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Nov. 25, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Crowdfunding can benefit green work, and December’s breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network will show how.
Called “Tapping into Social Media, Green Investing and Other Tools to Fund Your Environmental Project or Enterprise,” the event is from 7:15-9:30 a.m. Dec. 8 in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
“Social media-based support-building efforts are quickly emerging and evolving, and the traditional lines between nonprofit and for-profit organizations are blurring,” said David Hanselmann, the network’s coordinator and a lecturer in Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.
“At the same time, more...
Nov. 24, 2015
During this time of year, I often make donations to food drives. I normally just take older items from my pantry that I haven’t found a use for, but I wonder if instead I should be buying new. Are there guidelines I should be following?
As long as the food is safe for human consumption, your local food pantry will likely be grateful for the donation, especially these days.
According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released in September, an estimated 14 percent of American households were food insecure at some point during 2014. That includes 5.6 percent experiencing “very low food security,” which means that one or more household members went without food at times because they didn’t have enough money or other resources for food. In Ohio,...
Nov. 24, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — People need nature to survive. That’s one of the messages that Conservation International’s M. Sanjayan will share at The Ohio State University on Feb. 11.
Sanjayan, a global conservation scientist, writer and Emmy-nominated news contributor, will present “Earth and People: Lessons in Living Together” from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 1,550-seat Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in Ohio State’s Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., in Columbus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required at go.osu.edu/epn_Sanjayan.
In his work, Sanjayan focuses on the role of conservation in improving human well-being, wildlife and the environment.
Serving on Conservation International’...
Nov. 23, 2015
WOOSTER, Ohio — One of the main challenges posed by the avian flu outbreak that has impacted the U.S. poultry industry in the past year is how to safely and effectively dispose of potentially hundreds of thousands of birds killed as a result of infection and eradication efforts.
“The U.S. strategy is to quickly identify the infected premises, depopulate, properly dispose of carcasses and manure, clean and disinfect the premises, and have 21 days of down time after cleaning before re-population can take place,” said Mohamed El-Gazzar, Ohio State University Extension’s poultry veterinarian. “As you might imagine, the logistics of depopulation and disposal are very challenging, particularly with the large-scale layer...
Nov. 23, 2015
PIKETON, Ohio – With interest in Ohio wine production growing among potential producers, understanding what goes into running a successful vineyard and winery can make the difference in developing a profitable operation, according to a grape expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
To help growers — new and experienced alike — learn the basics of grapevine propagation techniques and vineyard management, horticulture and viticulture experts from the college will host the Commercial Grape and Wine Workshop Dec. 3.
The workshop will also offer insight into other key concerns facing commercial wine grape growers, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit...
Nov. 20, 2015
DELAWARE, Ohio — Fans of Ohio State’s football team can show their pride with compost.
A farm in Delaware, Ohio, located about 25 miles north of the university’s Columbus campus, makes and sells compost called Stadium Scarlet.
The stuff has roots in Ohio Stadium, home of the Buckeyes. It’s made from some of the compostable materials — food scraps and so on — produced and discarded in the Horseshoe at home games.
Ohio State’s colors are scarlet and gray. The compost is really a rich dark brown and helps plants in gardens grow green.
“We get a lot of hot dogs — a lot of hot dogs,” said Tom Price, owner of family-run Price Farms Organics, a 22-acre Ohio Environmental Protection Agency-permitted Class II composting facility....
Nov. 20, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — About 700 students will display science posters about Earth’s biggest challenges at the 2015 Environmental Science Student Symposium at The Ohio State University.
The event goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Ohio State’s Ohio Union Performance Hall, 1739 N. High St., in Columbus. Admission is free and open to the public.
This year marks the fourth year that Ohio State students enrolled in ENR 2100, an introductory environmental science course offered by the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), will present posters on their final projects. The projects cover pressing topics such as desertification, biodiversity, water quality, fossil fuels and more. The course attracts a wide range of students, with nearly every major...
Nov. 20, 2015
I see conflicting guidance about whether or not to rinse the turkey before roasting it. So, should I or shouldn’t I?
Despite what you might read in your favorite cookbook or go-to online recipe site, food safety authorities are steadfast in their warning not to rinse off raw turkey.
This has been the recommendation for years, in fact. Unfortunately, if you search the Internet, you may find many faulty recommendations that involve rinsing and pat drying the turkey before setting it in the roasting pan. This just doesn’t make sense, and causes more problems than it solves.
The reason is twofold: First, rinsing doesn’t work. It’s true that raw poultry sold in the U.S. is often contaminated with Campylobacter, Salmonella or some other bacteria. It’s also true...
Nov. 20, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prepare to grow greener professionally.
The combined Ohio Turfgrass Foundation 2015 Conference and Trade Show and The Ohio State University Green Industry Short Course are Dec. 7-10 in Columbus. Together, their theme is “A Greener Future.” Registration is open at otfshow.org/registration.
The joint event is for people who work in such fields as lawn care, tree care, landscaping, and golf and sports turf management, said Amy Stone, one of the organizers of the short course and a horticulture educator with Ohio State University Extension.
The short course offers more than 160 sessions by experts from the green industry, agencies and universities.
Coordinating the short course is Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental...
Nov. 18, 2015
GREENVILLE, Ohio – Producers new to farming or those who operate small farms and ranches can learn how to create a business plan and develop a balance sheet from farm management experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
The 2016 Farm Management School, a five-session workshop series, will focus on the financial education that goes along with operating a successful farming operation, said Sam Custer, an Ohio State University Extension educator who is organizing the the program.
OSU Extension is CFAES’s outreach arm.
Although the farm management school targets those who are new to agricultural fields, any farmer, producer or agriculture-related industry person is welcome to attend, Custer said.
The goal of the...