An exceptional, national story about Great Lakes Brewing Company on Forbes.com. In this case, access to low cost physical capital was a primary contributor to their project. Since then social, natural, intellectual and individual capital have been and continue to be invested towards wealth creation in the neighborhood.
Check out the WayneSWCD Youtube area and take a look at the newest video Grassed Waterway Construction. We hope to continue to add videos in the future about various best management practices. We have a stream crossing video in progress, as well as more on cover crops.
The Wallace Center and Michigan State Univesrity Center for Regional Food Systems have released their 2013 National Food Hub Survey findings. Key findings point out that food hubs are financially viable businesses and they create jobs. The food hubs are growing because of the demand and they do help the small and mid-sized producers. For more of the survey results check out http://foodsystems.msu.edu/uploads/file/resources/2013-food-hub-survey.pdf. If y
USDA announced their second round of summer / fall energy grants today. Attached are the lists from each round. Most common projects include solar, lighting and grain drying. However, there are a few interesting ones such as a robotic milking system. For more details visit USDA REAP bulletin
By definition, social entrepreneurs have a bigger picture in view than creating wealth for themselves: they often seek to create economic opportunity for those who are socially disadvantaged, even while seeking to change entire systems.
Mark your calendar for OEFFA's 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground, on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, 2014 in Granville, Ohio. A full-day pre-conference event will be offered on Friday, February 14.
Shagbark Seed & Mill, a regional scale certified organic seed and flour mill famous for using only Ohio Grown, chemical free, or certified organic crops, is in the running for a $10,000 prize from Martha Stewart's American Made contest. Please go HERE to vote up to six times a day (you must register the first time in), and help the expansion efforts of Shagbark Seed & Mill!
Ohio Country Journal provides a report from this years Manure Science Review. Be sure to check out the Nutrient Boom which can apply in standing corn. There is not mention of variable rate, section controls or application mapping, however this should be possible either on the unit or remotely from a base station at the reel.
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Ohio Grocers Foundation, Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association, and Ohio Department of Agriculture have partnered to launch a new initiative called OH So Fresh. The retail marketing campaign is designed to raise consumer awareness about Ohio grown specialty crops by giving Ohioans expanded opportunities to sample and purchase locally grown, farm fresh produce from their local grocers.
Check out the collaboration between regional supermarket, Cornell University and five artisan cheesemaker products on Wegmans' shelves. It is focusing on developing the next evolution of New York State's Dairy industry. What is the next evolution in the Ohio dairy industry? Maybe we need to start some disucssion and action items around Ohio's dairy sector. What should our focus be?
Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association are planning something big for this fall! We’ll be offering a four day two-part workshop for specialty crop growers covering production techniques and business skills designed to help farmers scale up and take advantage of the growing opportunities to sell to restaurants, retailers, and institutions. The workshops will take place at Shisler Conference Center in Wooster, OH on November 2-5, 2013.