The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) have named the recipients of the 2019 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Future Leaders in Science Award. Tania D. Burgos Hernández from The Ohio State University is one of 18 graduate student members who received the award in recognition of her interest and engagement in science advocacy. Tania accepted the award at a reception held during the annual ASA, CSSA, & SSSA Congressional Visits Day on March 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations to Steve Culman, assistant professor of soil fertility, The Ohio State University, who is a recipient of the second annual New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research award. The annual set of early career grants to outstanding food and agriculture research faculty members is a program of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill. The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research program supports promising scientists who demonstrate not only a commitment to catalyzing innovation in food and agriculture, but also a dedication to mentoring students.
Course offered by Dr. Nick Basta and Dr. Brian Slater involves students in urban development projects; evaluating soils and determining possible modifications to improve soil quality is the focus of the class.
Article published in The Lantern, written by Zach Grader (grader.2)
This year’s Composting in Ohio tour, featuring industry issues and innovative facilities, will center around Lake Erie. The Aug. 24 event is for anyone interested in commercial or large-scale composting, including business owners, compost facility staff, farmers, scientists and public officials. Participants on the tour will visit Barnes Nursery Inc.’scompost facility in Huron, which annually turns 20,000 tons of yard waste, food scraps and other materials into plant-friendly soils and composts; and a new system run by the Port of Cleveland and Cleveland’s Kurtz Bros. Inc. that recycles sediment dredged from the lake and the Cuyahoga River. Huron is about 50 miles west of Cleveland along Lake Erie’s shore.
Tania Burgos-Hernández, a doctoral student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is featured on the website of the Office of Energy and Environment for her research on urban soils. In particular, she is analyzing urban soils on the Ohio State campus to determine their ability to store carbon. To study Ohio State soils, she is collecting multiple samples from 150 soil cores and three pits dug on campus. Soil cores will be collected later this year. Burgos-Hernández will thoroughly analyze the physical properties of the cores she collects. She will examine the color, texture and structure, as well as chemical and biological properties of the soil to determine carbon, metals and other factors.
Soil science research conducted by faculty, staff and graduate students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources was well represented at the joint meetings of the Soil Science Society of America, the American Society of Agronomists and the Crop Science Society held in Phoenix, AZ. This year’s gathering was themed "Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance" and provided a wealth of opportunity for participants to network, hear inspiring speakers, learn about innovative research and participate in technical workshops and professional tours.
Gypsum, which has roots in the past as a farm soil treatment, also may have a bright future, and not just as a booster of crops but also a protector of water. Warren Dick, a scientist in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, is two years into a three-year study of gypsum’s benefits on farms, including to soil quality, crop yields and reducing phosphorus runoff.