CFAES’s Small Farm Program is holding two conferences for the owners or aspiring owners of small farms. The Opening Doors to Success conference is March 10-11 in Wilmington in southwest Ohio. The Living Your Small Farm Dream conference is March 25 in Massillon in northeast Ohio. Find out more about both of them.
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A recent major project hopes to help farmers handle the heat — and drought and other weather extremes — caused by climate change. Read More »
There’s a killer on the loose. It’s called the barber pole worm. It’s an internal parasite. It can hurt the performance of, or even cause the deaths of, small ruminants like sheep and goats. And traditional methods aren’t enough to control it, says Rory Lewandowski, an educator with CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm. He’ll share new barber-pole-worm-battling strategies at the Feb. 9-11 annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. “Co-existing with a Killer: Small Ruminant Parasite Management,” Session V, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Complete conference schedule. Presenters from Ohio State.
Marketing locally raised meat can be “time consuming, costly and complex,” says the description of Hannah Scott’s workshop at the upcoming Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association annual conference. But the challenges, the description says, can be addressed by using the cooperative business model. Scott, who’s program manager of the Ohio Cooperative Development Center at CFAES’s OSU South Centers in Piketon, will explain the model in her workshop. She’ll give good examples of farmers who’ve teamed up to market their meat with success. “Local Meats and the Co-op Model,” Session IV, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Complete conference schedule.
You can improve soil health, raise crop yields, protect water quality and more by growing cover crops. A session at the Feb. 9-11 annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association will show you specifically how to interseed them in corn. The speaker, Ryan Haden of CFAES’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, will “share strategies and technologies for establishing interseeded cover crops in corn in order to produce a more successful harvest.” Read more about his work and his lab. “Interseeded Cover Crop Experiments in Ohio, Session IV, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Complete conference schedule.
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.
Ten 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.
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.
CFAES scientists, for their part, are continuing to develop ways to grow hops sustainably in Ohio.
A fact sheet from CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, says, “Locally grown hops could support a diversity of producers, with significant profit to be made on small acreage.”
This year’s Ohio Maple Days are Jan. 19 in Morrow County, Jan. 20 in Wayne County (the location is close to Holmes County, too) and Jan. 21 in Geauga County. The annual events, which are the same at all three locations, help maple syrup producers get ready for the coming season, which in Ohio usually starts sometime in February. They’re sponsored by CFAES’s Ohio Maple Syrup Program. Check out the brochure, which includes program details and a registration form, here.