Enhancing Agriculture and the Environment

Ohio’s diverse agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy every year. OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources (ANR) programs assist with technology, marketing and educational support – protecting Ohio’s position in the global marketplace.

OSU Extension also works to help local residents and community leaders enhance and sustain the environment and natural areas throughout the state, balancing economic advancement with environmental sustainability.

Our ANR professionals help producers develop and expand profitable, sustainable farming and other agricultural businesses – thereby creating jobs and economic opportunity for Ohio’s citizens. They also provide leadership, collaboration, consulting, unbiased information, applied research, and access to land-grant university knowledge to address local issues and needs.

Agriculture and Natural Resources play a significant role in the lifestyles of many rural Jefferson County residents.  Livestock establishments, especially beef cattle, continue to lead agricultural enterprises.  Many producers have utilized reclaimed surface mined land for grazing purposes. 

In recent years, the Jefferson County area has become part of the oil and gas hub for the state of Ohio.  Although there are few gas wells in production in the county, pipeline leasing has been a hot topic.

For more information, contact Erika Lyon at 740-264-2212 or lyon.194@osu.edu.

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources programs at http://agnr.osu.edu.


Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.