Grass-based, organic dairying: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Organic dairy tourWeaver Dairy, an 85-cow, grass-based, certified organic dairy in Hillsboro in southeast Ohio, hosts the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series on Wednesday, Aug. 5 (PDF; scroll to p. 11). (Photo: Purestock.)


Cows and climate changeChris Mooney of The Washington Post talked to CFAES scientist Jeff Firkins, among others, for yesterday’s story on how cleaner cow burps could help fight climate change.

‘Giving a better life to the next generation’

Here’s a video related to Joe Gies’s Aug. 11 talk at Ohio State. It’s about Shelby, Ohio, creating a new downtown park — a public commons and green space — as part of its efforts to mitigate future flood damage.

Aug. 11: How one town grew from a flood

Joe Gies, who turned a 500-year flood into a better future for his hometown in north-central Ohio, speaks Aug. 11 at Ohio State as part of the Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast Club series. Read More »

Hot August days: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Sustainable urban produceThe Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues this weekend in central Ohio. The Pasture-based Livestock and Poultry Tour is Saturday in Williamsport. The Sustainable Urban Produce Farm Tour is Sunday in Columbus. For details, go here and see pages 34 and 39.

‘Every option has trade-offs’

CFAES’s Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, also was quoted in the story “Why everyone who is sure about a food philosophy is wrong” in Sunday’s Washington Post.

Dig the solution: How to offset 100 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions

sb10062327nn-001“If you take away only one thing from this article, I want it to be this quote from esteemed soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal at Ohio State University,” John W. Roulac writes in “The solution under our feet: How regenerative organic agriculture can save the planet,” a Care2 story reposted from Ecowatch.

The quote? “A mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content of the planet’s soils,” says CFAES’s Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, “could offset 100 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere.”

Read the story.

Deer (and more) vs. your yard? How to keep the peace

Managing wildlife conflictsGet tips on managing conflicts with backyard wildlife — from deer to coyotes to woodchucks and more — in an Aug. 7 workshop near Toledo by CFAES experts. Sign-up ends Monday, Aug. 3.

Wild card below the ship’s deck

“There’s a weakness in our strategy” to limit phosphorus runoff and improve Lake Erie, Jeff Reutter of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab said in July 13’s Toledo Blade. “And the weakness is climate change. If we continue to have really, really heavy rains like we had this June, we’ll need to adjust our model.” Read Tom Henry’s story, “Climate change muddies algae solutions,” here.

Glad to eat local; or, to sow a new mentality, closer to the heart

Celebrate Local Foods in OhioAug. 9-15 is Ohio’s first-ever Local Foods Week. Whether you grow them, eat them or both, here are ways you can celebrate. (Photo: iStock.)