Stories tagged with: OSU Extension

June 23, 2015 - 5:41pm
1 year 4 weeks ago

A community member with a long history at the OSU extension office announces that he will retire on June 30. 

Fifty-nine year old Mark Mechling has worked at the extension office for 27 years, and before that he taught for 11. Now, he will call it quits next week. 

But Tuesday, he remembered some of his fondest memories. 

"I've had the opportunity to facilitate several studies of the county," Mechling said. "Back in the '90s we had a farmland...

April 9, 2015 - 10:56am
1 year 15 weeks ago

If the thought of planting a new tree in your yard is a little intimidating, the OSU Extension Master Gardeners are here to help.

Coming up on Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 A.M. to Noon, in the corner of the parking lot at the Zanesville Art Museum, the OSU Extension Master Gardeners will be demonstrating how to properly plant trees.

Schroeder Dodds explained how the event will work, "And we are going to invite the public to come in and we will have three trees that we are...

April 1, 2015 - 7:19am
1 year 16 weeks ago

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Transportation Optimization Grant

COLUMBUS, OHIO (WHIZ) -A $1.76 million grant is being used by 20 school districts across South-eastern and Eastern Ohio to analyze and optimize transportation efficiencies. According to Noble Local School Superintendent, Dan Leffinwell, with this grant, there is a potential savings of $4 million.

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March 12, 2015 - 5:31pm
1 year 19 weeks ago

 The Muskingum County Commissioners have given a proclamation to the county 4H program.

In a meeting this morning, the commissioners recognized everything that 4H does to spur innovation in kids. The organization educates kids in a different way than in school. 4H Educator at the OSU extension office, Michelle Fehr, said it presents kids with an informal education.

"It gives kids the opportunity to choose things that they're interested in," Fehr said. "...

September 22, 2014 - 4:27pm
1 year 43 weeks ago

As the weather turns colder people aren't the only ones seeking warmth. Insects also try to protect themselves from the cold.

Only, instead of bundling up, the brown marmorated stink bug finds its way into your home. This stink bug entered the United States around 15 years ago and has spread rapidly. Ohio State Extension Educator, Mark Mechling, said early prevention is key.

"The best thing we can do is on a preventative measure, so we want to encourage people to caulk...

May 12, 2014 - 11:39am
2 years 10 weeks ago

The consecutive days of wet weather we've seen have local farmers concerned about planting this season.

The rain has not been excessive, however, the breaks between events have been minimal. This has resulted in poor soil conditions and untimely planting.

"Typically we'd like to see that corn planted in the early part of May," said Mark Mechling,Extension Educator for Muskingum County. "Here we are almost half way through the month and a lot of crops are not in the...

October 7, 2013 - 1:48pm
2 years 41 weeks ago

The stink bug you may have been seeing is called the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. The stink bug, which is native to Japan, Korea and China, is more destructive than the native green-colored stink bugs that typically show up in fall. OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling says the bug isn't harmful to humans, but to Ohio's agriculture industry.

"It's potentially a very destructive insect to the fruit and vegetable industry here in the Midwest," said Mechling. "It's really...

May 31, 2012 - 6:17pm
4 years 7 weeks ago

The Muskingum County OSU Extension Office is submitting its 2013 budget request.

On Thursday Extension Educator Mark Mechling discussed the report with the county commissioners.  He said the office utilizes the funding to provide educational programming in agriculture, natural resources and youth development throughout the county.

"Primarily our main budget item is personnel for the extension office budget," said Mechling.  "Other costs also include...

May 15, 2011 - 6:36pm
5 years 10 weeks ago

Some Noble County families spent their Sunday learning about agriculture.

The public was welcomed to tour the Eastern Agriculture Research Station in Caldwell. Farm Manager Wayne Shriver said it's important for people to understand agriculture and how it benefits them.

"These kids in school these days have to meet so many state standards and with this function they meet a lot of standards just in one day so it gives them an opportunity to see how it applies to the real life...

November 5, 2010 - 11:42am
5 years 37 weeks ago

Eighth graders at a local school are learning how to budget money when their out on their own.

The OSU Extension is sponsoring a Financial Literacy Program called Real Money Real World and the students find out what it's like to be 25 and living in the real world.

"They are given a salary, an occupation, and so many children or in some cases no children and based on that they have to go make decisions about how they are going to pay their bills every month," Extension...

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