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News and Notes: January 19, 2024

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

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Leadership Notes

  1. It is hard to believe we are more than halfway through January. The Extension Management Structure Task Force meets for the first time today (Jan. 19). I am eager to welcome and encourage this group of dedicated professionals to address this challenge.

College Connections

  1. The Department of Entomology will host a Pollinator Update on Feb. 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) at the Franklin County office of OSU Extension.

  2. 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.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Ohio SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) funds will provide complimentary registration for the 2024 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference for OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources faculty and staff.

  2. The Ohio Women in Agriculture Team has released the dates for its Wednesday Women in Agriculture Virtual Series.

  3. Each semester, the Department of Entomology hosts a series of guest speakers. The talks are every Thursday of the semester at 9 a.m. with a mixture of in-person and virtual seminars.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

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

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. The Engage: Extension Data Portal launched the week of Jan. 8, replacing the Extension module in Vita. This system will provide a streamlined data entry process and enhanced reporting functionality.

  2. Extension Administration has just finished a brief review and a few minor adjustments of some basic information on the county websites.

  3. As you create materials to use for promoting your activities, summarizing program content, and sharing with colleagues and clientele, remember to “mind the brand.”

  4. Merchandise and apparel mock-ups all need to be reviewed by the CFAES Brand Approval Team prior to production.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague recently presented Courtney Warman with a Compass Award. The treasurer’s office presents Compass Awards quarterly to organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who work to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. The 4-H Healthy Living Design Team is hosting a Healthy Living In-Service on Feb. 5 (9 a.m.-4:15 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.

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. Tai Chi classes for beginners are being offered through Extension on Tuesdays and Thursdays (1:30-2:15 p.m.) now through March 7.

  2. The Ohio State University Health Plan members have year-round access to a variety of health and wellness classes, recordings, and events.