Ohio State Looks at Alternative Farming

Ohio State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is planning to host a series of summer tours this year as part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Workshop Series. The tours will focus on urban farming, agricultural research, and sustainable agricultural techniques.

Like many other major state universities, Ohio State has a well-respected agricultural research program. Ohio State University, like many other big ten schools, is a land grant college. Established as part of the Morrill Act of 1860 and 1890, land grant schools were set up on federal land and designed to provide science, engineering, and agriculture educations.

As part of their commitment to agriculture, the OSU Sustainable Agriculture Team works to educate potential farmers about their relationship to the environment and stresses larger ecological concerns. According to one member of the Agriculture Team, “In production agriculture, if you are improving the economy but destroying the environment, that’s not a good thing. To be successful in the long term, you’ve got to consider all three aspects of sustainable agriculture and if there is a negative impact on any of them, to try to mitigate that as much as possible.”

The farm tours will be open to the public and will take place in mid July and mid August.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer