Ohio Farm Bureau advisory team will consider the future of Ohio State University

Buckeye Farm News

Ohio Farm Bureau is developing an advisory team that will work to help Ohio State University meet the future needs of the state’s farmers.

The team will offer input on how Ohio State can be a world-class land-grant university in terms of teaching, research, facilities and students. Its title: “Advancing Agriculture + Envisioning the Future: Stakeholders Vision for Ohio State University and the College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences.”

The process is getting underway as Ohio State welcomes a new president and the College of Food, Agriculture &  Environmental Sciences undertakes a facility re-envisioning process.

“As a land-grant university, Ohio State is our flagship serving the needs of Ohioans. However, times are changing and we have a responsibility to work with OSU to create a vision and how it will serve all Ohioans, particularly farmers and agriculture,” said Jack Fisher, Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive vice president, in a letter to team members.

The team will include Farm Bureau members and agricultural advocates from across the state and will study the following:

  • How farming and agriculture will evolve
  • The needs of a land-grant university in the 21st Century, student enrollment, recruitment and placement
  • The role of the Agricultural Technical Institute, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and research and experiment stations
  • How the university can develop first-class facilities that will attract the best and brightest professors, researchers and students.

The advisory team will meet over the next few months and will share its recommendations with the Ohio Farm Bureau Board of Trustees and Ohio State’s College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences’ leadership.

In addition to this effort, all Farm Bureau members are encouraged to weigh in with their thoughts through their county policy development process. We also welcome you to send comments to [email protected]. Here are some questions to consider.

1. Visit your county Ohio State Extension office (if applicable). What do they see as the challenges Ohio State needs to address so that farmers, agriculture, consumers and communities can all be served?

2. If you know someone who studied at an Ohio State branch campus, the main campus or the Agricultural Technical Institute, what did they like and how would they improve the Ohio State experience?

3. If you know someone who was raised in Ohio and received a degree in agriculture from another college, why did they attend another university? Did they or did they not consider attending Ohio State? Why?

4. What would it take for your children and grandchildren to attend Ohio State? When you think of Ohio State, what do you think of?

5. If you had five minutes to visit with Ohio State’s new president, what would you tell him and why? If you had five minutes to visit with the dean of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, what would you tell him and why?

Extension issues survey seeking input

This year, the country will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, the act that created Ohio State University Extension. As part of this celebration, Bruce McPheron, vice president of Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has initiated the Vice President’s Conversation on the Future of Extension.

To help gain broad input on this topic, Ohio State Extension has issued a brief survey.