Regional Collaboratives

A Story from the Land

State Initiatives Envision the Future of Agriculture

Ohio Smart Agriculture (OSA) is another example of a state-wide, landscape-scale Work Group, who came together to conclude that changing markets, volatile weather, environmental degradation, and food insecurity presented Ohio agriculture with unprecedented challenges. To face them, a diverse team of farmer leaders – representing all scales and systems of agriculture from large to small – joined with foresters, public health and nutrition experts, agribusiness leaders, academics, environmentalists, and others in an uncommon collaboration. Their mission: to assess the current state of agriculture in Ohio and determine how to move forward.

The OSA Call to Action report resulting from this process lays out a farmer-led vision of Ohio agriculture’s transformation towards environmental resilience, achieved in ways that generated economic growth on farms and in farm communities, while reducing hunger and improving nutrition.


SfL Pathways: integrated solutions to SDGs, advocacy, regional coalitions, landscape scale, multiple-systems approach

Addressing SDGs: no poverty, zero hunger, decent work and economic growth, sustainable cities and communities, climate action, life on land, life below water

Our Vision

An Agricultural Renaissance, led by innovative and entrepreneurial farmers, ranchers and foresters constructing sustainable, profitable and resilient systems that lay the foundation for a world of abundance on many scales capable of producing nutritious food, feed, fiber, clean energy, healthy ecosystems, quality livelihoods, and strong rural economies.