OARDC’s Steve Slack inducted into NIFA Hall of Fame

Steve Slack (pictured), who retired at the end of December after 16 years as OARDC director, has been inducted into the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Hall of Fame.

Created in 2009, NIFA is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. NIFA’s Hall of Fame recognizes contributions to the institute and to the land-grant university system and activities that “support … our nation’s food, agriculture, natural resource and human sciences enterprise,” according NIFA’s website.

A NIFA statement said Slack was recognized for “advancing agricultural research and extension throughout his more than 40 years of faculty and administrative service.”

“The state-federal partnership, as exemplified by NIFA and our land-grant universities, benefits society through significant impacts that scale from local to national,” Slack said. “Therefore, to be recognized by our federal partner is a singular honor to me.”

“To be recognized by our federal partner is a singular honor to me.”—Steve Slack

‘A measurable, positive impact on the lives of citizens’

  • Hall of Fame inductees “must have worked, coordinated or supported activities exemplifying NIFA’s synergy of excellence in any combination of research, education and extension approaches on local, regional, national or international levels and will have demonstrated a measurable and positive impact on the lives of citizens,” according to a NIFA statement.
  • The induction ceremony took place Oct. 22 in Washington, D.C.
  • To contact the source: Steve Slack at oardc@osu.edu.

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