Lambing and Kidding School? Sign up baa today

Registration ends today, Wednesday, Jan. 9, for CFAES’ free Lambing and Kidding School, which is Saturday, Jan. 12, in Marion. Sheep and goat experts at the event will share helpful information on topics such as birthing problems, care of newborns, and management of orphan lambs and kids.

To register, contact 740-223-4041 or

Find out more online and in the flyer.

Sign up for series for new and small farmers

CFAES’s New and Small Farm College starts in three counties in January: in Montgomery County (southwest Ohio) on Jan. 8 (register by Jan. 2); in Vinton County (southeast Ohio) on Jan. 15 (register by Jan. 8); and in Adams County (southern Ohio) on Jan. 16 (register by Jan. 8). The series runs once a week for eight weeks.

The program, its website says, “introduces new and seasoned farmers to a wide variety of topics,” with the aim being to “get the most out of your few acres.”

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Greenhouse guru

CFAES scientist Chieri Kubota, one of the scheduled speakers for our Jan. 17-18 Greenhouse Management Workshop, was profiled in fall on our CFAES Stories website. “There’s only so much you can do in open fields,” she said in a story headlined “Greenhouse Guru,” “but there’s tons you can do in controlled environments.” Read the full story, plus hear about her work in the video above.

Can beef be part of a sustainable food system?

Sara Place, senior director of sustainable beef production research with the Centennial, Colorado-based National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, presents “Beef in a Sustainable Food System” (“Can a sustainable global food system include beef?”) from 10–11:30 a.m. Jan. 11 in Ohio State’s Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. There’s no charge to attend.

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Lal receives World Soil Prize

CFAES scientist Rattan Lal (pictured) received the Glinka World Soil Prize in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization on Dec. 5, World Soil Day. The award is considered the highest honor in the soil science profession.

Lal, whose scientific career spans more than 50 years, is Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. He was recognized for, among other things, his contributions to sustainable soil management and his research on restoring soil carbon, the latter being a way to increase crop yields, reduce hunger and remove climate change-causing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Read the full story. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Registration open for OEFFA conference

Registration is open for the 40th annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), set for Feb. 14-16 in Dayton. Scientists from CFAES are typically among the many speakers at the event, which is described as Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference. More than 1,200 people are expected to attend.

Find out more and register.