Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

Wednesday: Biological control programs for pests of vegetables

tomatoes 2Michigan State’s Zsofia Szendrei presents “Developing Biocontrol Programs for Vegetables” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15. “Conservation biological control is an important part of integrated pest management programs,” the event’s flier says. “IPM is a sustainable agricultural approach with a sound ecological foundation,” an Oregon State IPM publication explains.

Attend in person in 121 Fisher Auditorium at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, or watch by video link in 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus. Free. All are welcome. Details: piermarini.1@osu.edu.

‘Our commitment to being part of the solution’

CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron talks about the college’s Field to Faucet Initiative in a new YouTube video (0:55). The new effort aims to ensure both clean water and sustainable food systems. Partners are coming not just from CFAES but from other Ohio State colleges, other Ohio universities, and Ohio farm groups and agencies. Watch his initial announcement at Farm Science Review here (6:01). Read a press release about it here.

Welcome, CSU!

Ohio, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, now has a second land-grant institution, Central State University in Wilberforce, to go along with Ohio State. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was there today to celebrate. Read his official statement.

The first and second Morrill Land-Grant Acts created land-grant institutions to boost teaching, research and Extension programs in agriculture. At Ohio State, CFAES leads these programs.

Extension without borders

picture of Warren Dick, SENRCFAES’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture recently welcomed six guests from China as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S.-China Scientific Cooperative Exchange Program. The visitors came to get training in agricultural extension practices and an overview of emerging U.S. agricultural technologies. Shown here talking to some of the guests is Warren Dick, left, of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read the story …

Oct. 8: A tale of two organic farmer co-ops — in Thailand and northeast Ohio

mmariolaCFAES alumnus Matt Mariola, now an assistant professor in the College of Wooster’s Environmental Studies Program, presents “A Tale of Two Co-ops: What Can Organic Farmers in Holmes County and Thailand Tell Us About Our Food System?” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on Oct. 8 at CFAES’s research arm in Wooster, OARDC. You also can watch by video link in Columbus. He speaks as part of the autumn seminar series by CFAES’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. Details here. (Photo: College of Wooster.)

Stinner Summit is Friday

picture of Stinner Summit for GB

The eighth annual Stinner Summit, held by CFAES’s Agroecosystems Management Program, takes place this Friday, Oct. 10, at Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs. Participants will present, discuss and decide on projects for increasing the sustainability of Ohio farms and communities. The projects will then be funded by the Ben Stinner Endowment for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities. Pictured is last year’s summit, which took place in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeast Ohio. Read more here. (Photo: AMP.)

How to grow great pumpkins; or, just wait and see, Charlie Brown

picture of pumpkins in fieldCFAES’s 2014 Pumpkin Field Night rises out of the pumpkin patch on Oct. 9 at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon. Featured will be ways to keep pumpkin patches sustainable, such as drip irrigation and screening for powdery mildew resistance. Check local press release for details.

Sept. 29: Dedication of Ben Stinner Pollinator Garden

monarch on flower 2CFAES’s Department of Entomology will dedicate the new Ben Stinner Pollinator Garden from 3:30-5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, next to Thorne Hall at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster (comments at 4 p.m.). “The garden,” says a notice about the event, “is a tribute to Ben’s life and work.” Stinner was one of CFAES’s sustainable agriculture pioneers and leaders and was head of its Agroecosystems Management Program at the time of his death, at age 50, in a 2004 car crash. His impact on CFAES and the people, farms and ecosystems around him was and is wide and deep. Details: ellsworth.2@osu.edu. (Photo: Monarch butterfly, iStock.)

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.”

Read the story … 

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.