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  1. Sign up for the OFFER blog

    Jun 29, 2020

    Receive OFFER updates in your inbox by signing up for our blog. At least once a month, we will share research, events, programs, or other information relevant to organic production from Ohio State and partner instititutions. Look for the link at our home page to subscribe. 

  2. Organic Corn Production Budget 2022 Now Available

    Apr 2, 2022

    Growers can access the tool at OSUE Farm Office's Management Tools, under Enterprise Budgets. Or click here to download the tool directly as an Excel file.

  3. Organic corn variety trials in Wayne County

    2021 Organic Corn Performance Trial Results

    Jan 10, 2022

    Corn hybrids differ considerably in yield potential, standability, maturity, and other agronomic characteristics that affect profitable crop production. The Ohio Organic Corn Performance Test (OOCPT) evaluates certified organic corn hybrids for grain yield and other important agronomic characteristics.The tests were conducted on certified organic fields at Apple Creek (West Badger Farm) and Wooster (Fry Farm) in Wayne County and were intensively managed for nutrients and weed control using organic practices. 

  4. Learn more at OEFFA.org/farmtours

    OEFFA Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series

    Jun 28, 2021

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Learn from Ohio farmers and growers who are ready to share their knowledge and showcase the work they do to get food from the field to the table.

  5. 2021 OFFER Organic Production Winter Webinar Series

    2021 Organic Webinar Recordings Available

    Nov 12, 2020

    Thanks to all who attended or presented at our 2021 organic webinars series this winter. Sessions are 45-60-minutes and available for viewing via Youtube or audio only. Topics include market trends, transition basics, cultural weed control, soil health, and production system options. Read more.

  6. Brian Gwin, OFFER Program Director

    OFFER Staffing Updates

    Jun 11, 2020

    We are pleased to announce that Brian Gwin has agreed to coordinate and lead the CFAES efforts that are focused on organic agriculture systems, the Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) Program. Brian currently works on special projects for the Director of the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station and has previously served as a program and portfolio manager as well as stakeholder manager for the Agroecosystem Management Program. He has a wealth of experience in economic development connected with agriculture, and he frequently helps out on his family farm. Read more. 

  7. Gathering around organic agriculture.

    Meeting Notes: Positioning Ohio as a Leader in Organics

    Dec 3, 2019

    According to USDA's 2017 Agricultural Census, Ohio ranks 6th in the number of organic farms and 2nd in the number of acres transitioning to organic production. Consumer demand for organic products continues to rise and USDA funding for organic research is slated to grow from 20 to 50 million in the next five years. Is Ohio State ready to be part of this growth?

    On November 21, a group of 35 Ohio State employees and organic stakeholders met in Wooster to discuss how Ohio State can provide better leadership for organic research and outreach.The group discussed opportunities, existing resources, current trends and research needs, barriers to growth, and possible next steps. Read more. 

  8. gather around organics

    OFFER Will Host Meeting on Organic Research, November 21, 2019

    Oct 25, 2019

    There has never been a better time to engage in organic research. As consumer demand and organic acreage grows, producers need answers and innovation regarding production systems, pest management, nutrition, marketing, economics, genetics, and more, posing a variety of intriguing research questions.Recognizing these needs, the 2019 Farm Bill substantially increased funding for organic research. Faculty, students, county educators, and staff members interested in organic research are encouraged to join us on Thursday, November 21, 8:30-noon, to learn more about research needs and resources available for addressing them. Register here or read more.

  9. herbicide damage on vegetables: cupped and distorted leaves

    New Video Resource on Herbicide Drift and Sensitive Crops

    Aug 15, 2019

    Ohio grain farmers are using dicamba and 2,4-D more frequently against herbicide-resistant weeds. These herbicides are stronger and prone to off-target drift. A new video from Ohio State discusses the high cost of drift damage on specialty crops, ranging from lower yields to delayed or lost harvests and even the loss of long-term investments like grape vines or certification status.

  10. Resources on Prevented Planting Acres

    Jul 11, 2019

    As the wet spring becomes a wet summer, Ohio State agronomists have been sharing resources and information for late summer planting alternatives. This article has been adapted from several articles in the Ohio State Agronomic Crops newsletter (C.O.R.N.) and elsewhere as noted.

    See Additional Resources for 2019 Agricultural Challenges here

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