Tip 1: Seminar on Precision Livestock Farming: Daniel Berckmans, emeritus professor, animal and human health engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, will discuss how smart technology monitoring can be used for animal welfare and human health engineering. The “Precision Livestock Farming (PLF): A Game Changer for the Worldwide Livestock Production” seminar is Aug. 15 from 10–11:30 a.m. in room250A, in the Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, in Columbus. Hosted by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE), the seminar will discuss how emerging smart technology can be used to improve our ability to spot and treat animal illness before it becomes a full-blown outbreak that can cost hundreds and thousands of animals, and completely devastates a farmer’s livelihood. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information contact Lingying Zhao, professor, FABE, at 614-292-2366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tip 2: Looking for a job in agriculture? Come to Farm Science Review and you just might find one. For the first time, the annual agricultural trade show, sponsored by CFAES, will offer the Career Exploration Fair for anyone interested in working in agriculture. On Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, visitors to the career fair can discuss jobs and internships with representatives from a variety of companies, many of them exhibitors at FSR, which is held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. The career fair is just one of the many offerings for visitors at FSR. The show offers talks, all given by agricultural experts, about a variety of subjects from water quality to estate planning. Along with attending talks, visitors can peruse the latest in farm machinery and technology. FSR features 4,000 product lines and over 700 commercial and educational exhibits, as well as workshops and presentations delivered by CFAES experts. FSR hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept. 17–18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19. Tickets for the event are $7 online and at Ohio State University Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, or $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free. OSU Extension is CFAES’ outreach arm. Go to fsr.osu.edu for more information.
14 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features a range of tree-related topics including selection, planting, pests, and diseases. Free, no registration required. Details: 330-263-3761.
14 Hops Field Night, 5:30–8:30 p.m., 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green, Ohio. Information applicable to new and veteran hop growers as well as those interested in getting started. Sessions on galvanized trellis systems, hop mechanical harvesting demonstration, drying demonstration, insects and disease, pest management, nutrient management/fertigation demonstration, and drip irrigation management. Cost: $15 required by Aug. 13. Contact Charissa Gardner, program coordinator at South Centers, at 740-289-2071, ext. 132, or email@example.com to register.
16-17 Germinate International Film Festival, Southern State Community College, 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, Ohio. Organized by the Highland County office of OSU Extension, the inaugural festival will feature a diverse range of films highlighting agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. Cost: The range is $5 for a single film to $125 for an all-access pass. Details: u.osu.edu/germinateinternationalfilmfest/
16 Wildlife in Your Woods, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 35 Ovalwood Hall, 1760 University Drive, Ohio State Mansfield campus, Mansfield, Ohio. Workshop on identifying, attracting, and managing woodland wildlife including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Presented by CFAES’ Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. Registration: $40; includes lunch and materials. Registration deadline is Aug. 9. Details and link to register: go.osu.edu/Czxn.
17 Year-Round Youth Garden to Address Food Insecurity Farm Tour, 10–11:30 a.m., Highland Youth Garden, 65 S. Highland Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Tour of award-winning half-acre youth garden. Garden focuses on food insecurity, gardening education, and nutrition education for youth in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus. Part of Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series. Free. Details: go.osu.edu/Czxj.
21 New Pesticide Applicator Training, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bromfield Administration Building, 8995 East Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Cost: $35, morning session; $30, afternoon session. Details: go.osu.edu/newpesttraining.
21 Hops Field Night, 5:30–8:30 p.m., 5082 Oil City Road, Wooster, Ohio. Information applicable to new and veteran hop growers as well as those interested in getting started. Sessions on galvanized trellis systems, hop mechanical harvesting demonstration, drying demonstration, insects and disease, pest management, nutrient management/fertigation demonstration, and drip irrigation management. Cost: $15 required by Aug. 20. Contact Charissa Gardner, program coordinator at South Centers, at 740-289-2071, ext. 132, or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
21 Agricultural Diversification Research Tour, 6-8 p.m., CFAES’ Mellinger Farm, 6886 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster, Ohio. Learn about trends in arthropods and plant species on pasture plots, yield of poultry, vegetables with no added fertilizers, inorganic pesticides, and ecosystem services. Free of charge. Details: go.osu.edu/C2ws.
