Great Lakes Ag Tech Summit

Join Urban Ag News, Hort Americas, and Current, powered by GE, for the inaugural Great Lakes Ag Tech Summit on Monday, September 23, 2019. The summit will be held at at the historic Nela Park campus in Cleveland, Ohio. The one-day event features keynote presentations and panel discussions from leading researchers and innovative growers in the Great Lakes region. Attendees will be able to connect with growers, scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs as we shape the future of food and move controlled environment agriculture forward. Follow this link to learn more.

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Strategic Initiatives and Urban Engagement Welcomes New Graduate Student

DaVonti’ is the Graduate Associate working with the Strategic Initiatives and Urban Engagement unit.DaVonti’ Haynes is a doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership program in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio State at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Social Work. His research interest includes collegiate access for urban and Appalachian populations, successful transition mechanisms, retention, and programming for students from high school to college. DaVonti’ has previously participated in 4-H through the Cuyahoga County Extension Office, and will be a new member of the Strategic Initiatives and Urban Engagement team at Ohio State University Extension.

Welcome DaVonti’!





Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension: Partnerships that Work

Join the Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group Monday, September 16, 2019 from 3 – 4 p.m. EST, to learn about “Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension.” This webinar will provide an introduction to sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Following this introduction, two partners (one from the community and one from Extension) will describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. They will describe how the partnership developed and key elements of a partnership that promotes food sovereignty. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions of related resources. Presenters include: Janie Simms Hipp, Jennifer K. Gauthier, and Brian Kowalkowski. Follow this link to register.

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NLC Community and Economic Development Committee Meets With HUD

The National League of Cities Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee Fall Policy Meeting was hosted in Gaithersburg, Maryland near Washington, DC. Gaithersburg is one of Maryland’s largest and fastest growing municipalities, and consistently ranks as one of the five most culturally diverse cities in the United States. The proximity of Gaithersburg to Washington, DC gave the committee an opportunity to advocate on CED issues. Committee members traveled to the headquarters building of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and participated in a roundtable discussion with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, HUD Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research Seth Appleton, HUD Deputy Chief of Staff Alfonso Costa, and representatives from the HUD offices of Community Planning and Development, and Intergovernmental Relations. Follow this link to learn more.

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National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Steering Committee

Each of the five regions within NUEL has three Steering Committee positions. People in these positions serve as an action team chair, regional caucus chair, or executive committee member. Expectations of Steering Committee members are to serve a 2-year term, participate in bi-monthly Zoom meetings, attend in-person meetings (2 per year), and to fulfill their role as chair/executive committee member. Marie Ruemenapp has served on the NUEL Steering Committee representing the North Central Region and began serving as the NUEL Chair in 2019. Marie’s two-year term, however, ends at the end of this year. In Seattle, during NUEL’s Caucus meeting, they decided to continue filling empty positions through an election process (with state director approval prior to self-nomination). If you are interested in becoming a NUEL Steering Committee member please forward a paragraph to Nicole Debose at and Carrie Edgar at Please include your name, photo, current title, relevant background, and reason for wanting to serve on the committee no later than Friday, September 20, 2019.

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2019 College of Social Work Community Engagement & Action Conference

2019 College of Social Work Community Engagement & Action ConferenceSeparate from OSU Extension’s work with Community Outreach and Engagement, Ohio State’s College of Social Work invites you to join them for its Community Engagement and Action Conference themed “Welcome Here: Moving Toward Collective Impact, Diversity, and Inclusion for New Americans.” The conference will take place September 20, 2019 from  9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Fawcett Center, in Columbus. The cost is $30 per individual and includes five CEUs, breakfast, lunch, and parking. Scholarships are available to students and exhibitors. RSVP is requested before September 17.
Follow this link to learn more.

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2019 World Food Day Flash Talk

The Ohio State University Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), the Sustainability Institute (SI), University Libraries, and the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are hosting Food Flash Talks on October 17, 2019, as a part of a series of events for World Food Day. In keeping with World Food Day’s aim to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all, they are looking for speakers who are currently doing research or programming on the environmental, social, political, and/or economic components of food production, access, and distribution. Each flash talk presenter will have 7 minutes to provide a compelling overview of their work to an audience of students, fellow researchers and members of the general public. Open for students, staff, and faculty to submit a proposal until September 20.
Follow this link to submit a proposal.

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Urban Air Quality: A Global Health Crisis Panel Discussion

Air Quality is quickly becoming a global health crisis, especially in highly urbanized areas. Urban air pollution depends on many factors, ranging from meteorological conditions to geographic factors. The panel, moderated by Harvey Miller, PhD, Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, consists of experts in urban air quality who will share new insights. The panel discussion will take place Friday, September 6, 2019 from 12-1 p.m. on Ohio State campus – Thompson Library, Room 165. This event is free and open to the public, RSVP appreciated. Follow this link to learn more.

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