‘Food Evolution’ screens Oct. 18 at Ohio State

Two CFAES student groups, the Food Science Club and the Citation Needed science and agriculture communicators club, present a free public screening of the film “Food Evolution” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Ohio Union on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the film explores the “controversy around the science of food through the lens of the debate over genetically engineered foods,” according to the event flier. A postscreening discussion features UC-Davis scientist Alison Van Eenenaam, who’s interviewed in the film. Learn more.

Organizers are planning a Nov. 7 screening on CFAES’s Wooster campus.

Invasive species in your woods and how you can stop them

Register by Wednesday, Oct. 11, for the Forest Health: Invasive Species workshop being offered by CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. It’s from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Lodge at Allardale, 141 Remsen Road, Medina, part of the Medina County Park District.

The event, which is for landowners, gardeners and others, will look at the invasive plants, diseases and insects bugging Ohio; how to identify and monitor them; the harm they do to woods and wildlife if left unchecked; and options for controlling them.

Registration is $35. (Photo: European buckthorn, T. Davis Sydnor, Ohio State, Bugwood.org.)

See stunning aerial photos of Lake Erie algal blooms

NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory has posted some stunning aerial photos, taken Sept. 20, of a harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie. You can see more, too, from Sept. 14 (the fifth one down, among many, may smack your gob) and Aug. 14.

‘It’s important to find new ways of slowing deforestation’

When residents take charge of their rainforests, fewer trees get the ax, says a story by Ohio State’s University Communications office, detailing a study done in Guatemala by CFAES researchers.

Pictured left to right are co-authors Brent Sohngen and Douglas Southgate, both of CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, and Lea Fortman, now of the University of Puget Sound who worked on the study as a graduate student. (Photo courtesy of Brent Sohngen.)

Stream fish sampler; or, a shocking display

Cool demo Wednesday afternoon in Farm Science Review’s Gwynne Conservation Area: electrofishing, a nonlethal way to sample fish populations, by three helpfully informative Ohio Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists.

Rock bass, longear sunfish, smallmouth bass, bluntnose minnows and two darter species, among others, were shocked with a DC current, briefly stunned, netted and then safely released in the Gwynne’s stretch of Deer Creek. The darters indicated good water quality and habitat.

Farm Science Review continues through 4 p.m. today.

In Fairfield County, a bicycle tour of sustainable foods

The first annual Harvest Ride takes a 40-mile, intermediate-level bicycle tour of sustainable farms and food businesses, starting in Lancaster in Fairfield County. (Also longer and shorter options.) It’s from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 24. Registration is $35 for members of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and $50 for nonmembers. Get registration and other details.

Co-sponsored by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, the event is part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a co-presenter of the series.

Learn cheesemaking, more on farm tour Saturday

Eastern Ohio’s Blackstone Farm hosts the Cheesemaking and Homestead Tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at 49800 Township Road 58 in Lewisville. Featured will be learning stations and Master Gardener Volunteers teaching about cheesemaking; composting; agritourism; rendering lard; canning butter and milk; making soap, lye, hominy and sourdough starter; and more. Includes lunch. Get complete details. Register by emailing davidblackstone73@gmail.com.

Part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a co-presenter of the series.

Algal bloom conference coverage

Toledo Blade staff writer Tom Henry, interviewing CFAES scientists Jay Martin and Jiyoung Lee, among others, reported on last Thursday’s “State of the Science” algal bloom conference in Toledo.

Reporter Ben Cathey covered the conference, too, and interviewed Jay Martin, for Toledo’s WTVG-TV (with video).