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Central State University Extension Presents Fast TRac Farming
Central State University Extension Premiers Fastrack Farming 12-Month New Farmer Training
July 2022 || News Release (PDF)
Designed for those who want to begin farming, the Central State University Extension (CSU-CESTA Extension) Fastrack Farming Program, will educate participants about the multiple aspects of managing a successful growing operation.
Central State University Extension Presents Community Engagement in Lima, Ohio with LACNIP
Central State University Extension Presents Community Engagement in Lima, Ohio with LACNIP
May 10, 2022 || YouTube
LIMA, OH – Central State University Extension Presents Community Engagement in Lima, Ohio with LACNIP.

Click here to view the video.
Dr. Sid. Dasgupta
In Ohio Country Today with Dr. Sid Dasgupta
April 29, 2022 || In Ohio Country Today
Host Dan Wilson is joined by Dr. Sid Dasgupta, Associated Extension Administrator at Central State University to discus two programs "Fastrack Farming" a 12-month beginning farmer training program and "Building Small Farm Viability" to help farmers.

Click here to hear the podcast.
Clare Thorn at Living Dayton broadcast on WDTN
Greening Your Landscape with Native Plants || WDTN.com
DAYTON, OH (WDTN) – Clare Thorn from Central State University Extension joins us in studio to talk more about their upcoming event, “Greening Your Landscape with Native Plants”.

Click here to view the broadcast from WDTN.com.
Michelle Wallace
In Ohio Country Today with Michelle Wallace
April 25, 2022 || In Ohio Country Today
Host Dan Wilson is joined by Michelle Wallace and Phil Hollingshead both extension educators from Central State University to discuss a very unique farm for veterans in Swanton, Ohio called HOOVES.

Click here to hear the podcast.
Logan Walter
In Ohio Country Today with Logan Walter
April 25, 2022 || In Ohio Country Today
Host Dan Wilson is joined by co-host Gary Jackson and Logan Walter an extension agent from Central State University to discuss over wintering vegetable crops in low tunnels.

Click here to hear the podcast.
CSUE SW banner
30th Annual Plant Extravaganza
May 3, 4, 5
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
|| Event Listing
WILBERFORCE, OH-Central State University College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture announce 30th Annual Plant Extravaganza, May 3, 4 and 5 in the CSU Greenhouse located on US 42 in Wilberforce, OH from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. A minimum donation of $10 per tray-mix or match. Donations support the CSU Foundation to assist with student supplies provide mini-scholarships, and campus beautification. The Plant Extravaganza was started in 1992 by Professor Cadance Lowell, Ph.D., with assistance from Researcher Marcus Nagle, Ph.D., as a way to provide outlet for plants grown as part of research, coursework, and labs. Students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers work together each year to help ensure that this wide range of vegetables, flowers and houseplants are available to the public.

link to register forms, CED Office Hour Live, Register to join the conversation, Please click here.
Central State University Extension Community and Economic Development Program Presents Office Hour Live
Every Thursday 2 p.m. via TEAMS || Full News Release (PDF) || Landing Page || Event Listing
Business owners and community development leaders can benefit from CSU-Extension’s Signature program CED Office Hour Live, a live, virtual, open discussion with Central State University Extension's (CSU-Extension’s) Community & Economic Development (CED) team; where participants will learn key information on how to grow and improve their businesses, community organizations, and small farm operations.

The CED Office Hour Live program will broadcast live, every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning April 7, 2022.
Seedlings grown at CSU
Central State University Extension Premiers Building Small Farm Viability Training
March 21, 2022 || News Release (PDF)
Designed for those who have started their own farm but want additional training to increase its success or grow the operation, the Central State University Extension (CSU-CESTA Extension) Building Small Farm Viability Program will educate participants about the multiple aspects of managing a successful growing operation.

"The Building Small Farm Viability program is for people who have already started their own farm within the last three to 10 years to provide more advanced education about production, marketing, and business planning," says CSU-CESTA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader for Ohio and Project Co-Director Dr. Alcinda (Cindy) Folck.
Tilapia fish harvest at CSU
Central State University Extension Premiers Fastrack Farming 12-Month New Farmer Training
March 21, 2022 || News Release (PDF)
Designed for those who want to begin farming, the Central State University Extension (CSU-CESTA Extension) Fast Track Farming Program, will educate participants about the multiple aspects of managing a successful growing operation.

