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That broad application of an ag-based education is a growing trend, according to Jill Tyson, coordinator of prospective student services at OSUâ€™s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
â€śI think you can ban the use of certain fertilizers, coming up with segregation systems where fertilizers are used is a possibility, too. You have to go where the science leads you,â€ť Mr. FitzGerald said.
The agriculture industry, including fertilizer manufacturers, has given nearly $3.1 million to political candidates, parties and ballot issues in Ohio since 2010, according to the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Follow the Money, which tracks campaign contributions and industry influence.
â€śThe Humane Society of the United States is not trying to eliminate animal agriculture,â€ť Maxwell says. â€śIt does believe there are certain corporate industrialized ag policies and practices that are just inhumane.â€ť
Ohio corn farmers have seen record prices for their product in recent years, but a boom in supply and high prices for fertilizer and other necessities this year is projected to lead to tumbling profits.