CNN’s 2013 Hero of the Year, who works to clean up America’s major rivers one piece of trash at a time, will speak Feb. 24 at Ohio State. Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands & Waters, will headline February’s Breakfast Club program by the Environmental Professionals Network. Registration is free for the first 280 Ohio State students to sign up. (Photo: Missouri River, iStock.)
Hey, CFAES students and recent alumni: You can talk to more than 30 potential employers and internship sources at the college’s winter 2015 Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo. It’s this Thursday, Jan. 22. Details.
Ohio’s maple syrup season is just around the corner. Producers can get ready — by getting details on new research, technology and more — on three days in three different locations this week (PDF). You can pay to get in at the door.
Thinking about enrolling in ATI’s degree program in renewable energy? Especially solar and wind? Think about this: The U.S. solar industry is adding jobs 20 times faster than the national rate, says the latest National Solar Jobs Census, released Jan. 15 by the nonprofit Solar Foundation. Read stories about the census by CNBC, Fortune and Grist. ATI is CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster.
Farm and Dairy’s Chris Kick wrote a fantastic story on Dec. 24 on ATI’s new and growing degree program in renewable energy. “Everything we do here,” ATI’s Russ Yoder said in the story, “revolves around the creation of job opportunity.” ATI student Cory Brewer, who is majoring in the program and now also has a job locally in the field, is featured as one example. ATI is CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster. Yoder is a visiting assistant professor with the program.
You’ve seen mentions here (and here and here, too, for example) of sessions slated for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s annual conference. Now a new press release takes a wider look, including with a list of the 19 speakers from Ohio State. Get details on all the event’s speakers — some 100-plus in all — here (PDF).
Want amazing grazing? That leaves your farm in sound condition in terms of the green and the green — economics and the environment? Bob Hendershot, retired Natural Resources Conservation Service grazing management specialist, and Jeff McCutcheon, an educator with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, will share what you should know in a series of detailed sessions. “Pasture for Profit I-IV,” Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference. For more on the series, click here (PDF; p. 1 for times, p. 8 for session descriptions).
Want to keep learning about hops? For starters, try CFAES’s Hops in Ohio: Beneficial Arthropods fact sheet (sustainable ways to manage pests) and Michigan State University Extension’s Sustainable Hop Production in the Great Lakes Region (PDF). (Also see our previous post.)