CFAES Goes to Washington

photo of Senator Portman and CFAES leaders and CARET reps

As many faculty and staff were preparing for spring break, community representatives along with members of CFAES leadership went to Washington to advocate on behalf of the college and Ohio.

The Council on Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET) was created in 1982 by deans of agriculture at land-grant universities, including The Ohio State University. The council works closely with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and is composed of representatives from the 50 states, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

The council and its representatives advocate for greater national support and understanding of the land-grant university system’s food and agricultural research, extension, and teaching programs that enhance the quality of life for all people. CFAES has three CARET representatives: Nate Andre, Andre Farms; Susan Crowell, Farm and Dairy; and Terry McClure, McClure Farms.

The week of March 5, Ohio’s CARET representatives along with Cathann A. Kress, David Benfield, Roger Rennekamp, and Adam Ward met with the entire Ohio Congressional delegation. The Ohio delegation highlighted the grand challenges CFAES is tackling along with the funding being requested for the various programs that impact the work we do.

Ohio’s CARET representatives play a significant role in advocating for funding for our three mission areas because they are the farmers, stakeholders and community members directly impacted by it. They represent the Ohioans we serve.

“Ohio community leaders advocating on behalf of our land-grant funding, in all three mission areas, teaching, research, and outreach is paramount to our success,” Ward said. “Elected officials want to hear directly from the individuals that their policies and legislation impact.”

Ohio’s CARET representatives also meet with Ohio legislators and their assistants in the fall to advocate for policies that incentivize the work of faculty and students.