Ohio State University Extension Nursery, Landscape, and Turf Team: Teamwork at Its Best

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  • 1 Ohio State University Extension, Clermont County, P.O. Box 670, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, OH 45160; to whom reprint requests should be addressed.
  • 2 Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University, and District Horticulture Specialist and Assistant Professor, Ohio State University Extension, Northeast District, OARDC/OSU, Wooster, OH, 44691.
  • 3 Ohio State University Extension, Geauga County, 14269 Claridon-Troy Rd., P.O. Box 387, Burton OH 44021.
  • 4 Ohio State University Extension, Southwest District, and Horticulture Industry Agent, Ohio State University Extension, Hamilton County, 11100 Winton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45218.

The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension Nursery, Landscape, and Turf Team (ENLTT) is an innovative and interdisciplinary team comprised of extension agents, extension specialists, researchers, teaching faculty, university arboretum staff, and research assistants. ENLTT has greatly improved the process of acquisition, delivery, and support of accurate, practical, and timely educational resources through interdisciplinary and industry partnerships. The award-winning weekly electronic newsletter Buckeye Yard and Garden Line (BYGL) has been the focal point of our teamwork since 1993. An ornamental research circular, authored and edited by ENLTT members, remains the most requested publication from the Section of Communication and Technology, Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center, OSU. Strong partnership with the green industry in Ohio has resulted in the financial commitment of more than $230,000 from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association since 1993. ENLTT members have improved themselves as a result of educating each other through weekly BYGL conference calls from April to October, taking study tours, and conducting joint educational programs. Twenty-two commodity or issue teams, such as, Floriculture Team, Vegetable Crops Team, Tree Fruit Team, Forestry Team, Agronomic Crops Team, Sustainable Agriculture Team, and Dairy Team, have been formed in OSU Extension due to the success of ENLTT.

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