Archive for September, 2015

Solar energy could offer significant savings for agriculture

solar panels_0Farmers and agribusinesses can learn more about installing solar energy systems as a way to cut both their costs and their operations’ environmental impacts at an agricultural solar energy workshop at OARDC, CFAES’s research arm, on Oct. 1.

5 events this weekend in Sustainable Farm Tour Series

The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series has another big weekend ahead with five events on the schedule. Get details in the series program booklet. Saturday, Sept. 26: Lamb Pasture Walk, Meigs County (p. 14); Alpaca Farm Tour, Stark County (p. 36); On-Farm Processing and Agritourism Tour, Monroe County (p. 37). Sunday, Sept. 27: Off-Season Farm Production Tour and Workshop, Muskingum County (p. 15); Steel in the Field Workshop, Montgomery County (p. 24). CFAES is a co-presenter of the series.

Sept. 28: Brundtland to speak on global sustainability

brundtland_gro-feature.bebb54ccOn Monday, Sept. 28, the Discovery Themes Provost’s Lecturer Program at Ohio State will present Gro Harlem Brundtland, an internationally known thought leader and advocate for human rights and a leading voice on climate change, sustainable development and global health issues. She will deliver “Our Common Future: Global Sustainability in the 21st Century” at 3:30 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. in Columbus. The lecture is open to the public. Read More »

Ohio State faculty build capacity of researchers in Ghana through soil science workshop

rafiqWarren Dick, professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Rafiq Islam, research scientist and soil and bioenergy program leader at the college’s Ohio State University South Centers, traveled to Ghana from Aug. 27 to Sept. 5 to deliver an innovative workshop titled “Climate change, sustainable agriculture and soil health” at the University of Cape Coast. Read More »

Growing program, cleaner water

In the year since CFAES launched its Field to Faucet program, significant strides have been made to improve Ohio’s water quality. Read the story …

Climate change deniers are now ‘those who reject mainstream science’

The Associated Press has revised its Stylebook entry on climate change. “We are adding a brief description of those who don’t accept climate science or dispute the world is warming from man-made forces,” said a post yesterday on AP’s Definitive Source blog. “Our guidance is to use ‘climate change doubters’ or ‘those who reject mainstream climate science’ and to avoid the use of ‘skeptics’ or ‘deniers.’ ” CFAES, Ohio State, and many if not most American newspapers and other news outlets follow AP style.

34 talks on conservation, 67 acres of green

2015 Gwynne eventsGoing to Farm Science Review this week? There’s lots to see and hear in the Gwynne …

Cardinal Turkson to speak at Ohio State

Cardinal Turkson 2Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the first cardinal from Ghana, will speak on global sustainability on Ohio State’s Columbus campus at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2. His talk will be followed by a fireside chat with Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. The event is open to the public, but you need a ticket to attend. Read more here, including about how to buy tickets. (Photo: Haiducul licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.)

What makes bluebirds happy?

How to attract bluebirds 4CFAES’s Marne Titchenell will cover the four must-haves for having bluebirds in a talk at Farm Science Review. “When I see a bluebird,” she says, “I’m reminded that the everyday individual can make a big difference in the conservation of a species.”

Greener, more energy-efficient homes and places of worship

Saving energy 2People’s homes and places of worship can be greener. They can save energy, save money and cut their climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions. A speaker at CFAES’s Farm Science Review, which is Sept. 22-24 in London, Ohio, will show how …