CFAES sustainability news, March 8, 2021

WCMH-TV, Columbus, March 8; featuring Yolanda Owens ’07, CFAES alumna and president of CFAES Alumni Society

17 percent of food wasted globally, UN report finds

Baltimore Sun (via AP), March 4; featuring Brian Roe, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

CFAES launching sustainable ag major

CFAES is launching a four-year degree program in sustainable agriculture. The new major, which will lead to a bachelor of science in agriculture, starts fall semester 2021.

“Our graduates will have practical skills, be problem solvers, and systems thinkers—the qualities needed for success in many careers and that will help them make the changes in the world we’re all hoping for,” said Casey Hoy, holder of CFAES’ W.K. Kellogg Foundation Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management. Hoy led the team that created the major.

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Green-colored sign o’ the times

Attention, Tesla, Bolt, Volt, Pacifica Hybrid, i3, and (in the above case), i-MiEV owners, to name just a few: The new Science Building at our CFAES Wooster campus includes a charging station for electric vehicles.

You can see how the charger works in the video above (1:30), and you can learn about the building in “Cutting-Edge in Wooster.”

CFAES sustainability news, Feb. 24, 2021

Global Water Institute leads effort to improve water and food security with the Navajo Nation

Ohio State News, Feb. 23; researchers include Mary Rodriguez, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership; and Leah Bevis, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

Grants for on-farm sustainable ag research

CFAES’ Agroecosystems Management Program (AMP) requests research proposals for on-farm research by teams of Ohio State researchers and Ohio farmers. Grants are available annually through the Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Endowment Fund for Sustainable Agriculture. The proposal deadline is March 1. Read more.

Although your cows may be ‘tired of hearing about it,’ there are people who can help you who aren’t

In summer 2019, CFAES formed a task force to help Ohio farmers and their families deal with the state’s ongoing farming crisis, a crisis caused by record spring rains, new international tariffs, and low commodity prices.

The new Rural and Farm Stress Task Force helped bring mental health issues—and helpful mental health services—into the light, as did the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Ohio’s Got Your Back campaign, which launched the same summer with CFAES as one of its partners.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, from 1–2 p.m., as part of the 42nd annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, CFAES graduate student Kelly Cabral will continue to explore the timely topic in a workshop called “When Your Cows Are Tired of Hearing About It: Addressing Farmer Mental Health.”

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