A family-run turkey processing plant in southwest Ohio, the 110 people who rely on it for their jobs, and the “beautiful” river that flows near it all have a lot to be thankful for. Protecting businesses and protecting the environment, as this CFAES breakthrough demonstrates, can go hand in hand. Read the story.
If you’re interested in compost bedded pack dairy barns, University of Vermont Extension has an excellent, straight-from the-farmer introduction to how it works here (video, 6:23). The compost produced by such a system “all goes back to the soil,” says organic dairy farmer Guy Choinere. “This is, for me, a fertilizer factory. It’s producing what I need to grow crops.”
Our college’s Forestry Forum, a group for students interested in forestry as a career, will hold its annual public Christmas tree sale from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. Proceeds will support scholarships, travel to academic conferences and other activities for the students. Learn about majoring in forestry in our college here. And read about a USDA study on the carbon sequestration potential of Christmas tree farms here.
OARDC, which is the research arm of our college, will host a workshop on compost bedded pack dairy barns on Dec. 5. Possible benefits of these systems include increased comfort and longevity for the cows and less environmental risk from their manure. The manure is composted (and intensively managed) together with the cows in the barn rather than being turned into liquid manure. The national Cooperative Extension System’s eXtension website has details on how these systems work here.
Our college’s renowned Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, which opened its doors 20 years ago, is now in the process of opening them wider.
Elizabeth Dayton, a soil scientist in our School of Environment and Natural Resources, has launched a $2 million project to evaluate and, as necessary, revise the Ohio Phosphorus (P) Risk Index to better predict the risk of phosphorus moving off farm fields. Read the story …
The research arm of our college, OARDC, has received a $6.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant’s purpose: To test and expand a university-developed technology that can produce biogas from a variety of solid organic wastes and bioenergy crops. Read the full story here.