How natural-gas pipelines affect crops and soils

A new pilot study is being planned to document the effects of natural-gas pipeline installation on crops and soils, and interested farmers are invited to participate. Steve Culman of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, has details in Ohio’s Country Journal.

‘Vital in healthy environments’: What does she see in bees?

Denise Ellsworth joins our entomology department as program director for honey bee and native pollinator education. “These insects are crucial to our food supply and play a vital role in healthy environments,” she says. “I’ll be working to support and teach beekeepers, farmers, and gardeners through a variety of workshops, written materials, and electronic resources. Keeping honey bees and other pollinators healthy and protecting their habitat is critically important in Ohio.”

Climate change and corn

What does climate change hold for corn? How can we help it adapt? Rattan Lal and Richard Moore, both of the School of Environment and Natural Resources, speak on the topic tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 13). They’re part of a major USDA grant aiming “to keep Midwest corn-based cropping systems resilient in the face of future climate uncertainties.” (3:30 p.m., 244 Kottman Hall, Columbus; video link to 121 Fisher Auditorium, OARDC, Wooster. Sponsor: Environmental Sciences Graduate Program.)