Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

And the numbers are still going up

Six thousand farmers. Nearly 1 million acres. Thanks to CFAES, there’s a growing army now at work to make Ohio’s water cleaner.

Martin to lead Field to Faucet, has ‘ability to bring people together’

Teaming up for water qualityCFAES’s Jay Martin, an ecological engineer, has been picked to lead Ohio State’s new Field to Faucet water quality program. A response to last summer’s Toledo water crisis and ongoing algal bloom problems in Lake Erie and other lakes, the $1 million program aims to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining productive, profitable farming. “Solving the water quality problem in Ohio will take many minds,” said CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron. “Jay has the ability to bring people together.” Read the story …

April 22: Transgene flow into rice wild relatives

Transgenes and riceOhio State’s Xiao (Peter) Yang presents “Evolutionary Impacts Caused by Transgene Flow into Rice Wild Relatives” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the spring seminar series by CFAES’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. Learn more. Yang is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Allison Snow, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology.

Ohio State President Drake’s ‘unprecedented commitment to food security’

Ohio State President DrakeOhio State’s faculty-staff newspaper, onCampus, covered the “Vision 2020” speech by Michael V. Drake during his investiture ceremony March 31 as the university’s 15th president. It’s all good reading — click here — but scroll down especially to the fourth part, “Drake makes unprecedented commitment to food security,” as it’s right in CFAES’s wheelhouse. It’s one of our Signature Areas. And it stands to change more lives than you may think. Despite impressive hunger-fighting efforts and an Ohio agricultural industry worth $100 billion, “At this moment, blocks away, children may not know where they’re getting their next meal,” Drake is quoted saying. “This is unacceptable.” Read the coverage.

(Sustainable) ice cream with breakfast

Jeni's Ice Cream pintsHere’s a scoop: The next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program at Ohio State features Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The Columbus company, which is continuing to expand nationally, last year earned B Corp certification for its sustainability practices, one of only eight Ohio businesses to hold that distinction. Registration for the May 12 event includes breakfast and, yes, ice cream samples. (Photo: CSRwire.)

Fighting hunger, boosting farming in northeast Ohio

dv1044014A recent USDA grant is good news for hungry people in northeast Ohio, for farmers in the region and for efforts to grow the connection between them. The Cuyahoga County office of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, is involved. So is the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, which the Cuyahoga County office helps convene. Find details in an April 2 story in Ohio’s Country Journal. Read more about the coalition and its work fighting food deserts in Cleveland in the spring issue of CFAES’s Continuum magazine, coming in June.

Growing green energetically

Biofuels WorkshopBiofuels, bioproducts and growing the crops needed to make them in Ohio are the focus of a CFAES workshop April 9. Among the topics: Growing switchgrass (shown here) to make ethanol and growing dandelions and guayule for rubber and latex. Read the press release. Check out the speakers and topics in the flier. It’s free, but sign up by Monday, April 6, if you want the free lunch. (Photo: iStock.)

Super bowl

Goji BerriesCFAES’s Ohio State University South Centers will hold a workshop this Thursday, March 19, on growing “super berries” (such as the goji berries shown here) in Ohio. Details. The centers are in Piketon. (Photo: iStock.)

Some days are better than others

Events on the schedule“Some days it all adds up,” quoth a bard, who very well could have been singing about the at least 20 sustainability-related dates in CFAES’s latest calendar listings.

Climate change and food security: ‘Adaptation strategies should be under way’

Interesting NBC News story this morning. Scientists speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting say climate change has moved America’s breadbasket north — North Dakota now produces more wheat than Kansas; the corn and soybelt belts have pushed into Canada. What does this hold for farms and farmers, consumers and food security, and the research that supports them? From the story: “The experts said heading off a food crisis will require changes in every aspect of production and consumption. ‘Adaptation strategies should be under way,” (Berkeley Lab scientist Michael) Wehner said. ‘Denying this, I think, is a disservice to the public.’ ”