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Sustainable Ag's Vision in Ohio: Register by Monday (10/3) for Stinner Summit

September 30, 2011

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Registration continues through Monday (10/3) for Ohio’s fifth annual Stinner Summit, a day devoted to sustainable agriculture and specific new ways to further it. It’s from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 4830 W. Central Ave., Toledo. Learn more and register at

Ohio State University’s Agroecosystems Management Program is the sponsor, with funding from the Ben Stinner Endowment for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities at Ohio State.

Stinner was an Ohio State scientist, an international leader in agroecology and sustainable agriculture, and the head of AMP at the time of his death in an automobile accident in 2004.

His “clear and compelling vision,” according to AMP’s website, involved “agroecosystems that preserve high environmental quality, sustain health and community among farms and neighbors, and do so in concert with nature.”

At the end of the day, following ideas and discussion, participants will select a project for the coming year that keeps with Stinner’s vision and will be supported by the endowment.

Participants in last year’s summit, for example, chose a project on polyfarming -- interplanting corn with strips of specialty vegetables to increase corn yields, overall crop diversity, and interaction and learning by the farmers.

The summit and endowment, AMP’s website says, seek “to extend Ben’s efforts for agricultural communities through research with a holistic approach to the complex ecological and social challenges facing farming today.”

For more information, contact Megan Shoenfelt of AMP at 330-202-3537 or

AMP is part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Kurt Knebusch
Megan Shoenfelt