Soil Scientist Rattan Lal Wins 2019 Japan Prize

The Japan Prize Foundation has announced the laureates of the 2019 Japan Prize, including Dr. Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at The Ohio State University. Dr. Lal pioneered no-tillage agriculture and methods to sequester carbon in the soil. He is being honored for his work in identifying technological options adapted to various ecosystems through his intensive basic and applied research on processes and factors of soil degradation caused by inappropriate biological production, as well as in evaluating recommended agricultural practices which reduce risks of soil degradation and of anthropogenic climate change while improving the environmental quality and addressing the critical issues of feeding the earth’s population. Each laureate will receive a certificate of recognition, a commemorative gold medal, and a cash award of approximately $450,000.