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  • Research funding stacked against sustainable agriculture, says OEFFA speaker | OEFFA News
    hogs in pasture to gut health to understanding the Farm Bill A pre conference event on Feb 13 focuses more deeply on poultry production udder and plant health Two day conference costs are 225 for adult non members with discounts for fulltime students OEFFA members one day registrants and online purchases before Jan 31 Costs for the Feb 13 pre conference sessions peak at 95 Gurian Sherman a former U S Environmental Protection Agency expert on the effect of genetically engineered plants on human health doesn t dismiss the potential benefits of genetically modified organisms or GMOs now regularly used on the country s largest corn and soybean farms Transplanting genes from one plant to another can sometimes make plants more disease resistant But they can also transfer hidden allergens He says more regulation and research is needed to sift through new GMOs and the growing concern over their potential to adversely affect people and the land If Gurian Sherman could though he d turn the argument away from GMOs Part of the problem of that debate is that it focuses too much on potential health risks Yes all the major scientific bodies have admitted that some GMOs could be harmful to eat but right now our research system is not robust enough to detect the risk in those crops His real worry is that other more important issues are ignored He lists the emergence of superweeds that have become resistant to herbicides and are now reported in Southern Ohio Farmers who grew food crops resistant to herbicides but raised superweeds instead are now returning to older herbicides to wipe them out They re going back with a vengeance said Gurian Sherman and those older herbicides cause more health problems There s a lot of epidemiology to show a connection between one of those herbicides and higher rates of non Hodgkins lymphoma in farmers Also he says some of today s herbicides have likely contributed to the estimated 90 percent decline in Monarch butterflies because they ve wiped out the insect s main source of food a variety of milkweed The trouble Gurian Sherman says is the style of agriculture itself Better soil health can be achieved with crop rotation cover crops to enrich the soil coupled with no till methods that curb nutrient runoff One is not as good without the others he said especially if you re looking to tackle the algae causing runoffs in places such as Lake Erie Growing single crops without a sustainable agriculture process is in a nutshell why phosphorus is going into the lake he said Also climate change with bigger storms No till reduces erosion and runoff he said but a lot of phosphorus stays on the surface doesn t bind with the soil and can get washed away Growing cover crops helps prevent that If no till is implemented in a piecemeal way you won t see the real benefits he said Getting the word out is hard when the playing

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  • Expert to Examine Ways to Build a Successful, Sustainable Farming System | OEFFA News
    understood through the science of ecology in a way that enhances production and preserves scarce resources and reduces the impacts and pollution from farming says Gurian Sherman He says no till farming is an example of focusing on only a method While it reduces soil erosion and saves water it has increased the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides Gurian Sherman will discuss the relationships between biotechnology and agroecology and how they can combine to build a successful sustainable agricultural system when he speaks at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s annual conference in February Gurian Sherman points to the toxic algae pollution in Lake Erie as another example because it is linked to the runoff of excess nutrients from no till farming It illustrates dangers or risks of relying on piece meal solutions without taking a more holistic systemic view of agriculture as an endeavor and as a system in the environment as opposed to a series of methods he says Another problem says Gurian Sherman is the uneven playing field when it comes to social political and regulatory views of agriculture Maybe about two to five percent of our agricultural research budget goes to ecologically based and sustainable farming systems and the rest goes towards reinforcing the industrial model including improving its efficiency he says Gurian Sherman adds research has contributed tremendously to the success of industrial farming and with better support sustainable farming systems would become more efficient as well He s scheduled to speak at the conference in Granville on Feb 15th Post navigation Ohio s Largest Food and Farm Conference Features Three Pre Conference Workshops Regenerative Agriculture Poultry and Dairy Herd Health Sessions Will Provide In Depth Knowledge to Farmers and Veterinarians Research funding stacked against sustainable agriculture says OEFFA speaker Archives Select

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  • Genetically Modified Crops Continue to be Controversial | OEFFA News
    larger issue of genetically engineered crops the concerns over health and environmental risks and the role they play in feeding the world with guests Ellen Deason professor at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Doug Gurian Sherman Director of Sustainable Agriculture at the Center for Food Safety and Featured Keynote Speaker at OEFFA s 36th Annual Conference on Sunday February 15 Douglas Southgate professor in the Department of Agricultural Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University Listen to the hour long conversation here Post navigation Award Winning Journalist to Keynote Ohio s Largest Food and Farm Conference Alan Guebert to Discuss Future of Farming Some Ohio Communities are Not Pleased About Proposed Pipelines Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012

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  • Ohioans Can Rub Elbows with Sustainable Farming Experts | OEFFA News
