Archive for January, 2014

Pedal to the steel

OARDC FABE building construction Steel deliveryThe first truckload of structural steel for OARDC’s new Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building arrives this morning in Wooster. When finished, the building will house research on biofuel, bioproducts, bioenergy and more. It replaces a building damaged beyond repair by 2010’s Wooster tornado. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain.)

Student awardees exemplify collaborative nature of international agricultural research

Capacity building doesn’t occur spontaneously. Nor is it achieved through individuals and organizations acting independently. Two Ohio State graduate students in CFAES exemplified these notions with their recent selection as U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security, a program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Patrick Bell, pictured, left, a Ph.D. student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), and Anna Testen, right, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Plant Pathology, each were awarded a graduate research grant on Dec. 23, 2013, to fund research that the students have been involved in through ongoing projects with other International Agricultural Research Centers (IARC) or Nat...    Read More »

Jan. 31: Producing liquid biofuel from biomass

thaddeus ezejiCFAES scientist Thaddeus Ezeji presents “Liquid Biofuel Production from Biomass: Challenges and Opportunities” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, in 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus and in 121 Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. The talk’s sponsor is our Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. (Photo: Center for Applied Plant Sciences.)

Blame (the jet stream swooning over) Canada

climate change videoIf Earth is getting warmer, why has it been so cold out (except in Alaska)? A new video by the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media — called a “well-sourced every person’s guide” — tells us why.

Tiger (and others) team

tigerToday’s talk in the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources looks at a new partnership for wildlife conservation involving the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Wilds, and Ohio State. Speaking is Barbara Wolfe, associate professor in Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The program starts at 4 p.m. Details.

Put it all together, it spells …

Jim Hoorman videoJim Hoorman of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, discusses the principles and benefits of ECO-farming in this 2011 YouTube video. Hoorman, Rafiq Islam of CFAES, and their colleagues will give a workshop on ECO-farming Feb. 14.

Who shall speak for bee?

bee on blue lupineMichele Colopy of the Pollinator Stewardship Council presents “Pollinator Advocacy: Communicating Among the Stakeholders” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in 121 Fisher Auditorium on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave. There’s also a live video link to 244 Kottman Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, 2021 Fyffe Road. Free. She speaks as part of the seminar series of CFAES’s Department of Entomology. Email contact for details.

Speaking of cover crops

A CFAES team now spells farming with three extra letters. The group studies, demonstrates and teaches about what it calls “ECO-farming,” a new approach aimed at boosting a farm’s production and profits while shrinking its environmental footprint. One of the keys is “continuous living cover” (the C part of ECO), achieved by using cover crops. Some of the team’s members will give a workshop on the topic Feb. 14 as part of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association annual conference. Read more …

The force is strong with this one

david brandt ncrsMore on Ohio farmer David Brandt, who was mentioned in the previous post: A September 2013 Mother Jones story, “One Weird Trick to Fix Farms Forever,” calls him (citing a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service website), “The Obi-Wan Kenobi of soil.” The story also says, “If all U.S. farms adopted Brandt’s methods, we could save as much carbon as if we took 10 percent of cars off the road.” (Photo: NRCS.)

Learn about benefits of cover crops on farms in national broadcast Feb. 18; Ohio farmer to be featured

David Brandt, who farms 1,150 acres in Carroll, Ohio, has worked closely with CFAES and U.S. Department of Agriculture experts to ramp up his cover crop use. He’ll talk about it during a live national broadcast Feb. 18 that can be viewed in seven Ohio locations. Among their multiple benefits, cover crops, which often are planted in fall, killed by winter and left to rot in spring, cut erosion, enrich the soil and boost the soil’s microbial life.