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Robert Fedyski Feb 10, 12:02pm
BONUS Webinar:
Feb 11 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Building the Supply of Healthy Foods:
Experiences and Tools from the Field
Demand for organic and sustainably produced food has been growing rapidly
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Steve Bosserman Feb 4, 11:11am
On February 8th, Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council (ABCLC) members will have a face-to-face session to follow-up on several topics highlighted during their previous meeting.  These items are summarized in the posting, Outcomes of Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council Conference Call on January 11, 2010.  Consequently, the meeting on the 8th will focus on:
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web admin Jan 23, 9:57am

This post is not just about "quantity does not equal quality". This is about volume of information and how it can affect decision quality. It's also about a more scaleable and sustainable ecology and economy for your activities online.

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Denise Ellsworth Jan 19, 10:36am

OSU Extension in Summit County, in conjunction with the City of Akron is pleased to offer a pilot program for new and emerging urban farmers beginning in the spring of 2010. Please pass word of this program on to potential participants. For more information, contact Denise Ellsworth at

This and other horticulture/agriculture workshop listings can be found at:  

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Steve Bosserman Jan 18, 2:12pm
During the January 11th Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council (LC) meeting, members posed a series of key questions as topics for subsequent postings and online discussions in preparation for their next meeting on February 8th.  The first question concerned local / county stakeholder meetings currently underway within the 16-county Northeast Ohio region, namely, what does the LC want from the stakeholder sessions and what can attendees expect from their participation?


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Steve Bosserman Jan 7, 10:53pm

Last summer, the Fund for Our Economic Future (FFEF) awarded a grant to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) of The Ohio State University (OSU) to establish an Agriculture-Bioscience Industry Cluster (Ag-Bio Cluster) in Northeast Ohio (NEO).  The goal of this cluster is to make a clear and positive impact on the Advance NorthEast Ohio (ANEO) / FFEF Economic Dashboard, namely, increase capability through a skilled workforce and R&D, commercialize technologies, and assu

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Mary Holmes Jan 5, 5:04pm

Building a local food economy depends on educating consumers about the importance of local farm products.  Parker Bosley, teacher, chef, and advocate has led the way in Northeast Ohio for over 25 years.  In his honor, a brunch is planned for January 24th at St. Ignatius School in Cleveland where we will celebrate all that has been accomplished in creating a demand for local foods since Parker started.

LFS Storytellers
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Steve Bosserman Dec 29, 2:19pm

The Social Innovation Fund, a new public-private collaboration created by the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, is designed to create new knowledge about how to solve social challenges in the areas of economic opportunity, youth development and school support, and healthy futures, and to improve our nation’s problem-solving infrastructure in low-income communities.

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Sandra Chenal Dec 22, 10:59am

Crossroads RC&D, Tuscarwas County CVB, Farm Bureau, and local Chamber are pulling together a local network to enhance agribusinsess development, local food connections, and consumer services.   The planning committee is meeting Jan 6 in Dover, to plan for networking, project idea generation meeting that will be held in Feb.  If you are interested, email me and i will get you on the invite list!

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web admin Dec 21, 9:04pm

This proposal was co authored by Sam Rose, Paul Hartzog, Suresh Fernando and Matt Cooperrider. Respectively of and

We (Forward Foundation and Open Kollab) propose to partner to carry out the tasks outlined below to achieve proposed deliverables as participants in the grant that is proposed by Parwinder Grewal, Ph.D. ULEP Administrator The Ohio State University.


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Casey W. Hoy Dec 15, 4:21pm

In the attached document, Jason Parker and I have distilled research and education questions, objectives, and a rough start on the methods needed to address them from the conference flip charts relating to social issues and policy.  The initial research objectives in red are followed by the issues in outline form described by conference attendees on the flip charts.  We would encourage those interested in participating in the proposal with research in a particular city to incorporate as many of these into your activities as possible. 


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Casey W. Hoy Nov 16, 9:16am

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation has launched a blog for individuals to post stories of the growing culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in Northeast Ohio. Please share how an entrepreneurship event, connection, activity or achievement has inspired you to strive for new heights in your life, education or career.  The emerging business cases around agriculture and the biosciences should provide good examples!  See

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Steve Bosserman Nov 15, 10:31am

As a result of the Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council (ABCLC) meeting on October 14th, a series of three articles about business models and business cases were posted to the ABCLC group on the Local Food Systems (LFS) site:

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Steve Bosserman Nov 1, 8:52pm

The October 24th edition of the Denver Post featured an article entitled, "Agriburbia" sprouts on Colorado's Front Range.  It is about Matthew "Quint" Redmond, co-founder of the TSR Group in Golden, CO, and his concept to integrate food production operations within existing neighborhoods and planned communities in order to supply local residents and restaurants with seasonal fresh food.  His bold agenda for urban farming encompasses the con

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web admin Oct 24, 8:37am

This public radio interview might be of interest:


Darrin Nordahl: "Public Produce" (Island Press)

Urban agriculture: A city designer explains how growing food in urban, public spaces can help feed the hungry, supplement the existing agribusiness model, and promote good health for all.

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Dana Ollendyke Oct 14, 1:37pm

In light of several food recalls over the past few years including beef and peanut products, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to conduct a study that focused particularly on school food safety and how food recalls are handled. As children are still developing their immune systems and are unable to fight infection as well as adults, they are at high risk for foodborne illness.

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Dana Ollendyke Oct 14, 1:33pm

Microban Technology has created pathogen-resistant features for processing equipment and tools such as hoses, mop handles, conveyor belts, and storage containers. It is also being incorporated into home refrigerators. Refrigerators are using antimicrobial shelving, such as Amana's side-by-side units with Microban technology built into its door bins.

Microban article

MASCRI Technology
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Dana Ollendyke Oct 13, 3:53pm

Thirteen towns in Germany currently have access to farm goods via vending machines.  These machines sell sell fresh milk, eggs, butter, cheese, potatoes, and sausage.


vending article

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Dana Ollendyke Oct 13, 3:46pm

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) released findings from a nationally representative survey that found the majority of Americans, approximately 61%, falsely believe that the processes related to the development of heart disease begin in adulthood.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report approximately 15% of 2-19 year olds are currently overweight, and one in six adolescents have pre-diabetes; and unfortunately these numbers continue to swell.

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Dana Ollendyke Oct 13, 3:39pm

7-Eleven will test at 27 Dallas-area locations a new plastic wrap developed by supplier Fresh Del Monte Produce to keep single bananas yellow and firm for five days -- more than double the two-day shelf life for an unwrapped banana.  It would be interesting to test this wrap on other fruits (especially those grown in the mid-Atlantic)!

plastic wrap article

MASCRI Markets
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Steve Bosserman Oct 9, 11:09am

Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council Meeting 

Date: Monday, October 12, 2009

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Hines Hill Conference Center

Address: 1403 W. Hines Hill Road Peninsula, Ohio 44264 (map below)



9:00 AM: