History of the Program:
The Agroecosystems Management Program is a unique interdisciplinary program, based at the Wooster campus of The Ohio State University‘s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). The program partnerships extend throughout the University, the State of Ohio and beyond. The program was developed in the 1990s by a diverse group of agricultural researchers, farmers, and community partners. Because of the unique relationships formed among its many partners and its innovative approaches to improving agriculture, the program was endowed by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in 1998, the first such endowment established by WKKF.
In 1999, Dr. Ben Stinner was selected as the first Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management at the Ohio State University, or anywhere. Tragically, Dr. Stinner died in an automobile accident on November 24, 2004. During his life and after his death, Dr. Stinner was known for his ability to connect diverse groups of people toward a common goal. Two of the many tributes to to Dr. Stinner can be read here and here. Soon after his passing, the Ben Stinner Endowment was established by his many friends and colleagues and continues to promote his work devoted to healthy agricultural ecosystems and sustainable rural communities.
In 2006, Dr. Casey Hoy, longtime AMP participant, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Entomology at OARDC, was appointed to the Kellogg Chair and has led the Agroecosystems Management Program since. Dr. Hoy’s past research, applying systems analysis to agriculture, has contributed to improved understanding of insect and agricultural ecology. His current work with AMP brings faculty and students from many disciplines together with farmers, entrepreneurs and practitioners in collaborative approaches to improving agricultural landscapes and communities.
AMP seeks to discover balance on Ohio farms by:
- Applying ecological principles to balance clean water and fertile soil, strong supportive communities and prosperous farms.
- Conducting research and developing solutions through collaboration among many disciplines.
- Creating opportunities to reinvigorate Ohio’s diverse agricultural community.
- Supporting the wise use of energy and resources for the profitable production and marketing of wholesome food and agricultural products for all Ohioans.
These goals provide a framework for partnering, connecting, and supporting a diverse group of stakeholders from across Ohio. Together, our work has resulted in the projects and research featured on this site (and more that we need to get online!).