Matt Smith doesn't have to fish for compliments.
Successful Farming magazine recently included the South Centers-based aquaculturist in a list of the nation's top ten Extension specialists.
Here's what they said about him:
"After petroleum, what’s the next greatest natural resource deficit of the U.S.?
If you said seafood, bingo! Matt Smith, the Extension aquaculture specialist for Ohio State University, is changing that by bringing his aquaculture experience from Alabama and Arkansas (both fish-farming leaders) to the Midwest.
Ohio State just launched a three year USDA-funded project called Aquaculture Boot Camp for beginning aquaculture or aquaponics (fish combined with soilless plant production) farmers. Applicants dedicate one day a month for a year to learn the business.
'Students come to our South Centers for hands-on learning opportunities and even farm tours and internships. This will assist aquaculture expansion in the Midwest and, hopefully, reduce our seafood deficit,' Smith says."
For the full list of recognized educators, see https://www.agriculture.com/farm-management/10-exceptional-extension-specialists.