News Tips and Events for the Week of Sept. 17

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Tip 1: This year’s Ohio State University Farm Science Review celebrates its 56th year and includes several newsworthy events, exhibits and presentations. The three-day agricultural trade show will be Sept. 18-20 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. The show is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The Review runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate. More information: Among the numerous educational talks that will be presented at the Review: With the many tariffs now on U.S. agricultural exports and a federal farm bill under negotiation, this year’s Tobin Talk will address Ohio Agriculture and the Current Policy Environment. The talk on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10-11 a.m. will feature Ben Brown, manager of the farm management program; Ian Sheldon, the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy; and Brent Sohngen, an environmental economics professor in CFAES.  The discussion will be held in the Tobin Building on Beef Street. Contact: Ben Brown, or 614-688-8686; Ian Sheldon, or 614-292-2194; Brent Sohngen, or 614-688-4640.

Tip 2: Also at the Review: The flurry of announcements of new tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports, including soybeans and corn, have farmers in Ohio and elsewhere worried. Ian Sheldon will discuss how today’s trade environment will affect farmers’ profitability. The talk, “Uncertainty and U.S. Trade Policy: What is the Impact on Agriculture?” will be on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 12:40-1 p.m. This talk is part of the “Ask the Expert” series that features daily talks at 426 Friday Ave. Contact: Ian Sheldon, or 614-292-2194.

Tip 3: Also at the Review: With so much competing information out in the general public about genetically modified organisms and gene editing, consumers may not be able to distinguish between what is fact and what is fiction. Lee Beers, an Ohio State University Extension educator, will present “GMOs and Gene Editing – Fact and Friction” to help clear up any confusion and misinformation. His 30-minute talk is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Review’s Small Farm Center Tent at Beef Street and Corn Avenue. Contact: Beers, or 330-638-6783.

September 2018 events

19 CHAIRE Presents an Evening With Jack Hanna, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Nationwide and Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus. CHAIRE is Ohio State’s Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education. More information:

19 Bee Lab webinar, “Pollinator Diversity in Ohio Soybeans” by Kelly Tilmon, Department of Entomology, CFAES, 9 a.m. Details: Free to watch; use the “Guest Login” at at 8:55 a.m. 

22 Suburban Farmstead and Micro Dairy Tour, 2-4 p.m., Jedidiah Farm and Studio, 5058 Smothers Road, Westerville. Part of the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series. Free admission. Details:

25 Guided Autumn and Pollinator Walk, 2-3:30 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. Details:

26 Livestock Mortality Composting certification workshop, 6-8 p.m., Mahoning County office of Ohio State University Extension, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield. Registration is $25; includes lunch and handouts. Details:

28-29 Third Annual SmartAg4.0, Agricultural Administration Auditorium and CFAES Library and Student Success Center, Ohio State, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus. This year’s 24-hour competition will focus on technological innovations for the dairy industry. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an Ohio college or university. Details:

October 2018 events

3 Nature vs. Nurture Tree ID workshop, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Registration is $35; includes lunch and materials. Details:

5-7 CFAES Homecoming Weekend, $35-$135. More information:

5 Autumn Discovery Day Pre-Sale, 3-4 p.m., Lemmon and Rice Health and Wellness Garden, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Pre-sale of trees and shrubs for members of the Friends of Secrest, who will also receive a 10 percent discount. Free admission. Details:

6 Autumn Discovery Day, 9 a.m. to noon, Lemmon and Rice Health and Wellness Garden, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Sale of trees and shrubs. Free admission. Details:

12 Fascinating Woodland Fungi, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ohio State University at Mansfield, Ovalwood Hall, 1760 University Drive, Mansfield. $35 registration, including lunch and handouts. Registration deadline Oct. 5. More information:

12 A Day in the Woods: Fall Treasures in Your Woodland, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Vinton Furnace State Forest, Township Highway 6, McArthur. Registration is $12. Details:

12 12th annual Stinner Summit, “The Roles of Faith and Ecology in Sustaining Agriculture,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware. Details:

13 Guided Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. Details:

15 4th Environmental Film Series: Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, 7-8:45 p.m., Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry Room 130, Ohio State. Free. Details:

18 Name That Tree, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Lodge at Allardale, 141 Remsen Road, Medina. $35 registration, including lunch and handouts. More information:

20 Little International, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., OSU Barns, 3658 Kays Ave., Dublin. Showmanship competitions in hogs, horses, sheep, cattle and goats. Free. More information:

Tracy Turner