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“Thanks, Ohio farmers!” video project

Aug 28, 2020
When COVID-19 turned things upside down, food was one thing we could count on. Ohio farmers work hard to produce a safe and abundant food supply. Agriculture is important to Ohio’s—and our nation’s—economy. It contributes $105 billion annually to our s …
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We had a BLAST

Aug 10, 2020
GrowNextGen leader Zack Bateson facilitated the last section of the 2020 virtual Ag Biotech Academy, joining the group from his home in North Dakota for a bioinformatics session. Bateson introduced participants to the National Center for …
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Talking with friendly farmers

Aug 10, 2020
Scott Metzger Nathan Eckel Ohio Soybean Council’s director of research and education Tom Fontana introduced Ag Biotech Academy workshop participants to two Ohio soybean farmers. They shared about their work and the decisions they make as part of …
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Ag Biotech Academy 2020: your kitchen, your lab

Aug 7, 2020
“Our goal is to inspire you in your teaching, provide great resources, and help you in the classroom.” With a greeting from Tom Fontana, Ohio Soybean Council Director of Research and Education, the annual Ag Biotech Academy workshop was underway. Spo …
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Sharing at SECO’s Virtual Summer Symposium

Aug 3, 2020
To support teachers facing uncertain situations this fall, the Science Education Council of Ohio sponsored the Virtual Summer Symposium. A variety of content was presented to help teachers prepare for the challenge of non-traditional instruction. …
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Supporting the best and brightest science students in Ohio

Jul 31, 2020
The Ohio Soybean Council awarded prizes again this year to students submitting projects using soybeans in the areas of agriculture biosciences, bioresources, biopolymers, bioproducts, biofuels, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and/or earth …
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Egg-citing activities with Ohio Military Kids virtual camp

Jul 22, 2020
Did you know that Ohio 4-H and the Ohio National Guard work together to provide fun and supportive programs to military families? GrowNextGen joined the team during the military kids’ virtual camp, held online in July. GrowNextGen ambassador Shaye …
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Soybeans and soil compaction win the prize!

Jul 13, 2020
(Thanks WYSO for this news story.) Springfield STEM Academy Student’s Science Fair Project Wins Ohio Environmental Award A local high school student has received the Governor’s Award For Excellence in Environmental Protection Research. Ian Spence is a …
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Food science learning in a virtual format

Jul 6, 2020
Food science and food-related jobs are a major part of Ohio’s economy. Approximately 70,000 people are employed in the food and agriculture industries here in the state. 36 teachers had a chance to learn more about these opportunities through “ …
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Food industry experts share career info

Jul 6, 2020
During the recent “Experience Food Science: Field to Package” virtual workshop , an industry panel talked to teachers about their educational backgrounds and current job responsibilities. These experts represented several of the many food-related …
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Crushing soybeans

Jul 6, 2020
Teachers participating in the “Explore Food Science: Field to Package” virtual workshop recently took a tour of the Sidney Cargill soybean processing plant. The tour was conducted by Andrea Flowers, who buys beans for the facility, and Pat Knouff, a …
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U.S. Soy Shoes Donated to Frontline Workers

Jun 22, 2020
(from United Soybean Board) U.S. Soy is helping bring comfort to health care professionals who are working tirelessly on the frontlines during COVID-19. Okabashi, an American company that counts on U.S. soy for all its sandals, pledged to donate up …