A first-ever workshop in Ohio is bringing together farmers, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss whole-system solutions to the Midwest’s nutrient runoff and water problems. Organizers say the Sept. 14-16 program, called Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters, will focus on state-of-the-art best management practices for reducing fertilizer runoff into the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. The two basins include all of Ohio and most of the Midwest.
CHARDON, Ohio -- The trees in Chardon’s Big Creek Park will still be bare at the end of March. And that’s good. Part of northeast Ohio’s Geauga Park District, the park is hosting a Winter Tree ID workshop March 28. The program will focus on bark, fruit, twigs and other telltale traits. “This is an advanced class for individuals who are familiar with using a dichotomous key,” said Kathy Smith, one of the instructors and a forestry specialist with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “Identifying trees without leaves can be a real challenge.”
ADA, Ohio – Growers who plant cover crops and vegetative systems in agriculture will find that it can tie up phosphorus in a stable phosphorus form that remains in the soil which can increase phosphorus use efficiency, according to a soil researcher from Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Climate and Sustainable Communities a multi-state, multi-organization initiative with funding provided by the Great Lakes Regional Water Program with collaborators from The Ohio State University, Michigan State University (MSU), the University of Wisconsin, the River Network, Ohio Sea Grant, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will offer two distance education programs for water professionals this spring.