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Wednesday Wire: Aug. 1, 2018

  1. Greenhouse Workshop for K-12 Educators

    Submitted by Kim Sayers,

    • Basics of the Greenhouse Environment for K-12 Educators, a one-day workshop, will be held on the ATI campus on Wednesday, August 8. The workshop, led by Uttara Samarakoon, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor (Greenhouse and Nursery Management), 
    •  Peter Ling, Ph.D. - Associate Professor (Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering), and 
    •  Laura Grimm - K-8 STEAM Teacher (Dalton Local Schools), filled with the maximum of 30 participants within a few weeks of announcing it.

    You can find more information about the day here:

  2. SEEDS grant proposals sought

    Submitted by Kristina Boone,

    The new FY 19 Request for Proposals for SEEDS: The Research Competitive Grants Program is now available online: Please share the new RFP or this email with the faculty members in your department.

    • Faculty proposals will be due Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Undergraduate proposals will be due Friday, December 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Graduate proposals will be due Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

    Everyone is invited to attend informational sessions on the SEEDS faculty RFP. The dates and times of these sessions are:

    Tuesday, September 11

    250A Ag. Admin (Columbus)



    Wednesday, September 12

    250A Ag. Admin (Columbus)



    Thursday, September 13

    130 Research Services (Wooster)

    10:30-11:30am AND 1:00-2:00pm

    Informational sessions on the student RFP will be announced at a later date. Please be on the lookout for a future announcement.

    Based on comments and recommendations in the panel meetings over the course of the past year, the Request for Proposal (RFP) FY 2019 was updated. Significant changes include:


    Partnership Grant Competition (pg. 2)

    No in-kind contributions or purchases by outside parties can be used to satisfy the Partnership matching funds component. 

    Eligibility and Service as an Investigator (pg. 4) Active projects and final reports must be completed by the proposal application due date (October 10, 2018), in order to be eligible for new funding. Additionally, any P.I. serving as a faculty advisor to a student with an overdue SEEDS report will be ineligible for new SEEDS funding for themselves or for other student projects until the overdue report is filed.

    Submission Process (pg. 5)

    Due to the high volume of submissions, no technical or administrative questions will be answered by the SEEDS Coordinator on the day of submission unless they are related to website submission errors.



    Graduate Student Proposal Deadlines (pg. 3) In order to have graduate projects start earlier in the spring, the graduate proposal deadline has been moved up to December 19, 2018.

    Submission Process (pg. 3)

    Due to the high volume of submissions, no technical or administrative questions will be answered by the SEEDS Coordinator on the day of submission unless they are related to website submission errors.

    Current Funding (pg. 5)

    We are now asking students to include a list of current funding.

    Also please note that Gary Pierzynski, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, will be encouraging the selection panels to place greater emphasis on using SEEDS funding to make faculty members or teams more competitive for external funding. Therefore, presenting a clear plan for how this will be accomplished should the grant be funded will strengthen the proposal.

    In FY 2018, 49 SEEDS applications were submitted requesting $2,412,158 in funding. Overall, 19 faculty awards were made, an investment of $894,745. In addition to the faculty awards, 51 student proposals were submitted this year. Three undergraduate and 20 graduate awards were made for an investment of $107,579.   

    We would also like to recognize the members of the CFAES Research Committee. Committee members and panel chairs devote countless hours of their time reviewing, discussing and recommending proposals for funding. Their efforts are very much appreciated!      

    We sincerely thank the following departing committee members: Larry Antosch (Ohio Farm Bureau Federation), Mary Rodriguez, (ACEL) and Sudhir Sastry (FABE).

    2018-2019 CFAES Research Committee:

    • Macdonald Wick, Animal Sciences, Chair
    • Kristina Boone, Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute
    • Amanda Bowling, Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership
    • Joyce Chen, Agricultural, Environmental and Developmental Economics
    • Matt Davies, School of Environment and Natural Resources
    • Gary Gao, The Ohio State University Extension
    • Mary Gardiner, Entomology
    • Dennis Heldman, Food Science and Technology
    • Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
    • Alex Lindsey, Horticulture and Crop Science Melanie Prarat, Ohio Department of Agriculture
    • Robert Scharff, College of Education and Human Ecology
    • Qiuhong Wang, Food Animal Health Research Program Ye Xia, Plant Pathology
    • Lingying Zhao, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

    Gary Pierzynski, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ex-Officio Lori Kaser, Grants and Contracts Administrator, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ex-Officio Melissa Burant, Grants Development Specialist, serves as the Coordinator of the SEEDS Program.

