New report out on Ohio’s algal bloom efforts

Ohio Sea Grant, on behalf of Ohio State, the University of Toledo and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, has released the second-year research progress update for the statewide Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative. (Photo: Lake Erie algal bloom, NASA.)

Organic crop, dairying field day is Thursday

CFAES’s research arm, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, is holding its annual Organic Crop Field Day on Thursday, June 29, from 2 to 6 p.m. near Wooster. Admission is free. Check out the event description. Learn more, including about the field day’s first-ever inclusion of organic dairying, in a CFAES press release.

OARDC’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program is hosting the event, which is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a co-presenter of the series.

Download the series brochure.

June 20: How to grow ‘superior quality, nutrient-dense’ organic vegetables — and also conduct on-farm soil research

Artisan Acres near Wooster is hosting the next stop in the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Called the On-Farm Research and Organic Vegetable Farm Tour, the event starts at 9 a.m. June 20.

Artisan Acres provides “superior quality, nutrient-dense vegetables to customers … while at the same time increasing the health of their soil by applying minerals, rotating cover crops and mulching,” the tour description says. The tour will also look at soil balancing research being done on the farm in conjunction with CFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program.

Download the series brochure.

‘It would be amazing to give people clean drinking water’

CFAES student Ashlee Balcerzak, who’s from Maumee near Toledo, was a pre-med major at first. Then she took a class at Ohio State’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie and everything changed.

“I got really interested in the actual overall water quality issues and the ecosystems,” she says, “so I ended up changing my major to environmental science.” Her specialty: water science.

Now, as an undergraduate researcher in the college, she’s studying the use of magnetic bacteria to remove algal bloom-causing phosphorus from waters such as Lake Erie. She’s even given a TEDx Toledo talk on it.

“I’m just so passionate about water science,” she says. “I want to help others.”

Get the 411 on QGIS

Conceptual keyboard - GIS (blue key)Learn the ABCs of using QGIS — in this case, to map tree cover, land use and similar data — in an Aug. 17 workshop in Mansfield. QGIS is a free and open-source geographic information system, or GIS. It works on operating systems including Mac OS X, Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows. Sponsoring the event is CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards program. Read more.

Ohio State faculty build capacity of researchers in Ghana through soil science workshop

rafiqWarren Dick, professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Rafiq Islam, research scientist and soil and bioenergy program leader at the college’s Ohio State University South Centers, traveled to Ghana from Aug. 27 to Sept. 5 to deliver an innovative workshop titled “Climate change, sustainable agriculture and soil health” at the University of Cape Coast. Continue reading