Tomorrow (1/13) at OSU: Expert to discuss Ohio’s water quality issues

Gail Hesse of the Ohio Water Resources Council will present “An Overview of Water Quality Issues in Ohio: Current Issues and Trends” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. tomorrow (1/13) at Ohio State. Attend in 103 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd., in Columbus, or by video link in 123 Williams Hall at OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster. It’s part of a winter seminar series called “Agriculture, Water Quality and Nutrient Management” sponsored by the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details: 614-292-2265,

Jan. 27: Free OSU webinar on algae blooms, land use

The Ohio Watershed Network, an Ohio State University Extension program, will present a free webinar on “Algae Blooms and Land Use Practices” at noon on Jan. 27, part of a series called “Research to Practice: Addressing Non-point Source Pollution in Ohio.” Register here.

Bill Lynch, an OSU Extension aquatic ecosystem management specialist, will explain how land use practices lead to algal blooms in lakes.

Jim Hoorman, an agriculture and natural resources educator in OSU Extension’s Mercer County office, will review the latest research on cover crops and how they may help reduce nutrient losses from farmland while improving soil quality.

The series is designed for people who work to reduce non-point source pollution and improve watershed health, including watershed coordinators, stormwater managers, Extension educators, Soil and Water Conservation District technicians, water resource professionals, and volunteers.

Learn more about the Ohio Watershed Network here.

CFAES students intern with ODA’s Sustainable Agriculture Program

Two CFAES students who are also Sustainable Science Fellows (a graduate fellowship program of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture) have recently completed internships with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Program as part of their experiential learning opportunity.

Rebecca Som Castellano

During her internship, Rebecca Som Castellano, a doctoral student in rural sociology, documented the best practices in Ohio and across the United States in projects addressing access to healthy food. She also compiled a listing of funding sources for projects aimed at improving local economies, environment and equity.

Julia Barton

Julia Barton, a doctoral student in the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, worked with the Ohio Food Policy AdvisoryCouncil’s four task forces and helped to develop the first annual Ohio Food Policy Council Report. She also helped with skill-sharing sessions and roundtables for local and regional food policy councils from around Ohio.

Both say their internships reinforced what can be done when state government and universities collaborate.

For more information on the USDA Sustainable Sciences Fellows, visit