News tips and events for the week of Feb. 10

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Tip 1: Sowing Seeds of Success—Anyone just starting out in farming or interested in doing so could learn some basics about raising produce, managing livestock, and how to market their products, at the March 14 Small Farm Conference and Trade Show at The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the event will include talks on growing produce in greenhouses, timber harvesting, fencing for livestock and raising hops, hemp, and barley. Anyone unsure about how to make a sufficient profit on just a few acres of land or how to raise or market produce could gain some helpful advice from attending this daylong conference. For more information, visit go.osu.edu/osufarmconference2020.

Tip 2: Support for Caregivers—Caring for an ailing or disabled person can be emotionally, physically, and financially challenging. A Feb. 22 workshop will offer caregivers information about how to prevent burnout and how to use telemedicine and/or new technology to make their jobs easier. The goal of the workshop, which is sponsored in part by CFAES, is to reduce the isolation that can come with caring for a loved one by connecting people with others in similar predicaments. Although the workshop’s presenters will be in Columbus, their talks will be streamed live to locations in Akron, Athens, Caldwell, Fremont, Lebanon, and Ottawa. The workshop costs $10 per person and will be 12:30–4:15 p.m. at various locations. To register and learn more information, visit go.osu.edu/caregiverworkshop.

February 2020

11 Environmental Film Series, Earthrise and Earth Days (celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day), 7–8:50 p.m., plus postscreening discussion by Ohio State and local experts, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC), Room 130, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Free. Pizza and beverages at 6:30 p.m. Details: go.osu.edu/Bjzq.

12 Ohio Commercial Pesticide Recertification Conference, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill St., Akron, Ohio. Sponsored by OSU Extension and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Attending the entire day is necessary to meet the five hours required for an Ohio commercial license. Preregistration for the conference only is $90 by Jan. 29. Preregistration for the conference with lunch is $115 by Jan. 29. On-site registration is $100 and does not include lunch. Details: go.osu.edu/BjJv.

13 Darke County Agricultural Law Update, 6–8 p.m., The Andersons, 5728 Sebring Warner Road, Greenville, Ohio. Sponsored by OSU Extension and the Darke County Farmers Union. Preregistration is required by Feb. 5. $10 fee will include a light lunch. Updates related to agricultural nutrients and water quality, agritourism, energy and solar leasing, farm finance law, farm leases, line fence laws, growing industrial hemp in Ohio, and many other topics. Details: go.osu.edu/Bkv7.

17 Hemp Production and Marketing Opportunities Workshop, 7–8:30 p.m., at the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building, 2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio, at CFAES’ Waterman Lab. The workshop will include an update on hemp production in Ohio; legal and business issues related to hemp production; and agronomic requirements of hemp. For more information, contact Peggy Kirk Hall, OSU Extension legal educator, at hall.673@osu.edu or 937-645-3123; or Lee Beers, OSU Extension educator at beers.66@osu.eduor 330-638-6783.

18 An Evening with Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, 6:30–9:30 p.m., Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio. Annual fundraising program features a look at the master plan for The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory at Lake Erie, details on the lab’s summer courses and research, a silent auction, and the sale of Stone Lab merchandise to support student scholarships. Free, but an RSVP is required. Details and link to RSVP: go.osu.edu/Bjzn.  

18 Environmental Film Series, Birds of North America (episodes from video series by Bronx, New York, native and National Audubon staff member Jason Ward), 7–8:50 p.m., plus postscreening discussion by Ohio State and local experts, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC), Room 130, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Free. Pizza and beverages at 6:30 p.m. Details: go.osu.edu/Bjzq.

19 Witchhazel Discovery, 1–3:30 p.m., Secrest Arboretum Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Road, CFAES Wooster campus, Wooster, Ohio. Details on witchhazel trees, one of spring’s earliest bloomers, and a tour of those growing in Secrest Arboretum. Free. Details: 330-263-3761 or go.osu.edu/Bjzb

21 Darke County Ag Outlook, 8 a.m. to noon, Romers Party Room, 118 E. Main St., Greenville, Ohio. The meeting will include projections for commodity markets in 2020 as well as weather. Details: 937-548-5215 or go.osu.edu/darkecountyoutlook.

25 Environmental Film Series, Living Soil (importance of soil health to food security, human health, economics, and more; includes interview with CFAES Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science Rattan Lal), 7–8:50 p.m., plus postscreening discussion by Ohio State and local experts, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC), Room 130, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Free. Pizza and beverages at 6:30 p.m. Details: go.osu.edu/Bjzq.