    who will be raising that food Soil health is at the very core of sustainable agriculture Ketcham said but by building the connections between eaters and farmers we re also renewing the heart of our community based food systems More than 1 200 people from Ohio and beyond are expected to attend the event including experienced growers backyard gardeners and local food enthusiasts The conference will be held Friday through Sunday Feb 13 15 in Granville The event features close to 100 workshops on a range of topics from sustainable farming and gardening to cooking and business management Ketcham said the presenters include farmers sharing their practical wisdom as well as researchers business and community leaders We really bring the best and brightest from Ohio and around the country she said and try to offer a nice balance between academic and research perspectives and tried and true field techniques direct from the mouths of farmers With word of mouth Ketcham said the conference has grown each year Many people leave feeling inspired and energized to start a new season or project she said whether that s because they ve attended a workshop that s really enlightened them on something or they ve made a personal connection with a presenter or fellow attendee that s built a bridge for them and their business Ketcham said they also will have children s activities a teen conference and musical entertainment so families are encouraged to attend More information is online at oeffa org Post navigation Interview with Lauren Ketcham and Alan Guebert Our Ohio Special GMOs Parts 1 2 Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November

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  • Interview with Lauren Ketcham and Alan Guebert | OEFFA News
    Mistakes Press Statement by Amalie Lipstreu Ohioans Can Rub Elbows with Sustainable Farming Experts Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October

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  • OEFFA workshops offer wealth of information | OEFFA News
    poultry breeds He gave five criteria for selecting productive birds as adopted from the 1914 book The Call of The Hen The first thing is to select birds with wide skulls which usually leads to wide bodies and more meat Other considerations include the size of the heart girth back flatness body depth and straightness and quality of the breast bone The back of the bird should be wide and long which indicates growth potential He told producers that to be profitable they should seek at least 6 a pound on a four pound carcass That may seem like a lot but it takes that much to cover all the expenses I think that s incredibly do able in our country he said People who will pay for that bird live where you live you ve got to find them Local foods compass In other workshops former U S Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan led a talk on accessing government grants for local foods projects She walked producers through USDA s Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Compass an online mapping tool that shows producers where grants and projects are taking place Be persistent Merrigan said not as many people are using the compass as she had hoped but said it s a valuable tool nonetheless She encouraged farmers to be persistent when applying for grants and to seek help with the grant writing process If you don t get it the first time around you might get it the second she said Many of the projects awarded funding actually end up failing but Merrigan said that s part of the process and part of taking chances You know a lot of these are not going to succeed because what we re doing is cutting edge she said At the same time she said it s important to intelligently learn from our failures Food trends In a separate workshop Mike Hogan OSU Extension educator from Fairfield County outlined the top 10 emerging marketing trends for 2014 The No 1 thing is that local will be big whether it s local meats or local produce He cites the National Restaurant Association s annual What s Hot Culinary Forecast which lists local foods as the top trend for the year The second trend is healthy foods which includes dark greens and more plant based protein as well as healthy beverages The third and fourth are signature foods and ugly foods both being products that stand out and that are unique to specific farms Snacking trend The fifth is that people are snacking more He shared research that revealed one out of every five of today s eating occasions is for a snack not a meal These on the go consumers want something that is bite sized or hand held creating new demand for snack size portions Snacking is especially popular among millennials 18 34 And many of the snacks they demand are actually healthy replacing high sugar high fat snacks Social media

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  • Ohio farmers consider their next steps now that the Farm Bill is law | OEFFA News
    high time for that according to E R Beach a hemp snack maker from Athens He s circulating petitions in the exhibition hall for a fall ballot issue to legalize cultivation of hemp for non drug purposes There s 20 states right now that are talking about it in their legislative bodies Now with the passing of the newest Farm Bill and the president signing it the federal government has officially reclassified industrial hemp And so that s really going to open up the doorways Inequities remain But some doors remain closed Former USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan says small farms are still at a disadvantage This is not any game change It is slightly regressive on some of the subsidy issues or the structure of traditional Ag programs It s just not where the American public is I think that there s a real hunger for change across this country and Congress just hasn t caught up While there s 1 2 billion for sustainable agriculture there s 7 billion in crop subsidies for Big Ag s factory farms Mardy Townsend s biggest beef with the new Farm Bill is about crop insurance She raises grass fed cows in Ashtabula County I m very disappointed in the fact that most of the Farm Bill commodity programs have switched to a reliance on crop insurance I cannot get crop insurance because my farm does not fit into the parameters that they want Smaller farmers who have a much more diversified system do not fit the model that s basically made for corn soybeans rice cotton and wheat Most new Farm Bill subsidies are for those who grow single crops rather than the variety of fruits and vegetables small farmers bring to farmers markets More protection for the soil But Shavaun

