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Join the following speakers November 29 - December 3, 10-11 a.m. ET for this webinar series focused on the biology and human dynamics of pollinator conservation in urban settings.

11/29 Reed Johnson, Honey Bees in the City: Where Are They Feeding, and How Do We Know?
11/30 Gerardo Camilo, The City as a Refuge for Insect Pollinators
12/1 Mary Gardiner, Vacant Lots as Urban Bee Habitat
12/2 Scott MacIvor, Constructed Green Infrastructure to Support Wild Bees: Does it Work?
12/3 Damon Hall, Policy Dimensions of Insect Pollinator Conservation

Follow this link to register to attend one or all the sessions.
Pollinators in the City Speaker Series Webpage

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is investing over $3.5 million to support educational awareness of food, agriculture, and farm safety for youth in underserved communities. This investment includes $2M in grants awarded through NIFA’s Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) under the new Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Initiative, and more than $1.6 million in grants awarded over 4 years through its Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification program. Follow this link to learn more.

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With a presence in all 88 Ohio counties, Ohio State University Extension strives to engage citizens within urban, rural, and suburban communities. As populations have shifted, so has the need of Ohio’s urban counties. Thus, to help ensure Extension remains vibrant, relevant, and accessible in all communities, a team of faculty, staff, and students conducted a case study, focusing on the National Urban Extension Leaders four themes of positioning, programs, personnel, and partnerships. The data provided insight into what Extension can do to address the urban context of scale, diversity, complexity, and urban-rural interface. Follow this link for the full article.

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Tuesday, November 23, 10-11:30 a.m. ET

This 90-minute introductory webinar will provide an overview of the types of bias that humans experience with an emphasis on implicit bias. Explore how socialization process leads to the formation of conscious and unconscious associations, stereotypes, and prejudices that influence how we treat and view others in unintended ways. Participants will learn common ways that bias manifests in the form of subtle microaggressions and identify strategies that can help reduce the impact of implicit biases. During the session participants will complete and discuss an Implicit Association Test (IAT) – a tool that can help users identify hidden associations.

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COVID-19 has made food access more challenging for many communities. In Michigan State University’s Fall 2021 Food Literacy and Engagement Poll, 31% of the people we talked to said the pandemic had affected their household’s ability to obtain food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as having limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Households with low food security have trouble affording enough food and eating balanced diets. In 2018, the department estimated that over 37 million Americans were food insecure. By December 2020 that figure had risen to 38.3 million people, or 10.5 percent of U.S. households. Follow this link to learn more.

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National 4-H Council is pleased to announce that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has renewed its partnership with 4-H and Cooperative Extension with a commitment of an additional $5 million to support the advancement of health equity and well-being across the nation. This two-year investment will build upon prior efforts to catalyze change at the community-level by creating system level supports that facilitate the implementation of the recommendations contained in Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being. Special attention will be given to system-wide interventions that amplify the role of young people in addressing health-related issues, advance Cooperative Extension’s work to addressing barriers to life-long health, and position equitable development as a strategy for creating communities in which all people thrive. For more information, contact Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director at

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America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers website shows a state-by-state look at the demographic changes the 2020 Census results reveal. The state profile highlights all the key population characteristics of Ohio and can be drilled down to county level. Interactive state and county maps provide a snapshot of change from 2010 to 2020 on population, housing, race, ethnicity, diversity, and age. Follow this link to look at your county data.