We Sustain Life


The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the cornerstone college of The Ohio State University, has honored its legacy as a land-grant institution for nearly 150 years. Our world-class teaching, research, and outreach – the everyday work of our college – impacts local, state, national, and global communities.

We have depth in our three divisions – food, agricultural, and environmental – and their interdisciplinary work; we have breadth in our three key mission areas of research, teaching, and Extension; and we have three distinct campuses – Columbus, Wooster, and statewide. We are using these advantages to tackle today’s grand challenges:

  • Sustainability – Supporting and enhancing the economic viability of agriculture, while protecting and remediating the environment and ecosystems. Focus on food security and environmental sustainability simultaneously through production, precision agriculture, controlled environments, food systems and distribution, food waste, value-added components, and water quality.

  • One health – Integration of human health, animal health, and environmental health.

  • Rural-urban interface – Focus on policy, economic issues, and consumer communications and education.

  • Preparing the next generation of scientists and leaders.

We are one college ensuring and building student success, focusing our discovery and scholarship, engaging our stakeholders and partners, and enhancing efficiencies and resources. We sustain life.

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