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  • Annual Conference | OEFFA News | Page 3
    in southern Ohio promoted the use of plastic mulch and high plastic tunnels to extend the growing season Black works best as a mulch cover he said and farmers should consider using compost filled agricultural socks to grow vertically in the space above a tunnel s ground plants Tunnels mean higher quality and higher yields he said And they retain customers When you sell someone their first market tomato of the year you ve basically got that customer for the rest of the season OSU Extension sent out a press release this month touting the number of their educators appearing at this year s conference 17 in all Rafiq Islam an OSU researcher also from Piketon agreed with farmer Roehling that it is newsworthy Historically not that many people at the university have been thinking about sustainable agriculture he said But the game has changed We are thinking about ecosystems and sustainability as we see what s happening with the fluctuations of the weather or what s going on in Lake Erie At one time a strong vein of research money came from the fertilizer companies themselves said Islam They had the money and they could try to push people in their direction he said Now he sees a strong push toward sustainable if not organic farming from OSU leadership federal grants and what he calls a smart new generation dedicated to the issue We have to take care of Mother Nature he said We can t just use her soil anymore we have to manage it Local farmer activist wins award from statewide farm group February 17 2014 Annual Conference OEFFA in the News Lauren The Athens News By Lori Crook 2 17 2014 The largest grassroots sustainable food organization in Ohio presented its Stewardship Award at the group s annual conference on Saturday to Athens County farmers Kip and Becky Rondy co owners of Green Edge Gardens in Amesville Kip Rondy is also one of eight fracking injection well protesters who were arrested on Feb 1 near Coolville The protesters were charged on Feb 3 in Athens County Municipal Court with criminal trespassing for temporarily blocking trucks from entering an injection well site where drilling wastewater from outside Athens County is being dumped by K H Partners of West Virginia The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association conference is an annual event that brings together businesses and individuals who are committed to healthy and sustainable food production and distribution This year the event took place in Granville east of Columbus Several Athens County residents took part in the conference including Michelle Ajamian co owner of Shagbark Seed and Mill in Athens Leslie Schaller of ACEnet in Athens and Master Chef Alfonso Constrisciani of Hocking College among others OEFFA presented Kip Rondy and his wife Becky with the Stewardship Award which honors outstanding achievements in sustainable agriculture Green Edge Gardens the Rondy s 120 acre farm near Amesville is tended mostly by hand employing 13 workers and several interns They produce micro greens and other products year round While the award was related to Green Edge Gardens achievements in development of sustainable agriculture it became clear in his remarks that Kip Rondy s mind was on the subject of fracking specifically the dumping of waste water from the fracking process in Athens County Upon acceptance of the award he delivered a rousing speech to the friendly audience of around 500 on the subject of protecting water and air in southeast Ohio from contamination by energy companies He even unfurled a large banner with the help of several friends that read Our Water Our Lives a reference to the risk of groundwater contamination posed by the fracking industry and the dumping of wastewater created in the process The Athens NEWS spoke with Rondy after the event When they took the coal it didn t bring us prosperity So why should we believe it will be any different this time he asked referring to natural gas extraction The plague of Appalachia is the cycle of never being able to receive our fair share of the wealth that was taken from us by extractive industries and I ll be doggoned if we allow our area to become the dumping ground for the oil and gas industry he said Event organizers did not know ahead of time that Rondy was going to turn the ceremony into a raucous anti fracking rally but they were not surprised by the importance of the issue among members of OEFFA We are promoting policies that protect landowners rights We work with members and legislators to prevent environmental contamination by the fracking industry and make the process more transparent said MacKenzie Bailey policy program coordinator for OEFFA This is definitely an issue that is important to our members Former USDA chief Merrigan encourages organic fans to get involved in federal policy February 17 2014 Annual Conference OEFFA in the News Lauren The Cleveland Plain Dealer By Debbi Snook 2 17 2014 Kathleen Merrigan former deputy secretary of the U S Department of Agriculture told her audience at Sunday s sustainable agriculture conference in Granville that there s still a lot of hope for organic farming even with recent court losses against the use of genetically modified seeds I ve never been anti GMO Merrigan said at the 35th gathering of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association but the marketplace is demanding it She also believes organic farmers should be protected from GMO seed contamination for the financial ruin