Ohio ranks seventh in the U.S. for its number of organic farms, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey reported last week in the Akron Beacon Journal. That’s up from eighth in 2015.
Of note, the 2016 Certified Organic Survey also showed a more than 30-percent increase from 2015 in the state’s organic food sales. Read the survey summary.
Scientists with CFAES are studying ways to curb three outputs from the back end of cows: methane gas, a potent climate change gas; and phosphorus and nitrogen in manure, both of which can pollute water.
Good for both farming and the planet? Darn tootin’.
And it doesn’t come in a pesticide sprayer.
A $700,000 gift from the Columbus Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Pat and Bobby Moser has created the Food Security and Sustainability Learning Community in CFAES. The new program, a residential housing option for students in our college, will encourage holistic study and community engagement on food security issues.
Experts will discuss answers at the Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative’s annual conference, set for Nov. 8 on Ohio State’s Columbus campus.
The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues this Saturday, Oct. 21, with two events, both rooted in grass: The Pastured Providence Farmstead Open House from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Chillicothe in southern Ohio, and the Pasture-Raised Livestock Beginning Farm Tour from 4 to 7 p.m. in Ashtabula in the state’s far northeast corner. CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a co-presenter of the series. Download the series brochure.