Remember your woodlot when managing your farm. That’s the advice of Pete Woyar, a professional forester, and Dave Apsley, a CFAES natural resources specialist. Woodlots, they say, while often neglected, offer ecological services and income potential. The two experts will talk about ways to manage your woodlot, how to do a forest inventory, and how to use that inventory to develop a plan and timetable for reaching your goals. “Sustainable Woodlot Management,” Session I B, 10:35-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference. (Photo: Wavebreak Media.)
What do Ohioans think about Lake Erie’s algae problems? Especially what has been causing them? Last summer’s Toledo water crisis changed people’s thinking, says CFAES economist Brian Roe: “Some argue that these 56 hours in Toledo may be a turning point for Ohio agriculture, potentially altering public sentiment and private fears about agriculture and farm runoff and its relationship with water quality and public health on par with how reports of the Cuyahoga River fire of 1969 pivoted public attention to industrial pollution around the Great Lakes.” Read the story. (Photo: Ohio Sea Grant.)
On Ohio small farms, as a high-value niche crop, hops, yes, are hopping. And now a new program could help them hop higher. The Ohio Hops Growers Cooperative and Alliance will jointly help members with planting, promotion, group-purchasing and more. Brad Bergefurd, a leader of CFAES’s own (here it comes) nonstopping, bebopping, hop-popping efforts (thankyouverymuch), will talk about the co-op and how it can help you. “Cooperatively Growing the Ohio Hops Industry,” Session III B, 10:35-11:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference. (Also coming, in the first week of February, are two CFAES workshops on hops.) (They’re the tops.) (Photo: iStock.)
The North Central Region office of USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program offers a number of grants to people who work in, study and/or teach about sustainable agriculture. You can learn more about them — what they are, who can apply for one, how to create good proposals and more — from Mike Hogan, who is an educator with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, and is SARE’s Ohio coordinator. He’s available, too, for later one-on-one help with proposals. “Turning Your New Ideas Into Successful SARE Grant Proposals,” Session III B, 10:35-11:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference.
“Sound economic decision-making helps organic farmers ensure the long-term sustainability of their business.” So says the blurb for a session by CFAES’s Subbu Kumarappan at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference. You’ll get the lowdown on basic economic principles, will see how to determine optimal input levels and prices, and will get a hands-on lesson on using a spreadsheet to show the financial impacts of different management decisions. “Tips for Economic Decision-Making on the Organic Farm,” Session II B, 2:50-3:35 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. (Photo: iStock.)
How does government affect what you grow? How about what you eat? Ohio State’s Jill Clark (leader, Ohio Local Food Policy Council Network) and Granville, Ohio, farmer Bryn Bird will fill you in. They’ll encourage you to take a more active role in your food system. “Food Citizens: Engaging in the Intersection Between Food and Policy,” Session II A, 1:45-2:40 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference. (Photo: USDA via CC BY 2.0.)
Monique Pairis-Garcia, who hails from the wonderfully named town of Idyllwild, California, recently joined OSU Extension, CFAES’s outreach arm, as its animal welfare specialist. “We recognize that we have an ethical obligation to (farm) animals because they are providing resources for us,” she says. “We want to manage them as humanely as we can.” In her work she’ll teach students and serve as a resource for farmers. Get to know her.
Check out these tips, courtesy of the “Chow Line” column by CFAES’s Martha Filipic, for budget-friendly ways to eat more fruits and veggies. (Photo: Purestock.)
Northern Illinois University’s Gerald Blazey presents “Science Policy in the White House” from 4:10-5:30 p.m. today (Jan. 22) in the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Blazey, who is a physicist and is NIU’s acting associate vice president for research and innovation, recently completed a two-year appointment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.