    All questions regarding the SEEDS program should be directed to Melissa Burant,


  3. Jenny Dirksen recognized for work in Latino community

    Submitted by Kris Boone,

    Jenny Fischer Derksen, one of our associated faculty, was named as the recipient of the Michael Berken Pease and Justice Award by the Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland and Medina. Jenny has devoted her free time to assisting people who are new to the U.S. as the coordinator of the ESL program at the Immigrant Worker Project. The Ohio House Representatives recently recognized Jenny, stating in their resolution, "You have clearly shown the potential of each person to have a positive effect on the quality of life in our society...Over the years, you have set an example of concerned and responsible citizenship that is worthy of emulation, and your generosity, kindness, and positive outlook on life have been an inspiration to all members of the community."

    Jenny has recently made two trips to Mexico and one to Guatemala. She has worked with the immigration raid victims in Canton as well as with a small group of Latino students in a college prep program.

    Congratulations, Jenny! It is an honor to have your on our faculty!

  4. ATI student tapped for pork industry Social Forces team

    Submitted by Kris Boone,

    The Pork Checkoff has selected 12 college students to represent the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces team this year. Candidates were selected based on their involvement in the pork industry and their strong communication skills. The team will be active from July through December.

    “Social media is ingrained in young people’s lives,” said Claire Masker, communications director for the Pork Checkoff. “It’s an easy tool for them to use in sharing their insights and inspiration about an industry that they are so proud to be a part of. With so many diverse social media channels available to them, they each have an opportunity to share their passion for pig farming with their followers.”

    The 2018 class of Social Forces include:

    Name Institution
    Abbie Greer The Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute
    Caitlyn Wileman Iowa State University
    Haley Fischer Northwest Missouri State University
    Jenna Siegel Lincoln Land Community College
    Logan Fullerton University of Missouri
    Mackenzie Wille Oregon State University
    Madeline McGarry Iowa State University
    Mati Abner Texas A&M University
    Meghan Clancy Texas A&M University
    Shelby Veum Iowa State University
    Wade Hutchens Illinois State University
    Whitney Whitaker Kansas State University

    “Consumers continue to have questions about how pigs are raised, and pig farmers know the answers better than anyone else,” said Masker. “The Pork Checkoff’s social media outreach program helps real farmers share their real stories with consumers through #RealPigFarming.”

    The hashtag (#) before RealPigFarming helps people search social media posts with the same phrase, making it easier for them to follow conversations.

    “I am excited for the opportunity to bridge the disconnect between pig farmers and consumers by proactively enagaging in conversation about modern pork production practices,”said Madeline McGarry, newly selected member of the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces and a student at Iowa State University.

    “The social forces team will be encouraged to use #RealPigFarming as advocates for the pork industry,” Masker said. “While serving on this team, the students will be able to improve their communications skills and expand their professional network within the industry.”

  5. Report from Campus Safety Committee

    Submitted by Royce Thornton,

    The most recent Wooster Campus Safety Committee Meeting was on July 18th.  Here are some key points that were discussed in the meeting.

    • Riding in the bed/back of pickup trucks:  Employees and students should not ride in the bed/back of pickup trucks and similar equipment (ATVs, trailers, etc.) for obvious safety reasons.  The practice is not illegal in Ohio.  However, the University policy is that no employees or students should ride in the bed/back of pickup trucks, ATVs, trailers, etc.  Please abide by the policy and encourage students to not allow individuals to ride in the bed/back of privately owned pickup trucks, ATVs, trailers, etc. 
    • Pesticide and herbicide labels/signage:  Be sure to label fields, plots, etc. with approved pesticide and herbicide labels/signage after application.  Also, be sure to remove the labels/signage when the time period has expired.  The non-removal of the label/signage in timely manner frequently leads to individuals who become complacent in regard to the label/signage and ignore the warnings.
    • Please obey traffic regulations on campus:  stop at stop signs, travel at posted speeds or lower, and park in designated parking spots.
    • Fire extinguishers:  All of the fire extinguishers on campus are being replaced.  The new fire extinguishers have a red tag instead of a green tag.  If you notice a fire extinguisher with a green tag please notify Wooster Campus Public Safety (David Drake –


  6. Landscape Certification Test and Parking

    Submitted by Kim Sayers,

    Ohio's offering of the national Landscape Industry Certified Technician test is coming up next week, Wednesday and Thursday, August 8 & 9 (and possibly Friday, August 10), on the ATI campus. There will be 100+ landscape industry professionals here for the certification program. 
    Portions of the Skou parking lot are used as part of the test site, so campus personnel are asked to park in the Halterman (upper/east) parking lot on both Wednesday and Thursday. It will be a game-day decision, made Thursday afternoon, as to whether or not testing will continue on Friday. 
    Thank you for your understanding and patience with this temporary parking disturbance! 

  7. College Aggies Online

    Submitted by Sara Mastellar,

    FYI - Potential opportunity for student ag clubs: 

    College Aggies Online (CAO) is an initiative of the Alliance that connects college students from across the country who are interested in promoting agriculture. Participants receive training and instructions from industry experts and engage on social media by posting information about current and emerging issues facing farmers and ranchers and telling personal stories. CAO is about developing life-long advocates for agriculture!