‘As goes the soil, so goes humanity’

CFAES last week honored its own Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate, with a video retrospective of his life and career, which you can watch above. Lal is Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

The video includes the announcement that Lal’s name is being added to the center that he founded—what will now be called the Rattan Lal Carbon Management and Sequestration Center.

You can watch the World Food Prize award ceremony itself, which the World Food Prize Foundation hosted on Oct. 15, here.

CFAES reads for Oct. 14, 2020

Gore, 2020 laureate Lal pitch national policy during World Food Prize talk on soil health and hunger

Des Moines (Iowa) Business Record, Oct. 13; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR)

Ohio State soil scientist honored for increasing global food production

Ohio State News, Oct. 5; featuring Rattan Lal, SENR

Cargill to advance regenerative practices on 10 million acres

No-Till Farmer, Sept. 17; partnership with CFAES cited

COVID-19 and resilient food systems

CFAES’ 14th annual Stinner Summit will focus on COVID-19. What has it shown about the fragility of our food system? How can the system be made more resilient?

The event, whose theme is “Adapting Ohio Agroecosystems for Resilience to the Pandemic and Other Natural Disasters,” will be held online from 1–4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

Participation is free and open to all. Learn more and register to join us.

Say ‘Go Bucks!’ with Buckeye syrup

You can now order Ohio State Maple Syrup online and have it delivered to your home. The syrup, while from maples, is totally Buckeye:

  • It comes from a sugar bush envisioned, started, and run by students in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources.
  • The nearly 20-acre sugar bush is located at the Ohio State Mansfield campus, about 70 miles north of Columbus. It’s part of the campus’s EcoLab.
  • The sales help benefit Ohio State students. The proceeds fund scholarships for students at the EcoLab.

Read a previous post and place an order.

Two events to honor Rattan Lal

Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of soil science in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize in a ceremony set for 10–11 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 15.

Later the same day, he will be honored during a CFAES-hosted virtual event called “The Legacy of Dr. Rattan Lal” from 2–2:45 p.m. EDT.

Watch the morning ceremony here. Register to attend the afternoon event here.

Learn more.

Lal speaks on turning science into action in the 2018 video above.

Let’s talk about climate change in Ohio

Come join virtual “Conversations on the Politics and Science of Climate Change in the Buckeye State.” It’s the next monthly program by CFAES’ Environmental Professionals Network, set for Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participating is free of charge.

Check out the lineup of speakers and register. (Photo: Getty Images.)

‘We put together a small feast’

Eric Tiu, left, and Jameel Watson came together by chance as roommates, found they shared a common experience as former members of 4-H—Tiu in Ohio, Watson in Jamaica—and used that experience to dive into raising backyard chickens in New York City. Result: fresh local meat and eggs for themselves as well as for people in need.

Read the story. (Photo courtesy Eric Tiu.)