Support Stone Lab at Cleveland boat show

Attend the Progressive Mid-America Boat Show, set for Jan. 17-21 in Cleveland, and you can talk with and learn experts from Ohio Sea Grant. Go on Jan. 21 specifically — designated as Lake Erie Day — and you can do that plus support CFAES’s Stone Laboratory on the lake with the purchase of your ticket.

(Photo: Stone Lab’s M/V BioLab research vessel, Ohio Sea Grant, via Flickr.)

Hemp farming in Ohio? TBD

Peggy Kirk Hall, agricultural and resource law field specialist with CFAES, was interviewed for a recent story by WOSU Public Media headlined “Hemp Is Poised For A Production Boom, But Ohio Might Get Left Out.” Read the story.

The 2018 Farm Bill, approved by Congress but awaiting President Trump’s signature at the time of this writing (Dec. 18), allows states to decide for themselves if they want hemp farming. (Graphic by Getty Images.)

Greenhouse guru

CFAES scientist Chieri Kubota, one of the scheduled speakers for our Jan. 17-18 Greenhouse Management Workshop, was profiled in fall on our CFAES Stories website. “There’s only so much you can do in open fields,” she said in a story headlined “Greenhouse Guru,” “but there’s tons you can do in controlled environments.” Read the full story, plus hear about her work in the video above.

How climate change is affecting water

“The quality and quantity of water available for use by people and ecosystems across the country are being affected by climate change, increasing risks and costs to agriculture, energy production, industry, recreation, and the environment.”

So say some of the summary findings of the recently released Fourth National Climate Assessment.

“Rising air and water temperatures and changes in precipitation are intensifying droughts, increasing heavy downpours, reducing snowpack, and causing declines in surface water quality, with varying impacts across regions,” the findings also say.

Read all of the report’s summary findings on water. Check out the report’s complete “Water” chapter.

New algal bloom effort has CFAES partners

Toledo Blade writer Tom Henry recently reported on Bowling Green State University’s new Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health. The center aims, he wrote, “to greatly expand how scientists investigate harmful algal blooms.”

Nine other universities and institutions, including Ohio State and its Ohio Sea Grant program, are cooperating with Bowling Green on the center.

Justin Chaffin, research coordinator for CFAES’s Stone Laboratory, will be one of the scientists involved with the center.

Preventing plastic pollution at Put-in-Bay

Jill Bartolotta of the Ohio State-based Ohio Sea Grant program and Sue Bixler of CFAES’s Stone Laboratory have received a nearly $50,000 grant to educate visitors to South Bass Island about plastic trash — how it hurts water quality and wildlife and how to prevent it.

South Bass Island, located in western Lake Erie and home of the tourist town of Put-in-Bay, annually sees more than 800,000 visitors.

Read the full story about the grant.

Tuesday: ‘Healthy planet, healthy patients’

The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) presents its next public breakfast program, “Healthy Planet, Healthy Patients: Hospitals Reduce Their Environmental Footprint” from 7:15-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Building on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Registration is $10, free for students, and includes breakfast. Find out more and register.

EPN, a statewide professional group, is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.