Enhancing Agriculture and the Environment
Ohio’s diverse agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy every year. OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources (ANR) programs assist with technology, marketing and educational support – protecting Ohio’s position in the global marketplace.
OSU Extension also works to help local residents and community leaders enhance and sustain the environment and natural areas throughout the state, balancing economic advancement with environmental sustainability.
Our ANR professionals help producers develop and expand profitable, sustainable farming and other agricultural businesses – thereby creating jobs and economic opportunity for Ohio’s citizens. They also provide leadership, collaboration, consulting, unbiased information, applied research, and access to land-grant university knowledge to address local issues and needs.
Despite being one of the most rapidly urbanizing counties in Ohio, Fairfield County growers continue to market $125 million worth of agriculture and horticulture products annually. Overall, 53% of Fairfield County's land mass is in farms. In addition, 17% remains in forestland. Agriculture in the county is quite diverse including not only traditional crops and livestock such as corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, beef cattle, dairy, swine, sheep and goats, but also horses, prawns, hops, Christmas trees, fruit, vegetables and a vast variety of flower and landscape plants. The county also is home to two small livestock packing houses.
You can also learn more about all OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources programs at http://agnr.osu.edu.
Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.