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The Journal of Extension (JOE) special edition explores innovative applications in technology, case studies of road-tested breakthroughs in effective volunteer management, new methods for needs assessment, new business models for sustainable programming, new or adapted program delivery methods, mobile learning and social media, innovative access to Cooperative Extension resources and evaluated models of engagement with new audiences. Follow this link to explore the JOE innovation issue.
The farther away from a city a person is raised, the more likely they are to climb the economic ladder, according to economists, who also found that community characteristics associated with upward mobility actually have different effects in rural and urban locations. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Penn State News
Across the globe, disruptions in food supply chains from digital innovations promise to significantly reduce the 1.3 billion tons of food that is wasted each year and feed more than three times the number of malnourished people currently on the planet. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a massive effort to count every person living in the United States. Because African Americans are among the groups of people who have historically been undercounted, and because an undercount can deprive communities of political representation as well as urgently needed resources, achieving a fair and accurate count in the 2020 Census is one of the most important civil rights issues facing Black America.  Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from National Urban League ReMARCs
How to Do Urban Wood Webinar Series presented by the Urban Wood Network Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 1 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern Time) Consumers from all over the country are joining the urban wood movement and are buying urban wood products in all shapes and sizes, from cutting boards to fine furniture to architectural lumber.  This webinar will discuss examples: of urban wood products, urban lumber sourcing, and examples of local/ regional/national markets. For more information and to register:
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Half a century after Americans began fighting hunger with monthly food stamps, the nation’s physicians and policymakers are focusing more than ever on what’s on each person’s plate. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Governing.
The Call for Proposals is now open for the Extension Annual Conference and Community Engagement Conference.  Submissions will be accepted until October 3. Event Information: The Community Engagement Conference is being planned by a university-wide committee with OSU Extension and the Office of Outreach and Engagement leading the efforts and input from more than 20 areas of the university. This year’s theme is Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future, which we believe captures a vast array of work within Extension and across the university. Community Engagement Conference – Ohio Union Day 1: Wednesday, January 23, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Day 2: Thursday, January 24, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.      Note: times are subject to change and full program details will follow Extension Annual Conference is being planned by a committee of Extension professionals, with Ohio JCEP leading the session content selection. This day does not have a specific theme, but will continue to capitalize on Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future of our Extension organization. Extension Annual Conference – Ohio Union Awards Program: Thursday, January 24, 2018, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (dinner included) Annual Conference: Friday, January 25, 2018, 7:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.      Note: times are subject to change and full program details will follow   Call for Proposals Proposal submission is combined for the Community Engagement Conference and the Extension Annual Conference (for Extension employees only), and can be accessed via this link To ensure you are considered correctly:
  • After you access the submission site, you will need to enter your name and email address to register and then you will receive an invitation email with a personalized link to your submission record.
  • On the first page, near the bottom, you will see the question, “Are you an employee of Ohio State University Extension?” Please select “Yes.”
    • If you select “No,” your submission WILL NOT be reviewed or considered for the Extension Annual Conference on Friday, January 23.
    • If you select “Yes,” you will have the option to select which days to be considered.
  • Selecting “Yes” above will prompt an additional question to appear: “Select the option for which your proposal should be considered.”
    • Here, you can select to be considered for ONLY the Extension Annual Conference, ONLY the Community Engagement Conference, or for both.
    • If you select one, but not the other (e.g. Extension Annual Conference only), then your submission will only be reviewed by the selection committee for that specific conference.
    • If you select to be considered for both conferences, then your submission will be reviewed by both committees and may be accepted for either or both.
  • After the first page, most of the submission form is the same, so please proceed as prompted.
    • If you selected to be considered for Friday (Extension Annual Conference), on the second page you will see options to select which impact areas and which “improving area” (partnerships, programming, practices, people) is applicable to your proposal.
    • You will not see these two prompts if you did not select to be considered for Friday.
The proposal review and selection process for both conferences will take place in October, with notification of decision by the end of October. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kate Shumaker (, Amanda Bennett ( or Jared Morrison (
Rural and Urban Watersheds Working Together: Innovative Solutions for Meeting Water Quality Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 2 p.m. CDT Urban-rural partnerships are increasingly viewed as a critical component of effective watershed management. In this presentation, Tricia Moore and Ron Graber of Kansas State University will highlight efforts between the City of Wichita, KS and upstream producers to unify watershed management in the Little Arkansas River watershed through two different mechanisms: drinking water supply protection and stormwater management. The role of the research and Extension arms of the Land-grant university system in facilitating these partnerships will also be discussed. Follow this link to register.
Washington State University and the National Urban Extension Leaders are pleased to jointly announce a call for proposals for the National Urban Extension Conference (NUEC) on “Innovation in the City: A Land Grant University Experience,” which will be held in Seattle, Washington, May 20-23, 2019. The 2019 NUEC will focus on four core elements of building successful urban projects and programs: core competencies, subject matter expertise, personal experiences, and innovation. Proposals may be for presentations, workshops, posters, and panels for the 2019 Conference. Abstracts that highlight research and/or outreach activities that involve partnerships between researchers, practitioners and Extension professionals are especially encouraged. They are also looking for innovative ideas that are just that, ideas. Proposals are Due: November 21, 2018 Follow this link for complete information.
Welfare reform is in the air again. Congressional Republicans are pushing for greater work incentives to be attached to the receipt of certain benefits, especially SNAP and Medicaid. An increasing share of spending on the safety net goes to families above the poverty line. Low-income and even middle-income families are also more reliant on means-tested transfers than in the past. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings