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News and Notes: March 15, 2024

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Leadership Notes

  1. The longer days and warmer temps we’ve been having are reminders that spring is coming. 4-H professionals are helping organize clubs and camps. Our ag and natural resources professionals are supporting farmers who are busy tending to new life in pastures and barns.

College Connections

  1. The CFAES Awards Ceremony will be held on April 5, followed by Dean Kress’s State of the College address. The events will be in-person on the Columbus campus in the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

  2. The Lal Carbon Center will host an in-person Carbon Academy for Extension professionals on April 10 (9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.).

  3. The Office of Sponsored Programs and the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education provide scheduled office hours tailored to Extension professionals every week.

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. OSU South Centers in Piketon will host an Explore Connect Collab event on June 25.

Community Connections

  1. Women in Ranching Education and Development (WIRED) will host a hands-on educational workshop on April 6 (7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.) at Ohio State ATI, with Temple Grandin as the keynote speaker.

  2. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS ) is a program the National Weather Service (NWS) and others support through education, outreach, and promotion to potential volunteers.

  3. Join pawpaw enthusiasts on May 18 in Wooster for the Ohio Pawpaw Conference. OSU Extension and the North American Pawpaw Growers Association are organizing the event that will feature cooking demonstrations, a grower panel, orchard tour, and more.

  4. The 2024 Urban Foods Systems Symposium will be June 11-13 in Columbus. The event will attract an international audience and will feature keynote speakers, a grower panel, presentations, educational tours, and more.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Ohio Farm Resolution Services (OFRS) is now available through Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Law Program.

  2. Anyone interested in supporting women in agriculture should plan to attend the Southern Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference on April 4 (9 a.m. -3:30 p.m.) in Chillicothe.

  3. The Small Farm Team will host its annual Small Farm Conference on April 6 at the Mid-East Career Technical Center (Buffalo Campus) in southeastern Ohio. The day will feature a conference and trade show.

  4. The OSU Extension Office in Clermont County will host the 30th annual Southwest Ohio Perennial School on April 11. The event will feature educational presentations and a tradeshow.

Tech Updates

  1. Ohio State is transitioning to eduroam as the primary secure network for Ohio State students, faculty and staff, with osuwireless retiring in summer 2024.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. OSU Extension now has a new comprehensive guide to farm and ranch safety. The National Farm and Ranch Safety Leader’s Guide is now available through Extension Publishing.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. There will be an in-person training session on March 27 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center for any Extension professional or volunteer (teen or adult) who wants to be trained in 4-H Yoga.

  2. Growing Teachers Throughout the Season (GTS) is a school gardening curriculum that is the result of a partnership between OSU Extension and Columbus City Schools.

  3. REACH© is Ohio State’s suicide prevention in-person gatekeeper training program designed to help members of the OSU community prevent suicide. There will be a REACH© training for Extension professionals on April 24 (10 a.m.-noon) at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

  4. There will be a cultural immersion project in Puerto Rico for 4-H professionals Dec. 2-9, 2024. All 4-H educators with at least three years of experience with OSU Extension (by trip date) are eligible to participate.

  5. The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism Planning Committee is seeking workshop, research session, poster, and lightning talk proposals for presentations at its 2025 conference to be held April 22–24, 2025 in Portland, Maine.

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.

  2. Save the dates for the 2024 CFAES DEI Speaker Series, which kicks off March 21 (12-1:15 p.m.). The series will feature the following speakers and topics.

Health and Wellness

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