Update, Jan. 13: The optional Jan. 25 program has been cancelled.
Join experts from CFAES and beyond in discovering Ohio’s possible new cash crop. A workshop titled “Growing Hemp in Ohio: Separating Fact from Fiction,” featuring 10 sessions by 18 speakers, is set for Jan. 24 at the CFAES Wooster campus, about 60 miles south of Cleveland.
Registration is open for the 2020 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) annual conference set for Feb. 13–15 in Dayton. Its theme is “A Climate for Change.”
“This year’s event features speakers and sessions dedicated to creating a climate to change agriculture,” OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt said. “Cultivating a resilient, just, and sustainable agricultural system can help farmers mitigate their climate risks, and address our global crisis.”
The event’s 72 speakers will include nine from CFAES. Look for details on their talks on this blog in the coming weeks.
CFAES’ Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) program is hosting “Positioning Ohio as a Leader in Organics,” a meeting to discuss future organic research priorities and resources, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the CFAES Wooster campus.
The Mansfield Microfarm Project—an effort to demonstrate small-scale, high-yield, sustainable urban farming based at Ohio State’s Mansfield campus—is holding a free public symposium on Friday, Nov. 15. The program will feature site visits to newly constructed urban microfarms and presentations on research and programming by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, which has provided a $2 million matching grant in support of the microfarm project.
CFAES’ OSU Extension outreach arm hosts Sustainability Planning for Ohio Farmers Markets on Nov. 11–12 in Columbus. Designed for the managers of farmers markets, the workshop aims to help maintain and grow consumer demand, boost consumer support, and in the end increase a market’s sustainability and success.
Some 1.5 million acres of Ohio’s farm fields—an area twice the size of Rhode Island—didn’t have any corn, soybeans, or other cash crops planted on them this year. Reason: Record spring rain made the ground too wet to plant. Now those fields are at risk of problems from something called fallow syndrome, which is caused by the loss of crop-friendly microbes that live—or lived—in the fields’ soils.
New on our CFAES Stories site: Details on CFAES efforts to help Ohioans grow more of a little-known native fruit. Fun fact: Ohio brewers are using it lately to good effect in craft beers.Read the story. (Photo: CFAES’ Matt Davies with the fruit tree in question, John Rice, CFAES.)