The Nationwide Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Nationwide Insurance, has announced grants totaling $7 million to Ohio State University in support of its College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
The funding includes $5 million for the construction of facilities and infrastructure at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, including a greenhouse production system, a food protection research complex, and a multi-species animal learning center. The gift also will enable CFAES to reach its larger goal of introducing key concepts of food security, production, or sustainability to every undergraduate student. The remaining $2 million will support initiatives driven by the university's land-grant mission, including translating research to ensure its accessibility and utility, broadening lifelong learning opportunities, and strengthening leadership programming for CFAES students.
"Our college works every day to sustain life, and to be successful we need partners who share our vision [and] appreciate its complexity and the long-term investment it requires," said Cathann A. Kress, dean of CFAES and vice president for agricultural administration. "Nationwide's value on doing together what cannot be done alone both supports our interdisciplinary work and challenges us to keep seeking other collaborators. We are deeply fortunate to have partners like Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation committed to advancing and sustaining life across Ohio and beyond."