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.
Farmers 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.
CFAES 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.
Reporter 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.)
Ethanol prices have stayed surprisingly strong despite low oil prices, but in general “times are tough” for the U.S. ethanol industry, said Matt Roberts, a CFAES agricultural economist, in a story and audio interview posted yesterday by Brownfield Ag News.
eOrganic’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.
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
Next in eOrganic’s free organic farming webinar series is “Wild Bee Monitoring, Education and Outreach in Organic Farming Systems” at 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Speaking will be scientists from Washington State University. Register here. Check out the full series schedule here.