Keep it clean: New fertilizer applicator training in the works

picture of blue waterblue waterCFAES is ramping up its efforts to improve Ohio’s water quality through a new fertilizer applicator certification training program.

‘A lasting impact on students’

picture of Dorothy TeaterA $500,000 gift from Dorothy Teater, pictured, and her four sons to CFAES will help both natural resources students and in-career professionals. The gift establishes the Dr. Robert W. Teater Endowed Fund (#482635), named after Mrs. Teater’s late husband, a director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for eight years. Before that, he had been director of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. For more information on this gift and others to CFAES, click here. (Photo: Matthew Marx.)

How to keep phosphorus on crop fields, out of water

picture of healthy corn field

Farmers can boost their yields and protect water, too, by using a set of best management practices when they apply fertilizer this fall, says a team of CFAES experts. The team, which has studied and refined the practices, is sharing details on them with farmers around Ohio. (Photo: iStock.)

‘It’s absolutely inspiring to be here’

An Idealist Grad Fair is coming to Ohio State on Oct. 27. Watch a video on what the fair offers here (4:10) and what it looks like here (2:14). Hosting the event is Ohio State’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

Oct. 23: Climate change’s impacts on birds

picture of Atlantic puffinThe Climate Explorations Series looks at “Computer Modeling, Climate Change and Impact on Birds” from 7-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., in Columbus. Featured will be the difference between climate and weather, the importance of computer models in understanding the atmosphere, and groundbreaking research on the impact of climate change on birds and their ranges. Free. To view the event online, click here. Series collaborators include Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the 4-H Youth Development Program of CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension. (Photo: Atlantic puffin, iStock.)

Nov. 12 forecast: Sunny. Windy. Anaerobic digestively

solar panels for GBExperts from industry and academia will share their expertise on emerging green energy opportunities during a daylong workshop to be held Nov. 12 at CFAES’s research arm in Wooster, OARDC. Press release here. Event flier with agenda and registration form here. There’s a discount for early registration (by Nov. 4) and for students. (Photo: iStock.)

Wednesday: Biological control programs for pests of vegetables

tomatoes 2Michigan State’s Zsofia Szendrei presents “Developing Biocontrol Programs for Vegetables” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15. “Conservation biological control is an important part of integrated pest management programs,” the event’s flier says. “IPM is a sustainable agricultural approach with a sound ecological foundation,” an Oregon State IPM publication explains.

Attend in person in 121 Fisher Auditorium at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, or watch by video link in 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus. Free. All are welcome. Details:

‘You can grow great stuff here’

Morgan Taggart, an educator in the Cuyahoga County office of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, talks about her work to support urban farming and her life in Cleveland in a story by Grant Segall in today’s (Oct. 10) Cleveland Plain Dealer. Taggart last year won Ohio State’s highest honor for non-teaching employees, the Distinguished Staff Award (scroll down).

‘Our commitment to being part of the solution’

CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron talks about the college’s Field to Faucet Initiative in a new YouTube video (0:55). The new effort aims to ensure both clean water and sustainable food systems. Partners are coming not just from CFAES but from other Ohio State colleges, other Ohio universities, and Ohio farm groups and agencies. Watch his initial announcement at Farm Science Review here (6:01). Read a press release about it here.

CFAES grad student to attend World Food Prize events

Boniface MassaweCongratulations to Boniface Massawe, a Ph.D. soil science student in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, on his selection to attend the 2014 World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa, starting this Sunday, Oct. 12. While there, he’ll participate in the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue, an international symposium named for Nobel Laureate Norman E. Borlaug, which will address “The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on Our Planet by the Year 2050?” A native of Tanzania, Massawe is a fellow in the Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program. Read more …