Earth to earth; or, bereft of life, ’e rests in peace

What can a farmer do with a dead cow, pig or chicken that can save them (the farmer) some money, protect the environment, including water, and respectfully recycle the nutrients in the unfortunately now ex-animal’s body? Here’s what.

Nov. 12: ‘Glaciers, Mountains and People’

picture of andes mountainsThe Climate Explorations Series looks at “Glaciers, Mountains and People” from 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Blacklick Woods Metro Park Beech-Maple Lodge, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., in Reynoldsburg near Columbus. Featured will be a screening of “Glacial Balance,” a film on glacial melt in the Andes Mountains and its impact on people. Free admission. Watch the trailer (1:07). Series collaborators include Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the 4-H Youth Development Program of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. Details: 614-688-8279. (Photo: Monte Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina; iStock.)

Agreement signed for sharing climate change information and technology

On Nov. 3, Steve Slack (pictured, right), director of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, was one of the signers of a memorandum of understanding to better equip farmers, communities and individuals with information and technology so they can best adapt to climate change and weather variability. Under the agreement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will work with state Extension programs (such as CFAES's outreach arm, OSU Extension) and agricultural experiment stations (such as OARDC) to widely disseminate science-based information through USDA’s seven Regional Climate Hubs. The agreement involves USDA, the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), and the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP). ...    Read More »

How drones in the sky can help land and water

aerial view of farm and river for GBThe Nov. 12 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network looks at how unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, can improve how we take care of farms, soils, woods and water. Details and a link to register here. EPN is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. (Photo: iStock.)

‘Toledo was the wakeup call’

Outdoor writer D’Arcy Egan talked to CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron about protecting Lake Erie’s water quality, especially by stopping harmful algal blooms, in the Nov. 1 Cleveland Plain Dealer. Mentioned were both the Healthy Water Ohio and Field to Faucet efforts.

No trick, no treat, alien spotted in trees

closeup of emerald ash borer for GBForget Godzilla. Never mind zombies. Monsters have come to Ohio. Here are 10 invasive species currently on the loose …

It’s hard to be a coyote in the city … or is it?

Coyotes aren’t just surviving in cities, they’re thriving, says CFAES scientist Stan Gehrt, who studies the creatures in Chicago. Emily Caldwell of Ohio State’s University Communications office recently talked to him about some of his latest findings. Has he unlocked the secrets to urban coyotes’ success?

Growing greener car parts

picture of green carTwo University of Guelph researchers, writing in today’s Globe and Mail, explain why car makers are investing in biomaterials. CFAES scientists, too, are leading work in that field. Video here (1:44). (Photo: iStock.)

Today at 3:30: Western corn rootworm and Bt corn

picture of western corn rootwormIowa State University’s Aaron Gassmann discusses “Biotechnology and Agricultural Sustainability: Insights from Interactions Between Western Corn Rootworm and Bt Corn” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. today, Oct. 29, in 121 Fisher Auditorium at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster. You also can watch by video link in 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, at Ohio State in Columbus. Free. Details: michel.70@osu.edu. Gassmann’s lab studies, among other things, resistance to Bt corn by the western corn rootworm, a key U.S. corn pest (pictured is an adult male). Bt corn has been genetically modified for resistance to certain pests. (Photo: Tom Hlavaty, USDA-ARS.)

Keep it clean: New fertilizer applicator training in the works

picture of blue waterblue waterCFAES is ramping up its efforts to improve Ohio’s water quality through a new fertilizer applicator certification training program.