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. Feb 24, 2021, 11:00am - 11:45am

    February 24, 2021 - UPDATED

  2. Feb 17, 2021, 11:00am - 11:45am

    There are many questions when starting or considering high tunnel production. Dr. Matt Kleinhenz will discuss general considerations as well as those specific to organic production.

  3. Feb 13, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Open Q&A with Erin Silva from University of Wisconsin. We'll talk about the structure and orgins of OGRAIN, keys to building strong university-farmer collaborations, and field any grower questions that come in on the Silva lab's research and programming in Wisconsin.  https://osu.zoom.us/j/91216260391?pwd=ZXRDNk5OS1JObFhRRUE3NGswelgydz09password: offer

  4. Feb 12, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Steve Culman, Ohio State soils specialist, and Glen Arnold, Ohio State field specialist in Manure Nutrient Management will take your questions on soil health and fertility, talk about research, programming. Feel free to bring along your soil or manure analyses for a review.  https://osu.zoom.us/j/91216260391?pwd=ZXRDNk5OS1JObFhRRUE3NGswelgydz09password: offer

  5. Feb 11, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Join a discussion on regenerative grazing with our OSU Grazing Team and ATI students, based on the Will Harris Keynote discusison at the 2021 OEFFA conference. (Regenerating Land with Livestock 7pm) https://osu.zoom.us/j/91216260391?pwd=ZXRDNk5OS1JObFhRRUE3NGswelgydz09password: offer For more details on the OEFFA Conferences, visit https://conference.oeffa.org/. 

  6. Feb 10, 2021 through Feb 15, 2021, 9:00am - 5:30pm

    OEFFA’s can’t-miss conference offers up to six days of learning, sharing, and networking for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and others committed to local food, sustainable agriculture, and green living.

  7. Feb 3, 2021, 11:00am - 11:45am

    Some weeds are more adaptive and destructive than others. Dr. Doohan will discuss cultural strategies for combatting nightmare weeds, including ragweed and creeping perennials. Log in information at go.osu.edu/organic-series

  8. Jan 20, 2021, 11:00am - 11:45am

    OSU Specialist Glen Arnold will share considerations for different types of manure, and how to interpret and apply manure analysis results.  Log in information at go.osu.edu/organic-series

  9. Jan 6, 2021, 11:00am - 11:45am

    Please join us for discussion about current research and experimentation on cover crops that might be better for organic production. More details at go.osu.edu/organic-series.  

  10. Dec 10, 2020, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    This fall OFFER submitted a pre-proposal to SARE to provide university assistance for farmer-led organic research. We plan to partner with researchers and educators affiliated with Central State, Ohio State, and OEFFA to provide on-farm assistance, as needed, for trial design, data collection, data analysis, and outreach. Whether or not we are asked to submit a full proposal in January, this is an opportunity for group discussion on current research, research needs, and available resources for our state's organic community. 

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