Watch the trailer for “Green Fire” here (2:15). The Emmy Award-winning Aldo Leopold documentary shows at 7 p.m. April 16 at Ohio State as part of the campus’s Earth Week celebrations. A panel discussion including the film’s on-screen host, Curt Meine, follows.
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An April 10 workshop at CFAES’s South Centers in Piketon will focus on food hubs, how to develop them, and the good they can do for local growers, jobs, businesses, and economies. Get the agenda and more details here (pdf).
“A food hub functions as an intermediary that — by pooling producers and consumers — adds value to the marketing of produce and facilitates the development of a local food supply chain,” says an article by a USDA agricultural economist. “Food hubs are aggregation points through which smaller producers can collectively market to larger buyers that they would otherwise not have access to.”
Co-sponsors are CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, and the WVU Extension Service.
A reminder that global energy expert Daniel Yergin will speak tomorrow (April 2) at Ohio State in Columbus. He’s a Pulitzer Prize winner for his book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power and is the author of the current bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. Audience questions, a book signing, and a reception will follow right after. Free and open to the public. See previous posts here and here.
Earlier in the day, Yergin will present “The Quest: The Future of Energy” to Ohio State students (10 a.m. in the Ohio Union’s U.S. Bank Conference Theater).
For details on both events, contact Gina Langen in Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment, email@example.com.
Michigan Tech’s John Vucetich (pictured, right) comes down from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to present “Confronting the Ethical Dimension of Conservation and Sustainability” tomorrow (March 21) in the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. “I am a population biologist,” he writes in his faculty bio. “I spend most of my time studying the wolves and moose of Isle Royale. I am also interested in the philosophy and ethics of ecological and conservation science.” (Photo: Vucetich with former mentor and current colleague Rolf Peterson from Michigan Tech Magazine (scroll down).) Time and location. Free. All are welcome.
“Fungi can play a significant role in the pursuit of sustainability,” writes Minnesota mushroom maven Ron Spinosa in Fungi Magazine (pdf). A new book by CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension, helps you identify the sustainability-supporting fungi you find in Ohio — more than 140 mushrooms and macrofungi (fungi visible to the unaided eye) of woods and fields. It includes both edible and poisonous types. You can read more about it here. You can buy it here. A sample page is shown at the left.
Rattan Lal grew up on a small farm in India. Today he’s a world-renowned soil scientist (Iceland’s president is a fan, for instance) and a Distinguished University Professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. He works on three of the planet’s biggest (and mostly interconnected) issues: hunger, climate change, and water pollution. Ohio State “is a paradise for a researcher,” he says in a new video interview (2:14). “It provides an opportunity to do research globally.”
Daniel Yergin, CNBC global energy expert and a Pulitzer Prize winner for his book The Prize, will present “The Future of Energy and the World” on April 2 at Ohio State. Get details here. His new book, The Quest, is described as “a sweeping history of the energies — from oil and gas to solar and wind — that animate the modern world, and a riveting story of where we are today, and what the future of energy — and our world — might look like.” His talk has 13 co-sponsors, including CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Environmental Professionals Network, which is a service of the school.
Two recent stories covered the boom in jobs for students who major in agriculture and natural resources (and in both cases, who do it in CFAES) — one in the Columbus Dispatch, one by CFAES’s own communications office (“By New Year’s Day this year, graduating senior Linsey Howell already had five job offers.”)
Ohio State’s South Centers in Piketon, part of CFAES, will hold a workshop April 8 on growing and marketing bioenergy crops, including miscanthus and guayule (pictured). Get more details here and here (pdf; check out the list of expert speakers). (Photo: Clarence A. Rechenthin @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.)