Pennsylvania sustainable ag leader joins Ohio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation

Brian Snyder, pictured, previously the executive director of one of the leading sustainable agriculture organizations in the U.S., has joined Ohio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation as it pursues its mission to create sustainable, resilient food systems for Ohio and beyond.

Snyder’s appointment took effect June 1. He is serving as the initiative’s executive director.

Known as InFACT, the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation pursues holistic approaches to ensure good food for all. Its work is based on collaboration across the sciences, engineering and humanities, as well as the engagement of external partners in government and private industry. President Michael V. Drake has said Ohio State will invest nearly $100 million to address food security over the next decade.

InFACT’s mission is to create sustainable, resilient food systems for Ohio and beyond.

Initiative seeks ‘good food for all’

  • For the past 15 years, Snyder has been executive director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), one of the largest sustainable agriculture organizations in the U.S.
  • PASA works to improve the economic viability, environmental soundness and social responsibility of food and farming systems in its state.
  • Snyder will lead InFACT with CFAES Faculty Director Casey Hoy, who leads a team of more than 70 faculty members from across the university who conceived and launched the initiative.
  • Hoy is a scientist with OARDC. He holds Ohio State’s Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management.
  • InFACT is part of Ohio State’s Discovery Themes initiative.

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