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News and Notes: April 26, 2024

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. Volunteers are the heartbeat of our mission to reach Ohioans where they live and work.

  2. Thank you all for the time and attention you put into creating promotional pieces for the programs you lead, the research you conduct, and the publications you create. There is no doubt that creating these items – large and small – takes a significant amount of time.

College Connections

  1. CFAES will host the second annual We Grow Scientists event on May 1 (3-7 p.m.) at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus.

  2. The Office of Sponsored Programs and the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education provide scheduled office hours tailored to Extension professionals every week.

Community Connections

  1. The Tractor Supply Company’s annual Paper Clover campaign is a significant initiative that supports 4-H camps, scholarships, and leadership opportunities. The 2024 campaign began April 24 and runs through May 5.

  2. Join pawpaw enthusiasts on May 18 in Wooster for the Ohio Pawpaw Conference.

  3. The path to economic vibrancy requires universal access to basic necessities such as water, sewer, electricity, and as we learned during COVID, broadband.

Programming Perspectives

  1. This spring, the Buckeye Environmental Horticulture Team has scheduled “Hort Shorts” – quick seasonal updates that can help Extension professionals answer client questions. The topics can also be used as main ideas for blogs, columns and/or media releases. 

  2. The A Day in the Woods program recently released its 2024 schedule. During the program’s 13th season, participants will meet many natural resources professionsals and increase their knowledge about woodland management.

  3. Logan Minter, Extension field specialist for specialty crops, has initiated a new on-farm/site research effort named ePLUS (produce, landscape, urban, and specialty crops).

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Travelers opting to extend a business trip for personal reasons (vacation, holiday, weekend, etc.) should be aware of the university’s policies and required procedures to be included when submitting a pre-trip spend authorization.

  2. Ohio State University Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) and ENGIE will be removing or partially removing several tunnel sections from the mid-west campus in summer 2024.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Ohio JCEP is accepting applications through May 1 for its second round of professional development scholarships and programming grants for 2024.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. The 2024 CFAES DEI Speaker Series kicked off in March. Upcoming speakers and topics are shared below.

  2. CFAES is committed to ensuring that all of its research and related educational programming are available to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Health and Wellness

  1. According to Ohio State allergy experts, a warming climate and increased carbon dioxide in urban areas are leading to longer pollen seasons with higher pollen counts.