Collaborative Business Networks

Network Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscription
Non-GMO Feed Grains Network

This is the private work space for project members who are associated with one or more of the following groups. 

Non-GMO Feed to Farmer


11 years 6 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Ohio Oilseed Research and Demonstration

In this 2013 project, we are evaluating the production, ecosystem services, and value chains that could result from four oilseed crops: flax, canola, camelina, and sunflower.  Each of these crops is of interest to Organic Valley, as a potential biofuel crop for their members.  We will examine the potential for producing these crops in NE Ohio, document the yield in terms of oil and pressed meal, evaluate the additional value chains that could come from these crops including: cooking oil, wood finish (linseed oil), and high omega-3 and protein pressed meal for supplementary on-farm livestock feed.  Demonstration plots, 4 0.25 acre plots for each crop in a randomized complete block design, were planted at the Mellinger Farm, and their growth characteristics and yield are being documented by Hannah Whitehead, a research assistant hired for the project.  Ecosystem services including pollinator resources, sunflower trap crop for brown marmorated stink bug, and soil conditioning will be evaluated.  Organic Valley will bring their mobile oil press to Ohio for Farm Science Review and will press 3 of the four crops there.  The remaining crop will be pressed during a workshop at the Mellinger farm on September 24, 2013, for Ohio OV members and other interested farmers.  The oil and pressed meal and fiber will then be evaluated by OARDC researchers to determine it’s value for fuel, cooking oil, and animal feed.  The documentation and demonstration will provide valuable incentive to Ohio farmers to consider production of these multifunctional crops in diversified small to mid-sized farming systems.



Mellinger Farm

Organic Valley - Sustainability   



Camelina  Canola  Flax  Sunflowers

10 years 8 months Casey Hoy Request group membership
Ohio Livestock Product Processors

This portfolio contains an extensive list of licensed meat and dairy processors in Ohio, specifically those from the Northeast region.  This list can be used to map potential business connections for those that are looking to increase their business size or expand into different fields.  Full lists of both dairy processors and meat processors can be found in the folders on this portfolio, as well as a list of federally licensed meat processors.  

Collaborative space for posting of livestock processing business cases and existing businesses that are within or easily accessible to Ohio livestock producers. To view them on a map click here

A key for the registration codes found in the description of meat processing businesses is located at the following link.


6 years 2 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Baer Farms Dairy Products

Provide Local Dairy products for 




10 years 5 months cbaer Request group membership
Mellinger Farm Land Management and Operations

Draft a land management plan that will include strategies for rental contracts and management and programs. 

Agroecosystems Management Program - Website

Mellinger Farm - Auditor Tax Card, Auditor MapGoogle Map

10 years 2 months Casey Hoy Request group membership
Midwest Food Innovation Network

To enhance collaboration among Commercial Kitchens, Kitchen Incubators and Food Hubs in Northeast Ohio.

Resource Providers - OSU Food Industries Center, OSUE Local Foods Signature Team, National Good Food Network

Kitchens - Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen, Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator, Detroit Kitchen Connect (Food Lab Detroit), Local Roots Wooster Kitchen, Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK)Stanard Farm and Weinland Park Food District

Knowledge Commons - USDA AMS Markets, USDA KYF2

Trello Boards - email for membership

10 years 1 month Brian Gwin Test Request group membership
NEO AgBio CARE Projects
Despite prior investments in basic and applied research, critical problems continue to impede the efficient production and protection of agriculturally-important plants and animals. These problems may be local, regional, or national, and may call for work focused on one or more scientific disciplines. However, all need immediate attention to meet producer needs. Finding and implementing solutions to these critical problems require partnership and close coordination among researchers, extension experts, and producers. Funded projects will quickly yield solutions or practices that can be rapidly implemented by producers. 
The CARE program area addresses the following priorities of the 2008 Farm Bill: A. Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; B. Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; C. Food Safety, Nutrition and Health; D. Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment; E. Agriculture, Systems and Technology; and F. Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities.
Develop and implement solutions to critical producer problems associated with animal and crop production, protection, or product quality. Emphasis will be placed on achieving results that can be applied by the producer as quickly as possible following project completion. Applications should include justification of why the issue is critical and how project outcomes will rapidly impact the stakeholder community. The project must include stakeholders. 
To get started - Post a Public Message in inform the entire group of your idea, Start a Folder for background material and Create a To Do tasks to poll for collaborators or ask others to gather information from researchers or stakeholders. Please invite others to participate. While you can always start another collaborative group focused on your individual proposal, we encourage you to maintain activity in this group or at least share information back on a regular basis. 
9 years 11 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAV)

This PUBLIC portfolio collaboration space is for companies that are currently in the SUAV sector, companies that would like to join the SUAV sector and begin producing/manufacturing Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and companies that would like to purchase Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for surveying their land/crops.

Educators -  OSU C.O.R.N                                   Stories - sUAS News, PrecisionAg

Advocates -                                                         Investors - JobsOhio

Idea Creators -                                                    Resource Providers - JumpStart E-Network

Dropbox / BuckeyeBox - NEO                              Reports - 

9 years 11 months David Spisak Request group membership
Small Scale Soil Conservation Equipment

Development of equipment and associated production practices focused on soil conservation for small producers.  


Idea Creators -                                              Investors

Resources -                                                  Educators


9 years 6 months Brian Gwin Request group membership

Develop a mission statement

Idea Creators -                                                                                       Investors

Resources -                                                                                            Educators


9 years 5 months Brian Gwin Request group membership