Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

Dean announces $1 million water quality initiative

CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron, speaking at the college’s annual Farm Science Review trade show, today announced the creation of a new university-wide water quality initiative. Called Field to Faucet, the effort will seek end-to-end solutions to hazardous algal blooms and water quality issues.

“Toledo was a wakeup call,” said McPheron, speaking to a crowd of 700 at the Review’s opening-day luncheon. “Just over a month ago, the city of Toledo awoke to the news that parents could not draw water from their taps for their children. Restaurants were shuttered, parks were closed, citizens wondered whether to eat food washed in tap water and whether to shower.”

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Spotlight on trends in Ohio’s dairy industry

picture of curious dairy cowCFAES alumnus Scott Higgins, CEO of American Dairy Association Mideast, presents “New Technologies and Trends of Ohio’s Dairy Industry, from Grass to Glass” from 7:30-9 a.m. on Sept. 26 at Der Dutchman Restaurant, 720 State Route 97 West, in Bellville, part of the Northeast Ohio Agribusiness Forum series. Details. CFAES is a sponsor of the talk.

How to keep the chill off grapes

DSC03465_1 (3)Visitors watch hilling equipment in action at the Aug. 13 Ohio Grape and Wine Day at OARDC’s Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station in Kingsville. The practice of “hilling up” can help protect grafted grape vines from cold damage, such as Ohio saw last winter. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. (Photo: Ken Scaife.)

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.)