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 Winter Webinars

    Nov 12, 2020

    Ohio State will host a series of organic webinars on Wednesdays this winter. Upcoming topics include Organic High-Tunnel Production, Cultural Controls for Weeds, Attracting Beneficial Insects, and Soil Health. Read more. 

  3. 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. 

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Manure Science Review and other Upcoming Events

    Jul 10, 2019

    This year's Manure Science Review will be August 7 at JIMITA Holsteins in Strasburg, Ohio (northeast Ohio). The event includes educational sessions, field demonstrations, a tour of a commercial compost site, and plenty of time for questions and answers. Read more about this and other coming events. 

  9. It’s much easier to kill weeds like these that are just emerging.

    Make a Withdrawal from your Soil Weed Seed Bank: Stale Seedbed Technique

    Jun 13, 2019

    The stale seed bed technique is an often over-looked practice that can be used before planting. For organic growers, a stale seed bed can replace the effects of a pre-emergence herbicide. And when used properly, it can contribute to both short-term and long-term weed management. Read more. 

  10. OATS Organic Train the Trainer

    Funds Available for Extension Educators to Attend Organic Agronomy Training Series

    Jun 6, 2019

    Extension educators who would like to learn more about organic agriculture can participate in a Train the Trainer workshop in Indiana. The OSU Sustainable Ag Team has SARE funding to cover registration and travel costs. According to the most recent 2017 Census of Agriculture, Ohio conintues to rank in the top ten states for number of certified organic farms. Read more.