Farm Science Review features more than farm science. The Sept. 22-24 event in London, Ohio, also will highlight the conservation of natural resources at a demonstration and education site called the Gwynne Conservation Area. The area is at the west end of the Review’s home, the 2,100-acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center. Called “the Gwynne” for short, the site’s 67 acres of prairie, woods and waters showcase a range of conservation practices year-round and, during the Review, will host dozens of talks and exhibits on trees, ponds, wildlife and similar topics. Visiting the Gwynne and attending the talks is included with admission to the Review. Free shuttle wagon rides are available to and from the Gwynne.
Seen coyotes near your home? Do deer eat your shrubs down to nubs? Get tips on what to do in a workshop led by wildlife experts Stan Gehrt and Marne Titchenell of The Ohio State University. The Good, the Bad and the Hungry: Managing Wildlife Conflicts in Your Landscape is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Wood County Park District’s W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road in Perrysburg, near Toledo. Registration is $35, includes lunch and is needed by noon Aug. 3.
Growers wanting to increase crop yields while helping to improve Ohio’s water quality can do so using a set of best management practices when applying fertilizer to their fields this fall, according to a group of agronomists and agricultural engineers with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Anne Baird, state coordinator for the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program and Ohio State University Extension program director in the School of Environment and Natural Resources was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article, “Certified volunteer naturalists fanning out across the state” published on Sunday (2/16). In the article, Baird notes, “Hundreds of volunteers are active in the naturalist program, working thousands of hours in outdoor lands, including parks.” She also commented on the impact of OCVN saying it is an “exciting program in terms of filling important needs throughout the state.” To learn more about the program and how to get involved, visit: http://ocvn.osu.edu/
The Mississippi River Basin Panel (MRBP) of the national Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) is set to meet on Ohio State’s campus this week (July 23-24). The panel will meet at the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) where they will discuss significant aquatic invasive species activities, review accomplishments, and identify issues of concern. The MRBP project area includes the entire Mississippi River Basin, the largest watershed in the nation.
With harmful algal bloom forecast to increase this summer in western Lake Erie, experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) continue to work with farmers statewide to offer steps agriculture can take to continue to lessen the potential for runoff from farmlands.
The first week of March is designated National Invasive Species Awareness week (March 3-8, 2013) by the National Invasive Species Council. SENR Extension/Outreach professionals serve on advisory panels for managing and responding to invasives species, provide information and deliver educational programs on invasive species.
Join other Environmental Professionals on February 12 to network and learn about nutrients, harmful algal blooms, and Lake Erie. Coffee/tea are provided at 7:15 a.m. with a buffet breakfast starting at 7:40 a.m. The panel discussion starts at 8:10 a.m. Register to attend by Friday, February 8.