New free course on Great Lakes’ changing climate

Great Lakes climate is changingThere’s a new MOOC (massive open online course) available called Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. It’s free, goes for four weeks and started today. But you can still join after today and get all the content. The host is the University of Wisconsin. The course, its website says, “will feature a new season each week through short lectures and activities covering Great Lakes weather, observed changes in the climate and societal impacts of climate change.” Learn more and sign up here. Watch a video preview.

Registration open for course on large-scale composting

Compost course coming in MarchKeep organic material such as yard waste, food waste and manure out of landfills. Compost it instead. So says CFAES scientist Fred Michel, who is co-organizer of a course next month on doing just that — big time. Read the story. Course details and registration form here (PDF). (Photo: iStock.)

All that you can leave behind

Conference on conservation tillagePractices such as no-till farming take the stage March 3-4 at the big annual Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in northwest Ohio. CFAES is a sponsor. Lower fuel use, less soil erosion and better water quality are among the many benefits of conservation tillage. (Photo: No-till corn by Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS.)

RESCHEDULED: Can fungus-endangered amphibians be saved?

Saving endangered amphibians[LATE CHANGE: Today's talk has been cancelled and rescheduled for Feb. 26.] Brian Gratwicke of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival presents “Captive Breeding Programs to Mitigate Chytridiomycosis-related Extinctions: Lessons from Panama” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, in the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details [the date needs to be updated but the time and locations are the same]. Chytridiomycosis is a deadly amphibian fungal disease linked to huge population declines and extinctions in many species. (Photo: Panamanian golden frog by Gratwicke via Wikimedia Commons.)

Water with breakfast

Program is all about waterLisa Downes, J.D., freshwater stewardship director for The Nature Conservancy and North America director of the Alliance for Watershed Stewardship, headlines the March 10 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network. The program also will have speakers on Blueprint Columbus and Ohio State’s Global Water Initiative. Learn more here. Register here.

Be here now

CFAES events on tapCFAES’s latest calendar listings have at least a dozen sustainability-related events (including on such topics as water quality, nutrient management and conservation tillage) still to come. Get the scoop.

To thaw a frozen heart, er, grape

Ice wine grapeWhat’s so hot about frozen grapes? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, let CFAES experts tell you. (Hint: Ice has a magic.) (Photo: iStock.)

‘Cleaning Up America’s Rivers’ to be live-streamed

Cleaning Up Rivers to be live streamedChad Pregracke’s Feb. 24 talk to the Environmental Professionals Network in Columbus, “Cleaning Up America’s Rivers,” will be live-streamed on YouTube starting at 8:45 a.m. EST. Tune in at

Pregracke is founder and president of Living Lands & Waters, a not-for-profit group that works to take trash out of major U.S. rivers. In 2013, he was named CNN’s Hero of the Year for his efforts.

As always, both members and nonmembers of the network are welcome to attend the program in person. The registration fee includes breakfast. Get details here.

To dream, perchance to farm

Live your small farm dreamThinking about living your small-farm dream? There’s a conference for that. It’s the Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show on March 28 at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, in Wooster. The organizers are the same folks behind the Opening Doors to Success small-farm conference set for two weeks earlier in Wilmington, the Small Farm Program of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. Download the brochure (PDF). Register here. (Photo: iStock.)

New to a sunny field

Big interest in small farmsInterest in small farms is huge, especially among people new to farming, says Tony Nye, coordinator of CFAES’s Small Farm Program and an organizer of Opening Doors to Success, the 2015 Southwest Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show. The event, set for March 13-14 at Wilmington College, is co-sponsored by CFAES. Download the brochure here (PDF). Register and pay online here. (Photo: iStock.)