The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ohio Invasive Plant Council will present, “A Land Manager’s Toolkit: Fighting Invasive Plants in Northwest Ohio,” at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge visitor center July 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The workshop is designed for public land managers and private landowners who have a basic knowledge of northwest Ohio invasive plants and are looking for ideas, methods and partnerships to control infestations.
Workshop participants will learn about invasive plant control efforts and methods in the Oak Openings and Lake Erie marsh regions. Various organizations and vendors will be there to discuss resources that are available to control invasive plants.
The $10 registration fee, which will be collected at the door, includes a box lunch.
For more information and to register for the workshop, visit www.oipc.info.
Sweet Corn Field Night
Nothing says “summer” like a fresh ear of sweet corn and for years, researchers with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and Ohio State University Extension have helped growers choose the best varieties for the northern half of Ohio and southeast Michigan with the Northern Ohio Sweet Corn Evaluation trials.
Now, growers and the general public are invited to OARDC’s North Central Agricultural Research Station south of Fremont, where the trials are held, for the first-ever Northern Ohio Sweet Corn Field Night July 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
“We want to show the plots, the whole nine yards, and have the researchers there to talk about the trials,” said Mark Koenig, OSU Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources who will be leading tours of the 2009 plots. “We want to give growers the chance to give us feedback on the trials, to see if there's anything more we should be including.”
The field night's focus is for commercial growers, whether they're growing sweet corn for farmer's markets or for shipping and packing, said Matt Hofelich, manager of the research station, but the public is welcome, too. Other topics to be discussed at the field night will be insect and weed control updates and a discussion about wildlife control.
For information about the Field Night, call Koenig at 419- 334-6340.
Love at first sip
The Center for Innovative Food Technologies (CIFT) monthly agricultural breakfast forum will be held July 16, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green.
The program will focus on the Ohio wine industry and programs available to promote Ohio wines to consumers. Christy Eckstein, executive director of the Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC) since 2007, will update the audience on the wine and grape industry in Ohio and provide information for the new programs and services offered by the OGIC for those interested in Ohio wineries.
Farmers, agribusiness owners and supporters of Ohio’s agricultural economy are invited to attend. The cost is $10 per person. For more information and to register, contact Paula Ray at 419-823-3099, or
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