Extension without borders

picture of Warren Dick, SENRCFAES’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture recently welcomed six guests from China as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S.-China Scientific Cooperative Exchange Program. The visitors came to get training in agricultural extension practices and an overview of emerging U.S. agricultural technologies. Shown here talking to some of the guests is Warren Dick, left, of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read the story …

Oct. 8: A tale of two organic farmer co-ops — in Thailand and northeast Ohio

mmariolaCFAES alumnus Matt Mariola, now an assistant professor in the College of Wooster’s Environmental Studies Program, presents “A Tale of Two Co-ops: What Can Organic Farmers in Holmes County and Thailand Tell Us About Our Food System?” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on Oct. 8 at CFAES’s research arm in Wooster, OARDC. You also can watch by video link in Columbus. He speaks as part of the autumn seminar series by CFAES’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. Details here. (Photo: College of Wooster.)

Stinner Summit is Friday

picture of Stinner Summit for GB

The eighth annual Stinner Summit, held by CFAES’s Agroecosystems Management Program, takes place this Friday, Oct. 10, at Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs. Participants will present, discuss and decide on projects for increasing the sustainability of Ohio farms and communities. The projects will then be funded by the Ben Stinner Endowment for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities. Pictured is last year’s summit, which took place in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeast Ohio. Read more here. (Photo: AMP.)

Oct. 12-13: A religious response to climate change

picture of sunriseEarthkeeping Summit 2014, presented by Ohio Interfaith Power and Light and CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, takes place on Oct. 12-13 in CFAES’s LEED-certified Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Organizers call the program “an invitation to Ohio’s faith community to gather … to empower a religious response to climate change.” Speaking will be Texas Tech’s Katharine Hayhoe, recently named to Time’s 2014 list of the 100 most influential people in the world; and the father-son team of David Orr of Oberlin College and the Rev. Daniel Orr, an Episcopal priest in Fremont, presenting “Heart, Soul and Mind: The Intergenerational Challenge of a Changing Climate.” Details.

Oct. 9: ‘It used to snow so much more (less) back then’

picture of man in deep snowCentral Michigan University’s Daria Kluver presents “Exploring Snowfall in the United States,” a free online webinar, from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 9. Based on 70-plus years of data, she’ll show how snowfall trends in the U.S., including in the Great Lakes area, have changed over time. She’ll also give a sneak peek at a new website for exploring snowfall data. She speaks as part of the webinar series by Ohio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team. Get details and register here. (Photo: NOAA via Wikimedia Commons.)

In case you missed it; or, here comes the sun rather soon-ish

picture of solar panel and sunWithin just the next three years, by 2017, more than half the U.S. states, including Ohio, could have rooftop solar energy that’s as cheap as conventional power from the grid. So says a recent estimate by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Reason: The plummeting costs of solar panels and installation. Check out the map.

Thursday afternoon water music

Because we’re talking a lot about water these days. Because of the Cavs’ new power forward (Cavs!). And also just because. (Sorry, cuts off early.)

Most cost-effective way to cut runoff? CFAES study’s answer may surprise you

image of tax and moneyAn economic solution could be the most cost-effective way to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie, says an analysis by CFAES’s Brent Sohngen. Imposing a 25 percent tax on phosphorus fertilizer could cut soluble phosphorus in northwest Ohio watersheds by about 8 percent, he said. “I don’t want to suggest that a tax on phosphorus could solve everything,” he said. “There’s no silver bullet, and the issues are complex.” Read the story. To control harmful algal blooms, the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force has recommended an overall 40 percent cut in phosphorus runoff into the lake. (Photo: iStock.)

CFAES study: What farmers are willing to do, and why, to help keep water clean

picture of farm and clean waterMost farmers in northwest Ohio’s Maumee River watershed are willing to take at least one additional action to reduce nutrient losses (such as of phosphorus) from their farms into water, provided they think the action will help the water as well as their farms. So says new research by CFAES’s Robyn Wilson. Read the story. The Maumee watershed is Lake Erie’s largest tributary. In recent years the lake has been plagued by phosphorus-fed harmful algal blooms.

Watch: Teaming to help restore rivers

John Navarro talks about CFAES research on the benefits of removing old dams in a new YouTube video (2:17). Navarro is a program administrator with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife and is a sponsor of the study. Read a previous post on the work here.