WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a $4,999,930 grant to the Ohio State University through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). 

“The Ohio State University is home to some of the nation’s leading agricultural researchers,” Brown said. “These federal resources will allow OSU researchers to develop and provide solutions to critical water problems across Ohio.”

Through this award, Ohio State’s long-term goal is to increase the impact of conservation practices promoted by public agencies and to address water quantity and quality issues in Lake Erie as well as Ohio’s streams and rivers.

AFRI’s Water for Food Production Systems program focuses on developing new technologies and strategic management tools that solve water quantity and quality, sustainable use and reuse, and farming practices to conserve water. The long-term goal of the AFRI Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area is to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and availability of safe and nutritious food while significantly reducing water use and preserving water quality.