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2024 Urban Food Systems Symposium

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will host the 2024 Urban Food Systems Symposium in Columbus, Ohio, from June 11 to 13. The event includes keynotes, a grower panel, 40 presentations, a reception with more than 30 posters, a choice of off-site educational tours, and dinner at The Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, a unique 261-acre university facility for teaching, research, and community engagement.

This symposium will bring together a national and international audience of academic, non-profit, government, and research-oriented professionals. Join 250 like-minded people to share and gain knowledge on how to build coalitions to adapt to this changing world and how urban food systems contribute to these solutions.

Keynote Presentations and General Sessions Include: (see more details)

  • Keynote Presentation: Let’s Get Dirty – Cultivating Collaboration, Policy, and Resiliency in Cities by Qiana Mickie, Executive Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Urban Agriculture
  • General Session: The Intersection of Climate Change and Urban Agriculture by Trent Ford, a climate scientist at the Illinois State Water Survey and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/ Illinois State Climatologist, and Carol Davis, Sustainability Manager for the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia
  • General Session: Urban Grower Panel by Jerry Hebron, co-founder of the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund, a member of the USDA Innovative Production Committee, a member of the state Farm Service Agency committee, and the Director of the Detroit Cultivator Community Land Trust; Vincent Peterson, President and CEO of VIGEO GARDENS; and Amanda Stanfield, owner/operator of Richland County’s only urban homestead farm – GrowFourth Urban Farm
  • Capstone Presentation: Urban Farmers – A Great Benefit is Coming Our Way: A Mid Tunnel Climate Smart Growing System by Reverend Dr. Carl P. Wallace, chief operating officer of Abundant Life Farm (a non-profit entity in Akron) and serves as one of the 12 federal advisors to the Secretary of Agriculture for Urban and Innovative Agriculture Committee

Register now and book your hotel room! Registration prices increase on May 25, and hotel reservations close on May 21.
UrbanFoodSystemsSymposium.org

If it Bugs the Bugs, It Bugs the Birds!

Join us on May 10, 2024, for If it Bugs the Bugs, it Bugs the Birds! Join Hardy Kern with the American Bird Conservancy and Matt Shumar with the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative to learn more about pest management’s impacts on birds, how to better understand the chemicals you may be using, and ways to make your spaces bird-friendly while still reducing pest threats.

Registration is open HERE.

This webinar will be recorded and posted to our website – https://woodlandstewards.osu.edu/resources/webinars

Pesticide Container Recycling Collection

DATE:

Tuesday, August 20, 2024
TIME:

8:00–11:00 a.m.
LOCATION:

Nutrien Ag Solutions     6704 E US Highway 22     Wilmington, OH 45177

 

CLEAN SWEEP PROGRAM Ohio Department of Agriculture
Do you have unwanted, unused, or unknown FARM chemicals?
The pesticide collection and disposal services are FREE OF CHARGE, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.

What can be recycled? Agriculture pesticide containers –jugs, drums (up to 55 gallons), and mini bulks (if cut into strips) will be accepted. FREE OF CHARGE

REQUIREMENTS

• All containers must be triple rinsed
• Remove caps from jugs and lids from drums
• Remove loose leaf labels
• MUST BE DRY!
• Mini bulks must be cut into 2×2 foot sections with no lid, no valve, and no screws

STRICTLY ENFORCED! If containers are not clean, dry, and in small sizes (mini bulks), they will not be accepted.

SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO DIRECT YOU TO THE CORRECT AREA OF RECYCLING

RURAL RECYCLING GRINDING LLC will be the recycling company.

Governor DeWine Announces Availability of $14 Million in Meat Processing Funding

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik today announced the availability of funding to support Ohio livestock and poultry producers with improvements and expansions to meat processing services.

Applications for the Ohio Meat Processing Grant Program are now available on the program webpage.

“The need for meat processing services is significant, and it’s our job to ensure that Ohio companies have the support they need to continue to feed Ohio’s families,” said Governor DeWine. “Not only that, but this program creates jobs and supports the future of an essential industry in Ohio.”  Read more here

Early Registration Ends Friday, April 12 for the 2024 Urban Food Systems Symposium

Visit UrbanFoodSystemsSymposium.org for more information.

Act now to take advantage of early registration prices through April 12. Some tours are filling quickly, so don’t miss out on your first choice.

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) hosts the 2024 Urban Food Systems Symposium in Columbus, Ohio on June 11-13. The event includes keynotes, a grower panel, 40 presentations, a reception with approximately 40 posters, a choice of six off-site educational tours, and dinner at The Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, a unique 261-acre university facility for teaching, research, and community engagement. Take a look at the keynote and general session speakers we have lined up for the program.

This symposium will bring together a national and international audience of academic, non-profit, government, and research-oriented professionals. Join 300-400 like-minded people to share and gain knowledge on how to build coalitions to adapt to this changing world and how urban food systems contribute to these solutions.

Early registration pricing ends on April 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET, hotel reservations close on May 21, and registration closes on May 24. UrbanFoodSystemsSymposium.org

All About Goats!

The Ohio State University Extension Small Ruminants Team is hosting a 6-part All About Goats! spring webinar series. This webinar series is going to answer producers’ burning questions concerning their herds and help new producers start their herds. Whether you are thinking about raising Dairy or Meat goats- this webinar is for you! All youth livestock exhibitors are encouraged to attend. Registration is required and can be completed by visiting go.osu.edu/allaboutgoats

Feral Swine Information

Feral swine (Sus scrofa) are a combination of Eurasian wild boar and escaped/released domestic pigs.

In the US, feral swine likely cause an estimated $1.5 billion in damages and control costs each year. The estimated 6 million feral swine carry several viruses, bacteria, and parasites that pose a threat to livestock, humans, pets, and wildlife.

Due to their close genetic similarity, feral swine can easily transmit deadly diseases to domestic pigs, such as African swine fever (ASF), a foreign disease (FAD). ASF is not present in the U.S. territory, but it would have catastrophic consequences for the swine industry if it were ever diagnosed domestically. Pseudorabies (PRV), on the other hand, is a domestic disease that has existed in the US for 150 years but is currently present only within the feral swine population.

Feral Swine Flyer