Posts Tagged ‘food production’

Media advisory: OARDC Research Conference is April 20

Media members are invited to attend OARDC’s 2017 Research Conference on April 20 at Ohio State.

Three featured speakers will address a theme of “Biological Resistance: Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture and Society.”

OARDC is CFAES’s research arm.

Hooked on aquaponics

Matthew Smith, aquaculture specialist with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, is one of the scheduled speakers at the Ohio Aquaculture Association’s March 10 Aquaponics Workshop in Columbus. (Image: Rainbow trout, iStock.)

Can carnivores, livestock co-exist? Find out

Image of coyoteOhio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation presents a Workshop for Integrated Carnivore-Livestock Management — theme: “Balancing meat protein needs with animal welfare and biodiversity conservation” — on Feb. 24 in Columbus. Many of the speakers are scientists with CFAES. Admission is free and open to the public. Details, speakers and online registration. (Photo: Coyote, National Park Service.)

Keeping corn strong despite weather extremes

Corn fieldA recent major project hopes to help farmers handle the heat — and drought and other weather extremes — caused by climate change. Read More »

Growing with active organic matter: OEFFA conference preview

Potato leaves, close upOrganic matter’s good for the soil. And also for crops and water. But it’s not all created equal. At next week’s annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, CFAES scientist Steve Culman will talk specifically about active organic matter: how it cycles rapidly, how it plays a big role in providing nutrients to crops, how soil tests measure it, what CFAES research is learning about it, and how you can enroll to have your soil tested for free in an ongoing study. “Active Organic Matter in Your Soil,” Session V, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Complete conference schedule.

Ohio Food Policy Network meetings start Jan. 30

The Ohio Food Policy Network, funded by Ohio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), is holding a series of meetings “to connect the visions, values, activities, needs and priorities of Ohio’s key food system members and organizations.” They’re in Columbus Jan. 30, Dayton Feb. 11 (at the OEFFA conference), Akron Feb. 15, Toledo Feb. 22 and Piketon March 1 (at CFAES’s OSU South Centers). Details.

The goal of the network, according to its website, is “mapping the vision for the future of Ohio’s food system.”

InFACT, its website says, seeks “transformational solutions for resilient, sustainable and global food security.” It’s one of Ohio State’s Discovery Themes.

Growing organic grain in Ohio: OEFFA conference preview

Hear from other farmers how they grow organic grain at the Feb. 9-11 annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. A panel discussion by Lou Kozma of Hirzel Farms, Ken Rider of Rider Landing and Jeff Harris of Harris Organic Farm, all of Ohio, will look at their crops, rotations and marketing. “Come with questions for a practical, farmer-focused conversation,” says the description of the talk. Alan Sundermeier of CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm will serve as the moderator. “Organic Grain Production Systems for Quality and Profitability,” Session I, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 10. Complete schedule.

Bushel of Buckeyes at OEFFA conference

bucket full of ripe apples in sunsetTen experts from Ohio State, mostly from CFAES, will be among the 100-plus presenters at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s Feb. 9-11 annual conference.

Good pick for growers of specialty crops

StrawberryHere’s more on CFAES’s Feb. 7 Southwestern Ohio Specialty Crops Conference.

Dive into your specialty (crops) on Feb. 7

CFAES’s 2017 Southwestern Specialty Crop Conference, which offers some two dozen classes under five main tracks (fruit production; vegetable production; specialty cropping systems; pesticide safety and farm management; marketing, harvest management and food safety) is Feb. 7 in Loveland near Cincinnati.