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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


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.

Ann Chanon is the Lake County Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator. Ann is a native of Northeastern Ohio. She developed her love for woody plants and flowers at an early age. She turned her passion into a profession by earning a B.S. in Horticulture from The Ohio State University, M.S. in Horticultural Science from Texas A&M University, and Ph.D. in Horticulture and Crop Science from The Ohio State University. The emphasis for all three degrees was woody plant improvement. She worked for five years as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator for Lorain County. Prior to joining Extension, Ann worked for 12 years as a Research Associate at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department. She contributed to projects including, germplasm improvement and domestication of a new crop species, studies on fruit quality and secondary compound production in black raspberries, and other small fruits, and the effect of environmental stress on plant metabolites. Other employment experiences include floral and seed biology technician at Pan American Seed in West Chicago, IL., and internships with Herman Losely and Son Inc. Nursery, and Holden Arboretum. Her specializations are Woody Ornamental Plants, Small Fruits, Plant Propagation, and Consumer Horticulture.

Ann can be reached at or 440-853-2630.

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