‘Nature as a necessity’

Laura Arenschield reports on M. Sanjayan’s talk at Ohio State last night in today’s Columbus Dispatch. She quotes, among others, CFAES student Emma Grace Matcham: “Dr. Sanjayan calls on each of us to see nature not as a luxury, but as a necessity.” Matcham is a forestry, fisheries and wildlife major in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details about that major are here.

Want to add solar power to your farm? Go to this workshop

Photo of solar panels on barn 2Farmers can save money with solar energy. So can other farm-related businesses. And grants and incentives exist that can help them get started.

So say the organizers of a March 10 workshop at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster, who plan to shed light on those topics.

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Feb. 16: A new way to feed organic, pasture-raised chickens

Webinar imageCFAES scientists Mike Lilburn and Larry Phelan present “A Novel Nutritional Approach to Rearing Organic Pastured Broiler Chickens: Part 2” as eOrganic’s free organic farming webinar series continues at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. Their novel approach involves including a special kind of oat called naked oats (which don’t have a hull) in an organic rotation, adding pasture-raised chickens to the rotation as well, and using the oats for much of the birds’ (organic, grown-on-the-farm) feed. You can watch Part 1 on YouTube here. Get details here. Register here. See the full schedule of webinars here.

‘People need nature to survive’

Photo of M. Sanjayan and camels by Ami VitaleReporter Laura Arenschield looks at M. Sanjayan’s upcoming talk at Ohio State in a story in today’s Columbus Dispatch. In it, she quotes CFAES lecturer David Hanselmann, coordinator of the Environmental Professionals Network, which is hosting the talk on Thursday. There’s a previous related post here. (Photo: M. Sanjayan by Ami Vitale.)

Feb. 11: Grazing systems, forage quality for organic dairying

Webinar imageeOrganic’s ongoing organic farming webinar series continues at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 with “Grazing Systems and Forage Quality of Grasses for Organic Dairy Production.” Brad Heins of the University of Minnesota, who specializes in organic and grazing dairy management, will be the presenter. Learn more here. Register here (it’s free). Check out the full schedule here.

CFAES organic farming program has new interim director

Photo of Doug Doohan 2Doug Doohan, professor in CFAES’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, has been named interim director of the college’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program.

OFFER conducts studies and outreach on organic farming. About 40 scientists and specialists from the college — including from its research and outreach arms, OARDC and OSU Extension — are affiliated with the program.

Doohan, who has been involved with the program since it started 18 years ago, is replacing former OFFER director Brian McSpadden Gardener, who left for a job in the private sector. Continue reading