"Our Fasttrack Farming program is well aligned with our priorities here in CSU-CESTA Extension,” says College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA), says Dean Dr. Michelle Corley. “It is a part of our Value Added 21st Century Farming Technologies we are aiming to provide to our underserved farmers in Ohio."
Photo: close-up of the spotted lanternfly
A factsheet about the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) co-authored by a Central State University Extension (CSUE) regional educator and The Ohio State University, has received first place honors in the Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals Creative Works Award in the factsheet category.

Co-written by former CSUE Regional Educator Jamie Dahl, who has since recently relocated to Colorado, the factsheet shares information on the new non-native invasive insect pest in the United States.

The insect has been sighted in Jefferson County, Ohio, says CSUE Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director Dr. Cindy Folck. After hatching in the late spring, the SLF goes through four nymph stages. By midsummer, the nymph SLF can be identified by its red body, roughly a half-inch in size, with black stripes and white dots. During the late summer until roughly November, the SLF is in the adult moth stage. These adults are larger, roughly one inch in size, with black bodies and brightly colored wings.

The preferred host of the SLF is Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven), which is also an introduced invasive species. SLF nymphs and adults have been reported feeding on wild and domestic grapes, hops, fruit trees, willow, various hardwood trees, pines, shrubs and vines.

Anyone with a suspected SLF sighting is asked to report them to the Ohio Departmet of Agriculture, CSUE or the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) mobile app. For more information, the complete factsheet (PDF) can be found on the CSUE website at https://www.centralstate.edu/academics/cse/agriculture/im/pdf/Be-Alert-for-Spotted-Lanternfly.pdf or contact Dr. Folck at afolck@centralstate.edu.
photo: CSU-Xenia-entrance, CSU-Xenia, Central State University
Central State University Extension hosting "USDA-NRCS Assistance for Ohio Agricultural Producers" program at CSU-Xenia
March 1, 2022 (PDF)
Central State University Extension (CSUE) will host a “USDA-NRCS Assistance for Ohio Agricultural Producers” program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March. 10, at CSU-Xenia, 334 Progress Dr., Suite 100, Xenia.

NRCS offers financial and technical assistance through conservation practices to help agricultural producers make and maintain improvements on their land. The 2018 Farm Bill offers programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

These programs provide funds to producers for implementing necessary conservation practices on their land. Producers from all types of agricultural backgrounds --- forest, crop and livestock --- look to NRCS for assistance on their operations.

Registrations are requested and be made by calling CSU-Xenia at (937) 376-6694.
photo: professionals applying pesticides.
Central State University Extension hosting Pesticide Application Classes at CSU-Xenia
February 15, 2022 (PDF) || Flyer (PDF)
Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and repeat from 1 to 3 p.m., on Tuesday, March 1; Tuesday, March 15; and Tuesday, April 5. Participants only need to attend one session to receive certification.

The program is free for adults over the age of 18.

Registrations are requested and be made by calling CSU-Xenia at (937) 376-6694.
photo: fall trail scene
Women in Agriculture: Saluting the Agriculture/Natural Resources Educators at CSUE
March 10, 2022 (PDF)
With diverse backgrounds in horticulture, natural resources and agriculture, female agricultural/natural resource (ANR) regional educators with Central State University Extension (CSUE) are engaging underserved farmers throughout the State of Ohio with both their programs and knowledge.
photo: Preventing Deer Damage flyer
Central State University Extension hosting “Preventing Deer Damage” at CSU-Xenia
February 10, 2022 (PDF)
Central State University Extension (CSUE) will host a “Preventing Deer Damage” program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, at CSU-Xenia, 334 Progress Dr., Suite 100, Xenia.

This workshop will focus on strategies for humans and wildlife to avoid conflict in the yard, neighborhood and farm. Participants will learn how to control wildlife legally within the confines of local and state laws.

The featured speaker will be Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Ohio State Wildlife Officer Matthew Hunt.
photo: Central State University Extension (CSUE) Community and Economic Development Regional Educator Amber Twitty
Community and Economic Development Educator Amber Twitty Creates Strong Individuals, Businesses and Communities Through Her CSU Extension Work
February 7, 2022 (PDF)
Although she may be new to extension, Central State University Extension (CSUE) Community and Economic Development Regional Educator Amber Twitty brings more than 30 years of direct experience to the organization.

Twitty joined CSUE in 2020 for the opportunity to use her skills to develop innovative programming for residents, businesses and communities throughout southern Ohio.

