How Social Networking, Sustainable Ag Can Help Grow Local Economies: Talk Tomorrow (1/14) at OSU

January 30, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Social networking, local economies and sustainable agriculture will be the focus when Casey Hoy speaks tomorrow (1/14) at Ohio State University.

Hoy, holder of the university’s Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystem Management, will present “Specialty Crop Partnerships, Business Ecosystems and Agroecosystem Health” from 11 a.m.-noon in 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd., on Ohio State’s Columbus campus or in 121 Fisher Auditorium at the university’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster.

Hoy leads an effort to build local economies in northeast Ohio starting with agriculture. He’ll talk about the project’s use of social networking tools to build partnerships. “Participation in growing networks (focused on) specialty crop production will be invited,” he said.

“A general model will be described for building local economies that provide a needed counterbalance to the global economy and provide economic incentive for healthy and sustainable agroecosystems,” he added.

Support for the project comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative Regional Partnerships for Innovation program and from northeast Ohio’s Fund for Our Economic Future.

Hoy is also a professor in the Department of Entomology and a member of the Agroecosystems Management Program.

The talk is part of a winter seminar series sponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. Call 614-292-2001 for more information.

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Author(s): 
Kurt Knebusch
Source(s): 
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science