News tips and events for the week of April 29

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Tip 1: Spurring economic development in Ohio: Challenges and opportunities for economic development in Ohio is the topic of the May 8 Spring and Policy Outlook Conference sponsored by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Talks include “Food and Agriculture as Ingredients of Economic Development” by Zoë Plakias, an assistant professor in CFAES and “Does an Urbanizing World Still Need Rural America?” by Mark Partridge, professor in CFAES and Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy. The free event is open to the public. For more information, visit: go.osu.edu/springoutlook

Tip 2: Harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie’s central basin: Harmful algal blooms are not just an issue in Lake Erie’s western basin, but also in the offshore waters of the central basin, according to the results of a new study led by Justin Chaffin, research coordinator at Stone Laboratory, which is a part of CFAES. The blooms in the central basin sometimes release toxins, which must be removed by facilities that treat drinking water. Communities along the lake’s central basin include Huron, Lorain, Cleveland, and Ashtabula. Continued monitoring of cyanobacteria and multiple cyanobacterial toxins is recommended to ensure safe drinking water for central basin coastal communities. A description of the study is on the CFAES On Sustainability blog.

April

30 Ohio Fertilizer Applicator Certification, 6–9 p.m., Mahoning County office of OSU Extension, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield, Ohio. $30 per person. Call 330-533-5538 to register. Details: go.osu.edu/Mahoningfertcert.

May

1 Leadership Institute: Effective Coaching and Emotional Intelligence, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Registration: $415 for the general public, $395 for Ohio State employees. Details: go.osu.edu/Cr8d.

8 Challenges and Opportunities for Economic Development in Ohio, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fawcett Event Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Presentations by speakers from CFAES, Ohio State, and local government. Keynote talk titled “Does an Urbanizing World Still Need Rural America?” by CFAES’ Mark Partridge, Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy; professor, AEDE; and president, Regional Science Association International. Free admission; lunch included. Registration deadline: May 2. Details: go.osu.edu/CuEn.

8 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features a range of tree-related topics including selection, planting, pests, and diseases. Free, no reservations required. Details: 330-263-3761.

10–11 Spring Plant Sale and Auction Fundraiser, northwest corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Plant sale and auctions benefitting Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens. May 9, 5:30–8:30 p.m.: Presale and preview party for Friends of Chadwick Arboretum members only; unusual tree and shrub auction at 6 p.m. May 10, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Public sale; unusual tree and shrub auction at 4 p.m. May 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Public sale; unusual tree and shrub auction at 10 a.m. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CuGD.

10 Plant Discovery Day Presale, 3–4 p.m., Secrest Welcome Center, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Plant sale presale and free admission for members of Friends of Secrest Arboretum only. Proceeds benefit CFAES’ Secrest Arboretum. Details: go.osu.edu/CuGV.

11 Plant Discovery Day Plant Sale and Secrest Welcome Center Open House, Secrest Welcome Center, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Plant sale and auctions benefitting Secrest Arboretum. 1–3 p.m.: Open house for new Secrest Welcome and Education Center. Talks, food trucks, and arboretum tours throughout the event. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CuGg.

16 Private Pesticide Applicator Testing, testing begins at 10 a.m., Portage County Office of OSU Extension, 706 Oakwood St., Room 101, Ravenna, Ohio. Details: go.osu.edu/Cr8z.

17 Financial Concepts for Natural Resource Managers, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nationwide 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. Registration: $50 includes lunch and materials. Please bring a laptop and calculator. Details: go.osu.edu/Cv47

18 Simply Nature for Families, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Secrest Welcome Center, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Children will be led through several outdoor activities and receive a take-home kit to connect the park experience with backyard nature. Activities are free, but please call 330-263-3968 by May 15 to register. Intended audience is children ages 5–10, accompanied by parents, grandparents, or other caregivers. Details: go.osu.edu/Cr8v.

22 New Pesticide Applicator Training, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Cost: $35 morning session, $30 afternoon sessions. Preregistration encouraged; on-site registration by cash or check only. Details: go.osu.edu/Csqn.

22 Herbs and Perennials Workshop, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Cost: $40 arboretum members, $45 nonmembers. Details and to register: go.osu.edu/Cr85. Contact: Paul Snyder, snyder.1062@osu.edu, 330-263-3761.

June

10-14 4-H Global AgriCULTURE Camp,  9 a.m. June 10 to 5 p.m. June 14, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (Columbus, Ohio) and Heifer Global Village (Howell, Michigan). A new camp designed to help teens decipher the daunting issues of hunger and poverty, and create commitments to local actions. Limited to 25 campers. Registration: $350, which includes all supplies and overnight accommodations in Ohio State north campus student dorms and at the Heifer Global Village in Howell, Michigan. All meals, snacks and insurance are also included. Registration deadline: May 1. Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5B

13 Whiz Bang Science Show, 7–8 p.m, John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Free, open to the public. The show will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Contact: Gwen Zimmerly, 330-263-3761, zimmerly.30@osu.edu.

15 In the Garden Seminar, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bravo Room, Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy, Ohio. Topics will include diversifying your landscape, new conifers, encouraging communities to support pollinators, and others. Cost: $40, $32 for master gardeners. Contact: Amanda Bennett, 937-440-3945, bennett.709@osu.edu.

25 The Wondrous World of Lichens, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Cost: $40, $45 for nonmembers. Contact: Paul Snyder, 330-263-3761, snyder.1062@osu.edu.

July

9 Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Training, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Preregistration: $90 (lunch included), on-site registration $100 (lunch not included). Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5D

10 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features a range of tree-related topics including selection, planting, pests, and diseases. Free, no reservations required. Details: 330-263-3761.

11 Whiz Bang Science Show, 7–8 p.m, John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Free, open to the public. The show will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Contact: Gwen Zimmerly, 330-263-3761, zimmerly.30@osu.edu.

13 Insect Night, 8–10:30 p.m., Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. For children of all ages and their families. Free. Bring a flashlight, good walking shoes, and a clear jar to collect insects. Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5G

18 Summer Grafting Workshop, 8 a.m. to noon, Jack and Deb Miller Pavillion, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Registration: $35 Secrest member, $45 non-member. Pre-registration is required. The hands-on workshop will focus on summer grafting of tree species. Rootstock and scion will be provided. Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5J

For more information contact: 
Alayna DeMartini
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