“My responsibilities include creating programming to address issues in a sustainable, measurable and impactful manner,” Twitty says. “I work with individuals, businesses, organizations and communities.”
photo: Marc Amante leads demonstration.
Central State University Extension hosting “Growing Backyard Mushrooms” at CSU-Xenia
January 18, 2022 (PDF)
Central State University Extension (CSUE) will host a “Growing Backyard Mushrooms” program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, at CSU-Xenia, 334 Progress Dr., Suite 100, Xenia.

This workshop will offer an introduction to outdoor mushroom cultivation that can provide homegrown protein.
photo: The new mobile kitchen made its debut at the CSUE Fish Filleting and Harvest program in December 2021.
Central State University Extension Supports Strong Families and Individuals with Programs
January 4, 2022 (PDF)
Central State University Extension has been designing and expanding its Family and Consumer Science (FCS) programs to strengthen both the individual and the family unit financially, emotionally, physically and nutritionally.
Planting vegetables in soil photo
Raising Vegetables 3-Part Series starting on January 20, 2022
January 4, 2022 (PDF)
Central State University Extension (CSUE) will host a three-part series aimed at successfully growing vegetables in the home garden at CSU-Xenia, 334 Progress Dr., Suite 100, Xenia.
Programs will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and repeat from 2 to 3 p.m., on the following days with topics including:

---Thursday, Jan. 20, “Planning a Vegetable Garden”
---Thursday, Feb. 3, “Starting Seeds Indoors-Cool Weather Crops”
---Thursday, March 3, “Starting Seeds Indoors-Warm Weather Crops”

Participants over the age of 18 will learn how to plan a vegetable garden and the process of germinating seeds. All will receive a choice of vegetable or other seeds to take home.
This is part of a free gardening program series offered at the CSU-Xenia facility.
photo: Dr. Michelle Corley addresses US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Chief Cosby at Ag Roundtable.
Central State University Participates in Agricultural Industry Roundtable with National and State of Ohio Representatives
December 23, 2021 (connect.extension.org)
Agriculture is vital to the State of Ohio and is the number one industry contributing more than $100 billion to the state’s economy and for that reason, representatives from across the nation and the State of Ohio met with Central State University and The Ohio State University to discuss issues affecting farming and agriculture in Ohio.

The Ag Roundtable took place on Friday, December 10, 2021, at The Ohio State University and featured representatives from the US Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio, and agri-business leaders from throughout the State.
Holiday Plant Dilemma
Holiday Plant Dilemma Event on January 13, 2022
December 23, 2021 (PDF)
Central State University Extension (CSUE) will host its "Holiday Plant Dilemma: What to Do?" program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, at CSU-Xenia, 334 Progress Dr., Suite 100, Xenia.

This is part of a free gardening program series offered at the CSU-Xenia facility.

Participants age 18 and older will learn how to care for their holiday plants --- poinsettia, Christmas cactus, amaryllis and more --- to winter them over for the coming year.
Hydroponic Tower Garden
Hydroponic Tower Garden Event on January 6, 2022
December 23, 2021 (PDF)
Central State University Extension (CSUE) will host its “The Art of a Hydroponic Tower Garden” program from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and repeating from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, at CSU-Xenia, 334 Progress Dr., Suite 100, Xenia.
This is the first in a series of free gardening programs offered at the CSU-Xenia facility.

Participants age 18 and older will learn how to grow their own salad garden indoors using a Hydroponic and Aeroponic Tower Garden. Attendees will help plant seeds in a plant tower to discover the rewards of harvesting fresh salad greens throughout the year.
The program is made possible by a USDA/NIFA grant.
Photo: Dr. Cindy Folck leading the Tilapia fish harvest at the CSU Aquaponics Center
Central State University Extension Held Fish Filleting Workshop and 2021 Fish Harvest at Aquaponics Center
December 6, 2021
(PDF)

Area residents learned how to safely fillet fish during an interactive demonstration as well as take home freshly harvested tilapia at the 2021 Central State University Extension (CSUE) Aquaponics Workshop held recently at the CSUE Aquaponics Demonstration Facility.
Speakers included Dr. Robert Korir, assistant professor, Food Science, Central State University, and Don Jones, Kingdom Fish, Rushsylvania, as well as CSUE Agriculture/Natural Resources Program Leader Dr. Cindy Folck and CSUE Agriculture/Natural Resources Educator Marc Amante.
photo: Nest of a wild bird.
Winter Bird Count: A Citizen Science Project
December 1, 2021 (PDF)
The free program for families and adults will offer the opportunity to learn how to participate in the winter bird count for reporting bird species to several national naturalist organizations. Participants are invited to bring hot beverages and binoculars as needed. The Audubon Society monitors bird species from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5, 2022.

