Mar 16, 2022
Virtual meeting set for March 25 for Ohio specialty crop growers

Ohio State University (OSU) invites specialty crop growers to a conversation about changes in the specialty crops industry and in OSU department specialists and Extension educators serving the specialty crop arena.

The March 25 meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m to 11 a.m. Due to the comprehensive statewide nature of this meeting, it will be held virtually over Zoom so that travel will not be a barrier to participating.

OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) administration and department chairs will provide updates on priorities, existing support for specialty crops, and actions being taken related to research and education for specialty crops. Time will also be taken to explore emerging trends for specialty crops agriculture in the state, listen to the industry needs and how CFAES plays a role in the industry.

Please register no later than March 24 at

Meeting Agenda

• Welcome – CFAES Dean Cathann Kress – 10 minutes
• Department Updates – 24 minutes (3 minutes each)
• Entomology – Dr. Jamie Strange
• Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering – Dr. Scott Shearer
• Food Science and Technology – Sheryl Barringer
• Horticulture and Crop Science – Dr. Doug Karcher
• Plant Pathology – Dr. Tom Mitchell
• School of Environment and Natural Resources – Dr. Jeff Sharp
•  Extension – OSU Extension Associate Dean and Director Dr. Jackie Wilkins
•  CFAES Research Stations, Field Labs and Farms – Mr. Ken Scaife
•  Specialty Crop Industry Trends – Dr. Guil Signorini – 10 minutes
•  Small Group Interview Sessions Report – Mr. Jim Jasinski – 5 minutes
•  Stakeholder Listening Session – 45 minutes


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