China's Hollow Villages Undergo a Transformation

As an agricultural engineering professor, I was excited to visit and tour the farm village Houbali, in southwestern Shandong Province. I found myself standing among newly constructed high-rise buildings, a vastly different community than I had expected to encounter. A bicycle repair shop was setting up alongside other bustling businesses in the first-floor storefronts. 

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  1. Bacterial movement during winter irrigation of reclaimed wastewater

    Aug 27, 2021

    Just published is research conducted at the 50 year old wastewater irrigation site at Deer Creek State Park. Check out the journal article in Sustainability

  2. Low-cost Treatment of Food Processing Wastewater

    Aug 24, 2021

    A SW Ohio meat processor built and operates a wastewater treatment system that saves money and protects the environment. It is based on research conducted at The Ohio State University.

    Find out more Low-cost Treatment of Food Processing Wastewater

  3. Aquaculture Fish Food

    Jul 19, 2021

    Can China and the US break the ocean connection? Agriculture is growing algae to help fill the Omega-3 gap to help reduce the overfishing of forage fish to make fishmeal and fish oil.  Read more on the New Security Beat

  4. A Tale of 2 Snails: Biodiversity threats of invasive species in the United States and China

    Jun 1, 2021

    As host of the 15th Convention of Biological Diversity, China will be leading discussions where controlling invasive species is one of the key actions. Intentional introduction of exotic species has been a part of agriculture for centuries. The United States and China are the most likely sources of invasive species, and will likely suffer the most from their effects.

  5. Iron in Drinking Water

    May 24, 2021

    Iron in water is not hazardous, but stains fixtures and gives water a metalic taste. Well owners have several options to remove iron from water. To find out more scheck the new fact sheet - Iron in Drinking Water

  6. Aquaculture is Fishing to Gut Plastic Waste—In The United States and China

    Apr 23, 2021

    China is the world’s leading seafood producer and exporter, contributing 62 percent of global production. China has more than 8 million hectares of ponds, a land area large enough to completely blanket the state of South Carolina. These ponds produce fish, shrimp, frogs, and turtles for food, but they also produce plastic waste.

  7. COVID-19 Changing the Mink Production Landscape in U.S. and China

    Apr 23, 2021

    Early in the pandemic, an unexpected outbreak among mink brought catastrophe to Denmark’s vaunted mink fur industry, leading to the extermination of its entire mink population and total collapse of its output. The U.S. and China are among the top contenders looking to capitalize on the sudden vacuum in the market.

    To learn more read the whole article at China/US Focus

  8. Soil & Site Evaluation for Onsite Wastewater Treatment ~ Online Workshop ~

    Apr 23, 2021

    Registered sanitarians, soil scientists, sanitary engineers, installers and others who work on small and onsite wastewater treatment systems are sometimes expected to consider sites and soils for suitability.  This new online course has video lectures, demonstrations and homework exercises to prepare onsite professionals to conduct a preliminary evaluation.  The goal of this course is to help an onsite professional to become a soils practitioner to assist soil scientists is conducting site and soil evaluations.


  9. Where to have your water tested

    Feb 22, 2021

    Private well owners are responsible to testing and maintaining their own water supply to protect family and visitors.  Laboratories throughout Ohio accept samples from the public for water testing.  The lab list was just updated to help locate a nearby lab. Go to

  10. Improving disinfection of treated wastewater

    Oct 29, 2020

    Just published SETLL research on a new approach to UV disinfection.  Batch disinfection improves disinfection, saves energy and extends the life of the equipment.

    • Liu, K., E. Park, KM Mancl, J. Lee and O.H. Tuovinen. 2020. Batch UV disinfection for small flow onsite wastewater treatment. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 36(5):717-725.