How to make farming inclusive to everyone

When you think of a farmer, what comes to mind? CFAES alumna Yolanda Owens ’07, president of the CFAES Alumni Society Board of Directors and the first Black/Latinx person to hold this position, will tackle the topic in a talk called “Black Culture and Green Thumbs” during the online portion of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) upcoming annual conference.

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Register soon for OEFFA conference

Registration is open for the annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, which organizers call the region’s premier sustainable food and farm conference.

The conference includes CFAES as one of its sponsors, and some of its many speakers will be from CFAES. It’s set for Feb. 12 online and Feb. 17–19 in Dayton.

Learn more about attending the OEFFA conference.

On our greatest hope for a sustainable future

Without healthy soil there can be no food. And without any food there can be no life.

That’s the message of an opinion piece by Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources and 2020 World Food Prize laureate, that recently ran on the global development website Devex.

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‘So I can grow again through you’

CFAES’ 15th annual Stinner Summit takes place from 1–7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, with options to attend either in person at the new Science Building at CFAES Wooster or virtually. The event, its website says, offers an opportunity “to celebrate the legacy of Ben Stinner, look back on the past projects funded by the Stinner Summit, and chart the future of the Agroecosystem Management Program.”

Learn more and register to attend.

5 things to know about CFAES’ new sustainable agriculture major

At CFAES, our mission is: We sustain life. Soon, our students will gain a new path for learning to do just that.

CFAES’ four-year degree program in sustainable agriculture—centered on a balance of food production, environmental quality, economic viability, and social responsibility—will start fall semester 2021. Here are five things to know about it …

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CFAES launching sustainable ag major

CFAES is launching a four-year degree program in sustainable agriculture. The new major, which will lead to a bachelor of science in agriculture, starts fall semester 2021.

“Our graduates will have practical skills, be problem solvers, and systems thinkers—the qualities needed for success in many careers and that will help them make the changes in the world we’re all hoping for,” said Casey Hoy, holder of CFAES’ W.K. Kellogg Foundation Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management. Hoy led the team that created the major.

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How to help your lettuce keep its cool

Leafy greens generally don’t like it hot. What can you do? Tim McDermott, educator with the Franklin County office of OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm, and Michelle Nowak of Columbus’s Franklinton Farms will share ideas during the upcoming annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

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