In May 2020, Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research (WCMER) and National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) hosted listening sessions related to NIFA developing an Urban and Emerging Agriculture grant program. The Western Experiment Station and Extension Directors have formally created a development committee with a charge to establish a Western Urban, Indoor, and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative to facilitate and promote multi-state research and extension projects. Anyone, including those outside the Western Region, interested in joining this effort (all aspects of the food system including production, marketing, distribution, access, equity, and resource recovery) are encouraged to do so. Follow this link to learn more.

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Thousands of people in the Miami Valley don’t know where their next meal is coming from, according to a report from the nonprofit group Feeding America. The report; called Map the Meal Gap, details food insecurity across the nation using U.S. Department of Agriculture data, including data from the Dayton area, which is reportedly worse off than the national average. According to the report, A household is considered food insecure, if there is not access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Follow this link to learn more.

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This month, 32 Extension directors and administrators gathered on Zoom for Learning for Leaders - Urban Agriculture: Needs, Opportunities, and Actions. A panel of experts joined ECOP Chair Chris Watkins (Cornell University). Strategies were presented that support the sustainable development of commercial and community-focused urban agriculture. Follow this link to learn more
Follow this link to view the YouTube recording. 

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Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County, a program of The Ohio State University College of Social Work, entered the AARP and World Health Organization international network of Age-Friendly Communities in 2016. This network defines a five-year process for communities across the globe to assess, plan, and implement needed improvements through the lens of older adults. Each community is given access to resources and guidance for how to complete the work, but is also given the flexibility to cater the process locally. December of 2020 marks the first round of improvements in Columbus and Franklin County-defined by five years of robust discovery and innovation with older adult residents and those who serve them. Follow this link to learn more.

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An old East Coast port city building community trust and redefining its image. A rural Kentucky county opening new doors for families. A Bay Area city cultivating local leaders to drive long-term change.

These three places may look different—by geography, by demographics, by culture, by opportunities—but they all have something in common: residents who love their communities and want to make them better. In the past, though, their ideas weren’t always heard, or no one asked in the first place. Promise Neighborhoods in Camden, New Jersey; Perry County, Kentucky; and Hayward, California (as well as a dozen others across the United States) have been trying to change that. Follow this link to learn more.

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Extension Directors and Administrators are invited to network and engage with expert panelists who will present multiple strategies that support the sustainable development of commercial and community-focused urban agriculture. Joining ECOP Chair Chris Watkins will be Anu Rangarajan, Director of the Cornell Small Farms Program, and Brad Gaolach, Washington State University Extension, Director of Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension (WCMER). The event is taking place Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EST. Follow this link to learn more

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Legacy cities such as Cleveland, Youngstown, and Akron (Ohio), Buffalo (New York), Leipzig (Germany), and Manchester (UK) face major challenges in the 21st century economy, including loss of economic base, aging infrastructure, social polarization, and continued sprawl despite population stabilization. Ohio’s legacy cities have many highly-sought features such as dense, walkable centers, abundant and affordable housing and infrastructure, and closely-knit communities and skilled workers from their industrial past and immigration history. How can legacy cities leverage these assets to restore their economic vitality while promoting a socially just and sustainable communities? The panel discussion is taking place Friday, January 22, 2020 at 1 p.m. EST. Follow this link to learn more.

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Diverse perspectives and approaches to learning and knowing can strengthen our work in urban and community forestry. Indigenous and local knowledge is embedded in the concept of biocultural stewardship - an approach to working with communities recognizing that the stewardship of place is inseparable from the stewardship of people, and that cultural resources are as important as natural resources. A shift toward biocultural stewardship can help cultivate sustainability and well-being in communities undergoing rapid environmental, social, and climate changes. In this presentation, they will explore the concept of biocultural stewardship and how it can be applied to different geographical contexts and culturally distinct communities, including urban settings. The webinar is taking place Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1 p.m. EST. Follow this link to learn more.

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A celebration of the land-grant mission of The Ohio State University brought together past and present leaders of the university to discuss the successes and challenges facing higher education.

This month, Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson joined former President E. Gordon Gee for a virtual fireside chat. The conversation was moderated by Stephen Gavazzi, professor of human development and family science, and David Staley, associate professor of history.

Gavazzi and Staley edited “Fulfilling the 21st Century Land-Grant Mission,” a book of essays that includes contributions from Gee, former Ohio State presidents William “Brit” Kirwan and Michael V. Drake, and university faculty and staff. Follow this link to learn more.

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Registration is now open for the 2020 OSU Extension Annual (Virtual) Conference!


You are invited to attend and participate in the 2020 OSU Extension Virtual Annual Conference – Embrace Change Together!

This 3-day 2020 virtual conference will highlight how our efforts meet today's challenges to create a more engaged tomorrow.  This conference will also showcase innovative presenters and sessions full of new ways you can engage our four tracks.

The conference is December 7-9, 2020, beginning at 8:45 a.m. To register, you will need an approved eRequest #
  • All-Conference Pass: $25
  • Students: $10
Please register prior to Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  Follow this link to register. For any questions, please contact ShaLise Simmons, Event Program Coordinator.