Miscanthus? I’ve never met it (here’s how you can)

Photo of miscanthus grass 2Learn about giant miscanthus, a tall grass grown as a bioproduct crop, through a March 11 workshop and bus tour in Ashtabula County, hosted by CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. Farmers in the county, which is in far northeast Ohio, now grow about 4,000 acres of the stuff. A company called Aloterra Energy, meanwhile, runs a production facility in the county that turns the harvest into such things as biodegradable food containers. The bus tour will include stops at farmers’ fields (possibly to see harvest if the weather is right; harvest is done in winter) and the Aloterra plant. Learn more here and here. Download the flier, which includes the registration form, here. (Photo: Miscanthus by photoncatcher from iStock.)

Peeling (Ohio-grown) rubber

OSU Wooster Campus CFAES, OARDC, OSUE Chancellor  John Carey OSU Interm President  Joe AluttoThe Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, today hosted a visit by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey. Here, Carey, left, Ohio State University Interim President Joseph Alutto, center, and Ohio Rep. Ron Amstutz (1st District), with CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron in the background, examine rubber made from Russian dandelions. CFAES’s Katrina Cornish and colleagues are developing Russian dandelions as an alternative, sustainable, Ohio-grown source of rubber (video, 2:22). (K.D. Chamberlain image.)