1. Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer: Champaign, Athens, & Holmes County

    Aug 20, 2018

    The Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer is well over half-way to our goal of attending 22 of Ohio’s county fairs. Last week, we conducted our outreach and education program at the Champaign, Athens, and Holmes County fairs. All the counties we have visited so far have all been very different. Some counties have been very rural others are more urban, but every county offers a unique experience.

  2. Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer: Greene County

    Aug 9, 2018

    The Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer is officially more than halfway through our 22 county fair schedule! Last week, we were at the Greene County fair slightly southwest of Columbus. We were lucky enough to be set up inside the Assembly Hall, out of the blistering sun, and surrounded by 4-H and FFA youth projects on display. Brad and I spoke to these bright students, many of which we are confident will be the next generation’s leaders in the bioeconomy. As we explained the emerging need for biobased products, we attracted many farmers to our table.

  3. Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer: Knox, Clermont, Clark, & Preble Counties

    Aug 1, 2018

    The week of July 22nd through the 28th, was particularly busy for the Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer county fair tour. We started out the week in Knox County, where we met Larry Hall, a 4H Youth Development Educator with the Knox County Extension office. Larry has dedicated his life to educating Ohio’s youth about agriculture, leadership, and conservation. He told us about the fundraising campaign he is helping to organize so that the Knox County fairgrounds can build an expansion to be used as a teaching area for conservation and agricultural education.

  4. Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer: Franklin & Crawford County

    Aug 1, 2018

    Although we have been visiting county fairs across all corners of Ohio this summer, on July 19th, we had a short drive from campus to the Franklin County Fair in Hilliard. Franklin County offered a diverse audience of fair goers to participate in the Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer program. Although the fairgrounds are located in the largely suburban town of Hilliard, Franklin County residence from urban Columbus, and rural areas to the south and west of the city were in attendance.

  5. Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer: 1 Week, 3 County Fairs

    Jul 24, 2018

    The Ohio Soy Sustainable has been in full swing. The week of July 8th through the 14th we attended 3 of Ohio’s 88 county fairs. On Wednesday, we headed down to Wilmington, Ohio for the Clinton County fair. After attending their fair, it became obvious that Clinton County was rich with agriculture. We were set up near the junior swine show, which allowed us to speak with many local farmers about the commodity marketing opportunities associated with the bioeconomy.

  6. How Advancements In Processing & Manufacturing Have Opened The Floodgates For Biobased Products

    Jul 19, 2018

    Advancements in processing and manufacturing technologies have opened the floodgates for biobased products on store shelves; there are thousands of USDA certified BioPreferred products available at retailers near you. Despite the wide variety in products and manufacturing, all bioproducts require some kind of feedstock. Feedstocks are the organic matter that biobased products are made out of.

  7. Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer: Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum

    Jul 18, 2018

    Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve. That is the motto of the National FFA Organization, and the way FFA members approach a challenge. The National FFA Organization is one of the largest youth organizations in the country, with 653,359 members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This summer, we had the opportunity to travel to Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio for all 5 sessions of camp, to facilitate some activities with Ohio FFA members.

  8. Biobased Radio

    Biobased Radio: A Podcast

    Jul 16, 2018

    What does it mean to be biobased?

    Is wood biobased?
    What about Sun Chips?
    Or, how about dish soap?

    It turns out all of these things can be biobased, in that they’re made from renewable materials. You just have to know where to look. And knowing where to look can help you make choices that promote a more sustainable future.

  9. Sustainable Choices For Music Festivals

    Jun 26, 2018

    Summer and music festivals go hand-in-hand. And while fun, music festivals are notorious for producing large amounts of waste. For example, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival produced more than 679 tons of waste over four days in 2015. Coachella Music Festival was found to generate 107 tons of solid waste each day according to an environmental impact report from Indio, California.

  10. OBIC Brings Soy-Based Learning To The Next Generation

    Jun 25, 2018

    Biobased products are more readily available than you think. That’s the message 30 Ohio middle school students recently received during the 2018 Soy Smarts Summer Camp. In association with the Ohio Soybean Council, OBIC developed and delivered soy-based interactive educational activities to promote sustainable choices in younger generations.