ONLINE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2015 FARM SCIENCE REVIEW – Tickets for the 2015 Farm Science Review are now available for purchase online at http://fsr.osu.edu/onlineticketform/, allowing attendees to bypass gate sales by purchasing tickets in advance of the annual three-day farm show to be held Sept. 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.
This is the third year for online ticket sales, and the option is becoming more and more popular among attendees, said Matt Sullivan, assistant manager of the Farm Science Review, which is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
“Our online ticket sales have increased each year since it’s been an option,” he said. “It allows attendees that are visiting from out-of-state to purchase tickets at a $3 discounted price compared to purchasing tickets at the gate.”
Another advantage to purchasing tickets online is that there is no limit to the number of tickets that can be purchased, so large groups attending from out-of-state can pre-order tickets all at once, said Sullivan.
Online tickets are available to purchase for $7 until Sept. 11. Tickets ordered online will be mailed to the buyer.
Advance tickets for the Farm Science Review are also available at all Ohio State University Extension county offices and many local agribusinesses for $7. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Show hours are 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Sept. 22-23 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24.
More information about the Farm Science Review is at fsr.osu.edu/visitors.
OH, DEER! WORKSHOP SET ON MANAGING BACKYARD WILDLIFE CONFLICTS – Seen coyotes near your home? Do deer eat your shrubs down to nubs? Get tips on what to do in a workshop led by wildlife experts Stan Gehrt and Marne Titchenell of The Ohio State University.
The Good, the Bad and the Hungry: Managing Wildlife Conflicts in Your Landscape is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Wood County Park District’s W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road in Perrysburg, near Toledo. Registration is $35, includes lunch and is needed by noon Aug. 3.
Get details and a link to online registration and payment at go.osu.edu/08-07WildlifeWorkshop.
OSU EXTENSION: “SUPERFRUITS” COULD OFFER OHIO GROWERS ALTERNATIVE INCOME SOURCE; WORKSHIP SET FOR AUG. 20 – The potential market for so-called “superfruits” in Ohio could offer growers an additional income stream thanks to increasingly health-conscious consumers and ongoing research that finds these plants can grow well in the Buckeye state.
That’s according to a fruit crop expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, who said that based on research trials of elderberry, aronia berry and Chinese goji berry plants at Ohio State’s South Centers in Piketon, the berries are a viable option for Ohio growers.
Fruits such as these, which are also known as super berries because of their nutrition quotient including a rich antioxidant content, are growing well in the research trials, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm.
The Superberry Project is funded by a specialty crop block grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Gao and his team planted six varieties of elderberries, three varieties of Chinese goji berries and one variety of aronia berries for the trial at the South Centers. Some plants were installed last year and some more mature plants were added this year.
To help berry growers — new and experienced alike — learn how to produce elderberry, aronia, goji and other berries, horticulture and viticulture experts from the college are offering a Super Berry School Aug. 20. The program is 6-9 p.m. at the OSU South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, in Piketon.
Registration for the workshop is $25 and includes the program, handouts, a light dinner and refreshments. Contact Charissa McGlothin at 740-289-2071, ext. 132, to register or for more information. The deadline to register is Aug. 17.