Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

A look at GMOs’ pros, cons

In yesterday’s Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jack Fisher of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Carol Goland of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, wrote guest columns on the benefits and alternatives to genetically engineered/genetically modified crops.

‘It was an astonishing experience’

borlaug scholarsCFAES recently hosted four distinguished international researchers — from Bangladesh, Tunisia and two from Ghana — through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. All four work in sustainable agriculture fields, including protecting plant health, boosting soil quality and preserving crop biodiversity. Read the story …

‘It’s a great opportunity for farmers to diversify’

OSU Extension’s Amanda Douridas talks about growing hops in a recent press release:

“Because growers can grow hops on a couple of acres, it’s a great opportunity for small landowners or farmers who want to diversify. It’s a big investment in terms of money and time, but it’s also a growing market and can be a great opportunity if people are prepared for it.”

Ohio’s booming microbrewing industry means a strong demand for locally grown hops, says Douridas, who’s helping organize a July 29 CFAES workshop on how to get started in growing the crop.

‘People really do want to know where their food is coming from’

dean mcpheron videoCFAES Dean Bruce McPheron talks about agriculture’s impact in Ohio and the growing interest and opportunities in local foods yesterday on CFAES’s Wooster campus, part of a visit by new Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, M.D., and the university’s Roads Scholars tour. Watch (1:36).

‘They’re highly adaptable and very destructive’

image of single feral swine in field 2Pigs gone wild — invasive, non-native feral swine like this one — have come to Ohio. Read the story. (Photo: iStock)

When you consider the other choices, ‘manure’ is actually pretty refreshing

image of green field and blue water 2Good manure storage improves the health not just of livestock and crops but of waterways, say organizers of a farmer panel discussion at the Aug. 14 Manure Science Review. The panelists, all northeast Ohio dairy producers, will share their plans and practices for storing manure. (Hat tip to George Costanza.) (Photo: iStock.)

Side benefits: Well-fed food crops, cleaner water

subsurface band applicator 2 for GBAnother look at the prototype poultry litter applicator, called a subsurface band applicator, set to be shown at Manure Science Review. Instead of spreading poultry litter, a beneficial crop fertilizer, on the surface of a farm field, it buries the material a few inches deep. The practice slashes phosphorus, nitrogen and bacterial runoff into water. The new design also can be used to side-dress organic corn, for example, as shown here. Event details here and here. (Photo: Tom Way, USDA-ARS.)

How to use poultry litter on crops while protecting water quality

image of subsurface band applicatorA prototype poultry litter applicator, shown here, greatly reduces phosphorus runoff into water, says Tom Way of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. He’ll talk about it and demonstrate it at the Aug. 14 Manure Science Review. CFAES is a co-host of the event. (Photo: Tom Way, USDA-ARS.)

How to go goji: Small-fruit, ‘superfruit’ workshop slated

image of goji berriesGrowing small fruits can boost a farm’s income. Which in turn can strengthen the farm’s sustainability. Plus small fruits — not just grapes, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries but elderberries, goji berries and aronia berries, too — taste great and pack a nutritious punch. You can find out more about growing them — yes, both goji (pictured) and aronia, two of the new so-called “superfruits,” will grow in Ohio — at an upcoming workshop by experts from CFAES. Sign up by July 11. (Photo: iStock.)

Yes, you can say he stands out in his field

Rattan_LalThe International Union of Soil Sciences has named CFAES’s Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of soil science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, as its president-elect. The Vienna, Austria-based group has 16,000 members from around the world. Lal directs the school’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center and, among other things, recently served on the advisory committee of the National Climate Assessment. (Photo: CFAES Communications.)