Growing organic grain in Ohio: OEFFA conference preview

Hear from other farmers how they grow organic grain at the Feb. 9-11 annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. A panel discussion by Lou Kozma of Hirzel Farms, Ken Rider of Rider Landing and Jeff Harris of Harris Organic Farm, all of Ohio, will look at their crops, rotations and marketing. “Come with questions for a practical, farmer-focused conversation,” says the description of the talk. Alan Sundermeier of CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm will serve as the moderator. “Organic Grain Production Systems for Quality and Profitability,” Session I, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 10. Complete schedule.

‘An excellent location to do research’

Image of Stone Lab boatOhio State’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie is inviting college undergrads to apply for its 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program.

Meeting with the bobs …

Image of bobcat in snow… and salamanders, soras and others. Faculty, staff and graduate students in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources will be among the presenters at the 2017 Ohio Fish and Wildlife Conference in Columbus this Friday. (Photo: Bobcat, USFWS.)

A ‘moral responsibility to the natural world’

AL writing at ShackLearn about conservationist Aldo Leopold and his modern legacy in “Green Fire,” which screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series.

Published in 1949, Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac has “become one of the most respected books about the environment ever published,” a website by the Aldo Leopold Foundation says. Leopold in turn has “come to be regarded by many as the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th century.”

He’s shown at his farm in Wisconsin, where he developed his revolutionary land ethic — described as a “call for moral responsibility to the natural world.”

Details, series schedule. (Photo used with permission of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.)

Feb. 14: Go into the woods in Ohio, the library

Image of Ohio State Thompson LibraryFebruary’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program will explore Ohio’s forests — and the natural role one of them played in renovating Ohio State’s main library.  Read More »

The grapes who stayed out in the cold

winter in the vineyardsKeeping grape growing and winemaking sustainable in America’s cold-climate states is a featured topic at the 2017 Ohio Grape and Wine Conference, Feb. 20-21 in Dublin near Columbus. Register by Jan. 27 and save $15.

Climate change consequences, solutions

Ris Twigg reported on Jan. 11’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, which looked at climate change, energy conservation and renewable energy, in Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern.

The network is a public service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Bushel of Buckeyes at OEFFA conference

bucket full of ripe apples in sunsetTen experts from Ohio State, mostly from CFAES, will be among the 100-plus presenters at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s Feb. 9-11 annual conference.


“These kids have gone through a lot in life. They aren’t just defiant teens who simply decided to strike out on their own. They are a very vulnerable population.”

Good pick for growers of specialty crops

StrawberryHere’s more on CFAES’s Feb. 7 Southwestern Ohio Specialty Crops Conference.