How to keep the chill off grapes

DSC03465_1 (3)Visitors watch hilling equipment in action at the Aug. 13 Ohio Grape and Wine Day at OARDC’s Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station in Kingsville. The practice of “hilling up” can help protect grafted grape vines from cold damage, such as Ohio saw last winter. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. (Photo: Ken Scaife.)

What happens to wildlife in a wildfire; or, things we lose (and gain) in a fire

image of wildfire 2Fire plays a role in the ecology of most forests. But what does it do to the wildlife that lives there? National Geographic’s Daily News recently talked to CFAES scientist Mazeika Sullivan. (Photo: Terry Tompkins, USDA Forest Service.)

Workshop aims to cut nutrient exports into Great Lakes, Mississippi waters

CFAES and Chicago’s Greenleaf Advisors are teaming up to host a new workshop and symposium, Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters, Sept. 15-16 in Columbus. The event is “dedicated to the development of multidisciplinary and whole system management practices for the agricultural lands that impact our nation’s waters,” its website says. Farm, agency and university experts will be among the speakers. Set to take place annually, the event aims to cut nutrient exports (such as of algal bloom-fueling phosphorus) in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. The website includes the agenda, case studies, and online registration and payment.

Boost your environmental leadership

ELI bannerRegister by Aug. 20 for the 2014 workshop series by CFAES’s Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute. The series features three all-day programs in September, October and November plus several breakfast and dinner networking events in that time. The focus is on learning better ways to collaborate, engage stakeholders, set goals, make decisions, communicate science and more, all aimed at improving the state’s environmental sustainability. There’s online registration and payment.

What’s being done about water

image of clean waterFrom Toledo’s temporary drinking water ban to California’s record drought, water has been in the news a lot. If you’re a reporter or blogger, a recent media advisory gives a sampling of research and outreach by our college, plus contact details for the people in charge, to protect and improve Ohio’s water. (Photo: iStock.)

A look at GMOs’ pros, cons

In yesterday’s Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jack Fisher of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Carol Goland of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, wrote guest columns on the benefits and alternatives to genetically engineered/genetically modified crops.

Forester and/or magician wanted, inquire within

image of forest at dawnThe Aug. 12 breakfast program of the Environmental Professionals Network will feature a panel discussion on the threats to and hope for Ohio’s nearly 8 million acres of forest. The network is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read more …

Photo feature: Roots rock

Muck Crops field day CFAES, OARDC,Bryan Kinnamon, left, and Ron Fioritto, both of CFAES, and Bruce Buurma, Buurma Farms, Willard, examine TKS dandelions at yesterday’s field day at the Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station. OARDC researchers are developing TKS dandelions, and specifically their roots, as a domestic rubber source. The station is a branch of CFAES’s research arm, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain, CFAES Communications.)

‘It was an astonishing experience’

borlaug scholarsCFAES recently hosted four distinguished international researchers — from Bangladesh, Tunisia and two from Ghana — through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. All four work in sustainable agriculture fields, including protecting plant health, boosting soil quality and preserving crop biodiversity. Read the story …

Photo feature: Health check; or, fare bee well, my honey, fare bee well

image of honey bee hiveJuan Quijia Pillajo, Michael Wransky and Natalie Riusech, all members of CFAES scientist Reed Johnson’s summer apiculture crew, check the health of some rather active honey bees in this recent shot by CFAES photographer Ken Chamberlain. Johnson shows the inside of a bee hive, talks about threats to honey bees and discusses their importance as crucial pollinators of many of our food crops in a 2013 video (2:53).