And you want to be my latex salesman? 3 ways you can get started

Check out these three talks by CFAES scientists, all of Katrina Cornish’s lab, if you’re interested in sustainable latex production and in new, beneficial latex products, including for health care. They’re from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17, in Room 200 in the new Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building at OARDC, CFAES’s research arm in Wooster. It’s a sneak peek of sorts: All three talks are slated for presentation at next month’s International Latex Conference in Akron. The details that follow are the abstracts of the talks. Continue reading

Purple reign: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Farm tour features growing lavenderIn addition to the statewide Women Grow Ohio tours, the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is holding another event this Sunday, July 19: The Farming for Farmers’ Markets Tour at Jaybird Farms in southern Ohio’s Highland County. The focus should be a fragrant one: The farms grow lavender as a featured crop. Learn more here on p. 35 and on the farms’ website here.

Women Grow Ohio: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Women Grow Ohio farm toursNext in the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is a statewide lineup of Women Grow Ohio tours on Sunday, July 19. The tours will feature 17 women-run farms, gardens and homesteads in Athens, Fairfield, Franklin, Lorain, Muskingum and Perry counties. Registration is required for each site. Learn more here; scroll to p. 9. Get a map, details and registration contacts for all the sites here.

Organic Vegetables: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Organic Vegetable TourNext in the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is tomorrow’s Bring It Back Home with Organic Vegetables Tour at George and Mary Remington’s Morningside Farm in Medina in northeast Ohio.

In five years, on five acres, in five greenhouses, the Remingtons have demonstrated that more than 300 organic vegetable varieties can be profitably grown in Ohio. They also grow berries, herbs, and wild and tropical crops, all sold at farmers’ markets, to restaurants and through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

Click here and scroll to p. 8 for details.

Read all about it, hope you don’t see it

Severe Lake Erie algae forecastLots of good coverage of yesterday’s unfortunately bad Lake Erie summer harmful algal bloom forecast, including by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade, Detroit News, CBC News and Wall Street Journal. NOAA, Ohio Sea Grant and their partners released the forecast yesterday at Ohio State’s Lake Erie campus, Stone Lab. (Photo: 2009 Lake Erie algal bloom aerial view, Tom Archer, Michigan Sea Grant.)

Steps in the right direction

Better manure application, cleaner waterGlen Arnold (not him pictured, nor his boots), co-organizer of Aug. 12’s Manure Science Review and a specialist with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension: “Every positive step we take in properly applying manure is a positive step in the direction of better water quality.” Get details on attending the event. (Photo: Fuse.)