Scholarship Opportunity: Precision Agriculture – Due 9/25/2020

Precision Agriculture:  Positive Impacts on the Environment Scholarship Contest
Farms.com is pleased to announce a contest for a chance to win one of three US $2,000 scholarships for students who have a precision agriculture idea that will have a positive impact on the environment.

In addition to the $2,000 scholarship prize, the winners, as determined by voting in each country, will be invited to participate in a Student Panel as part of Farm.com Precision Ag Virtual Conference in November 2020, where they will have the opportunity to present their thesis idea in more detail to farmers attending the Farms.com Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference and Trade Show. Full details and application can be found at https://www.farms.com/precision-agriculture/conferences/virtual-precision-ag-conference-2020/scholarship-contest. Deadline is 11:59 pm, Friday September 25, 2020

Farm Science Review will be a Virtual Show in 2020

For the first time in its nearly 60-year history, The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, scheduled for Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, will not be held in-person. Instead, a virtual show will be
implemented for 2020. The farm show, sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), annually attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada to the show site in London, Ohio.

“We are committed to delivering a robust and innovative virtual show in support of agriculture during this pandemic,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of CFAES. “Throughout its history, the Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture,” she said. “While it may look different in 2020, we will continue to meet the needs of our growers and partners through access to exhibitors, virtual demonstrations, and education about the most recent advancements in agricultural production.”

The three-day event normally allows agricultural producers to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, view field demonstrations, and learn the latest in agricultural
production. Popular educational programs feature specialists from The Ohio State University, Central State University, and other land-grant institutions.

“Due to the rapidly changing conditions in the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S., the decision was made to hold a virtual show,” said Nick Zachrich, Farm Science Review manager. “We have
worked diligently to plan for another incredible show demonstrating the newest developments in equipment, research, and application to support agricultural production.” Current conditions are not conducive to hosting an in-person event. “With our multigenerational audience, we determined a need to prioritize everyone’s health and ensure that we are doing our part to contain the spread of the virus during this global pandemic,” he said.

While extremely disappointing for everyone involved, Zachrich said that Farm Science Review management and its executive committee believe this is the right decision to keep visitors,
exhibitors, partners, and staff safe. In addition, the State of Ohio Responsible Restart guidelines currently limit mass gatherings. There is little reason to anticipate changes in the next two months that would provide for the ability to meet Farm Science Review’s daily in-person attendance of between 35,000 to 50,000 visitors.

“We understood early on that regardless of the number of cases, the show would have to take drastically different approach in order to meet the health and safety requirements for COVID19,
such as physical distancing and sanitization,” Zachrich said. “While we would have liked to wait until closer to the event to make a decision, we felt compelled to let suppliers, exhibitors,
and partners know so they can begin to plan for a virtual show.”

More information will be shared in the forthcoming weeks about the 2020 virtual Farm Science Review program and how to engage. Visit fsr.osu.edu for ongoing updates.

All media inquiries should be directed to Sherrie Whaley, CFAES media relations coordinator, whaley.3@osu.edu, 614-292-2137.

Writer:
Sherrie R. Whaley
whaley.3@osu.edu
614-292-2137 / 614-582-6111

Source:
Nick Zachrich
zachrich.13@osu.edu

Central State University Student Scholarship Program due 6/30/2020

Applications for the Central State University, College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture (CESTA), Student Scholarship program are now being accepted. The scholarship awards eligible students up to $40,000 covering tuition, books, and room and board for up to four years. High school seniors and college transfer students within Ohio (in-state) are eligible to receive the award. Students must register in one of the following majors: Sustainable Agriculture (SAG), Agricultural Education (AgEd), Exercise Science (EXS) with a nutrition minor, Agricultural Extension Education (AgExEd), Agricultural Business (AgB), Water Resources Management (WRM), or Environmental Engineering (ENV). Instate high school applicants must have a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.8 and in-state-transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020. To learn more or to apply click here.

Workforce Prep Day at the Ohio State Fair!

3 Classes for 2020. Top in each class gets a clock trophy and $250 cash. The Workforce Prep Day at the Ohio State Fair will be Wednesday, July 29th, 2020. Pre-registration is due July 14th.

