Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

Growing organic grain in Ohio: OEFFA conference preview

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.

Bushel of Buckeyes at OEFFA conference

bucket full of ripe apples in sunsetTen 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.

Dive into your specialty (crops) on Feb. 7

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.

Registration open for February hops conference

cone of hopThe 2017 Ohio State University Hops Conference and Trade Show is Feb. 24-25 at CFAES’s South Centers in Piketon. Online registration is available here. Hops are a main ingredient for making beer.

CFAES scientists, for their part, are continuing to develop ways to grow hops sustainably in Ohio.

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.”

Sustaining sweetness: Ohio Maple Days are Jan. 19-21

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.

Event in Mt. Hope for produce and flower growers

Image of Mid Ohio Growers brochureThe 2017 Mid-Ohio Growers Meeting, whose tagline is “Top-notch education for produce and flower growers,” will feature several CFAES experts among its speakers: Brad Bergefurd (“Pumpkins and Gourds from Seed to Harvest”), Sally Miller (“Managing Soil-Borne Diseases in Vegetables” and “Vegetable Seed Treatment”), Celeste Welty (Using Multiple Tactices to Manage Pests”) and Rory Lewandowski (“Applying the Correct Chemicals Efficiently”).

The event is Jan 12-13 in Mt. Hope in Holmes County. Admission is $20 by Dec. 31; $25 afterward, including at the door; with children 14 and under free.

Download the event brochure, which includes the complete schedule, speaker details and a registration form, here.

Leading the effort to ‘enhance the sustainability of soils’

CFAES’s Richard Dick, who’s “one of the leading soil scientists in the world, having advanced our knowledge on soil as a resource to deliver environmental services and promote food production,” has been elected 2018 president of the prestigious Soil Science Society of America. He’s a professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

SSSA is the professional home for more than 6,300 members and 1,000 certified professionals. It works to enhance the sustainability of soils, the environment and food production by integrating diverse scientific disciplines and principles in soil science.

Learn about ‘smart winter protection’ for Ohio vineyards

VineyardHow to sustain a vineyard in Ohio when winter winds doth blow?

Get answers, which can include windbreaks and cold-hardy cultivars, in a workshop next week at CFAES’s OSU South Centers in Piketon.

Good place to hatch new ideas

Image of OEFFA conference posterRegistration is open for the 2017 annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Feb. 9-11. It’s the largest sustainable agriculture conference in Ohio, and this year it moves to a larger venue: the Dayton Convention Center. Read OEFFA’s press release here. Check out the conference website here.

CFAES scientists part of honored corn-climate change project

Corn Tassels Up Close in an Iowa FieldA major project aimed at making corn production more resilient in the face of climate change, whose partners included scientists from CFAES, has been honored by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.