Past Events

Spring 2013

OFFER Seminar Series continues with another half-day symposium with OSU and outside researchers and will be held on the OSU OARDC Wooster campus.

Autumn 2012

The Autumn OFFER meeting is shaping up to be a significant event for us, so please reserve the date of NOVEMBER 1. The meeting, which will be held at the Shisler Conference Center in Wooster, will be a summit for stakeholders and researchers to discuss the future of organic farming and how we can anticipate the research and education needs to help producers and processors be successful.

National and regional organic leaders have been invited to present forward-looking perspectives on the industry. Speakers will discuss future market trends, consumer demand, policy and regulatory issues, production/processing challenges, and the proposed Organic Research and Promotion Program, all with an eye towards identifying future research opportunities. The summit is meant to a) provide organic producers/processors with information about the future business environment, b) help university researchers/educators anticipate areas of future needs for the industry, as well as funding prospects to support that work, and c) create opportunities for partnerships among organizations, their members, and university personnel engaged in organic research and education.

Among the confirmed speakers are:
Laura Batcha, Executive Vice-President, Organic Trade Association
Maureen Wilmot, Executive Director, Organic Farming Research Foundation
Mike Anderson, Sustainable Agriculture Educator, Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association
Deborah Stinner, Panel Manager, USDA-OREI program

  1. Mar 27, 2019 through Mar 28, 2019 (All day)

    Ohio Compost Operator Education Course  |  March 27-28 |  OSU Wooster Campus Learn the nuts and bolts of running a large commercial composting facility. This 2-day course covers the science of composting, mixing materials, site design, feedstock mixing, odor management, Ohio regulations, marketing, and more. Professional Development Grants are available to help defray costs.

  2. Mar 26, 2019 (All day)

    Workshop is 9 a.m. - noon. Commercial and backyard growers are invited to join members from the Departments of Entomology and Extension for a workshop that highlights recent research results and reviews the latest recommendations for key practices in monitoring, identifying, and managing the spotted-wing Drosophila and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on fruit and vegetable crops.

  3. Mar 25, 2019 (All day)

    Agritourism is proving to be an successful enterprise for many farms looking to diversify their farm revenue streams.  Join us to learn about the latest trends and topics impacting the industry and explore options for your farm, all while visiting a premier Ohio agritourism operation; Maize Valley = Winery, Craft Brewery, Farmers Market, and Family Fun Zone. or see flier here. 

  4. Mar 18, 2019 (All day)

    Join industry experts and researchers for a day full of the latest information on organic vegetable production for your small farm. Topics Include: • Weed Management Options • Insect & Disease Management- with discussions of the most effective OMRI approved chemicals 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Welcome 9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Weed Management 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Managing Insects 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | LUNCH (Provided) 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Disease Management 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Wrap-up and closing Speakers:

  5. Mar 4, 2019 (All day)

    The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Sustainable Agriculture Team and Agroecosystems Management Program (AMP) offer interdisciplinary grants to promote on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. This program, the Warner Grants for Sustainable Agriculture, is made available through the Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Endowment Fund established specifically for on-farm research in sustainable agriculture related to crop (agronomic and horticultural) and animal production systems that are ultimately intended for human consumption.

  6. Feb 14, 2019 through Feb 16, 2019 (All day)

    The OEFFA annual conference in Dayton, Ohio, is the state's largest sustainable food and farm conference. The event features more than 80 workshops and presentations on a variety of topics, an expanded trade show, and numerous opportunities to network and learn. Online registration is open through January 28. Pre-registration is open until January 28. On-site walk-in registration for Friday and Saturday will be available for an additional $5 fee.

  7. Feb 4, 2019 (All day)

    Fruit, vegetable, and herb production, especially for local-regional markets, is difficult. Input from other growers and research-extension personnel can help. Come to share, listen, observe, and participate. Event goes from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes several county and state-wide Extension specialists and opportunities to network with other farmers.  For details, see attached flier.

  8. Dec 12, 2018, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

    “You don’t know enough to know what you need to know.” This recent recollection by a farmer after their encounter with a more experienced one reminds us that the questions matter. Much is said, written, and claimed about Soil Balancing, but all is still not clear about it. If there is to be a more useful knowledge base about Soil Balancing—shared by farmers, consultants, and researchers alike—new questions and new ways of addressing them must be shared and accepted by many. Join us to discuss and shape where investigations of Soil Balancing should go next and how.

  9. Nov 14, 2018, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

    Everyone uses numbers to make decisions, although the numbers people have and the ways they use them often differ. These differences can spell both excitement and challenge when trying to understand and use Soil Balancing. Join us to discuss Soil Balancing by the numbers, as farmers, consultants, and researchers discuss the numbers we have and the numbers we wish we had.

  10. Nov 8, 2018 through Nov 9, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Visit us at the Mt. Hope Auction Center in November. We'll have details about ongoing Ohio State research and resources. For a list of speakers and topics, go to