This week, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut announced Ohio's new Center of Excellence in Agriculture, Food Production and Bioproducts.

"Ohio's farmers are not only feeding our families, they are fueling our vehicles and providing new sustainable product alternatives," Strickland said at a press conference at Ohio State University's Food Industry Center. "This Center of Excellence will accelerate the research and technology development to strengthen our agriculture industry and create good jobs for Ohioans."

The Center of Excellence was named to help focus academic and research activities to ensure access to safe, health-promoting foods through research, learning, policy development and outreach. The center will focus on four major themes that build upon the strengths of Ohio State faculty from many colleges and departments: foods for health, food safety, biomedical nutrition and global food policy.

"Agriculture remains one of Ohio's primary economic strengths," Fingerhut said, "and the innovations created by this Center of Excellence will bolster our state's global leadership within the industry."

This is the third Center of Excellence announced by the state. In October 2009, eight of the state's universities were named as Centers of Excellence in Advanced Energy; last month, 14 universities were named as Centers of Excellence in Biomedicine and Health. Ohio State University is a part of both of those centers; it is the only university involved in the Center of Excellence in Agriculture, Food Production and Bioproducts.

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Source: Ohio State University