Major new effort announced to restore soil

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.

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

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

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

A day, a new effort on behalf of the soil

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.

Get these new guidelines for fertilizing crops

For farmers, managing their soil well means giving exactly what it needs. No more, no less.

Now they have updated guidelines to do that from CFAES researcher Steve Culman and team.

The guidelines’ goal is healthy soil — and healthy crops and water too.

Join us this Friday to celebrate World Soil Day.

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.

CFAES sustainability news, Nov. 4, 2020

Reforest to stop drought-flood syndrome, says World Food Prize laureate Rattan Lal

Forests News, Oct. 19; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR)

From bin to beach: The realities of plastic waste and the Great Lakes region

Waste 360, Oct. 16; featuring Jill Bartolotta, Ohio Sea Grant

Soil health the focus of World Food Prize winner’s research

Radio Iowa, Oct. 15; featuring Rattan Lal, SENR

‘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.