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    NIFA Invests in project to build farmer-led organic research in Ohio

    Oct 11, 2023

    Ohio’s organic farmers have many questions and fewer resources to answer them, compared to more traditional farmers. A newly funded project through NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will advance productivity, profitability, and resilience in the organic sector through collaborative on-farm research. The project will be co-led by The Ohio State University, Central State University, and the Ohio Ecological Farm & Food Association, partnering with organic producers and leveraging personnel, resources, and knowledge of the three lead organizations. Learn more and find out how to engage >>

  2. Ohio State researcher Gabe Karns installs a tap in a maple tree at the university’s Mansfield campus. (Photo by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

    Tap into something new: 8 things you can learn at Ohio’s upcoming Maple Bootcamp

    Apr 27, 2022

    MANSFIELD, Ohio—If you’re new or new-ish to making maple syrup, there’s a lot you can learn at Maple Bootcamp: Ohio.

    Set for June 22–24 at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, the event, its website says, will provide “intensive hands-on training for beginner and intermediate maple producers.” 

    Participants will get details on how to assess a sugarbush and all the steps that follow, from collecting sap to boiling, bottling, and selling. Classroom sessions will take place on the Ohio State Mansfield campus. Field trips and tours will visit local maple operations, including one located right on the campus.  

  3. Woodlands, Water, and Wildlife Newsletter published.

    New Edition of Ohio Woodlands, Water, and Wildlife Available

    Jan 4, 2018

    The latest edition of the Ohio Woodlands, Water, and Wildlife Newsletter is available on-line. Learn about the importance of oaks for wildlife and the forest products industry, a new resource for Ohio woodland owners, meet your new natural resource economist and discover the busyness of beaver. 

  4. Ohio State’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is co-sponsoring a chainsaw safety class on Aug. 3 in Mansfield. (Photo: iStock.)

    How to Be Safe When You’re Using a Chainsaw

    Jul 24, 2017

    When it comes to using a chainsaw, there are things you want to cut, like any of Ohio’s millions of still-standing dead ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer pest, and things you don’t want to cut, like … anything not a tree.  A class offered Aug. 3 in Mansfield will help you keep them straight.  Chainsaw Safety: CSAW Level 1 offers 8 hours of training by experts from the Zanesville-based Ohio Forestry Association. Topics will include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw maintenance, and the reaction forces acting on a chainsaw’s chain and guide bar.

  5. 9 Ways to Manage Your Natural Resources: Workshop in NW Ohio

    Nov 2, 2015

    A Nov. 14 workshop near Toledo aims to help landowners better understand and manage their natural resources, from trees to bees to ponds to wildlife. The Northwest Ohio Landowners Conference: Natural Resources at Home, offered by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Owens Community College, 30335 Oregon Road in Perrysburg. The schedule features nine sessions by experts on forestry, insects, water and wildlife, including such timely topics as gypsy moths, algal blooms, and nuisance deer and geese.  The event’s keynote talk will look at the impact of this year’s weather — lots of rain early, dry conditions later — on trees, said co-organizer Kathy Smith. Smith is head of the stewards program, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
  6. Learn How to ID Trees in Winter

    Oct 26, 2015

    The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program will hold a Winter Tree ID workshop twice in the coming weeks: Oct. 30 in Chardon in northeast Ohio (this offering in now full) and Nov. 6 in Hamilton near Cincinnati.  The workshop will give participants in-depth training and practice on identifying trees without leaves, said one of the event’s instructors, Kathy Smith. Smith directs the stewards program, which is part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.  
  7. Ohio State Working to Update Tri-State Fertility Recommendations for Soybeans, Corn and Wheat

    Oct 18, 2015

    Soil Fertility Specialist Steve Culman is looking to recruit growers interested in helping researchers update the soybean, corn and wheat fertility recommendations for Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.  He is seeking growers to participate in a project to look at nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in soybeans, corn and wheat as part of an overall effort to update the tri-state fertility recommendations. 
  8. Attracting Butterflies and Bees at OSU Mansfield

    Sep 29, 2015

    The brown misshapen circles of dead grass in the quarter-acre plot between Ovalwood Hall and a student parking lot barely hint at what’s to come, but next spring the land under the First Energy transmission lines will transform into the beginnings of a vibrant garden of flowers and grasses conducive to pollinators. The goal of “A Monarch Right-of-Way: A Pollinator Demonstration Plot” is to create a demonstration area to show landowners who have utility rights-of-way on their property some alternative wildlife habitats. 

  9. Flip It Good: (At Least) 3 Benefits of Pond Aeration

    Sep 17, 2015

    Aeration often can do a pond good, says an expert at The Ohio State University. It can keep the pond from stratifying, which can make the water and the fish in it healthier.  Stratification, a natural process, is when a pond forms a warm layer of water at the surface and a cold layer down at the bottom. Eugene Braig, aquatic ecosystems program director in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, will speak on the topic at the annual Farm Science Review trade show in London, Ohio.
  10. Ohio Shale’s Biggest Environmental Impact May Be on Forests: Talk at Farm Science Review

    Sep 15, 2015

    Shale drilling’s biggest effect on Ohio’s environment might not come from the wells themselves but from the many new pipelines they need. So says watershed expert Joe Bonnell of The Ohio State University, who will speak twice on his research looking into the Ohio shale industry’s environmental impacts at the Sept. 22-24 Farm Science Review trade show in London, Ohio.