Preserve Lake Erie, keep farms productive

Ohio State will be the lead partner on a new five-year, multimillion-dollar pilot watershed project in northwestern Ohio designed to demonstrate that agricultural conservation practices—if used on 70% of the farmland in a watershed, and evaluated on a watershed scale—can help achieve Lake Erie’s water quality goals. CFAES researcher Jay Martin will direct the project, set for the Shallow Run watershed in Hardin County.

Read the story. (Photo: Shallow Run watershed, Laura Johnson.)

Farm strength through diversity

Registration is open for the next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, “Growing the Future of Agriculture: Conversations with Black Farmers and Educators.” It’s set for Oct. 12, 7:15–9:30 a.m., on Ohio State’s Columbus campus.

Check out the program and lineup of speakers. Register at this link.

Tour Great Lakes fish farms virtually

Ohio Sea Grant, which is part of CFAES, and the Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative will host a free public webinar called Great Lakes Aquaculture Days from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. The program offers virtual tours of farms around the region and Q&A sessions with the farmers and Sea Grant specialists. Find out more. (Photo: Yellow perch, CFAES.)

CFAES sustainability news, July 28, 2021

Farmers make progress in improving water quality, but much work remains

Columbus Dispatch, July 27; featuring Nate Douridas, farm manager, Molly Caren Agricultural Center

Will our food break the climate or save it?

The Hill, July 27; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources

CFAES sustainability news, April 9, 2021

Floating gardens as a way to keep farming despite climate change

Ohio State News, March 31

Ohio bill seeks to deregulate state’s streams, wetlands and ponds

WKBN-TV, Youngstown, March 31; featuring Mažeika Sullivan, School of Environment and Natural Resources and director, Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

CFAES sustainability news, April 5, 2021

Ohio victory garden program to offer free vegetable seeds to gardeners

Columbus Dispatch, March 28, subscription required; featuring Mike Hogan, OSU Extension, Franklin County

OSU Extension Pike County partners with OSU Office of Student Life to distribute 27,216 meals to county residents

Pike County News Watchman, March 25

Grow an Ohio Victory Garden: 25 counties where you can get free seeds

The Ohio Department of Agriculture and OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm, have kicked off the second year of their Victory Gardens Program, with the program having been expanding this year from 10 to 25 counties because of high demand. Some 8,300 seed packets are available free of charge to the public.

Read the full story, and see which counties are now included.