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News and Notes: January 27, 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.

Leadership Notes

  1. The entry into the New Year often brings renewed focus on what is important and a chance to think about our intentions, goals, and plans for the forthcoming year.

COVID-19 Updates

  1. As a reminder, employees are still required to report their status to the HR business partners who will log the cases with contact tracing.

College Connections

  1. The CFAES Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership Alumni Board is currently seeking nominations for the 2022 ACEL Alumni Awards

  2. The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) is hosting a new monthly webinar series this spring.

  3. The 2022 CFAES Alumni Awards event has been postponed to Homecoming week.

  4. Keeping our waterways clean and healthy starts with understanding how different factors impact our environment.

  5. KX connects researchers, Extension professionals, decision-makers, and communicators to share, explore, and engage with the world-class research from CFAES at Ohio State.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. Learn about the evolution of the carbon offset market and the nature of persistent quality challenges, as well as the potential role of universities and colleges in guiding the offset market through research-based procurement.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Do you wonder sometimes what happened to 2021? Not to worry! It did happen, and Extension professionals were busy publishing content as ever.

  2. The National Registry of Cooperative Extension Programs and Assets will enable Extension professionals to register their projects, programs, or curriculum for nationwide collaborating among Extension colleagues.

  3. Submit a proposal by March 7 to showcase your innovative or successful Extension programs for presentation at ESP in September.

  4. The Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council Annual Conference will be held in-person on Feb. 18 at Beck’s Hybrids in London, Ohio.

  5. Ohio Pork Congress is moving to a new location this year, at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima, Ohio.

  6. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invited applications to fund new projects for fiscal year 2022 CYFAR Sustainable Community Projects.

  7. Registration is now open for the 2022 Ohio Woodland Water and Wildlife Conference.

  8. The Small Farm team is excited to be holding the Mid-Ohio Small Farm Conference at the Ohio State Mansfield campus on March 12.

  9. This year, Ohio USDA SARE funding allows complimentary registrations for OSU Extension faculty and staff to participate in the annual OEFFA conference.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. 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.

  2. The CFAES Sustainable Agriculture Team and Agroecosystems Management Program have issued their annual call for proposals to conduct on-farm research on sustainable agriculture topics.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. The Learning and Organizational Development instructional design team is offering digital accessibility training for all Extension personnel.

  2. The OSU Leadership Center will hold several workshops in the coming weeks.

  3. Consider attending the next ACEL to Extension session on How the Brain Works, taught by Shannon Washburn.

  4. Michigan State University's Office for University Outreach and Engagement will host the fifth annual Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. The ESP Urban and Culturally Diverse Audiences (UCDA) Affinity Group is hosting a series of virtual discussions this year, beginning on Feb. 8.

Health and Wellness

  1. The Adult Mental Health First Aid training team has added training dates this spring.

  2. The Farm Stress Team is offering a three-course training program for mental health service providers who work with the agriculture industry.