Tip 1: One-Day Insect University: A daylong exploration of the world of insects is planned for Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. The event will feature pollinators, landscape and garden insects, the role of citizen and community science, a bug zoo, an optional tour of The Ohio State University’s Museum of Biological Diversity, and more. Registration is $35, which includes morning refreshments, lunch, all sessions, and the optional museum tour. The event is sponsored by the Department of Entomology at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), in partnership with CFAES’ Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens. Ohio State University Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists, Chadwick Arboretum volunteers, Ohio 4-H volunteers, and all insect fans are invited to attend. Learn more about the speakers here: go.osu.edu/BcC7. If media have an interest in attending, contact Denise Ellsworth, program director, at 330-263-3723, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ohio State University Extension is CFAES’ statewide outreach arm.
Tip 2: Converging on Wicked Systems Problems: In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of CFAES, will host a special event Nov. 18, 1–3 p.m., at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. The event, free and open to all, will explore the application of transdisciplinary research and system approaches to solve grand challenges in our food, water, and energy systems. Panelists will include Rolf Nordstrom, president and CEO of the Great Plains Institute; Greg Soehnlen, president and CEO of Superior Dairy, Inc.; and Lois Wright Morton, professor emeritus of sociology, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A reception to follow. Register at go.osu.edu/Bdpn.
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.
23 Hidden Gems of Secrest, 1–3 p.m., Secrest Arboretum Welcome and Education Center, Wooster Campus, 2122 Williams Road, Wooster, Ohio. Walking tour featuring the arboretum’s “far corners and hidden treasures”—plants and places that visitors often don’t see. Admission is free but registration is required. The registration deadline is Oct. 22. Details: 330-263-3761 or go.osu.edu/BcA5.
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.
25 ArboBlitz Community Tree Planting, 1–4 p.m., south side of Ohio State’s Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio. Volunteer planting of native trees as part of Tree Campus USA certification effort. Free. Details: go.osu.edu/BcC3.
30 One Day Insect University, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. A daylong exploration of the world of insects. Features pollinators, landscape and garden insects, the role of citizen and community science, a bug zoo, an optional tour of Ohio State’s Museum of Biological Diversity, and more. Registration is $35, which includes morning refreshments, lunch, all sessions, and the museum tour. The registration deadline is Oct. 22. Details: 330-263-3723, email@example.com, or go.osu.edu/BcC7.
13 Is Your Project Financially Sound? Financial Concepts for Natural Resource Professionals, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. Registration: $50 includes lunch and materials. Register and learn more information at go.osu.edu/BbWx.
13 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.
14 Dairy Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Secrest Arboretum, Wooster Campus, 2122 Williams Road, Wooster, Ohio. Features three keynote speakers. A free lunch will be served at noon, with vendors available to talk with participants and promote their products or services. Afternoon sessions will begin at 1 p.m. at the Krauss Dairy Center, 2250 Oil City Road, and feature different researchers at stations around the farm for short discussions and Q&A. No registration fee for those who register by Oct. 31. After Oct. 31, registration fee is $25 per person or $100 per farm. Registration fee will include refreshments, lunch, and handouts. Register here: go.osu.edu/Bdn3. Learn more about all sessions at go.osu.edu/Bdn7.
14 Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention Inaugural Event—Translating Science Into Policy and Practice: What are the food safety priorities?, 12:30–6:30 p.m., Drake Performance Center, 1849 Cannon Drive, Columbus. Celebrating the new CFAES Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention. A panel of food safety experts will explore the most crucial food safety issues facing the nation and world. Free, but register here: go.osu.edu/BdpB. Additionally, Ohio State students, faculty, and staff engaged in food safety research are invited to submit posters to a poster session. Learn more about the call for posters at go.osu.edu/BdpG.
19 Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast/Workshop—The Future of Wildlife Conservation: Funding Strategies for the State of Ohio, 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. Speakers will explore how wildlife conservation agencies, nonprofits, and enthusiasts can build an effective and inclusive coalition to address future funding gaps. Additional information on speakers at go.osu.edu/BdpX. Registration is $22 and includes breakfast and lunch. College students free. Register here: go.osu.edu/BdpN.
19 Livestock Mortality Composting, noon to 2 p.m., Mahoning County office of OSU Extension, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield. Poultry, dairy, swine, beef cattle, and other livestock producers wanting to learn economically and environmentally beneficial ways to handle the death of their animals can earn livestock mortality composting certification through a course offered by CFAES experts. Registration is $25 and includes lunch, materials, and handouts. Register at go.osu.edu/livestockcomposting2.
20 The Ohio State University at Mansfield Nature Film Night, 6–8:30 p.m., Reidl Hall, Room 151, 1760 University Drive, Mansfield, Ohio. Viewing of five short films, hosted by Ohio State-Mansfield EcoLab, with facilitated discussion moderated by Nicole Jackson from SENR. Free. Come at 6 p.m. to share refreshments. Contact Gabriel Karns, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
21 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.
22 Farm Transition Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mahoning County office of OSU Extension, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield, Ohio. Is your farm ready for the next generation? Learn the legalities and technical pieces of a smooth and efficient transition. Cost: $25 per person includes lunch, a succession planning binder, materials, and handouts. Register at 330-533-5538, or learn more at go.osu.edu/Bdpb.