What’s the state of the science when it comes to sequestering carbon in the soil, such as through farming? Check out an official position statement issued by CFAES’ renowned Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration. The brief statement, released Aug. 2, summarizes where the science is clear, where it’s less so, and a strategy for going forward. It mentions, too, a current hot topic, farmers earning carbon credits.
Read the full statement. (Photo: Getty Images.)
Manure Science Review this year will feature a cutting-edge livestock farm that’s keeping soil and water healthy by practicing regenerative agriculture.
Read the story. (Photo: Getty Images.)
CFAES scientist Larry Phelan presents “Remediation of Post-Industrial Urban Soils by Organic Management”—based on soil health research in vacant lots in Cleveland—from 11–11:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 31.
His talk is part of the free public winter webinar series by CFAES’ Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program.
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CFAES’ Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) program hosts a free public webinar, “Management Practices That Impact Soil Health and Organic Matter,” by Christine Sprunger, assistant professor in the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17. It’s part of a weekly series by OFFER. Learn more.
Youngstown Vindicator, Jan. 31; featuring Robin Adams, OSU Extension, Mahoning County
Ohio’s County Journal, Jan. 28; by Jordan Wade, Steve Culman, Cassandra Brown, OSU Extension
Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 31; by Mike Hogan, OSU Extension, Franklin County
Ohio’s Country Journal, Jan. 21; featuring Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Laboratory
In heavily farmed parts of Central America, South America, and across the Caribbean, “the most degraded soils have not reached the point of no return. They can still be restored.”
So says CFAES’ Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and 2020 World Food Prize laureate, who’s helping lead a new, 34-country initiative to tackle that restoration.
Why it’s important: Some 36 million people in the region don’t have enough good food to eat, and degraded soils play a role in it. Success, Lal says, will mean “we can eliminate hunger and malnutrition in the region, and we can protect the natural resources that are now being degraded.”
Read the story.
Wicked Leeks (UK), Dec. 4; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources
Farm and Dairy, Nov. 28; featuring Linda Saif, Food Animal Health Research Program
Farm and Dairy, Nov. 26; featuring Zoe Plakias, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
Today, on World Soil Day, CFAES celebrates the essential role of soil in sustaining life.
And we use this day to share exciting news. CFAES’ Rattan Lal Carbon Management and Sequestration Center and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture are teaming up to launch the new “Living Soils of the Americas” initiative. Its goals: Fight the degradation of soil, improve people’s food security.
Read more about the initiative.
What’s the best we can do for the soil? Take care of it. Protect it. Make it healthier.
In Africa, CFAES researcher Richard Dick discovered a shrub that does just that—and in doing so, gives hope for greater food security. Read the story.
Please join us tomorrow for a celebration of World Soil Day.
“Restoring soil health,” CFAES soil scientist Rattan Lal says, “is essential to restoring human health.”
As 2020 World Food Prize laureate, he knows that solving our biggest challenges starts beneath our feet.
Join us on Friday for a celebration of World Soil Day.