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News and Notes: January 5, 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. Plato once said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

  2. As of Jan. 1, there are some changes in area leader assignments.

College Connections

  1. The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) will host its annual Spring Monthly Webinar Series starting Jan. 24.

  2. The Farm Financial Management and Policy Institute (FFMPI) is accepting applications for affiliated staff and faculty members.

Community Connections

  1. Several CFAES faculty and staff members shared their expertise about agrivoltaics during the December 2023 County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) Winter Conference.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Extension and the USDA Midwest Climate Hub are partnering to improve understanding of opportunities and barriers for climate-informed agricultural Extension programming across the Midwest.

  2. Dynamic growing will be the topic of a Greenhouse Management Workshop that will be held Jan. 25 and 26 at the Shisler Center in Wooster.

  3. Registration is now live for the Basics of Grain Marketing Workshop on Feb. 8 and 9 in Marysville.

  4. Plans are underway for the 2024 Ohio Woodland Water and Wildlife Conference.

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.

Tech Updates

  1. As we usher in the new year, the Cybersecurity for You team is preparing new cybersecurity awareness content for the new year.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. The new Extension Data Portal will launch early the week of Jan. 8, replacing the Extension portion of Vita. This system will provide a streamlined data entry process and enhanced reporting functionality.

  2. The United States Postal Service will implement a change in postage prices starting Jan. 21.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Your Feelings Matter, an Ohio 4-H curriculum book, recently passed national 4-H peer review. This means it was blind peer reviewed by an independent team of 4-H educators across the country.

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.) from Jan. 16 through March 7.

  2. Ohio State’s Lifestyle Spending Account (LSA) reimburses employees up to $125 quarterly for eligible expenses related to health, fitness, family, emotional, and social wellness.