Awards and recognitions

FSR Hall of Fame

Suzanne Steel, assistant director of OSU Extension Publishing and a CFAES alumna, was recently inducted into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame. In her previous position as assistant director of CFAES’ marketing and communications unit, a unit she worked in for 23 years, Steel helped promote CFAES’ annual Farm Science Review trade show through her contacts with local, state, and national media.

FSR Manager Nick Zachrich said such marketing efforts are “extremely important to a large public event such as FSR.”

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Ohio State Alumni Award

Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and a CFAES alumnus, received The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s 2019 Alumni Medalist Award on Sept. 20 for his revolutionary contributions to understanding Earth’s most basic, life-giving resources.

Having earned his PhD in agronomy in 1968, Lal was nominated for the highest honor presented to an Ohio State graduate for his work in two areas of global concern: managing soil to minimize the risks of degradation so as to sustain food production, and restoring the health of degraded and damaged soil.

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SARE Grants

The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) recently awarded the following grants to projects involving CFAES faculty and staff:

  • $199,971 to Imed Dami, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, for “Towards Resilient and Sustainable Grape Production in the North Central Region with Renewable Mulching Systems”
  • $14,813 to Alejandra Jimenez Madrid and Melanie Lewis Ivey, both of the Department of Plant Pathology, for “Evaluation of Biological Control Agents as a Sustainable Disease Management Strategy for Fire Blight Control in Apples in Ohio”
  • $161,632 to Hannah Scott, Business Development, The Ohio State University South Centers, for “Sustainable Production and Marketing Using the Cooperative Model for a Student-Managed School Farm Cooperative”
  • $81,316 to Christie Welch, Business Development, The Ohio State University South Centers, for “Professional Development for Ohio Farmers Market Managers and OSU Extension Educators on Creating a Culture of Data Collection for Sustainability Planning for Markets and Farmers”

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Maple Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has awarded a team of CFAES researchers $482,000 to help boost—through research and education—maple syrup production in Ohio and two other states. Principal investigators on the project include Sayeed Mehmood, associate professor, SENR; Gabe Karns, assistant professor, SENR; Kathy Smith, program director, Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, OSU Extension; and Les Ober, agriculture and natural resources program coordinator, Geauga County office of OSU Extension.

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