News Tips and Events for the Week of March 5

Tip 1: Flooding Solutions: Cincinnati just suffered its worst Ohio River flooding since 1997. So the timing is unfortunately good for the next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program. Called “Flooding: A National, State and Local Issue — We Are All Part of the Solution,” the event features expert talks and Q&A sessions on flooding issues and management. It’s at Ohio State’s Columbus campus on March 6. Details: go.osu.edu/CJBb. Contact Molly Hardesty, hardesty.112@osu.edu.

Tip 2: Clean Beach Benefits: Cleaning up beaches could boost local economies; the efforts are “likely to prove cost effective.” So says a new study co-authored by Tim Haab, professor in CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. It’s the first study to compare the amount of marine debris with beachgoers’ behavior and to put a dollar value on cleaning up beaches. Read more: go.osu.edu/CJCB. Contact Tim Haab, haab.1@osu.edu, 614-292-6237.

Tip 3: Mushrooms’ Magic: A new study by Jason Slot, assistant professor in CFAES’s Department of Plant Pathology, says psychedelic mushrooms probably developed their “magical” properties as a defense against fungi-eating insects. The study helps explain a biological mystery, but also could open the door to new treatments for neurological disease. Read more: go.osu.edu/CJCS. Contact Jason Slot, slot.1@osu.edu, 614-688-2122.

March 2018 events

6 Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast program, “Flooding: A National, State and Local Issue — We Are All Part of the Solution,” 7:30-11:45 a.m., Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, The Ohio State University, Columbus. Co-hosted by the Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO). The EPN part of the program ends at 9:35 a.m. The WMAO part continues to 11:45 a.m. Both parts are open to the public. Registration for the EPN part only is $10. Registration for the EPN and WMAO parts together is $35. Both options include breakfast and are free for Ohio State students. More information: Molly Hardesty, hardesty.112@osu.edu, or go.osu.edu/CJBb.

6-7 Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University, 402 West College Ave., Ada. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration: $80 per day or $105 for both days. More information: fabe.osu.edu/CTCon.

8 Pruning Workshop, Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, 8 a.m. to noon. Registration: $25 for members of Friends of Secrest Arboretum; $30 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. More information: secrest.osu.edu/events/pruning-workshop.

14 Ohio & West Virginia Food Hub Network Meeting: Growing Growers, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, The Ohio State University, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration: $15, which includes lunch and workshop materials. Preregistration is required. Register by March 6. More information: Joy Bauman, 740-289-2071, ext. 111, or cooperatives.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/events/ohio-west-virginia-food-hub-network-meeting.

15 Transitioning Small Business Using Worker Ownership Workshop, The Blennerhassett Hotel, Alexander Parker Room, 320 Market St., Parkersburg, West Virginia, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration: $30. Register by March 7. More information: Joy Bauman, 740-289-2071, ext. 111, or cooperatives.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/events/transitioning-small-business-using-worker-ownership.

17 Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop, Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Loveland, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration: $55; includes continental breakfast and lunch. Final deadline to register is March 9. More information: go.osu.edu/2018WoodlandWildlife.

21-22 Ohio Compost Operator Education Course, Shisler Conference Center, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Registration: $225 for members of Organics Recycling Association of Ohio; $275 for nonmembers; all materials, continental breakfast and lunch included. Final deadline to register is March 8. More information: go.osu.edu/2018CompostCourse.

23 Floral Arranging Workshop, Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, 9 a.m. to noon. Registration required. Registration: $25 for members of Friends of Secrest Arboretum; $30 for nonmembers. More information: secrest.osu.edu/events/floral-arranging-workshop.

April 2018 events

6 East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Drive SW, Massillon. Registration: $55, or $30 for students. Combined discount registration available for those attending the April 7 Small Farm Conference in the same location. Register by March 23. More information: go.osu.edu/eowia2018, 330-674-3015.

7 Living the Small Farm Dream: Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Drive SW, Massillon. Registration: $60, or $30 for students. Combined discount registration available for those attending the April 6 East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference in the same location. Register by March 23. More information: Rory Lewandowski, 330-264-8722, lewandowski.11@osu.edu, or go.osu.edu/CJDV.

26 Renewable Energy Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, Room 111, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. Held in conjunction with Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. More information: Mary Wicks, wicks.14@osu.edu, 330-202-3533.

26 Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in and around Fisher Auditorium, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. Renewable Energy Workshop takes place as part of the event. More information: Gwen Zimmerly, zimmerly.30@osu.edu, 330-263-3761, or u.osu.edu/sggf.

25-27 National Farm to Cafeteria, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, 5:30-7 p.m. on April 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 26, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 27. Registration: $250 by March 9; $300 after March 9; additional costs for field trips and short courses. More information: go.osu.edu/farm2school-conference.

27-28 Ohio 4-H LGBTQ+ Summit, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, The Ohio State University, Columbus. Professional Development Day, April 27, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for 4-H-affiliated adults including post-high school participants, 4-H professionals, parents and volunteers. April 27 registration: $50 for adults, $10 for currently enrolled college students. Youth Summit, April 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for youth only (and designated 4-H professionals), including middle school and high school students and youth not enrolled in 4-H. April 28 registration: $10. More information: Kayla Oberstadt, 614-292-3758, or go.osu.edu/CJDv.