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.)

How small-, medium-sized farms can diversify for greater success

CFAES holds its 2017 Agricultural Diversification Research Tour from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 17, at OARDC’s Mellinger Research Farm, 6885 W. Old Lincoln Way, in Wooster. The focus is on how small- and medium-sized farms can widen their product range and increase their profitability without having to get bigger in size. Free. Learn more. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm.

It’s a great Pumpkin Field Day, Charlie Brown

The Western Agricultural Research Station of OARDC, CFAES’s research arm, is holding its Pumpkin Field Day for growers on Aug. 17. What’ll you get? Research updates by OARDC scientists on weed, disease and pest management and on new pumpkin and winter squash varieties.

Registration is $5. You can register to attend online.

Ohio’s 2016 pumpkin crop, 6,700 acres in all, had a production value of more than $16 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

OARDC’s Western branch is in South Charleston, about 40 miles west of Columbus.

We’ve got the local meat. Now how do we sell it? OEFFA conference preview

grilled beef steakMarketing locally raised meat can be “time consuming, costly and complex,” says the description of Hannah Scott’s workshop at the upcoming Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association annual conference. But the challenges, the description says, can be addressed by using the cooperative business model. Scott, who’s program manager of the Ohio Cooperative Development Center at CFAES’s OSU South Centers in Piketon, will explain the model in her workshop. She’ll give good examples of farmers who’ve teamed up to market their meat with success. “Local Meats and the Co-op Model,” Session IV, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Complete conference schedule.

Sustaining sweetness: Ohio Maple Days are Jan. 19-21

This year’s Ohio Maple Days are Jan. 19 in Morrow County, Jan. 20 in Wayne County (the location is close to Holmes County, too) and Jan. 21 in Geauga County. The annual events, which are the same at all three locations, help maple syrup producers get ready for the coming season, which in Ohio usually starts sometime in February. They’re sponsored by CFAES’s Ohio Maple Syrup Program. Check out the brochure, which includes program details and a registration form, here.

Event in Mt. Hope for produce and flower growers

Image of Mid Ohio Growers brochureThe 2017 Mid-Ohio Growers Meeting, whose tagline is “Top-notch education for produce and flower growers,” will feature several CFAES experts among its speakers: Brad Bergefurd (“Pumpkins and Gourds from Seed to Harvest”), Sally Miller (“Managing Soil-Borne Diseases in Vegetables” and “Vegetable Seed Treatment”), Celeste Welty (Using Multiple Tactices to Manage Pests”) and Rory Lewandowski (“Applying the Correct Chemicals Efficiently”).

The event is Jan 12-13 in Mt. Hope in Holmes County. Admission is $20 by Dec. 31; $25 afterward, including at the door; with children 14 and under free.

Download the event brochure, which includes the complete schedule, speaker details and a registration form, here.