Interdisciplinary Programs

The Agroecosystem Management Program (AMP) at the Ohio State University facilitates regional collaboration and scientific research to develop a local food economy in Ohio that is environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically sustainable – from farm to consumer. The AMP program is a platform for regional collaboration around food system change, fund and coordinate Agroecosystem research and is working to build and support Agroecosystem degree pathways in Ohio.

The Ohio Composting and Manure Management Program (OCAMM) was designed to research, develop and communicate sustainable strategies for the managnement of animal manures and nutrients on Ohio farms. To achieve this purpose, strategies such as composting, land application, facility design and feed management are studied for their ability to recycle nutrients, reduce the need for chemical fertilizer and pesticide inputs, improve soil fertility, reduce odor emissions, and improve environmental stewardship. OCAMM program participants include livestock producers, livestock system consultants, equipment manufacturers, trade associations, compost users and public agencies as well as faculty and staff at OSU.

The Organic Food, Farming Education and Research Program (OFFER) was established in 1998 in response to requests by organic producers and supporters to provide science-based information to Ohio’s existing organic farmers and to newcomers to organic production and marketing. The goal of the program is to provide outstanding research and educational support for sustainable production, processing, and marketing of organic foods from the field to the table for farmers, gardeners, processors, retailers, and consumers.

The Program for Bioproducts and the Environment (PROBE) is an interdisciplinary research and outreach program to facilitate investigation on the conversion of agricultural crops and residues and animal production, food, and bio-processing wastes to energy, fuels, and chemicals, collaboration of Ohio State University faculty and students to prepare proposals, develop processes for the production of biofuels and bio-based products, and provide educational and outreach opportunities and the delivery of research results to academia, industry, government agencies, and the general public via workshops, seminars, and tours.