You do not need to be enrolled in a particular project to participate in Workforce Prep Day – just let Leslie know that you are interested! All current 4-H members can participate! This experience is great for any one who has taken 4-H projects such as Teen Leadership on the Job, Am I Ready for Work, Get in the Act OR participated as a Camp Counselor, Junior Fair Board Member, OR have completed ANY 4-H Leadership Project.

During the State Fair event, those who enter will complete a  “mock interview” for a job – such as a day camp counselor, summer internship, part-time job at a retail store or grocery store. Participants will have to prepare a digital display in advance and discuss their display with the judges.

This is truly a great experience for youth of all ages to start to learn what it takes to demonstrate their workforce skills that they are developing as participants in the 4-H program! Contact Leslie for more information: cooksey.25@osu.edu. Click here for further details about Workforce Prep Day at the 2020 Ohio State Fair.

Ohio Pork Council Scholarships: Due 4/30/2020

Ohio Pork Council Scholarships
The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to offer three scholarship opportunities in ​2020. Students entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year in college are encouraged to apply. Applicants, or their parents, must be actively involved in the pork industry. Children of pork industry employees, managers and contract growers are eligible. Applications can be found at http://ohiopork.org/scholarships/.

Applications, letters of recommendation and transcripts are due ​April 30, 2020. Please contact mwinters@ohiopork.org with additional questions.

ExploreAg Camps – Applications due 3/6/2020

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is excited to be offering four STEM-based camps, ExploreAg. The ExploreAg program is a week-long experience where high school students interact with and learn from internationally known teachers, scientists, and researchers. Students are hosted on campus at The Ohio State University and Central State University and are introduced to various aspects of agriculture both in the classroom and through diverse hands-on learning experiences, both on and off campus.

Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business.

In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research, and introduce industry partners, to provide scholars with a glimpse of innovative careers in related fields.

ExploreAg will offer four camp sessions:
Session 1 – June 14-19 on the Ohio State University Main Campus
Session 2 – June 21-26 on the Ohio State University Main Campus
Session 3 – July 5-10 on the Central State University Campus
Session 4 – July 12-17 on the Ohio State University ATI Campus

Program costs, which include on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials, and transportation, have been generously sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation as a part of their vision to create a strong farm and food community for all Ohioans.

The deadline to apply is March 6, 2020. Details can be found at exploreag.org. This is a science camp your teenagers will not want to miss! If you have further questions, contact Melinda Witten at mwitten@ofbf.org.

Source: Ohio Ag Net

Attention High School Youth: Inspired by global agriculture? Get involved in the Ohio Youth Institute!

High school age youth are invited to part of the Ohio Youth Institute, hosted by OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Participants research and write a short paper on a global challenge facing a country, then come to the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on April 20, 2020. Students from throughout Ohio meet with OSU experts, speakers and participate in hands-on experiences focused on global food concerns. OYI Scholars may be eligible for USDA summer internships and international opportunities. Visit the OYI website for details.

Interested in Ag Careers? Checkout FREE ExploreAg Camps next summer!

Ohio State Extension, Franklin County and the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation are excited to announce the dates for the 2020 ExploreAg camps! ExploreAg is a unique FREE camp experience for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors to explore various careers in agriculture. Please see the attached 2020 ExploreAg Flyer and below information, and share with any students, parents, teachers, and community members who may be interested.

ExploreAg will be offering four camp sessions in 2020!

  • Session 1 : June 14-19 – Ohio State University Main Campus
  • Session 2 : June 21-26 – Ohio State University Main Campus
  • Session 3 : July 5-10 – Central State University 
  • Session 4 : July 12-17 – Ohio State University – ATI campus

The ExploreAg camps are FREE to attend.  Program costs covered include on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided at all times by faculty, staff, and program counselors who are current college students in related majors.

The deadline to apply is March 6, 2020 and applicants will be notified of admittance by March 20, 2020. Applicants will be asked to submit an application with one reference and a 1-3 minute video with the prompt: “please tell us about one agricultural career and why that interests you.” The application can be found at exploreag.org. Please share this information with students, parents, teachers, and community members. If you have any further questions, contact Marissa Mulligan at mulligan.70@osu.edu.