The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
COLLEGE OF FOOD, AGRICULTURAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
OARDC Report newsletter
May-June 2014

OARDC Report is the newsletter of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OARDC is the research arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences of The Ohio State University. Steven A. Slack, oardc@osu.edu, is OARDC’s director. Watch this short video (2:01) to learn more.

Organic matter in the soil on a farm: How to check it, why it matters

“Farmers are aware that soil organic matter is the foundation of sustainable agriculture,” says OARDC scientist Rafiq Islam, who recently co-developed a new way to calculate, then make sound decisions on, the organic matter levels in one’s soil ...

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New study: What happens to a river when a dam comes down?

Tear down a dam and a river will change. But just how much? And what will it do to what lives in the river? To find out, OARDC scientists are looking no farther than their own backyard [w/video] ...

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Soybean rust never sleeps … so team of scientists stands guard against it

There’s rust on some soybeans, though preferably not, but none on the scientists fighting it ...

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‘I wanted to be able to teach environmental science to a worldwide audience’

Nearly 300,000 students — from the U.S., China, Canada and other countries, enough to fill Ohio Stadium three times over — have accessed Ohio State’s new massive open online course, or MOOC, on environmental science ...

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Zero waste, big benefits: OARDC hosts large-scale composting course

In the future, OARDC scientist Fred Michel sees less food waste going into landfills. Or even none at all. He’s working to make it happen in a literally big way ...

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About us

Funding support for OARDC comes in part from an Ohio legislature line-item appropriation and from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture...

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‘I wanted to be able to teach environmental science to a worldwide audience’

Nearly 300,000 students — from the U.S., China, Canada and other countries, enough to fill Ohio Stadium three times over — have accessed Ohio State’s new massive open online course, or MOOC, on environmental science ...

Read more