“One of the best ways to keep carbon in the soil is to increase roots in the soil, as 65 to 70 percent of soil carbon comes from roots. So using cover crops such as oilseed radish, legumes like winter peas and cereal rye keep more carbon stored in the soil.”
Increased soil carbon might help agriculture survive extreme weather events by increasing soil's water-holding capacity and protecting the soil from extreme water runoff, he said.
The workshops will feature presentations by Jeff Rogers, state climatologist and a professor in Ohio State's Department of Geography; Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist with the Byrd Polar Research Center; and Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental economics, all from Ohio State. Other presenters include OSU Extension experts Bruce Clevenger, Alan Sundermeier, Rafiq Islam and Hoorman.
Topics will include: Ohio Weather and Climate Trends; Farmer Attitudes and Survey Data on Weather; Extreme Weather Changes related to Glaciers, Agriculture and People; 21st Century Agriculture; the Economics of Adapting to Extreme Weather; and Extreme Weather Effects on Agricultural Production.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg. Registration is $25 by Jan. 25 for members of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and $35 for non-members and late registrants. Students are $10. Registration includes refreshments and lunch.
For more information on the meeting, workshops or to register, contact John Armentano at 937-483-8581. Registration can be paid by check payable to All Ohio Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and can be mailed to Armentano at 3635 Dayspring Drive, Hilliard, 43026.