Two sessions will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (adults over the age of 18) and from 11 a.m. to noon (families and adults.)


Is hemp the fish oil alternative of the future?
November 19, 2021 (feedstrategy.com)

Garden Journaling at CSU
Journaling: A Year in the Garden
November 29, 2021 (PDF)
Central State University Extension (CSUE) will host its "Journaling: A Year in the Garden" program throughout the winter months with the first session scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the CSU Seed to Bloom Botanical and Community Garden.

Subsequent programs will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday(s), Jan. 18; Feb. 15; and March 15.
Tilapia fish harvest at CSU
Fish Fillet Workshop
November 12, 2021 (PDF)
Learn how to fillet fish during an interactive demonstration and take home freshly harvested tilapia at the 2021 Central State University Extension (CSUE) Aquaponics Workshop held 10 a.m., to noon, Saturday, Dec. 4, at the CSUE Aquaponics Demonstration Facility.
The demonstration facility is located next to the CSU Water Tower on US 42 E, Wilberforce.
Tilapia will be harvested from the aquaponics system as participants learn to fillet fish as well as safe food handling techniques to create a sanitary fish processing area for an aquaponics system.

Speakers will include Dr. Robert Korir, Assistant Professor, Food Science, Central State University, and Don Jones, Kingdom Fish, Rushsylvania.
Photo: (Pictured from L to R):
Dr. Jack Thomas – President, Central State University
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty – (Ohio 3rd District) House of Representatives
Frank LaRose - Ohio Secretary of State
Dr. Michelle Corley - Dean of College of Engineering, Science, Technology & Agriculture (CESTA)/ Director 1890 Land Grant Programs
Eric Seabrook - Deputy Director, Minority Business Development Division - Ohio Department of Development         
Michael Rutherford - Business Program Director, Rural Development - United States Department of Agriculture
Ron Todd - Minority Affairs– State of Ohio Office of the Governor Mike DeWine
(2nd Row, L to R)
Everett Woodel, Jr. - District Director, Central and Southern Ohio District Offices - U.S. Small Business Administration
Allison DeSantis - Ohio Secretary of State 
Monique Cox-Moore - Ohio Secretary of State  
Jennifer Brown - Rural Development, USDA  
Jerome Jones - SBA
Barry Peel - SBA  
Stacy Cornett - Department of Development – State of Ohio
(3rd Row, L to R)
Shaundretta Boykins - Department of Development – State of Ohio
Dr. Siddhartha Dasgupta – Associate Administrator - CSU Extension
Paige Alost – Extension Educator, SE Region - CSU Extension
Ambrose Moses III - Extension Educator, Ohio Statewide - CSU Extension
Eric Smith - Extension Educator, NW Region - CSU Extension  
Amber Twitty - Extension Educator, Southern Region - CSU Extension
Nabil Ali – IT Coordinator, College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture
Ohio Small Business Summit Video Presentation
November 5, 2021
Central State University Extension’s (CSUE) Community and Economic Development hosted an Ohio Small/Agri-Business Information Summit on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. This live and virtual event included both state and federal leaders in Small Business and Agribusiness Development. Due to demand, the Summit will re-air on You Tube from Monday, November 8, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Visit www.centralstate.edu/SmallBusinessSummit to receive the viewing link.
Image of a field in autumn.
Shades of Soil: A Dirty Adventure! || Event Listing
November 5, 2021
Central State University Extension (CSUE) will host its “Shades of Soil: A Dirty Adventure!” program from 1:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at the CSU Seed to Bloom Botanical and Community Garden located at the intersection of US 42 E and Wilberforce-Switch Road across from the entrance to the university. The free program for both families and adults will explore the many colors of soil---orange to gray to black. Participants will explore what is in ‘dirt’ and create pieces of art from the various colors.
Image of rainbow trout.
Q&A: How Feeding Hemp to Fish Could Help the Planet
November 5, 2021
Central State University recently earned a $10 million grant for a robust project involving feeding hemp grain to rainbow trout.
Mobile Market from marketplace event at Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.
Mobile Food Pantry November 9
November 1, 2021 (PDF)
The Central State University (CSU) Community Marketplace will be held 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the parking lot of the Ward Center on the CSU campus, located at 1400 Brush Row Rd., Wilberforce.
Fall colors found on a trail in Greene county Ohio
Garden Journaling
November 8, 2021 (PDF)
Central State University Extension (CSUE) will host its “Journaling: A Year in the Garden” program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the CSU Seed to Bloom Botanical and Community Garden located at the intersection of US 42 E and Wilberforce-Switch Road across from the entrance to the university.

