NIFA Listens Coming to a Location Near You

NIFA is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and agriculture. A series of four in-person listening sessions, beginning Oct. 11 and hosted in different regions across the country, and submission of written comments are two ways to share your thoughts and ideas. Stakeholder input received from both methods will be treated equally.

The 2018 NIFA listening opportunity allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the following questions:

  • When considering all of agriculture, what is the greatest challenge that should be addressed through NIFA’s research, education, and extension programs?
  • In your field, what is the most-needed breakthrough in science/technology that would advance your agricultural enterprise? Breakthroughs result in transformative changes in knowledge, technology, or behavior.
  • What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension, or education that NIFA should address?

NIFA wants to hear from you about priorities and opportunities in agricultural sciences. Remember to RSVP if you are planning to attend a listening session in person. Click here for more information about the listening sessions.

8th Annual ArboBlitz

The 8th annual ArboBlitz tree planting event, a service learning event for students, faculty and staff, will take place on the west side of the Ag Admin Building, along both sides of Fyffe Road between Lane Avenue and Woody Hayes Drive.

Currently, we are removing some of the concrete to visually enhance Fyffe Road, which will increase green space. As part of ArboBlitz, we will install 20-25 native trees, and remove three invasive Callery Pears.

ArboBlitz will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m. We are hoping that students from CFAES and the University’s STEP program will join us to plant a tree and leave a living legacy on our campus.

Pre-Order Form for Fall Plant Sale Available

If you want to pre-order a tree as part of the Chadwick Arboretum Fall Native Tree Sale, the order form is now available. Orders must be submitted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Chadwick Arboretum Fall 2018 Plant Sale

Trees can be picked up during the Fall Native Tree Sale Friday, Sept. 14, 3 – 7 p.m. or Saturday, Sept.15, 9 a.m. –Noon.

The plans will be picked up at the Arboretum North Site in the operations compound, which is the fenced area behind the Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210. Parking is available at the sale site.

Click here for more information on the sale.

State Fair Happy Hour

The CFAES Alumni Society Board is hosting an Ohio State Fair Happy Hour at Fourth Street Bar & Grill (1810 N 4th St, Columbus, Ohio, 43215) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2.  Take a break from the fair food, show ring, barn or display booth to join your fellow CFAES Buckeyes for a drink! The more the merrier, so bring along other alums from our college you see on the fair grounds.

Light appetizers will be provided by the CFAES Alumni Society, but drinks will be on your own. RSVP via the Facebook event or by emailing

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Buckeye Football Game

President Drake announced the fifth year of the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Buckeye Football Game. A large number of faculty and staff have an opportunity to be randomly selected to each receive four complimentary tickets to the Ohio State vs. Tulane University football game on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Everyone is required to “opt-in” at by July 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. for the opportunity to receive football tickets. Tickets will be distributed via a randomized selection process. For more information and details about the game and related activities, visit the FAQs.

The Opt-in webpage will close on July 31, 2018, and faculty and staff will be notified of their selection status around Aug. 10.  If recipients are not able to use their tickets, they are being asked to return the tickets to their Human Resources Professional by Sept. 5.

Staff Appreciation Week

In celebration of Ohio State staff members’ contributions to the university, Staff Appreciation Week activities are planned, beginning with the annual Ice Cream Social on the Oval Monday, July 23 from 1-4 p.m., with a brief program around 1:40 p.m.

Additional activities include a Columbus Crew SC game, Ohio State Fair discount admission, Ohio Stadium tours, Ohio State Planetarium shows, Wexner Center for the Arts tours, and local restaurant and retail discounts.

Share your Staff Appreciation photos using #OSUStaffWeek.

Click here for more information about Staff Appreciate Week activities.

Graduating Senior Luncheon

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Academic Programs Office will be congratulating its graduating seniors prior to Summer Commencement at the Graduating Senior Luncheon. The luncheon will include a short program. This is also a time to wish the graduates well and to welcome them as alumni.

The 2018 Summer Graduating Senior Luncheon is planned for Sunday, August 5 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the FAES Library-Student Success Center.

If you plan to attend the luncheon, please RSVP to Susie Sheller by noon on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Chadwick Arboretum Open House

Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens is hosting its annual open house Sunday, July 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring family and friends for an afternoon of refreshments, canoeing, fishing, education, and fun! This free event is the best nature immersion of the summer.

The open house will be at the Arboretum North site, northwest of the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. There will be free parking across Fred Taylor Drive in Gray Lot 3.

Click here for more information.

Chadwick Arboretum Fall Plant Sale

Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens is having its fall tree sale Friday, Sept. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The sale will be at the Arboretum North site in the operations compound behind the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. Parking is available at the sale site.

A variety of native trees from locally sourced seed will be featured in 3 gallon containers, 4′ to 5′ tall. Most will sell between $35 and $45.

Species include, but are not limited to, various varieties of Aesculus, Asimina, Carpinus, Carya, Castanea, Cercis, Diospyros, Frankliniana, Gymnocladus, Lindera, Magnolia, Nyssa, Prunus, Quercus, Stewartia, and Viburnum.

Plastic Pot Recycling

Following Chadwick Arboretum’s very successful Spring Plant Sale & Auction, we know there are approximately 14,000 plastic pots, cell packs, and trays out there that need to be recycled or re-used. There are many materials in our community that can be recycled and kept out of our general trash collection. Join us to reduce this waste and help our planet.

Saturday, June 16
7:30 – 11:30 a.m.
2001 Fyffe Court

We’ll be partnering with Phoenix Recycling and accepting horticultural plastics such as pots, cell packs, and trays.

WE WILL NOT BE collecting non-food grade Styrofoam such as the material that your computer or TV is packed in. This is no longer recycled at Phoenix.

We hope to fill a semi-truck with these horticultural plastics as we have in the past. You are also welcome to stand by and take any of these plastics that you might need for your home projects.

Please note that Chadwick Arboretum won’t be able to accept any materials prior to the morning of June 16 OR past the time of the event.

Please spread the word and invite others to the event page, so we can meet our goal and have the largest turn out to date!

Chadwick Arboretum will host a membership table during this event so you can join or renew your support of our programs and gardens as your vehicle is being unloaded by our volunteers, students, and staff.

Thanks for continuing to support our programs and operations!

Smart Columbus Ride & Drive Roadshow

Come out to the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to take part in the first Smart Columbus Ride & Drive Roadshow held at Ohio State. Test drive one of the newest electric vehicles on the market and learn more about the multi-modal transit options central Ohio has to offer. Click here to learn more and reserve your time to test drive an electric vehicle.

Additionally, the Smart Campus student organization, CAR, the Risk Institute, TTM and other Ohio State centers and departments will be showcasing their work around Smart Cities and the many mobility options available at Ohio State.

Smart Columbus is working to deploy more affordable, reliable, and sustainable transportation options in Central Ohio, and Ohio State is joining them as a key partner by encouraging all of our employees to drive electric and drive less.

As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded $50 million in grant funding and the designation as America’s Smart City. The initiative seeks to transform mobility in central Ohio, and change what it’s like to live in our community. Ohio State is the primary research partner of Smart Columbus.