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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.

Thomas deHaas has joined the Lake County OSU Extension office as the new Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator. Tom has over 40 years of experience in a variety of educational and horticultural fields. He holds a B.S. in Horticulture/Agriculture Education from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in Education Specialist from Cleveland State University. His Agricultural and Natural Resources background includes landscape design and management, teaching vocational horticulture, tree farming, and commercial horticulture support. He has extensive experience teaching science to elementary and middle school students and has worked with children K-12. Tom also has experience in ornamental plant care/production and will bring a great deal of knowledge to the position to support local producers, forestry, home horticulture, and commercial horticulture, and conservation of natural resources. Tom is excited to be able to share his passion for agriculture and natural resources with the residents of Lake County.

Feel free to contact Tom deHaas for your agriculture and natural resource needs at 440-853-2630 or

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources programs at

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