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Leah Miller Sep 26, 1:32pm

The Wallace Center and Michigan State Univesrity Center for Regional Food Systems  have released their 2013 National Food Hub Survey findings.  Key findings point out that food hubs are financially viable businesses and they create jobs.  The food hubs are growing because of the demand and they do help the small and mid-sized producers.  For more of the survey results check out http://foodsystems.msu.edu/uploads/file/resources/2013-food-hub-survey.pdf.   If y

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Brian Gwin Sep 25, 5:14pm
USDA announced their second round of summer / fall energy grants today. Attached are the lists from each round. Most common projects include solar, lighting and grain drying. However, there are a few interesting ones such as a robotic milking system. For more details visit USDA REAP bulletin
 
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Steve Fortenberry Sep 12, 11:37am

By definition, social entrepreneurs have a bigger picture in view than creating wealth for themselves: they often seek to create economic opportunity for those who are socially disadvantaged, even while seeking to change entire systems.

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Ben Kerrick Sep 9, 1:10pm

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Stinner Summit!
Friday, October 4
9am-4pm
Happy Days Lodge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Register here!

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Brian Gwin Sep 6, 9:02am

NE Ohio based Shoup Farms is featured in today's OCJ Digital Dale. Link to the story

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Michelle Ajamian ... Aug 28, 1:44pm

Shagbark Seed & Mill, a regional scale certified organic seed and flour mill famous for using only Ohio Grown, chemical free, or certified organic crops, is in the running for a $10,000 prize from Martha Stewart's American Made contest. Please go HERE to vote up to six times a day (you must register the first time in), and help the expansion efforts of Shagbark Seed & Mill!

 

Thank you,

 

Michelle & Brandon

 

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Brian Gwin Aug 14, 8:30am

Ohio Country Journal provides a report from this years Manure Science Review. Be sure to check out the Nutrient Boom which can apply in standing corn. There is not mention of variable rate, section controls or application mapping, however this should be possible either on the unit or remotely from a base station at the reel.

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Leah Miller Aug 5, 3:37pm

A poultry pasture walk and discussion will August 29, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Hannah Whitehead Jul 31, 1:21pm

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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Brian Gwin Jul 31, 11:13am

Wisconsin report on the pasture based industry including market opportunities. http://datcp.wi.gov/Farms/Grazing/Grass_Fed_Market_Development/

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Lauren Ketcham Jul 25, 8:14am
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 11, 7:02am

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Leah Miller Jul 2, 11:58am

Check out the collaboration between regional supermarket, Cornell University and five artisan cheesemaker products on Wegmans' shelves.  It is focusing on developing the next evolution of New York State's Dairy industry.  What is the next evolution in the Ohio dairy industry?  Maybe we need to start some disucssion and action items around Ohio's dairy sector.  What should our focus be?

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Lauren Ketcham Jul 2, 8:27am

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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Brian Gwin Jun 24, 2:15pm

University of IL Manure Sharing website that connects those need manure with providers. Link

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Brian Gwin Jun 18, 10:03am

Today's Digital Dale featured Lorain County's Grim Dairy, a seasonal operation focused on production increases while lowering costs through rotational grazing. Link to article

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Luci Beachdell Jun 17, 3:51pm

We are looking for a Green Schoolyards/Green Community Outreach Coordinator for Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, OH. This Notre Dame AmeriCorps position runs from September 2013 to July 2014.

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Brian Gwin Jun 13, 10:23am

The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium Initiative has launched an interactive game to allow anyone to contribute to the regional priority and planning process. This is a great way for those involved in agbiosciences to contribute without the travel and time commitments which are necessary to attend community meetings.

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Lisa D Jun 10, 4:53pm

Hi everyone,

Thought you might want to know about this - 

Lucky Penny Candy is expanding their production of Cajeta [Cah-hay-ta], a caramel sauce with Spanish origins, made primarily of goat’s milk. In order to increase production to meet commercial distribution by fall of 2013, equipment in the Lucky Penny production facility will be upgraded.

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Brian Gwin Jun 3, 7:40am

OCJ Digital Dale video featuring an interview with Louie Rehm. Great prospective on one of NEO's most important crops, HAY. Link

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Lauren Ketcham May 30, 8:52am

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.