University South Centers.
KXplores Emerging Research: Zoë Plakias
Community leaders have to make difficult decisions about how to spend scarce resources. How do we place a value on community investments that don't necessarily generate income but benefit local citizens? To find out, we spoke with Dr. Zoë Plakias, an agricultural food systems economist and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. She’s applying cost-benefit analysis in a new way for a food system resiliency project headed by Shoshanah Inwood with the School of Environment and Natural Resources and Mary Hendricks at the University of Missouri.
KXplores Emerging Research: Marília Chiavegato
Flooded fields take pastures out of production, affecting a livestock farmer's bottom line. Can producers guard their land against weather extremes? That's the big question behind a new research project from Dr. Marília Chiavegato, an agroecosystems management expert with a dual appointment in the Departments of Horticulture and Crop Science and Animal Science at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Chiavegato looks at the whole system for answers. Simple tweaks could bring that land back into production.