27 Cancer Prevention in the Kitchen, 5:30–7 p.m., Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building, 2548 Carmack Road, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. The class will focus on how to make meals focus more on plants, and how that can help reduce one’s risk for cancer and other diseases. Free, but registration is required by Feb. 24. Contact Jenny Lobb at 614-292-7775 or lobb.3@osu.edu

27 Ohio Commercial Pesticide Recertification Conference, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High St., Columbus, Ohio. Sponsored by OSU Extension and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Attending the entire day is necessary to meet the five hours required for an Ohio commercial license. Preregistration for the conference only is $90 by Feb. 13. Preregistration for the conference with lunch is $115 by Feb. 13. On-site registration is $100 and does not include lunch. Details: go.osu.edu/BjJx.

March 2020

3–4 Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, 8 a.m. to 5:35 p.m., Ohio Northern University, 402 West College Ave., Ada, Ohio. Sponsored by CFAES. Registration before Feb. 21 costs $70 for one day or $95 for both days. After Feb. 21, registration is $85 per day or $115 for both days. For more information, visit ctc.osu.edu.

8 Environmental Film Series, The Devil We Know (industrial pollution in West Virginia), 7–8:50 p.m., plus postscreening discussion by Ohio State and local experts, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC), Room 130, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Free. Pizza and beverages at 6:30 p.m. Details: go.osu.edu/Bjzq.

17 Improving Grain Marketing Plans, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., The Andersons, 5728 Sebring Warner Road, Greenville, Ohio. Along with discussing how to build a grain marketing plan, the discussion will provide information about risk capacity, hedging, and cash contracts. For more information, contact Sam Custer at 937-548-5215 or custer.2@osu.edu.

19 Feeding Cattle for the Consumer Series, 5:30 p.m., at the Southern Roots Ranch, 12568 County Road 21N, West Unity, Ohio. A two-part program focused on cattle feeding and beef quality, live animal evaluation, and a grid-pricing discussion. Cost is $20 per person or $30 per family. RSVP at the Henry County office of OSU Extension at 419-592-0806 by March 13. 

20 Appalachia Cooperates Initiative 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ohio University Eastern, Shannon Hall, Room 219, 45425 National Road, St. Clairsville, Ohio. Learn the nuts and bolts of worker-ownership, and start recognizing coop opportunities in your community. Cost is $25. To register, contact Charissa E. Gardner, 740-289-2071, ext. 132, or gardner.1148@osu.edu.

23 Foodpreneur School Day 1, 2–6 p.m., Ross County Service Center, 475 Western Ave., Chillicothe, Ohio. A two-day school hosted by the CFAES Center for Cooperatives, OSU Extension’s Direct Food and Agricultural Marketing Team, and Ohio Farm Bureau. Day 2 will be held on Feb. 30. The three partners are teaming up to host an interactive experience for food entrepreneurs who are poised to grow their businesses. Experts in branding, sales, marketing, and more will share strategies to meet growth goals. Participation limited to 30 foodpreneurs. Cost is $125 person, or $75 for Farm Bureau members. Deadline to apply: March 4. Details: go.osu.edu/BkwH.

25 New Pesticide Applicator Training, 9 a.m. morning session and 1 p.m. afternoon session, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bromfield Administration Building, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Taught by OSU Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program. Cost is $35 for morning session and $30 for afternoon session. Details: go.osu.edu/BkwS.

30 Foodpreneur School Day 2, 2–6 p.m., Ross County Service Center, 475 Western Ave., Chillicothe, Ohio. A two-day school hosted by the CFAES Center for Cooperatives, OSU Extension’s Direct Food and Agricultural Marketing Team, and Ohio Farm Bureau. The three partners are teaming up to host an interactive experience for food entrepreneurs who are poised to grow their businesses. Experts in branding, sales, marketing, and more will share strategies to meet growth goals. Participation limited to 30 foodpreneurs. Cost is $125 person, or $75 for Farm Bureau members. Deadline to apply: March 4. Details: go.osu.edu/BkwH.

April 2020

7 CHAIRE Inaugural Research Symposium, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brittany Fischer, chaire@osu.edu.

15 New Pesticide Applicator Training, 9 a.m. morning session and 1 p.m. afternoon session, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bromfield Administration Building, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Taught by OSU Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program. Classes for core and categories 5, 6C, and 8. Cost is $35 for morning session and $30 for afternoon session. Details: go.osu.edu/BkwW.

21 CFAES Annual Research Conference and Poster Competition, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wooster Campus Conference Center. More details to come. Contact Amy Glaze at glaze.14@osu.edu.

For more information contact: 
Alayna DeMartini
614-292-9833