This week and next week, CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm and Ohio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) program are hosting a series of meetings called “Ohio SMART Agriculture: Solutions from the Land.” You’re invited to attend.
CFAES scientist Steve Culman, pictured, will give a workshop on “Dual Use Perennial Grain Crops: Grain for Humans and Forage for Livestock” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. Here are some details about his research from a story slated for our next CFAES Impact newsletter. Continue reading
More and more growers are using biostimulants containing microbes on their crops. The microbes are aimed at helping the crops grow better and faster. The products’ variety is growing fast, too.
So what do they do? How well do they work? How should a grower use them?
Registration is open for CFAES’s 2018 Greenhouse Management Workshop, which this year will focus on hydroponics, a booming Ohio industry that grows crops in water without soil.
The event is Feb. 8-9 in Wooster. Register by Jan. 25 and save $25.
Download the flyer and registration form. (Photo: iStock.)
Interested in starting a farm? Learn the hows, ins and outs at the New and Small Farm College, an eight-week course by OSU Extension, CFAES’s outreach arm. It starts in January in two locations. Register to attend in Butler County or Scioto County. (Photo: iStock.)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring the makers of dicamba, a controversial weed killer, to revise its label directions. Specifically, use restrictions are being added to minimize the risk of drift onto neighboring crops. Read the story.
Ohio has “partridges,” once had partridges and has pear trees. It’s a tale of quirky regional names, of wildlife management and habitat loss, and of the challenges of sustainable fruit production. Read more under the “1st day” heading. (Photo: iStock.)
Ohio ranks seventh in the U.S. for its number of organic farms, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey reported last week in the Akron Beacon Journal. That’s up from eighth in 2015.
Of note, the 2016 Certified Organic Survey also showed a more than 30-percent increase from 2015 in the state’s organic food sales. Read the survey summary.
Scientists with CFAES are studying ways to curb three outputs from the back end of cows: methane gas, a potent climate change gas; and phosphorus and nitrogen in manure, both of which can pollute water.
Good for both farming and the planet? Darn tootin’.
Carriage House Farm in Ohio’s far southwest corner hosts a free public open house from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 17, at 10251 Miamiview Road in North Bend. The Ohio Century Farm, located near the Great Miami River, with the Ohio River just to the south, raises grains, fresh produce, herbs and honey.
Activities will include tours of the farm’s garden, high tunnel, baling machinery, processing facility and on-farm market, plus wagon rides and food tasting. Find out more.
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.