Together as Buckeyes …

“Over the past few months, I’ve come to believe that one of the great challenges for organizations and leaders, and maybe just people, is sparking a powerful sense of optimism again.”

That’s Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, speaking in an end-of-year message to all of us—to CFAES’ students, staff, faculty, supporters, and friends.

There is a sense of optimism in CFAES, even in the face of this devastating pandemic, and it comes from working together, seeking solutions, serving others, and sustaining life.

You can watch her full message above (2:04).

CFAES sustainability news, Dec. 9, 2020

The world’s soil champion

Wicked Leeks (UK), Dec. 4; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Scientist Linda Saif has been a trusted partner during pandemic

Farm and Dairy, Nov. 28; featuring Linda Saif, Food Animal Health Research Program

COVID-19 pandemic worsening food insecurity

Farm and Dairy, Nov. 26; featuring Zoe Plakias, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

CFAES sustainability news, Dec. 2, 2020

Solar farms in Ohio

WOSU, Nov. 30; featuring Brent Sohngen, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

Are we making raccoons smarter?

CBS Sunday Morning, Nov. 29; featuring Stan Gehrt, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Ohio State, landfill and brewery among largest greenhouse gas emitters in county

Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 26

Join CFAES in celebrating World Soil Day

We invite you to join us this Friday, Dec. 4, for a celebration of World Soil Day. Our free public virtual program will feature:

  • a keynote by Andrew Margenot of the University of Illinois;
  • a keynote by CFAES’ esteemed Rattan Lal; and
  • details on CFAES student research into soils, climate, farming, and food security.

Learn more and register now to attend.

Join new student org to work for food justice

CFAES animal sciences major and Eminence Fellow Elena McGoey recently shared details about a new Ohio State student organization. Called Cultivate Columbus, the group “aims to connect Ohio State students with local communities to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for food justice in Columbus.”

The group’s mission, she said, “is to promote sustainable practices, nourish communities, and enhance food security.”

To find out more and to join the group’s mission, follow @cultivatecbus on Instagram or visit

‘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