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News and Notes: July 27, 2023

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. As we approach the end of July and enter the deep heat and humidity of summer, it can only mean one thing…we are well into camp and fair season in Ohio.

College Connections

  1. All members of the CFAES teaching community are encouraged to participate in this symposium on Aug. 15 (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.).

  2. This year's American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Outstanding Chapter Advisor is Dr. Maurice Eastridge, Extension dairy specialist and professor in the CFAES Department of Animal Sciences.

Community Connections

  1. The next virtual Ohio Food Policy Network (OFPN) meeting is scheduled for July 28 (12-1:30 p.m.).

  2. Extension’s new Public Health AmeriCorps is looking for volunteers throughout Ohio to serve as AmeriCorps members. These roles are not jobs, but rather service positions in communities with benefits beyond typical volunteering (such as a monthly living allowance). 

Programming Perspectives

  1. Join OSU Extension on Aug. 3 (8:50 a.m.-4 p.m.) in Bryan, Ohio for the Manure Science Review.

  2. The OSU Extension Water Quality Team is working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to kick off a bi-monthly, year-round webinar series.

  3. Join the A DAY in the WOODS partners for a Bugs and Shrubs workshop on Aug. 11 (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) at the Vinton Furnace State Forest. The day will focus on the amazing diverse overstory of hardwood trees in Appalachia Ohio.

  4. Dr. Cynthia Canan recently joined OSU Extension as a state 4-H STEM specialist and assistant professor. She started May 1 and is based out of the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.

  5. This year’s Ohio Dairy Quality Conference will be Oct. 10 (9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.) at the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

  6. For those Extension professionals who are interested in beef cattle programming, save the date for an in-person beef team meeting at the Jackson County Extension Office/Agricultural Research Station on Oct. 20 starting at 10 a.m.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. All new Extension employees have the Fall 2023 Onboard. Network. Excel. (ONE) dates and assignments on their calendars.

  2. From logos to fonts and official colors to graphic elements, the CFAES Brand Advisory Team (BAT) has made it easy for you to find all the resources you need to get started branding your Extension materials.

  3. The assistant director for Agriculture and Natural Resources position is still active as we seek the right individual to fill this leadership role.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. Dave Apsley received the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Cardinal Award at a special ceremony on July 26 at the Ohio State Fair.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. If you work with volunteers in any Extension programming, join our colleagues from across the North Central Region for a free professional development webinar series focused on using the Developmental Stages of an Extension Professional Model to empower volunteers to strengthen and grow

  2. The Assuring Quality Care of Animals (AQCA) team is considering adding an animal sciences in-service.

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. There are several upcoming diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)-focused workshops in CFAES.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. In place of the in-person annual conference, Extension will host regional conversations this year during the week of November 13.

  2. Save the date for Extension’s 2024 Annual Conference Dec. 10-11. The 2024 event will be in-person in Columbus. More details will be shared as the planning committee starts its work.