Celebrate ‘food, sustainability, community’

The next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, 7 a.m. to noon June 12, involves a field trip. Participants will ride a bus from Ohio State’s Columbus campus, or drive on their own, to the town of Mechanicsburg, 40 miles west of Columbus, where they’ll visit and hear from local food supporters The Hive Market and Deli (for breakfast), Hemisphere Coffee Roasters (for coffee), In Good Taste Catering and an associated family farm (for walking and wagon tours of its crops, livestock and conservation practices). It’s a celebration of “food, environmental sustainability and community,” says the event’s website.

Find details and a link to register.

Now THAT sounds intriguing

Hanping Wang, director of CFAES’s Ohio Aquaculture Research and Development Integration Program, has succeeded in raising faster-growing fish — yellow perch and bluegills — “by artificially mating them in a not so typical way.” Ultimately, the breakthrough should have benefits to keeping Ohio fish farmers profitable, producing healthy protein for people and preventing overfishing of wild fish for food. It’s one of our CFAES Stories.

‘Plenty of optimism’ at OEFFA conference

Reporter Debbi Snook provided a good account of last month’s Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association annual conference in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Of note, check out the comments at the end of the story by a CFAES student/family farmer who, judging from his comments, seems very much on the ball (as, yes, one would expect a CFAES student to be!) regarding matters such as soil moisture, organic matter and profit margins.

Ten CFAES faculty and staff members were among the 80 or so presenters at the conference.

Snook was one of four panel members for a discussion called “15 Minutes of Fame: Forming Strong Relationships with the Media.” She covers “the good life in Cleveland” — food, travel, history and outdoor recreation. You can follow her on Twitter at @DebbiSnook1.

Be part of ‘Solutions from the Land’

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.

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About health insurance and farmers

Shoshanah Inwood, assistant professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), presents “Health Insurance and National Farm Policy” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 8 in Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Road, Room 164, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. It’s part of a seminar series hosted by SENR. Admission is free.

Inwood is a co-author of a new study in Choices magazine that has the same title as her upcoming talk. She was quoted in Politico’s Feb. 12 Morning Agriculture daily briefing in a section called “Health Insurance a Huge Issue on the Farm.”

What are farmers’ health insurance options?

Farmers’ health insurance options will be the topic when CFAES’s Shoshanah Inwood and Stephanie Petrauskas of Springfield’s Rocking Horse Community Health Center speak at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s annual conference. The conference runs Thursday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 17, in Dayton. Continue reading

Perennial grain’s promise for food, forage, soil

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