‘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

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.

CFAES reads for Oct. 1, 2020

Making sense of soil carbon sequestration in the fight against global climate change

PrecisionAg, Sept. 28; Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), cited

World Food Prize winner Dr Lal to spend prize money to promote soil science

Siasat Daily (Hiderabad, India), Sept. 27; featuring Rattan Lal, SENR

University/industry partnership takes field scouting to the next level

Ohio’s Country Journal, Sept. 23; featuring Nate Douridas, Molly Caren Agricultural Center

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.

CFAES reads for Aug. 26, 2020

EPA gives up on barring grantees from science advisory panels

Science, June 25. Featuring Robyn Wilson, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR).

Nicole Jackson: Environmental educator | Black Birders Week

PBS “Nature” blog, June 23. Featuring Nicole Jackson, SENR.

Soil prof hits pay dirt: $250K prize for helping farmers, fighting climate change

NPR, June 22. Featuring Rattan Lal, SENR.

Honored for protecting the health of the soil

In addition to his recent United Nations Food Summit appointment, Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources, also recently received the dual titles of IICA Chair in Soil Science and IICA Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Issues from the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.

The soil science title, an IICA press release said, recognizes Lal’s contributions to and research on protecting the health of the soil, which is “essential for agriculture, food security, and the health of all living beings.”

Read more. Watch the ceremony in the video above.

CFAES partnering with Cargill

CFAES and Cargill are sowing the seeds of a new partnership.

The Minnesota-based agricultural company recently started supporting the work of the college’s six new water quality associates. Based in northwest Ohio, the six associates are part of a project by the CFAES Water Quality Initiative.

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CFAES’ Lal wins World Food Prize

The honors keep growing for Rattan Lal. The CFAES Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science—recipient of the Japan Prize last year and the World Agriculture Prize and the Glinka World Soil Prize in 2018—was today awarded the World Food Prize.

The award, its website says, recognizes “the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.”

Gebisa Ejeta, chair of the award’s selection committee and a 2009 recipient of the award, said, “The impact of (Lal’s) research and advocacy on sustainability of agriculture and the environment cannot be overstressed.”

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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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