‘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.

‘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.

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CFAES reads for Sept. 10, 2020

Pandemic-related cooking and eating habits could help curb food waste—if consumers stick to them

Washington Post, Aug. 31; featuring Brian Roe, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

Farming releases carbon from the Earth’s soil into the air. Can we put it back?

NPR, Aug. 18; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR)

A watershed moment for U.S. water quality

Ohio State News, Aug. 13; featuring Mažeika Sullivan, SENR

CFAES reads for Sept. 3, 2020

A prophet of soil gets his moment of fame

NPR, Aug. 11; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR).

Hunger in a land of abundance: COVID-19 intensifies rural food insecurity

Capital Press, July 27. Featuring Mark Partridge, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

Farm-tastic! Wayne County part of unique agriculture-bolstering project

Wooster Daily Record, July 7. Featuring Shoshanah Inwood, SENR.

Lal named to UN scientific group

Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, has been named to the 29-member Scientific Group for the United Nations’ 2021 Food Systems Summit. 

The summit, a statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “will raise global awareness to understand the food systems challenges we must solve, build a global conversation on the way in which we produce, process, and consume food, and galvanize global actions and commitments to change our food systems to provide safe, nutritious food for all within our planetary boundaries.”

The independent Scientific Group “will bring to bear the foremost scientific evidence, and help expand the base of shared knowledge about experiences, approaches, and tools for driving sustainable food systems.”

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New website for backyard chicken info

Got backyard chickens? Want answers to your questions about them? CFAES Extension educator Tim McDermott, who holds a DVM degree, has created the Backyard Poultry Production website, featuring links to archived and upcoming chicken-related webinars, CFAES fact sheets, a list of Ohio veterinarians who see poultry, and more.

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Tips for gardening with physical limitations

If you’re thinking about planting a vegetable garden, whether during the coronavirus shutdown or any other time, but are challenged by a physical disability, check out an upcoming webinar from CFAES called “Gardening With Physical Limitations.” The program will offer tips and strategies. It’s from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 9. Registration is free, open to everyone, but is limited to the first 500 people.

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Peace, stability start in the soil

Even in the presence of royalty, the conversation was down to earth. And that was totally appropriate.

In a formal ceremony in April 2019 in Tokyo, CFAES soil scientist Rattan Lal received a 2019 Japan Prize, one of the most prestigious global awards in science and technology.

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How to grow grains despite climate change

How can farmers help their grain crops handle climate change? CFAES researchers Rafiq Islam and Alan Sundermeier will suggest practices at the upcoming annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). Their workshop, “2020 Climate-Smart Organic Grains for Healthy Soils, Healthy Food, and Healthy People,” is set for 8:30–10 a.m. Feb. 14. 

The entire OEFFA conference, the largest ecological agriculture conference in Ohio, runs from Feb. 13–15 in Dayton.

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