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News and Notes: May 2, 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. The recording and transcript of the April 25 State of Extension address is now available online.

College Connections

  1. On May 3, Brent Sohngen will discuss energy security and the environment during the AEDE monthly webinar series.

  2. The Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens presents the 36th annual Spring Plant Sale and Auction Fundraiser on May 11-13.

  3. All members of the CFAES teaching community are encouraged to participate in this symposium on Aug. 15

Campus Connections/Partnerships

  1. On May 3, your gift will fund critically needed scholarships, reducing financial constraints for Buckeyes and future Buckeyes.

  2. The deadline to submit ideas for panel discussions and workshops for the 2023 Interdisciplinary Research Fall Forum is May 15.

Community Connections

  1. The Ohio 4-H Foundation board of trustees president, Lisa Peterson, invites you to attend the Ohio 4-H Foundation 2023 Spring Dinner.

Programming Perspectives

  1. Join the Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance TODAY at 2 p.m. for a panel conversation about mental health and suicide in agriculture; register to receive recording afterward.

  2. The OSU Extension Food Preservation Team has several resources available to share with your clients. ​​​​​​​

  3. Join Sarah Noggle and Bridget Britton on May 10 for an open discussion about how women in agriculture can support each other and lift each other up while taking care of our mental health.

  4. The 2023 Pawpaw Conference will provide a blend of research and insight via producers from multiple states.

  5. Information gathered from the Midwest Cover Crops Council was used to compile 23 fact sheets that were recently posted on Ohioline, providing information on cover crops for Ohio.

Award Opportunities/Reminders

  1. The Engagement Scholarship Consortium is providing financial support that helps facilitate positive outcomes for scholars and communities through the Engaged Scholarship Research/Creative Activities Grants Program.

Operations/Business of Extension

  1. Mileage reimbursement between home and headquarters location is not allowable. This includes locations on the same campus as headquarters. ​​​​​​​Read more about the university travel policy in this article.

  2. The CFAES Grant Development Support Unit recently created a game scenario to help demonstrate how easy the grant application process can be.

Celebrating Colleagues

  1. OSU Extension, the college, and our local partners in Fayette County and beyond lost a beloved colleague recently with the unexpected passing of Godwin Apaliyah. ​​​​​​​

  2. The Ohio chapter of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents has announced the winners of the state Applied Research and Extension Education poster contest.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Register by May 5: t​​​​he Alpha Chapter of Chi Epsilon Sigma (CES) is hosting a professional development day for support staff on May 23.

  2. For ag and natural resources educators and program staff, becoming a Certified Crop Adviser is one way to show your specialization and interest in helping your clientele with agronomic crop production questions.

  3. The Office of Sponsored Programs and the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education is offering scheduled office hours for Extension professionals.

  4. Landowners usually create trails to better access and enjoy their property. However, sometimes those same trails can create headaches for the landowners.

  5. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will host a five-day technical assistance workshop on writing grants from May 8 to 12.

  6. Learn about the use of drones in applying pesticides and get practical information you can use at your county-based private applicator education programs. ​​​​​​​

  7. Check out the ongoing list of workshops hosted by the Leadership Center. ​​​​​​​

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. Please continue to protect the youth and raise up their voices. If you’re not sure how to get involved, check out new Extension-produced videos on the Project DREAMS website.

Extension Annual Conference

  1. Regional conversations will be held the week of Nov. 13-17, with a different location each day for an in-person gathering.

Health and Wellness

  1. The purpose of Mental Health Awareness Month is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses, the realities of living with these conditions, and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness.

  2. Kudos to the many of our OSU Extension professionals who work to address mental health issues with our peers, colleagues, and community partners.

  3. The USDA Mental Health Awareness Month workshop series will take place on Tuesdays from May 9 through June 6.