Sustainable Farming Conference Features 17 Ohio State Presenters, Feb. 14-16
Ohio – From stink bug and weed management to recruiting farm labor and
agricultural marketing trends, researchers and industry experts from Ohio State
University’s College of
Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will
present the latest information on some of the key issues in organic and sustainable
agriculture next month during Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference.
The Ohio Ecological Food and
Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 35th annual conference, “Affirming Our Roots,
Breaking New Ground,” is Feb. 15-16 in Granville, Ohio. With 13 workshops and a full-day pre-conference event
featuring Ohio State scientists,
specialists and students, participants
will get an updated look at some of the key issues facing growers in organic
and sustainable agriculture, organizers said.
“This conference will be rich with
information and networking opportunities, drawing on the expertise of both
nationally recognized agricultural professionals and local farmers and
educators,” said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt. “Whether you’re a full-time
farmer, backyard gardener or local food enthusiast, this conference has much to
The Ohio State presenters
are from the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)
and Ohio State University Extension, which are the research and outreach
arms, respectively, of the college.
[In all, the conference
features more than 100 workshops plus a trade show; activities for children and
teens; locally sourced and organic homemade meals; and keynote talks by Atina Diffley,
an organic farmer and writer, and Kathleen Merrigan, former U.S. Deputy Secretary
conference will also feature a daylong pre-conference workshop, “Eco-Farming,
Biodiversity and Soil Health: A Systems Approach to Enhancing Productivity,”
presented by CFAES experts Rafiq Islam,
Randall Reeder, Jim Hoorman, Brad Bergefurd, Harit Kaur Bal, Alan Sundermeier
and Vinayak Shedekar.
Other workshops offered by CFAES
- Celeste Welty, entomologist
with OARDC and OSU Extension, “Stink Bug Management in Peppers,
Berries and Other Organic Crops,” Saturday,
- Brian McSpadden Gardener, plant pathologist with OARDC
and OSU Extension and director of OARDC’s Organic Food and Farming Education
and Research Program, “Biofertilizers for Organic Production,”
Saturday, 9:30-10:25 a.m.
- Doug Doohan, weed management expert
with OARDC and OSU Extension, and Dave Campbell of Lily Lake Organic Farm, Illinois,
“Weed Management Practices for Organic Field Crops,” Saturday, 9:30-10:25 a.m.
- Francisco A. Espinoza, program coordinator for
OSU Extension’s Agricultural and Horticultural Labor Education program,
“Recruiting and Retaining Farm Labor,” Saturday,
- Mike Hogan, OSU Extension, “Top Ten Food and Agriculture Marketing Trends,”
Saturday, 9:30-10:25 a.m.
- Brad Bergefurd, educator and specialist with OSU
Extension and OARDC based at the Ohio State University South Centers, “Hops: A New Specialty Crop for Ohio,” Saturday, 10:35-11:30
- Rafiq Islam, also with OSU
Extension and OARDC based at the OSU South Centers, “Use of Cover Crop Cocktail
Mix to Sustain Organic Production,” Saturday,
- Gustavo Schuenemann, assistant professor, College
of Veterinary Medicine, “Dairy Herd Health: Risk Factors and Transition Cow Management,”
Saturday, 10:35-11:30 a.m.
- Jeff Suchy, Ohio State lecturer, and
OSU Extension state safety leader, “Small Farm and Garden Safety,” Saturday, 10:35-11:30 a.m.
- Jim Jasinski, OSU
Extension’s Integrated Pest Management program, “Good Bugs and Bad Bugs in the
Home Garden,” Saturday, 10:35-11:30 a.m.
- Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension, and organic
grain farmers Dave Shively and Jake Schmitz of Organic Valley, “Organic Corn Production: Guidelines for Success,”
Sunday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
- Shirron LeShure, Ohio Statedoctoral
student, “Using Grape Pomace as a Natural De-wormer in Sheep,” Sunday,
- Mike Hogan, “Utilizing SARE Grants
and Resources to Achieve Your Farm Goals,”
Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
soil health pre-conference workshop will be held Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at Cherry Valley Lodge, 2299 Cherry Valley Road SE, Newark, Ohio.
Pre-registration is required and costs $60 for OEFFA members and $70 for
Editor: Members of the press can attend some or all of the
conference free of charge, but limited spots are available. To arrange a press
pass, contact Lauren Ketcham at firstname.lastname@example.org or
614-421-2022, ext. 203.
Lauren Ketcham, OEFFA
614-421-2022, ext. 203