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News and Notes: February 2, 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. Sometimes I get so focused on the hours, days, and weeks ahead that I don’t give much thought to what I was doing a week ago or, to be honest, even yesterday.

College Connections

  1. Join agricultural professionals – from CFAES, USDA, the private sector, and more – for a Farm Bill Summit on Feb. 23 (1-3:30 p.m.) at the Fawcett Center in Columbus.

Community Connections

  1. The Rural Population Research Network (RPRN) is leading an effort to identify the issues that diverse rural stakeholders see as top priorities for understanding population change.

Programming Perspectives

  1. A Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing workshop will be held March 12 and April 23 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days) at the OSU Extension office in Defiance County.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) is accepting applications for its Agricultural Awareness and Appreciation Award.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. As of Jan. 1, 2024, OSU Extension is using an updated procedure for ordering name badges for new and current employees.

  2. Organizational Development unit this spring. The onboarding program has been designed to provide all new employees with the necessary tools and resources to succeed in OSU Extension.

  3. The Engage: Extension Data Portal officially replaced Vita on Jan. 31.

  4. The Grant Development Support Unit (GDSU) in the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education offers a free service to assist Extension professionals with grant submissions.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Join the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) for its next breakfast program on Feb. 13 (7:15 a.m.-12 p.m.) at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

  2. The February FCS Professional Development Day on Feb. 15 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) will focus on outdoor safety. Extension professionals from all program areas are welcome to participate.

  3. All Extension professionals who work with volunteers are invited to a Virtual Volunteer Conference on Feb. 22 (9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.).

  4. The JCEP Global Relations Committee is offering a GlobalOHIO Immersion Learning Tour May 2-3 to Cleveland.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. 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. Ohio State’s Your Plan for Heath offers a comprehensive list of classes – including physical activity (virtual and in-person), webinars, group health coaching, and more to all employees.