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