A ‘pathway for perennial grain adoption’

From a new study by Jennie Pugliese, formerly with CFAES, and Steve Culman and Christine Sprunger, both of CFAES, published online Feb. 12 in the journal Plant Soil“Our findings suggest dual-use management of Kernza can provide a productive and profitable pathway for perennial grain adoption.” Learn more about Kernza in this previous post (which in a coincidence was published exactly one year before the study appeared), and then read the study.

Testing urban farm soil, including for lead

You can learn how to get the lead out—a good thing for soil and people’s health—when Alyssa Zearley of CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources presents “Testing Soils for Urban Agriculture” from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 16, during the annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) in Dayton.

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Protecting organic corn from pollen drift

CFAES agronomist Peter Thomison and Amalie Lipstreu of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will co-present “Pollen Drift Contamination of Organic and Non-GMO Corn: Knowing the Risks and Taking Action” in a concurrent workshop from 8:30–10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at OEFFA’s annual conference. It’s one of nearly 80 workshops scheduled for the conference.

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Register soon for OEFFA conference

Online registration for the 2019 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association annual conference, set for Feb. 14–16 in Dayton, ends Monday, Jan. 28. Find out more.

Registration at the door will be available, too, but it doesn’t reserve a seat for the conference’s meals, special events, and Food and Farm School, and also costs $5 more.

CFAES is a Sustainer level sponsor of the conference, whose theme is “Just Farming: The Path Before Us.”

‘Dig into soil health’ at special free workshop

An upcoming workshop will give you advice on how to test and improve your soil. Called “Digging into Soil Health: What Tests Can Tell Us About Our Soil,” the event is set for 1–4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Dayton, ahead of the annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA).

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Register soon for specialty crop conference

CFAES’ 2019 Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference—featuring topics related to fruits, vegetables, cultural practices, and insect and disease control (there’s even a session on commercial pawpaw production)—is set for Feb. 5 near Cincinnati. Registration is $50 and is limited to 75 people.

See the complete agenda and register. (Photo: Pawpaw fruit, Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service.)