22 Composting in Ohio: A Tour of the Industry, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., starting at Rust Belt Riders, 1288 Marquette St., Cleveland. Tour featuring stops at four northeast Ohio composting facilities, plus details and discussion from CFAES and industry experts. Stops will be at Rust Belt Riders and Rid-All Green Partnership in Cleveland, and at KB BioEnergy and the Akron Zoo composting facility in Akron. General registration is $40. Student registration is $25. Both registrations include lunch. The deadline to register is Aug. 8. Registration is limited to 40 people. Continuing education credits for registered sanitarians will be available. Details: Mary Wicks, 330-202-3533, email@example.com, go.osu.edu/C2Nb.
22 Mission Possible: Positive Leadership, 9 a.m. to noon, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. The workshop is aimed at helping leaders establish a culture of positive leadership. Cost: $95 ($75 for Ohio State employees). For more information, contact Sarah Chain, firstname.lastname@example.org, 614-292-3114, or visit go.osu.edu/positiveleadership.
22 Pumpkin Field Night, 6–8 p.m., Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 South Charleston Pike, South Charleston, Ohio. Cost: $5. Details: Jim Jasinski, 937-484-1537, email@example.com.
23 Sweet, Sour, and Savory: Tomato Tasting, 7–9 p.m., First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St., Troy, Ohio. Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will sponsor an expert speaking on tomato varieties; their diverse selection of colors, flavors, and uses; and how to grow fabulous tomatoes. Tickets available for $15 at the door or $10 pre-sale from any Miami County Master Gardener Volunteer; from the Miami County office of OSU Extension; from the Wild Farm Booth at the Saturday New Carlisle and Thursday Piqua Farmers Markets; or the Cherry Street Farmers Market in Troy on July 27, August 3, 10, or 17. Details: Amanda Bennett, 937-440-3945, firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 Flex Your Leadership Style, 9 a.m. to noon, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210. Cost: $95 ($75 for OSU employees). Participants will learn to discover their behavior strengths, foster teamwork, improve communication, and reduce conflict and stress. For more information, contact Sarah Chain, email@example.com, 614-292-3114, or visit go.osu.edu/leadershipflex.
6 First Run Fridays: Future Trends in Leadership, 9 a.m. to noon, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. First of four workshops covering current challenges related to leadership in any setting. Cost: $50 ($180 for all four First Run Friday workshops). For more information and to register, go.osu.edu/C2w5. Contact Sarah Chain, firstname.lastname@example.org, 614-292-3114.
11 Urban Landscape Pest Management Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. Intended for those who hold a current commercial pesticide license. Cost: $100 by August 21, $120 after August 21. Lunch provided with registration. Details: go.osu.edu/C2w9.
11 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features a range of tree-related topics including selection, planting, pests, and diseases. Free, no registration required. Details: 330-263-3761.
19 Private Pesticide Applicator Testing, all day, testing begins at 10 a.m., Portage County office of OSU Extension, 705 Oakwood St., Room 101, Ravenna, Ohio. To register, call Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987 or visit go.osu.edu/pesticide_exams.
23 Foodpreneur School, 2–6:30 p.m., Keller Market House, 134 S. Columbus St., Lancaster, Ohio. A two-part workshop (Sept. 23 and 30) for food entrepreneurs who are poised to grow their businesses. Those interested must apply by 5 p.m. on Aug. 15. Food entrepreneurs will be notified of their selection and scholarship availability by Aug. 22. Cost: $125 per person due by Sept. 9; Ohio Farm Bureau Federation member price is $75. Limited number of scholarships available. Details: email@example.com or 740-289-2071, ext. 111. To register: go.osu.edu/foodpreneur.
30 Animals in Our Lives Featuring Dr. Temple Grandin, 5–8 p.m., Dave Thomas Conference Center, 1 Dave Thomas Blvd., Dublin, Ohio. Hosted by CFAES’ Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education (CHAIRE). Will include a short introduction to CHAIRE, a plated dinner, a silent auction, animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and a presentation by Temple Grandin. This is a fundraising event for CHAIRE and seats are limited. General admission: $100 per person; $750 for an eight-person table. VIP Admission: $150 per person; $1,100 for an eight-person table. Details: Brittany Fischer, 614-292-1073 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register: go.osu.edu/Templegrandin.