Open Ohio State Faculty Position: Assistant Professor in Regional/Rural/Urban Economics

The Ohio State University Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics seeks applications for an Assistant Professor in Regional/Rural/Urban Economics, with a focus on economic development in rural communities representative of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. We are seeking an individual to develop cutting-edge research, teaching, and Extension program in regional economics that explores the interactions between local rural and urban communities, industries, policies, and economies. Follow this link to learn more.

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Community Catalyst, How COVID-19 Has Affected Policy and How it Affects You (Webinar)

The Center for Community Solutions, in partnership with Advocates for Ohio’s Future, will host webinars each Friday at 1 p.m. where a series of advocates will discuss what COVID-19 means for policy and what potential policy changes could mean to you. Their inaugural webinar in this series will feature two experts from Community Catalyst, a national consumer health advocacy organization. The first webinar will take place Friday, April 3, 2020 at 1 p.m. EDT Follow this link to learn more.

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State Policies to Promote Shared Prosperity in Cities

The United States continues to be a country of tremendous economic opportunity, but this opportunity is not shared equally among the nation’s residents. As highlighted by the Shared Prosperity Partnership, success in the 21st century depends on generating growth that benefits individuals of all incomes, races, and ethnicities (Berube et al. 2018). Yet even in the nation’s most successful cities, the failure to distribute the economic opportunities and benefits more evenly across under-served communities has resulted in stark racial and economic disparities. Across the United States, courageous leaders at the local level are responding with creativity and resolve to promote more inclusive growth, but they face a challenging combination of disruptive forces (Poethig et al. 2018). Follow this link to learn more.

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It’s All About Time – Spring Email Wellness Challenge Invitation

Spring Email Wellness Challenge April 6 – May 18, 2020

Sign up for the Ohio State University Extension, Live Healthy Live Well 6-week Email Wellness Challenge. Two weekly e-mails will be sent directly to you from an OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Professional.

During this six-week challenge you will consider ways that “time” affects your life. You will be encouraged to fill your plate ½ full of vegetables & fruits for two meals each day. For activity, you will aim for 30 minutes of movement at least five times a week. You will focus on strategies to improve sleep. You will also explore ways to enhance your work/life balance and enjoy more “me” time.

You will learn tips and strategies to help you utilize time management tips to reduce stress in your life. By practicing wellness habits over the 6-week challenge, you will begin strengthening positive lifestyle behaviors. During this challenge, you will gain ideas to help you:

  1. Manage Time Constraints
  2. Enjoy Mealtime with Family
  3. Enhance Sleep
  4. Find Time and New Ways to Connect with Family and/or Friends
  5. Fit Creative Time into your Life
  6. Reduce Screen Time
  7. Focus on Work/Life Balance
  8. Eat more Vegetables and Fruits
  9. Add more Movement your Day

What does it cost? Nothing – it is free!

Who can participate? Any adult with an email account.

How do I sign up? Look at this chart and find your county. Go to the link listed beside your county and register.







































If your county isn’t listed, you may register with this link:

Sourced from: Family and Consumer Sciences OSU Extension Pickaway County Ohio State University Extension

Pandemic Spreads into Rural America at Rate Similar to Urban Areas

While a lower percentage of rural residents have acquired COVID-19, the disease is spreading in rural America at about the same rate as urban counties. The most recent data from shows the number of coronavirus cases in rural (or nonmetropolitan) counties increased by 16% in the last 24-hour period, from March 30 to 31. The nationwide rate of increase was 15% during the same period. Deaths in rural America grew by 40% (from 95 to 133) from March 30 to 31. While the rate of increase was sharp, those deaths still account for only a fraction of the national death toll of 3,506 as of March 31. Follow this link to learn more.

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Marion County Extension Receives Community Engagement Program Award

Marion County Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences received a 2020 Community Engagement Program Award from the Office of Outreach and Engagement. “Heal, Repair, Restore” is a case study and story of land reuse and community empowerment. Here is an excerpt: “Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination against African-American farmers has led to their decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than two percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to healthy food. Marion County possesses no special immunity in this regard.” Follow this link to learn more.

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Even as Metropolitan Areas Diversify, White Americans Still Live in Mostly White Neighborhoods

When the 2020 census results are released next year, they will show that America’s population is more racially diverse than ever before, with four out of every 10 residents projected to identify as a non-white racial group. Yet, in the average neighborhood where white residents live, racial diversity will be far less common. Moreover, most black and Latino or Hispanic residents will continue to live in neighborhoods where whites represent a much more modest presence than in their larger community. These likely outcomes of the national headcount are based on an analysis of the 2014 to 2018 American Community Survey (ACS) data released at the end of last year. They show continued broad variation in black and Latino or Hispanic segregation across the country. Yet even in the most racially diverse metropolitan areas, white, black, and Latino or Hispanic residents still live in areas that are not reflective of their entire region’s racial and ethnic diversity.
Follow this link to read more.

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High Tunnels New for Cincinnati Area

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer a new opportunity to those interested in growing urban and rural produce in the Greater Cincinnati area to apply for financial and technical assistance for high tunnel systems, commonly referred to as hoop houses. Imagine the delicious taste of baby spinach freshly harvested from your own garden, in Cincinnati, all winter long. Impossible, right? Not anymore. High tunnels make growing vegetables possible long after the first frost. A high tunnel sits over top of the garden. Arch shaped aluminum poles support removable heavy plastic sheets that trap heat from the sun, warming the air. Most have a peak height that allows an adult to stand easily with room to spare. They look similar to greenhouses except plants grow in the ground instead of in pots. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Morning Ag Clips