The cost is free.
Urban gardeners in Allen county Ohio
Fall Urban Agriculture Meeting October 30
October 28, 2021 (Hometown News Allen County)
The Central State University Extension Office will be holding a Fall Urban Agriculture Meeting this Saturday at the LACNIP Resource Center. Central State is hoping that they will get a good turn out and make this into a regular series for people who like working in their gardens. Topics talked about in Saturday’s meeting include basic planting and record keeping, soil basics, why is this is the best time to get garlic in the ground.

The cost is free.


Homeschool Adventures
October 25, 2021 (PDF)


Central State University Extension Community and Economic Development offer PRiMR: Disaster Management Education
October 6, 2021 (PDF)


Aquaponics Field Day
September 25, 2021 (PDF)


Backyard Mushroom Workshop
September 20, 2021 (PDF)


Home Vegetable Gardening Series
September 7, 2021 (PDF)


Mobile Market
September 7, 2021 (PDF)


Hands-On Backyard Mushrooms Workshop
September 2, 2021 (PDF)


Autumn Treasures
September 1, 2021 (PDF)


Fall Urban Agriculture
August 27, 2021 (PDF)


USDA to Invest $50 Million in New Cooperative Agreements for Racial Justice and Equity
August 25, 2021


Wild Hearts African Farm
August 20, 2021 (PDF)


In Ohio Country Today: WHIO 1290 AM and 95.7 FM podcast
August 23, 2021


College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) Spring/Summer 2021 Newsletter
August 13, 2021 (PDF)


Agricultural Scholarships
July 7, 2021
(PDF)


CBG Grant Incubator Farms
July 7, 2021
(PDF)


Beginning Farmers
June 26, 2021
(PDF)


Summer Camps 2021
June 12, 2021
(PDF)


Sweet Potato Planting
June 6, 2021
(PDF)


USDA To Begin Loan Payments
May 21, 2021
(PDF)


Speaker Series Summer
May 6, 2021 (PDF) || May 21 Event Listing || June 11 Event Listing || July 16 Event Listing || August 6 Event Listing


Swine Genetics Webinar
May 6, 2021 (PDF) || Event Listing


Walk-Behind Tractor Training
May 5, 2021 (PDF) || Event Listing


On-Farm Market Gardening Series Beginning May 17
April 24, 2021 (PDF) || Event Listing


Virtual Diabetes Classes
March 15, 2021 (PDF)


Corn Research Satellite
March 18, 2021 (PDF)


Home Vegetable Gardening
March 11, 2021 (PDF)


Seed To Bloom:
March 10, 2021 (PDF)


Swine Health Webinar
March 5, 2021 (PDF)


March 3, 2021:
Women's History Month (PDF)


Extension Newsletter:
Winter 2021 (PDF)


STEM Micro Turbine:
News Release (PDF)


Free Diabetes Education Classes
January 12, 2021
(PDF)


Central State University Opens Scholarship Applications for Students Majoring in Agriculture and Related Fields
News Release (PDF)


Photo 1- (Top Left: President Dr. Doreen Larson, Edison State), (Top Center: Provost Dr. Lada Gibson- Shreve, Stark State College), (Top Right: Dr. Subramania Sritharan, Interim Director Central State University Land-Grant), (Bottom Left: President Dr. Para Jones, Stark State College), (Center Bottom: President Jack Thomas, Central State University), (Bottom Right: President Betty Young, Hocking College)

Central State University Extension Partners with Hocking College, Stark State College, and Edison State Community College
News Release (PDF)


Spotted Lanternfly:
Fact Sheet (PDF)


Aquaponics Field Day:
October 2020 (PDF)


AEA Newsletter:
August 2020 (PDF)


Extension and Partners:
Free Record Expungement Clinic (PDF)


Hemp Field Day:
2020 (PDF)


Summer Newsletter:
July 2020 (PDF)


TET Fund:
February 2020 (PDF)