While many farmers have been selling meat directly to consumers in the form of freezer beef, pork and lamb for years, the expanding local food movement offers interested producers additional opportunities, said Mark Mechling, agriculture and natural resources educator at the Muskingum County office of Ohio State University Extension and a member of OSU Extension's Direct Marketing Team.
Working with the Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association (OLICA), two new water control structures were installed at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center during Farm Science Review. The new installations bring the total number of the systems in use there to eight, said Matt Sullivan, Farm Science Review assistant manager.
Bluebirds disappeared from the Gwynne Conservation Area at the Farm Science Review site near London several years ago. The Gwynne has a bluebird monitoring trail with 19 bluebird nest boxes, but they were not being monitored, said Marne Titchenell, Ohio State University Extension wildlife program specialist.
Hollywood likes to promote the myth that humans are always the "victims" when it comes to diseases transmitted between animals and humans, referred to as zoonotic diseases. But in reality, the illnesses can pass either direction, said Armando Hoet, director of the Veterinary Public Health Program within Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
A growing interest in locally raised and produced foods, along with new school meal requirements, could present great opportunities for Ohio farmers, said Julie Fox, Ohio State University Extension Farm to School program director.