News tips and events for the week of Aug. 26

Tip 1: Biosystems workshop in Sidney: The 2019 Advanced Biosystems Workshop, “Bioprocessing and Commercialization,” takes place Sept. 10 in Sidney, Ohio, co-sponsored The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the Ohio Soybean Council. Featured will be six presentations by industry and university experts on topics related to bioprocessing, which is the turning of biological materials such as farm crops into useful products. See the Sept. 10 listing below for more information, or contact CFAES scientist Ajay Shah, the event’s co-organizer, at shah.971@osu.edu, 330-263-3858.

Tip 2: Algal bloom conference in Toledo: The fourth annual Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science conference—featuring new findings about harmful algal blooms, including by a number of CFAES scientists—is set for Sept. 12 in Toledo. See the Sept. 12 listing below for details, or go to go.osu.edu/2019algalbloomconference. Harmful algal blooms are the pea-green, sometimes-toxic slime outbreaks plaguing water bodies including Lake Erie.  

August 2019

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, chain.10@osu.edu, 614-292-3114, or visit go.osu.edu/leadershipflex.

September 2019

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, chain.10@osu.edu, 614-292-3114.

10 Advanced Biosystems Workshop, “Bioprocessing and Commercialization,” 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Shelby Oaks Golf Course, 9900 Sidney-Freyburg Road, Sidney, Ohio. Presentations by industry and university experts on turning farm crops and other biological materials into useful products. Also slated is a preworkshop networking event featuring a tour and barbecue at the Cargill Inc. biorefinery, 2400 Industrial Way in Sidney, from 2–8 p.m. Sept. 9. Early bird registration is $50 by Aug. 26. General registration is $60 after Aug. 26. College student registration is $25 by Aug. 26. All three registrations include continental breakfast, lunch, and the Sept. 9 networking event. Details: go.osu.edu/2019bioprocessingshah.971@osu.edu, 330-263-3858.

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.

12 Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science conference,8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Stranahan Theater Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, Ohio. Fourth annual conference highlighting current scientific knowledge about harmful algal blooms. Organized by Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program. General registration: $40. Student registration: $10. The deadline to register is Sept. 4. Details: go.osu.edu/2019algalbloomconference or 614-247-6684.

13–14 Sestercentennial of Alexander von Humboldt, starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 and at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Secrest Arboretum Welcome & Education Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Activities for nature lovers, scientists, and others celebrating the 150th birthday of natural philosopher Alexander von Humboldt. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/secresthumboldt or 330-263-3831.

17–19 Farm Science Review, Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38 NE, London, Ohio. Annual CFAES-sponsored trade show offering talks, displays, field demonstrations, and hundreds of commercial exhibitors. Expected total attendance is more than 100,000. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17–18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19. Tickets 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. Details: fsr.osu.edu

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: osucooperatives@osu.edu 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 chaire@osu.edu. To register: go.osu.edu/Templegrandin.

October 2019

5 Autumn Discovery Day, 9 a.m. to noon, Secrest Arboretum Welcome Center, Wooster Campus, 2122 Williams Road, Wooster, Ohio. Fall is a great time for planting trees and shrubs. Friends of Secrest Arboretum invite you to browse an expanded selection of new and unique plants for sale, talk to the experts, and explore the natural beauty of our grounds. All proceeds support arboretum research and education programs. The sale takes place rain or shine. 

9 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.

11 Fascinating Woodland Fungi, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ovalwood Hall, Ohio State Mansfield Campus, 1760 University Drive, Mansfield, Ohio. Fungi of many types are often overlooked, ignored, and/or avoided by visitors to the woods because people don’t know what they are, or people have been misinformed as to the importance and dangers of the fungi. Learn fungi life histories, their ecological importance, and their diversity. Cost: $40; includes snacks, lunch, and class materials. For more information and to register, visit go.osu.edu/BYyx.  

23 Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection Training, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bromfield Administration Building, 8995 East Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. This course is required to receive state certification to conduct wood-destroying insect inspections for real estate transactions. Cost: $90 preregistration (lunch included); $100 on-site registration (lunch not included). For more information and to register, visit go.osu.edu/BYyz.

25 School Garden Conference, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. Explore project-based learning related to the school garden at the sixth annual School Garden Conference, hosted by 4-H personnel from the Franklin County office of OSU Extension. Educators, after-school personnel, and others are invited to attend. Whether you are a new or an experienced educational gardener, don’t miss the 2019 School Garden Conference. The $50 registration fee includes lunch and all materials. Register at go.osu.edu/sgc2019. Cancellations made after Oct. 18 will not be eligible for a refund.