it could cause Seeds and food from such seeds are not allowed under legal definitions of organic food and proliferating use of GMO seeds on some conventional farms can put organic farmers at risk of not producing a true organic product Contamination can happen by drift at grain elevators and other ways she said Yet federal language has already been written to say the USDA can regulate whether plants can cause economic harm That language has not yet been finalized she said and organic supporters should fight for it You don t have to prove GMOs are unsafe she said You just have to show economic damage We need it as a regulation in a big way Merrigan served at the USDA for four years helping to craft federal definitions for organic food and championing the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food program with its website showing farmers and department programs across the country and the Farm to School movement s efforts to get fresh local food to students In the next few weeks she ll become a fixture in Washington D C again taking the role as executive director of the new sustainability center at George Washington University I did my time Merrigan said of her previous federal role Yet she encouraged participation in Washington with a list of Ten Reasons People Should Be Engaged in Federal Policy Advocacy makes a difference she said and has helped build food hubs and get more research done on organic agriculture Your congressional delegation rocks she said of Reps Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur and Sen Sherrod Brown She encouraged the audience to continue to populate the halls of power with people who care about these issues Public comment helped modify some of the upcoming food safety regulations that would have caused hardship for some smaller farms she said You didn t even see the earlier versions she said There was a rule that farmers wouldn t spit or chew gum The government can do real harm if the regulations don t really fit the needs Merrigan reminded listeners that the USDA is not the only game in town and that gains in better food quality can come from the transportation and health departments And she encouraged more applications for governmental grant money Even if there s more competition we can all be lifted by it The number of farmers in the country is dwindling she said The USDA shows that 50 percent of farmers will be eligible for retirement soon she said and half of those intend to retire New efforts must be made to pave the way for younger farmers especially with financial help new research in the organic field tax policies and farmland preservation Having been a government employee Merrigan asked the group to stop thinking of a federal agency as a group of people with one mind There are 110 000 people working there she said Do you really believe they all think the same thing One person can make a difference she said both inside government and outside it Merrigan was introduced by Bruce McPheron who is in his second year as dean of Ohio State University s College of Agriculture While it s rare to have such a high ranking Ohio agriculture official at the organic conference McPheron promised he d be more visible to the group Ohio is an incredible place to be engaged in the food system he said And we re all batting on the same team hoping to provide abundant healthy and safe food to support Ohio and America Ohio sustainable agriculture conference feeds many appetites February 17 2014 Annual Conference OEFFA in the News Lauren The Cleveland Plain Dealer By Debbi Snook 2 16 2014 The definition of organic food may be food grown without pesticides herbicides and other controversial chemicals but talking about organic food involves a whole stew of additional issues That was the case Saturday in Granville where the first of Ohio s two day sustainable agriculture conference took place More than 1 000 farmers shop owners consumers chefs and university educators confronted food issues relating to job losses fracking government policy creativity and health The news of drought situations in California where many plantings are on hold for a lack of water seemed to heighten the purpose of the event inextricably tied to the concept of raising food locally But the overriding issue was knowledge as keynote speaker Atina Diffley petitioned farmers to take their status as heroes among local food lovers and become leaders educating consumers about land stewardship and working for policy change Her own court victory against an oil pipeline planned to run through her organic farm augmented by thousands of letters from her consumers led to a change in language in Minnesota law that declared an organic farm could be seen as equal to a sensitive environmental area Now Wisconsin and New York are looking at it she said of the language Preceding Diffley s talk a stewardship award program opened the door to an anti fracking statement including a roll out banner calling for an end to pushing natural gas out of the ground with deep chemical injections In the audience was one of last year s stewardship award recipients Mardy Townsend a grassfed beef farmer from Ashtabula who has been fighting fracking waste wells in her county where she fears it may affect the groundwater she uses to feed her animals Saturday s and Sunday s schedules are packed with at least a dozen choices per session including growing Shiitake mushrooms learning food safety regulations and starting honeybee colonies Members of Our Harvest the Cincinnati food hub talked about building a worker owned local food distribution system based on a model in Mondragon Spain There are so many farmers markets we thought Why not grow enough food for schools universities and hospitals where people really need it said Ellen Vera one of the founders The group has secured more than 500 000 in local loans and started a farm subscription program that has grown over three years to include 200 customers They hope to build a coterie of local farmers to supply larger accounts Annie Warmke who lives in a classy looking house built from recycled trash and depends on water