When you consider the other choices, ‘manure’ is actually pretty refreshing

image of green field and blue water 2Good manure storage improves the health not just of livestock and crops but of waterways, say organizers of a farmer panel discussion at the Aug. 14 Manure Science Review. The panelists, all northeast Ohio dairy producers, will share their plans and practices for storing manure. (Hat tip to George Costanza.) (Photo: iStock.)

‘The new green is black’

The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s John Funk reports on quasar energy group’s biogas power plants and the partnership role of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC:

The new green is black for Quasar Energy Group, a company that with federal and state assistance has developed the technology to generate electricity from every flush of your toilet and every scrap of food waste and grease sent down a drain.

Quasar’s success story starts with European technology, steadily improved by researchers at the Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster and refined almost daily by Quasar and OARDC engineers.

Check it out.

Side benefits: Well-fed food crops, cleaner water

subsurface band applicator 2 for GBAnother look at the prototype poultry litter applicator, called a subsurface band applicator, set to be shown at Manure Science Review. Instead of spreading poultry litter, a beneficial crop fertilizer, on the surface of a farm field, it buries the material a few inches deep. The practice slashes phosphorus, nitrogen and bacterial runoff into water. The new design also can be used to side-dress organic corn, for example, as shown here. Event details here and here. (Photo: Tom Way, USDA-ARS.)

How to use poultry litter on crops while protecting water quality

image of subsurface band applicatorA prototype poultry litter applicator, shown here, greatly reduces phosphorus runoff into water, says Tom Way of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. He’ll talk about it and demonstrate it at the Aug. 14 Manure Science Review. CFAES is a co-host of the event. (Photo: Tom Way, USDA-ARS.)

Watch: How OARDC, quasar are making, using biogas CNG vehicle fuel

image of CNG videoCleanCitiesTV has released a new YouTube video on the joint effort by OARDC and quasar energy group to make biogas, turn it into compressed natural gas (CNG) and put it to use as vehicle fuel. Watch (3:08).

Sign up by 3 p.m. today for algal bloom media briefing tomorrow. There’s also a public webinar

Ohio State’s Stone Lab will host a media briefing and public webinar tomorrow, Thursday, July 10, to explain NOAA’s Seasonal Forecast of Harmful Algal Blooms for Lake Erie. Speaking at both events will be experts and elected officials.

The media briefing starts at 10 a.m. Included will be lab demonstrations and on-the-water field experience. Get details here. Note: Register to attend by 3 p.m. today, July 9. Call or e-mail Jill Jentes, 614-937-0072, jentes.1@osu.edu.

The webinar goes from 2-4 p.m. To register, go here and scroll down.

Lake Erie’s recurring summer algal blooms threaten fishing, swimming, boating and tourism on the lake, plus drinking water and the health of the lake’s ecosystems.

In battle for Lake Erie, ‘an unprecedented, comprehensive counteroffensive’

image of Lake Erie algal bloomEfforts by, among others, CFAES’s Jeff Reutter and Libby Dayton to stop Lake Erie’s algal blooms were noted yesterday in a Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial. (Photo: Tom Archer, Michigan Sea Grant, via NOAA.)

Healthy Water Ohio in the news

Yesterday’s launch of the new Healthy Water Ohio initiative gets coverage by WKSU, WYSUFarm and Dairy, the Toledo Blade, Ohio’s Country Journal and Ideastream (Cleveland public radio).

New coalition will protect, enhance Ohio’s water quality

image of clean waterA coalition of Ohio agriculture, conservation, business, university and other groups today publicly launched Healthy Water Ohio. The new initiative will develop a long-range strategy to protect and enhance the state’s waters, said a press release by the group. Guiding the coalition’s activities is a 16-member steering committee divided into a number of working groups. Leading the Research, Education and Outreach working group is CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron. In all, some 30 stakeholder organizations are involved. More are expected. Plans include a statewide public poll to gather input to direct future efforts and a statewide series of learning events. For more information: Larry Antosch, lantosch@ofbf.org.

Two CFAES speakers at Stone Lab this Thursday

More good reasons to visit Ohio State’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie: CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron will present “Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Three Ways of Describing a Singular Mission” as the lab’s weekly guest lecture this Thursday evening, July 10. And CFAES economist Elena Irwin will give a research brief before the main talk called “A Sustainability Science Approach to Lake Erie: Assessing the Linkages and Trade-offs Between Agricultural Land Management and Lake Ecosystem Services.” Admission is free and open to the public. But you’ll need to ride a water taxi to get from Put-in-Bay to the lab and back ($3 each way). You also can watch online.