CFAES Staff Advisory Council gathered for their May meeting at the OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio. After the council’s regular business had concluded, the group went on a tour of the Piketon research and business development center.
SAC and USAC members received a very informational tour of the Secrest Arboretum from Jason Veil during the May SAC meeting held at the Wooster Campus
CFAES Staff Council hosted the 2018 annual retreat in Wooster to focus on welcoming new members, SAC business, identification of task forces and thanking outgoing members of the council. Representatives also welcomed Barry Jolliff, OSU/ATI instructor, as facilitator for some exciting team building exercises.
The Eastern Agricultural Research Station was established in 1965 through the purchase of a 728-acre block of hilly land near Belle Valley in Noble County. This land, along with 40 acres acquired later on, is known as Unit I. The Station's size was significantly increased in 1966, when the Union Carbide Corporation and the Baker-Noon Coal Company donated an additional 1,325 acres that had been extensively strip-mined for coal. This area is known as Unit II and was the subject of land reclamation experiments through the 1990s.
Staff and researchers at EARS have partnered with companies like GrowSafe Systems to make animal agriculture more efficient, economically viable, environmentally friendly and ethically sustainable through measuring, monitoring and in turn optimizing feed uses for cattle.
Eastern Ohio is particularly well suited to the production of forage grasses and legumes, spurring the development of numerous livestock operations in the region. As a result, Appalachian counties produce the bulk of Ohio's beef cattle and have become the center of Ohio's sheep industry. These forage and livestock industries are supported by numerous research projects and trials conducted year-round at the Eastern Agricultural Station, which also works to optimize the region's vast natural resources and to ensure the sustainability of both agriculture and the environment. Research at the Station focuses on management systems that address all aspects involved in successfully running a complete livestock operation.