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Lauren Ketcham May 8, 8:19am

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has announced the farm tours and workshops that will be included in the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring free public tours of some of Ohio’s finest sustainable and organic farms.

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Lauren Ketcham Feb 4, 8:03am

Granville, OH—Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan will be the featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground, on Sunday, February 16 in Granville (Licking County).

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Lauren Ketcham Jan 9, 7:40am

As part of its 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground, on February 15-16, 2014 in Granville, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will host the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program’s Farmers Forum.

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Lauren Ketcham Jan 7, 7:49am
Organic farmer, consultant, activist, and author Atina Diffley will be the featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground, on Saturday, February 15 in Granville.
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Lauren Ketcham Dec 11, 8:13am
Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground. Pre-conference events will be held on Friday, February 14 and the conference will take place Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Granville Middle and High schools in Granville, Ohio (Licking County).
 
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Lauren Ketcham Sep 6, 8:40am
Mark your calendar for OEFFA's 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground, on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, 2014 in Granville, Ohio. A full-day pre-conference event will be offered on Friday, February 14.
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Hannah Whitehead Jul 31, 12:21pm

Save the date!

Join OSU's Agroecosystem Management Program and Organic Valley on September 24th for an oilseed pressing workshop at Mellinger Farm, including a demonstration of Organic Valley's mobile seed press.

We will cold-press seed from the canola, sunflower, flax and camelina grown in research plots at Mellinger farm, and will share our experiences working with these crops. 

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Lauren Ketcham Jul 25, 7:14am
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Ohio Grocers Foundation, Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association, and Ohio Department of Agriculture have partnered to launch a new initiative called OH So Fresh. The retail marketing campaign is designed to raise consumer awareness about Ohio grown specialty crops by giving Ohioans expanded opportunities to sample and purchase locally grown, farm fresh produce from their local grocers.
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Casey W. Hoy Jul 15, 7:36am

Published in this morning's Daily Record, Wooster, OH, see: http://the-daily-record.com/opinion/2013/07/15/commentary-northeast-ohio-ripe-for-ag-investment

 

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Lauren Ketcham Jul 2, 7:27am

Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association are planning something big for this fall! We’ll be offering a four day two-part workshop for specialty crop growers covering production techniques and business skills designed to help farmers scale up and take advantage of the growing opportunities to sell to restaurants, retailers, and institutions. The workshops will take place at Shisler Conference Center in Wooster, OH on November 2-5, 2013.

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Lauren Ketcham May 30, 7:52am

Directory lists more than 400 farms and businesses in Ohio and surrounding states

Columbus, OH – Ohio summers are a time to enjoy the bounty of fresh garden vegetables, ripe off the vine berries, farm fresh eggs, and orchard harvests bursting with juicy flavor. The Good Earth Guide to Organic and Ecological Farms, Gardens, and Related Businesses produced by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) can help bring these delicious tastes of summer to any kitchen.

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Lauren Ketcham May 8, 7:41am
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has announced its farm tours and workshops that will be included in the 2013 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring free public tours of some of Ohio’s finest sustainable and organic farms.
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Lauren Ketcham Jan 29, 8:04am

Granville, OH—American Meat, a documentary film about the U.S. meat and poultry industry, will be shown at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 34th annual conference, Growing Opportunities, Cultivating Change, on Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, American Meat takes a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog, and cattle production in America.

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Lauren Ketcham Jan 24, 8:15am
Contact: MacKenzie Bailey, OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator—(614) 421-2022 Ext.
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Lauren Ketcham Jan 15, 7:22am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2013
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Lauren Ketcham Jan 8, 7:40am

Organic Valley CEO to Keynote Ohio’s Largest Food and Farming Conference:

George Siemon to Explore How Cooperative’s Model and Organic Farming Can Provide Farmers with a Secure Income and Protect the Environment

 

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Lauren Ketcham Dec 5, 1:31pm

Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 34th annual conference, Growing Opportunities, Cultivating Change. The conference will take place Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, 2013 in Granville, Ohio (Licking County).

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Casey W. Hoy Nov 2, 3:23pm

See the linked article for an interesting event at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, supporting startups in agriculture.  

http://www.cnbc.com/id/49572754

We would agree that the opportunities are just as great here in Ohio!

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Casey W. Hoy Sep 24, 9:13am

 

USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan explains why USDA is supporting local and regional food systems as an economic development strategy in the following article in The Atlantic:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/09/beyond-farmers-marke...

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Casey W. Hoy Jan 21, 10:11am

We'd encourage you to nework through localfoodsystems.org to develop proposals for this important opportunity in the agricultural biosciences.

Sent on behalf of USDA Ohio Rural Development State Director J. Anthony Logan
Contact: Heather Hartley, Public Affairs Office 614-255-2394

 

USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

 

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Casey W. Hoy Dec 22, 3:32pm

In a recent press release from the Ohio Department of Development, awards were announced for farm and food waste to energy, several connected with the Agricultural Bioscience Industry Cluster in NE Ohio.  These are excellent examples of our region's growth potential from within, connecting many locally owned enterprises into business ecosystems that minimize waste, provide for our most basic needs like food and energy, and build wealth that stays in NE Ohio.  Congratulations to the awardees, especially those most directly connected to food and agriculture...

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Casey W. Hoy Oct 21, 3:19pm

Many of you have been interested in the maps that are being generated as a result of our project for the Fund for Our Economic Future, "Catalyzing and Agricultural and Bioscience Industry Cluster in Northeast Ohio".  The maps are currently being posted on the Agroecosystems Management Program website at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster.