Tip 1: Syrup Season: Ohio typically ranks fourth or fifth in the United States for the production of maple syrup. This year’s season is about to get started, with producers just waiting for daytime temperatures to edge above freezing. How is the season looking? What’s been the cold winter’s impact? What can consumers expect? Contact Gary Graham, CFAES’s state maple syrup specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-674-3015.
Tip 2: Hydroponics Booming: Hydroponic crops (lettuce, etc., grown in water without soil) are seeing a boom in Ohio, fueled partly by three major Canadian growers expanding into the state recently. A Feb. 8-9 workshop in Wooster, featuring new hydroponics research and technology, aims to spur that growth further. About 100 people working in the industry will attend. Media members are welcome; contact Mary Wicks, email@example.com, 330-202-3533, to make arrangements to attend. For other details or interviews, contact organizers Peter Ling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-263-3857, and Chieri Kubota, email@example.com, 614-292-3175, both CFAES scientists.
February 2018 events
6 Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference, Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland Miamiville Road, Loveland. 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. More information: agnr.osu.edu/sites/agnr/files/SoOhioSpecialtyCropConfBrochure2018.pdf.
6, 13, 20 and 27 Farm Management Series, Robert Fulton Ag Center, 8770 State Route 108, Wauseon. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. More information: go.osu.edu/2018FarmManagementSeries.
8-9 Greenhouse Management Workshop/Hydroponics, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. $150/person. Includes lunches, continental breakfasts and tour transportation. More information: fabe.osu.edu/greenhouse.
13 Tri-State Sow Housing Conference Pre-registration fees are $25 or $50 for attendance to the Sow Housing Conference and Ohio Pork Congress. More information: ohiopork.org/pork-council-information/ohio-pork-congress.aspx.
15-17 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Annual Conference, Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th St., Dayton. Online registration closed, but walk-in registration welcome on Feb. 16 and 17; costs vary. More information: oeffa.org/conference2018.php.
19-20 Ohio Grape and Wine Conference, Embassy Suites, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. More information: ohiograpeweb.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/events/2018-ohio-grape-wine-conference
23 Planning for the Future of Your Farm Workshop, Coshocton County, Montgomery Hall on the Central Ohio Technical College Coshocton Campus, 200 North Whitewoman St., Coshocton. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information: u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager/farm-management-workshops/. $20/person, includes lunch. Register by Feb. 16.
27 Planning for the Future of Your Farm Workshop, Darke County, Romers, 118 East Main St., Greenville. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information: u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager/farm-management-workshops/. $20/person, includes lunch. Register by Feb. 20.
March 2018 events
6-7 Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University, 402 West College Ave., Ada. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early registration before Feb. 22: $65 per day or $85 for both days. Late registration on or after Feb. 23: $80 per day or $105 for both days. More information: fabe.osu.edu/CTCon.