Nominations sought for bioproduct award

bioproduct imageOhio State’s Bioproducts Innovation Center is seeking nominations for its inaugural Bioproduct Innovation of the Year award. The award will recognize leadership from within the emerging biobased products industry. It will be presented as part of the first-ever Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference, Oct. 5-8 in Columbus, which OBIC is organizing.

Target yield? ‘500 tires per acre’

Dandelion videoThe “Our Ohio” TV series, produced by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, reports on CFAES’s Buckeye Gold research program. The pioneering program aims to turn a one-of-a-kind dandelion into a domestic, sustainable source of quality rubber. Watch.

Can biochar boost soils, food security while cutting carbon too?

Ghana’s Kwame Frimpong, a USDA Borlaug fellow and visiting scholar with OARDC, CFAES’s research arm, presents “Biochar as a Soil Amendment for Highly Weathered Tropical Soils: Prospects and Challenges” from 2-3 p.m. June 10 in 123 Williams Hall on OARDC’s Wooster campus, 1680 Madison Ave. “The recalcitrance of biochar to microbial decomposition guarantees long-term storage of carbon in the biochar-amended soil, thereby lowering carbon dioxide emissions,” the seminar flier says. “Previous research has also indicated the ability of biochar to improve soil water retention, making the soils productive even under erratic rainfall conditions due to climate change.”

Nobody here but us pasture-raised chickens

pastured chicken image 2The new Farm Bill has given new life to organic farming research, said the head of a CFAES program devoted to that work, and farmers can see some fruits of that growth (regarding cover crops, soil fertility, pastured poultry and more) at a field day June 17.

EPA’s new carbon rule? State renewable standards can help

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced a proposal seeking a 30-percent cut in carbon pollution from existing power plants. A story in the Los Angeles Times called it “potentially one of the biggest steps any country has ever taken to confront climate change.” One way to cut that pollution? State-level implementation of renewable energy standards. They work, says a recent paper co-authored by CFAES’s Brent Sohngen.

Hot in Cleveland? CFAES-spurred jobs, sustainability

buckeye smart flierCFAES Dean Bruce McPheron headlines the Buckeye Smart: Northeast Ohio Speaker Series from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave. His talk, called “Ohio State: Growing Jobs in Northeast Ohio,” will include details on a number of sustainability efforts. Among them: Projects to improve Lake Erie’s water quality, recycle food waste from the Cleveland Browns’ stadium and further support Cleveland’s big, growing urban farm movement. Tickets: $25; table of eight, $200. Details and reservations.

What’s new to try? Will it work on your farm? 30 good ways to find out

OEFFA series schedule imageThe Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has announced its summerlong Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, and experts from CFAES will play a big part.

Report: ‘Evidence of climate change appears in every region’

satellite imageCFAES scientists Brent Sohngen and Rattan Lal were among the 300 experts who contributed to the recently released U.S. National Climate Assessment. (Photo: NOAA.)

What global warming may do to Great Lakes wildlife

climate change flierOhio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team presents “Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife,” a free public webinar, from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 29. Speaking will be scientists Benjamin Zuckerberg, head of the University of Wisconsin’s Climate Change Ecology lab, and Ohio State Ph.D. alumna Amy Iler of the University of Maryland and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Details and online sign-up here.

Island time: Gift from green firms to help students study abroad

Andros IslandDestiny Allen and Celina Laframboise, both majoring in CFAES’s Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) program, will spend a week this summer on Andros Island in the Bahamas. There they’ll study the island’s environment due to the generosity of two Columbus-area green-business owners. Steve Grossman, president and CEO of Creative Green Marketing, and Meg MacLeod of IndustrialBags.com recently won all-expense paid trips to the island. But they decided instead to gift the trips to the EEDS program in the form of two study abroad scholarships for outstanding students. Pictured (from left) are Grossman, Laframboise, MacLeod and Allen. Read the story …