What do these three things have in common?


They all represent impacts that Ohio State University Extension has had on Ohioans. In fact, Ohio’s Extension educators reach more than 1.5 million people each year, delivering research-based information they can trust. This year, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of Extension. At Ohio State, Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and works closely with the college’s research efforts in the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

What does ice cream have to do with Ohio State University Extension?

112113687You know that piece of chocolate at the bottom of Drumstick ice cream cones? It’s not just delicious. Along with the chocolate coating inside the cone, it keeps the ice cream from dripping all over you. This solution was developed for the Drumstick Company by food scientists from Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Each year, about 50 entrepreneurial and well-established food companies work with the college’s Wilbur A. Gould Food Industries Center, a part of Ohio State University Extension. They can test products in a pilot plant, receive nutrition labeling, and participate in a variety of educational trainings.

See foodindustries.osu.edu for more information.

What does a robot have to do with Ohio State University Extension?

4-H robot SmallEverything, if you are a 4-H member taking the 4-H Robotics program.  Ohio State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program reaches 250,000 young Ohioans every year who learn about everything from photography to animal care to cooking.

The robotics program helps prepare participants for careers in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.

For more information, see ohio4h.org/STEM-Pathways or ohio4h.org/4-h-science/4-h-robotics.

What does a bug have to do with Ohio State University Extension?

EABadult_0232 (1)Bugs – including the Emerald Ash Borer pictured on the scoreboard – can devastate Ohio’s forests, home landscapes and crops. Entomologists (who prefer to call bugs “insects”) with OSU Extension regularly alert farmers, nursery crop growers and consumers of pending insect infestations, and educate Ohioans on how to control the pests.

For more information, see entomology.osu.edu.