supplied from rainwater off the roof led a session about living a sustainable life Stressing family friends and community she asked attendees to think less about shopping as therapy and more about nature Once she and her husband Jay chose a lifestyle without traditional jobs they turned their home near Zanesville into a teaching lab for raising goats and solar power installation classes Marissa Kruthaup of Morrow a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky outlined the experiment she did with a 5 574 federal sustainable agriculture grant comparing eight types of sweet corn varieties through organic and conventional methods Her results showed that consumers could not taste the difference but that using the organic chicken manure fertilizer gave her higher yields and produced less pollution than conventional fertilizer Urban farm consultant Brad Masi of Oberlin screened his new film Network Theory an affectionate look at the growth of the local food movement in Athens southeast Ohio Principals of the town s local food web which includes a commercial kitchen worker owned restaurant Casa Nueva and grain and bean growers cooperative Shagbark Mill talked about the necessary sense of community in local food Food naturally brings everyone to the table said one Weaving a network from that doesn t mean you have to love each other or hang out together all the time It just means that by working together you can do something bigger and more fabulous than working alone Annual conference teaches sustainable farming February 17 2014 Annual Conference OEFFA in the News Lauren The Newark Advocate By Joe Williams 2 16 14 GRANVILLE Katrina Bush visited Granville s middle and high schools Saturday to learn about beekeeping using herbs for medicine and community supported agriculture Bush raises chickens eggs and produce on her 30 acres near Mount Sterling She works full time for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities in Columbus but hopes to retire soon and expand her agricultural efforts On Saturday she attended the 35th Annual Conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association to learn about sustainable food and farming I just went to a bee workshop That s my next thing she said Bush recently slaughtered her hens which were getting too old to produce eggs but she will accept delivery of 27 more early next month She raises them mostly for their egg production for herself family and friends but doesn t make much money off them for now She grows produce in her garden and donates the excess to her local food bank She sets aside 14 acres as a quail habitat On Saturday between workshops Bush browsed the exhibits in the Granville Middle School gym and spoke with vendor Charles Prince about raising barley sprouts during the winter to help feed her chickens Prince of Granville co owns Do It Yourself Sprouts which sells sprouting trays racks timers and related equipment Prince s partner Amish dairy farmer Robert Mast of Charm uses the system to feed his cows barley sprouts during the winter Customers use the sprouts to feed their goats sheep trophy deer and chickens Prince said To date the vast majority of our customers are Amish Prince said because you don t need electricity Prince and Mast started the company in 2012 Prince said to feed cows during the winter when forage is unavailable An Amish farmer in Holmes County makes the molded trays for them While Mast only grows sprouts through April Prince said other farmers can grow them year round using air conditioning to control the growing temperature and humidity to protect against mold The value of sprouts during the summer is considerably less than during the winter because of the availability of pasture Prince said Carson Combs and his wife Dawn co owners of Mockingbird Meadows near Marysville attended this weekend s conference selling their products and hosting workshops Carson maintains 35 beehives while Dawn an herbalist uses the honey for spreads and herb infused honeys They also make and sell wound cleaners bug repellants and poison ivy kits You can take a spoonful of honey instead of taking a pill or tincture Carson Combs said A lot of people don t want to take pills Their business is now full time Carson formerly worked as a city planner in Dublin Dawn worked in information technology for Chase Bank They sell their products year round at farmers markets and at their farm where they also teach classes For us it goes back to Hippocrates and your food should be your medicine Combs said The conference continues from 9 a m to 3 p m Sunday with a variety of workshops including Cooking and Eating GMO Free Meals Food Safety and Post Harvest Handling and Solar Electricity for the Very Very Beginner Presenters come from across Ohio and several other states Organic activist Atina Diffley to speak at Ohio food and farm conference January 31 2014 Annual Conference OEFFA in the News Lauren By Debbi Snook The Cleveland Plain Dealer 1 31 2014 Old MacDonald had a farm and a whopping good story to go with it Atina Diffley had a farm and she believes that every organic farmer needs to find his or her own stories and sing them aloud Here s one of hers When plants in her Minnesota greenhouse became infested with damaging aphids she noticed one of her field crops was covered with ladybugs the aphids natural enemies She trucked her aphid infested plants out to the ladybug area and let them sit overnight In the morning the aphids had been devoured It s the classic story of integrated pest management she says one of the hallmarks of organic solutions No pesticides were necessary Diffley wants organic farmers to use stories like this to help make the world healthier and less chemical dependent Diffley 54 will be the keynote speaker Friday Sunday Feb 14 16 at the annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association or OEFFA the state s leading organic advocacy group and one of its major farm certifying agents The conference draws hundreds of attendees to Granville southeast of Columbus with nearly 100 talks and

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