News and Notes: September 19, 2022

OUR VISION: Ohioans have the knowledge and resources they need to actively engage in creating conditions in which they thrive.

OUR MISSION: We create opportunities for people to explore how science-based knowledge can improve social, economic and environmental conditions.

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Leadership Notes

  1. There is no substitute for actually seeing and engaging in the work of Extension at its very roots.

  2. The link to Jackie’s director’s video update (with transcript) on Aug. 30 is now available online.

  3. We want to acknowledge once again the contributions of Julie Strawser, former ANR state office employee, who died on Aug. 9.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. Earlier this year, the federal government mandated health insurance coverage for certain at-home, over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 diagnostic tests.

College Connections

  1. Farm Science Review (FSR) will be celebrating 60 years as one of the nation’s leading outdoor farm shows this week at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. The 4th annual Opioid Symposium presented by Healthy State Alliance will be held on Oct. 15 at several locations and online.

Community Connections

  1. OSU Extension is again joining the global community to celebrate Urban October.

  2. This program will increase awareness and opportunity for urban youth in the food, agricultural, and environmental sectors.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Farm Office Live returns on Sept. 22 (10-11:30 am.) from Farm Science Review.

  2. This year’s soil health tour has been expanded to include sites in northeastern Indiana and southeastern Michigan, as well as the Western Lake Erie Basin of Ohio.

  3. This program is designed for new or established ruminant livestock producers who have a small herd of beef cattle or goats, or a flock of sheep.

  4. The annual series is designed to help tax preparers learn about federal tax law changes and updates for this year

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. Now is the time to make your Creative Works submissions.

  2. It is time to nominate your peers and partners for ESP Special Chapter awards.

  3. The FY2023 R&GE Internal Grants Program Request for Proposals is now available, per the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education.

  4. Consider nominating one or more of your deserving CD colleagues for the 2022 Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award.

Tech Updates

  1. The LOD reporting and evaluation team will be holding office hours to explore the “EEET Dashboards” and answer questions.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. The Annual Merit Compensation Process (AMCP) has been completed and raise notification letters have been generated via Workday.

  2. The Ohio State University Pesticide Safety Education Program is housed in OSU Extension under the leadership of the ANR program leader.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Jill Bartolotta, Extension educator with the Sea Grant program, recently shared some of her expertise about microplastics in a news article.

  2. The Conneaut Port Authority recently received a Platinum Clean Marina certification.

  3. Horacio Lopez-Nicora, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, was recently named to the Provost’s Early Career Scholars Program.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Check out the ongoing list of workshops hosted by the Leadership Center this fall.

  2. A lunch-and-learn type webinar will be held on Oct. 5 (12-1 p.m.) to discuss the importance of membership in NACAA/AMREP.

  3. The Extension Leadership Conference planning invites Extension professionals, specialists, and administrators to share their expertise at the 2023 Extension Leadership Conference.

  4. The Joint Council of Extension Professionals’ Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) conference brings together Extension professionals, elected officials, and volunteers.

  5. With the support of the OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources state office, funds are available for this tour to explore and learn more about this invasive species.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. Hispanic Heritage month is held Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, and it serves as a moment to promote history, culture, and the contributions of Hispanic and Latin Americans.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. Consider submitting a proposal for a presentation, poster, or Engage in 5 for the 2022 OSU Extension Annual Conference.

Health and Wellness

  1. This is National Suicide Prevention Month. Learn about resources available to help those who may be experiencing a suicide or mental health crisis.

  2. Several Extension educators are teaching sessions during the Buckeye Wellness webinar series this fall.

  3. The Live Healthy Live Well team invites you to sign up to offer this fall’s email challenge.

  4. Registration for the Great Apple Crunch is officially open. The Crunch is scheduled for Oct. 13 at noon.

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