News and Notes: January 6, 2022

Leadership Notes

  1. Friends, I hope your 2022 has started off with great health, good memories of time with family and friends over the holiday season, and inspiration for the year in front of us.

  2. Laurie Ward, office administrative associate for the director’s office, has moved on/back to the Wexner Medical Center. She will be working at the James Cancer Hospital with Radiation Oncology, a group she also previously supported.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. During the past two years, OSU Extension professionals have demonstrated that we know how to implement COVID-19 precautions while maintaining our educational mission and providing our communities with exceptional customer service.

College Connections

  1. As mentioned in this week’s update from Dean Kress, CFAES lapel pins have been shipped to buildings for distribution to all CFAES faculty and staff. This includes the county Extension offices. The pins were shipped to The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences with the appropriate individual building address, but no specific contact person, so please share this information with anyone who may receive packages in your office.

  2. The recipients of the 2022 CFAES alumni awards have been announced; and the ceremony to celebrate these award winners will take place in person on Saturday, March 5 at the Fawcett Center. A livestream component will be offered for those unable to attend in person, as well as the larger CFAES community.

  3. What does the Ohio unemployment rate mean and how is it calculated? Do unemployment benefits play a role in keeping people unemployed? Where did all the workers go and what will the future hold? You can find answers to these questions and more in two new reports from the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE).

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. The Office of Outreach and Engagement is seeking applications from university community engagement programs for the internal process to select Ohio State’s nominee for the 2022 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award.

Community Connections

  1. The annual ServeOhio Awards recognize outstanding people, groups and initiatives in each region of the state who make great contributions to their communities through service and volunteerism.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Extension Today is a pilot project and partnership of NBC4 WCMH-TV, OSU Extension, and CFAES. We are sharing viewer-focused stories about gardening, cooking, and other tips and resources for improving central Ohioans’ gardens, lives, families, and local communities. For the past several months, NBC4 has aired an Extension Today segment on Daytime Columbus each Wednesday, as well as on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Daytime Columbus is a locally-produced talk show which takes a closer look at area businesses, organizations, and resources available in central Ohio.

  2. OSU Extension will present its 2022 regional agricultural outlook and policy meetings from late January through late March. The outlook meetings will be held throughout the state and address agricultural topics of interest in Ohio and across the Corn Belt. Topics will include a grain market outlook; agricultural law updates; the dairy industry in 2022; Ohio’s changing climate; farm policy; Farm Bill 2023; Ohio’s Senate Bill 52 related to wind and solar development; farm real estate and cash rent trends; agricultural input price projections; and federal tax updates.

  3. Recordings of the sessions from the fall 2021 Ag Policy and Outlook Conference presented by the CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) are now available on AEDE’s YouTube channel. The expert presenters addressed several issues important to producers, agribusinesses, and elected officials.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. The Distinguished Staff Award recognizes and celebrates staff who have made an impact at The Ohio State University.

  2. The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award celebrates diversity efforts at Ohio State and rewards individuals and groups for their commitment to diversity.

  3. In collaboration with Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP), the Office of Academic Affairs has opened a call for grant proposals that align with the university’s sustainability goals, advance Ohio State priorities, and promote interdisciplinary and community collaboration. Submissions are due Feb. 11. Faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Effective September 2021, OSU Extension is tweaking how we apply the university brand to our OSU Extension identity. This is officially a secondary signature under The Ohio State University; it is a “brand mark” that is to be used in conjunction with the CFAES tag and the college name.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Jami Dellifield, educator, family and consumer sciences, with the Hardin County office of OSU Extension, has been awarded the first “Y Prize” given by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for her innovative work with farmer mental health.

  2. If you were able to attend the virtual 2021 Extension Annual Conference, thanks for joining us live! You can listen to session recordings via the link to the LOD YouTube at The keynote address with David Horsager will be removed from the playlist on Jan. 15.

  3. In the latest issue of the Journal of NACAA (National Association of County Agricultural Agents), Eric Romich and Chris Zoller have shared an article on the Impact of Solar Energy on a Naturally Ventilated Swine Building. Learn more and find the article online.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. The new year marks a new chance to grow both personally and professionally, and the OSU Leadership Center will hold several workshops in the coming weeks. To help with your new year's resolutions, the Leadership Center is offering 22% off all workshops held in January through June when you register in the month of January. Learn about upcoming workshops at

  2. Planning your next professional development opportunity and need funding? Applications are being accepted for Staff Career Development Grants until Jan. 31. Eligible staff can apply for funding for professional development opportunities occurring between March and September 2022.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. CFAES will be partnering with the Moritz College of Law to host a series of seminars to commemorate the National Day of Healing.

  2. The CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be hosting a speaker series throughout 2022. Featured speakers come from diverse fields and will highlight DEI issues that appeal to a broad audience. All sessions will take place on Zoom at 12-1:15pm on the third Thursdays in February, April, June, September, and November.

  3. You're invited to a book reading by Dr. Valerie Lee, professor emerita, The Ohio State University. Based on a career as a scholar, teacher, and administrator, Dr. Lee shares her wisdom about life and leadership in the academy. Drawing inspiration from the African American storytelling traditions she has spent decades studying and teaching, Lee approaches issues of race, gender, social justice, academic labor, and leadership with a voice that is clear, intimate, and humorous.