Keep your backyard chickens healthy

Got backyard chickens? Want to do all you can to keep them healthy? Check out “Top 10 Diseases of Backyard Poultry,” a workshop by OSU Extension educator Tim McDermott, DVM, during the upcoming Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) conference. McDermott will help you identify and prevent the most common diseases of backyard poultry.

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How to make farming inclusive to everyone

When you think of a farmer, what comes to mind? CFAES alumna Yolanda Owens ’07, president of the CFAES Alumni Society Board of Directors and the first Black/Latinx person to hold this position, will tackle the topic in a talk called “Black Culture and Green Thumbs” during the online portion of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) upcoming annual conference.

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Register soon for OEFFA conference

Registration is open for the annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, which organizers call the region’s premier sustainable food and farm conference.

The conference includes CFAES as one of its sponsors, and some of its many speakers will be from CFAES. It’s set for Feb. 12 online and Feb. 17–19 in Dayton.

Learn more about attending the OEFFA conference.

The latest science on animal agriculture and the environment

Waste to Worth 2022, described as for “those who make or influence environmental management decisions on livestock and poultry farms,” takes place April 18–22 near Toledo. CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress, OSU Extension climate specialist Aaron Wilson, and Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, will be among the speakers.

Find details about attending.

CFAES sustainability news, Jan. 10, 2022

Wind and solar farms as ‘crops’ of the future? Jan. 19 webinar provides legal perspective in land use conflicts

Stuttgart (Arkansas) Daily Leader, Jan. 6; featuring Peggy Kirk Hall, OSU Extension

USDA invests $1.2 million in climate agriculture project with Ohio State

Farm and Dairy, Jan. 6;  featuring CFAES research

Discovering best ways to minimize food waste

A $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation will establish the first national academic research network on wasted food in the United States, and Brian Roe, holder of the Fred N. Van Buren Professorship in Farm Management in the CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, is set to be one of its co-principal investigators.

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Learn more about Roe and CFAES fighting food waste.

On our greatest hope for a sustainable future

Without healthy soil there can be no food. And without any food there can be no life.

That’s the message of an opinion piece by Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources and 2020 World Food Prize laureate, that recently ran on the global development website Devex.

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‘Innovation is key to addressing the climate crisis’

Conservation measures and climate-smart agriculture got a boost last week with the announcement of a $1.2 million investment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund a robotic irrigation system at CFAES.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made the announcement during a Dec. 10 visit to the CFAES Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. Pictured at a town hall meeting during the visit are, from left to right, CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress; Terry Crosby, chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service; Vilsack; and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)