Professionals (JCEP) Board developed the Extension Leadership Conference to provide leadership training for professional association officers around the country. It has evolved into a premier conference for any Extension professional seeking leadership development, updates in national initiatives, and networking. The conference theme, A Vision For The Future, will be woven through the 32 concurrent and general sessions. The conference will be held February 12 -13, 2020, on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Follow this link to learn more.
We all know fresh fruits and vegetables are key to good health. Yet many low-income neighborhoods have limited access to fresh produce. That’s why programs such as the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the National School Lunch Program are vital to the health of communities. Knowing how many children are in an area helps federal, state, and local officials evaluate funding for nutrition programs. “It’s important that a child is adequately nourished before attempting any activity,” said Betti Wiggins, officer of nutrition services for the Houston Independent School District, the nation’s seventh largest school district. Every day, the district serves 280,000 meals to students, she said. SNAP, previously known as Food Stamps, provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budgets of families “so they can purchase healthy food and move toward self-sufficiency,” according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages the program. Follow this link to learn more.
As the number of cities building citywide afterschool systems continues to grow, a new report, “Using Data to Strengthen Afterschool Planning, Management, and Strategy” from The Wallace Foundation examines eight cities that established a management information system (MIS) to design and support the use of data in afterschool programs; including Denver, Colorado. The National League of Cities (NLC) spoke with Maxine Quintana, the Director of Out-of-School-Time Initiatives for the city and county of Denver, Colorado. Quintana supports the Denver Afterschool Alliance (DAA), the citywide intermediary working to increase access to quality afterschool programs. Follow this link to learn more.
A group of 40 volunteers spent the weekend in Hamilton winterizing a community garden, cleaning its raised boxes, tending to its berry beds, and trimming its trees and shrubs. The garden is part of the Hamilton Urban Garden System (HUGS). It donates all the food it grows to the Hamilton community, in Butler County, Ohio. The area around the HUGS garden is reportedly considered a food desert. The nearest grocery store is almost a mile away, leaving many in the area without readily available, nutritious food options. The HUGS garden aims to solve that problem – and it’s making a dent. Last summer, the garden reportedly produced 1,500 lbs. of fresh fruits and vegetables for the community. Follow this link to learn more.
Springboro’s 62-acre city center is the latest place in the area to become a new “urban village.” Beginning on February 2, the area is to be redeveloped using standards established in meetings over the last four months and intended to make it once again a central place where people will come to shop, eat, walk, and gather for special events. The urban village concept also underlies plans to redevelop the former location of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, as well as the Dayton Mall area and other projects around the region. Follow this link to learn more.
Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities: “Strengthen Ohio by Strengthening Cities and Urban-Rural Connections” will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Wednesday, January 29, 2020
To better understand and address:
Real-life context of Extension work in urban communities (scale, diversity, complexity, urban-rural interface);
Alignment with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Framework and Integration with university, college, and other converging interests;
OSU Extension’s strategies to be relevant locally, responsive statewide, recognized nationally; and
Strengthen Ohio by strengthening cities and urban-rural connections.
Who Should Attend? The event is open to everyone interested in how OSU Extension can better address Ohio’s urban influence and urban-rural interface.
Registration is $20 (includes morning refreshment and lunch). Please register by January 20. The registration fee will be waived if a short article and photo for the OSU Extension in the City blog are submitted to Michelle Gaston.email@example.com by February 20.
The legacy, impact and people who make up the cornerstone college of The Ohio State University—the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) — were celebrated on January 10, 2020 during the annual State of the College address. Cathann A. Kress, vice president of agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, delivered the address at Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. She noted that while Ohio State is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, CFAES is also celebrating its remarkable 150-year history. “We belong to the college which originally gave our institution part of its name and has been a critical force in shaping our comprehensive university,” she said. “But just as our university has changed and evolved in its 150 years, so have we.” Kress said CFAES plays a critical role in improving the state of Ohio and will continue to play an important role in confronting the challenges of the future. “Through our research, Extension and teaching, our college is a contributor to our state’s economic development and social well-being. Our work has evolved over a century and a half,” Kress said, “with students being educated to become thought leaders, and an incredible number of innovations and discoveries.” Follow this link to learn more. Follow this link to view the recording.
Natural rubber is a vital resource for any developed country and is used in over 40,000 commercial products. By 2020 the USA may suffer a supply shortfall of 1.5 million metric tons of imported natural rubber. While the use of synthetic rubber has surpassed natural rubber in quantity, there are particular properties and high-performance applications that make natural rubber irreplaceable by synthetic rubber. The Ohio State College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences plant biologist Katrina Cornish spoke recently at TEDx about her work to establish natural rubber alternatives produced in the United States. Follow this link to learn more. Follow this link to watch the presentation.