“Soil sciences was a promising space when I entered (the industry) in the late sixties and remains just so and not well known as we get into the 2020s. But the bestowing of the Entire world Food stuff Prize for my get the job done is a apparent recognition of its critical part in agriculture,” claims Rattan Lal, winner of the 2020 award.
In a way, the $250,000-award, regarded the Nobel Prize for Agriculture, is the crowning glory for the 75-yr-previous Indian-American soil scientist, who hails from Haryana. It follows the prestigious Entire world Agriculture Prize (2019) and the Japan Prize (2018) for Soil Technology. Lal, a Distinguished College Professor of Soil Science and founding Director of the Carbon Administration and Sequestration Center at the Ohio Condition College (OSU), has now produced an endowment at the college. Really shortly, he intends to start off an additional with the WFP dollars.