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People are disconnected from the food they eat. We are trying to change that.

The Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory is a living laboratory at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), right in the heart of Ohio State’s Columbus campus. These facilities can provide students at Ohio State with a hands-on experience that can improve the understanding students have of food systems. This will make all of us more knowledgeable and better-informed about food, leading to a more sustainable world.

These facilities will bring the Ohio State community together to address critical challenges such as food security, sustainability and opportunities between rural and urban residents. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of scientists and leaders by studying the health of humans, animals and the environment.

“Without the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, we do not have a comprehensive university,” said Graham Cochran, professor and CFAES associate dean for operations. “Access on campus to Waterman is critical and just as important for our work as an operating room or testing labs for colleagues in medicine and engineering.”

Your generosity will support the critical upgrades that Waterman needs. Together, Waterman’s new and planned facilities will be the catalyst to ensure that CFAES is on its way to getting every Ohio State student to Waterman and better connected with their food, the environment and agriculture.

To achieve this goal, Waterman needs crucial upgrades. The new, cutting-edge facilities will showcase modern advances in controlled-environment food production, and the world-class Multispecies Animal Learning Center will provide students with the tools to be successful.

With your support, CFAES will improve its student leadership opportunities, elevate its research and translate science into practical knowledge which will turn Waterman into a model for sustainable food systems.

The existing dairy farm will be modernized and two new cutting-edge facilities will be built, including the Multispecies Animal Learning Center focused on human-animal interaction and the Controlled Environment Food Production Research Complex. The Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building, which broke ground in 2018, is also part of the Waterman improvements.

There is a lot of work to be done, and we need your help. With your support, Ohio State can be the leader in connecting people to food, agriculture and the environment.

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