Dean announces $1 million water quality initiative

CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron, speaking at the college’s annual Farm Science Review trade show, today announced the creation of a new university-wide water quality initiative. Called Field to Faucet, the effort will seek end-to-end solutions to hazardous algal blooms and water quality issues.

“Toledo was a wakeup call,” said McPheron, speaking to a crowd of 700 at the Review’s opening-day luncheon. “Just over a month ago, the city of Toledo awoke to the news that parents could not draw water from their taps for their children. Restaurants were shuttered, parks were closed, citizens wondered whether to eat food washed in tap water and whether to shower.”

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Into the blue

picture of clean blue water for GBWorth a read: Ohio’s water issues are the focus of a recent column by Farm and Dairy Editor Susan Crowell, who quotes, among others, OARDC Director Steve Slack. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. (Photo: iStock.)

Goal: Do good for both farms and water

satellite photo of great lakes algal blooms for GBA first-ever workshop in Ohio, sponsored by CFAES, is bringing together farmers, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss whole-system solutions to the Midwest’s nutrient runoff and water problems. (Photo: Great Lakes algal blooms, August 2010, NASA Earth Observatory.)

Spotlight on trends in Ohio’s dairy industry

picture of curious dairy cowCFAES alumnus Scott Higgins, CEO of American Dairy Association Mideast, presents “New Technologies and Trends of Ohio’s Dairy Industry, from Grass to Glass” from 7:30-9 a.m. on Sept. 26 at Der Dutchman Restaurant, 720 State Route 97 West, in Bellville, part of the Northeast Ohio Agribusiness Forum series. Details. CFAES is a sponsor of the talk.

Founder of Youngstown’s Big Cricket Farms, first edible insect farm in U.S., to speak Wednesday

“Insects May Be The Most Sustainable Food Source,” said a headline last year in the Guardian, and on Wednesday, Sept. 10, you can hear from someone who’s making it happen. Kevin Bachhuber, founder of Youngstown, Ohio’s Big Cricket Farms, called America’s first edible insect farm, and an urban farm at that, will speak on “Entomophagy: Research and Career Opportunities in Edible Insects” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 121 Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. There’s also a live video link to 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. The New York Times and others have featured him recently. Details:

Get to the Gwynne

Farm Science Review focuses on new agricultural technology but also offers a big range of natural resource-related presentations at its Gwynne Conservation Area. Sponsored by CFAES, the event goes from Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. Schedule of Gwynne talks here (PDF). Review details here.

Sept. 9: How to continue Ohio’s clean energy progress

solar panelThe Environmental Professionals Network, a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, hosts its next monthly breakfast program, “Challenges and Opportunities: Achieving Ohio’s Clean Energy Potential,” on Sept. 9 in Columbus. You’re invited to attend. Details.

Oil and gas drilling impacts? Talk aims to show bigger picture

The environmental impacts of oil and gas production “are much broader than what most people consider,” says Joe Bonnell, who hopes to show farmers, landowners and others the bigger picture. Bonnell, who is watershed management program director for CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension, will present “Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction” twice at the upcoming Farm Science Review. Times and other details. Sponsored by CFAES, the Review goes from Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio.

Watch: ‘All these really critical questions come back to water’

wetland video 2 for GBStudents and professors in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources talk about wetlands, water quality and the school’s Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in a new YouTube video (3:23). Related post.

Color these new Buckeyes green

buckeyesCFAES has a new learning community for students, and its focus is sustainability. Called SUSTAINS, short for Students Understanding Sustainability and Taking Action to Improve Nature and Society, it’s for undergraduates who are studying or are otherwise interested in the environment. Read the story …