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Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields.

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Oct 16, 2020

The World Food Prize is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to food and food security around the world. The brainchild of Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, it was founded in 1986 and is the foremost international award for those in these fields. Dr. Rattan Lal is the 2020 World Food Prize Laureate for his continent-spanning work with climate change and holistic soil health. This episode, we talk with Dr. Lal about his life, career, and the soil health lessons he’s learned along the way.

Tune in to learn:

  • The importance of animals like earthworms, termites, and centipedes to soil health
  • How covering soils can increase soil health properties
  • How the health of animals, people, plants, soil, and the environment intertwine
  • What future steps we can take to increase food security and soil health

If you would like more information about this topic, the CSA News feature about Dr. Lal is available here:

It will be freely available from 16 October to 30 October, 2020.

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CEU Quiz:

World Food Prize:

World Food Prize feature on Dr. Rattan Lal:

Rattan Lal: Translating Science Into Action video:

Rattan Lal: Soil Is Like a Bank Account video:

Rattan Lal: Early Life and Path to The Ohio State University video:

CFAES Faculty Profile: Rattan Lal video:

Rare Earth Alumni Magazine video:

The Ohio State University:

Soil Science Society of America:

American Society of Agronomy:

Crop Science Society of America:

International Union of Soil Sciences:

United Nations University:



“Soil Carbon Sequestration Impacts on Global Climate Change and Food Security” article in Science:

Rattan Lal, PhD Presenting at Nobel Conference 54 video:

S is for Soil book:

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