Not so pretty in pink; or, ways to waylay wayward weeds

It’s pretty. And pretty hard to control. A class in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum will help you win your war on weeds. (Photo: Canada thistle by John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy,

Devising climate-smart agricultural practices for the world’s dry areas

My name is Somanagouda B. Patil, and I’m an Indian citizen currently working at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas in Rabat, Morocco.

Since April, I’ve been a visiting scholar in CFAES’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center through the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program.

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Study: ​Where climate change is most likely to induce food violence

While climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, new research suggests the strength of a country’s government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings. “A capable government is even more important to keeping the peace than good weather,” said study co-author Bear Braumoeller, an associate professor of political science at Ohio State. Read the study in the Journal of Peace Research.

June 15: Natural? Organic? What food labels really mean

CFAES’s Direct Marketing Team is hosting a free public webinar called “Organic, Naturally Grown, Chemical-Free: What Do These Mean?” from noon to 1 p.m. this Thursday. Speaking will be Eric Pawlowski and Amalie Lipstreu of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

The webinar is part of an ongoing series being hosted by the team. See the complete series schedule.

June 17: Renewable Energy Farm Tour

The 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues June 17 with the Renewable Energy Farm Tour at Woodland Ridge Farm and Learning Center in Athens in southeast Ohio. The farm has hybrid, battery backup, microgrid solar and off-grid systems. Admission is free and open to the public, but you have to preregister. Get details in the tour’s calendar listing or on pages 7-8 in the series brochure.

The farm is also offering two paid workshops and a dinner that weekend. Details are at the same links.

June 14: Growing Right Oral History Tour

The Growing Right Oral History Pop-up Tour, which explores Ohio’s roots in ecological farming, pops up again on June 14 at Columbus’s Franklin Park Conservatory Farmers’ Market. It’s part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

Tour: From tree to Amish-made dining room chair

A June 20 tour in northern Ohio will show how trees get turned into products, including Amish-made lumber and furniture. “We hope people find it an eye-opening experience,” said co-organizer Kathy Smith, CFAES’s forestry program director. “A lot goes into that process.”

June 12: Composting at home

CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster is giving a home composting workshop June 12.

June 12: Certified Organic College Farm Tour

Seminary Hill Farm at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio is holding the Certified Organic College Farm Tour from 5 to 6 p.m. June 12. The school is in Delaware north of Columbus. The farm raises heirloom vegetables, fruit and chickens. Visitors will interact with the farmers, “explore season extension techniques, learn about their young farmer apprentice program and meet their bees,” the event description says. The tour is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a co-presenter of the series and is the specific presenter of this event.

Download the series brochure.

Electronic labeling of GMOs: How well would it work?

A survey by CFAES researchers shows that some seniors and low-income individuals may have trouble accessing electronic product codes on food labels indicating the item contains genetically modified ingredients.