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Agricultural producers with small-scale farms who sell locally can now get simplified insurance coverage through a new policy designed for their needs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed the new Micro Farm policy, which simplifies recordkeeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products.
“USDA is focused on supporting local and regional food systems, and Micro Farm is one more example of how we’re helping agricultural producers with farms of all shapes and sizes to manage their unique operations and risk,” said Marcia Bunger, Administrator for USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). “The Risk Management Agency values collaboration and feedback from our customers, and Micro Farm is one way we’re responding to producers’ needs.” Follow this link to learn more.
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Whitney Gherman will be the guest speaker for the Engaged Practitioners Network on December 3 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. The Engaged Practitioners Network is for Ohio State staff who are working in spaces of community outreach and engagement. The meetings provide an opportunity for sharing best practices as well as networking with colleagues across campus.
Whitney, OSU Extension Educator, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, will share the work she is leading with Marion Dreamkeepers. Marion Dreamkeepers situates young people of color as experts in community development and community-based racial justice work.
Read more and register: https://engage.osu.edu/engaged-practitioners-network
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.
Click here to register for 11/23
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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 email@example.com.
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.
The Michigan State University Extension Tollgate Farm and Education Center is hosting a virtual professional development panel discussion series for formal and non-formal educators about learning to better incorporate the perspectives of those with whom we work in schools and educational programs. Moderators and panelists from each community provide a chance for educators to deepen their teaching practice in a safe online space for open conversation and community.
To learn more or to register: https://events.anr.msu.edu/TollgatePerspectivesSeries/
Upcoming sessions include:
November 4 – Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives and Maple Sugaring Experiences in Place-based Teaching and Learning
December 2 - Incorporating Black Perspectives in Place-Based Teaching and Learning
February 3 - Special Needs Perspectives and PBE In and Beyond the Classroom
March 3 - Engaging with LGTBQ+IA Communities in PBE in Formal and Non-Formal Settings
April 7 - A Latinx Lens: Incorporating Latinx Perspectives through Place-Based Educational Programming
May 5 -Incorporating Asian Principles, Practices, and People in Community- and Place-Based Learning