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This Native American Heritage Month, we’re thinking beyond challenges toward actionable solutions that leaders, advocates, and other changemakers can use to gather and maintain momentum in championing Indigenous communities’ resiliency.One tool that could help generate actionable solutions is an innovative pilot by Urban’s Racial Equity Analytics Lab. The pilot combines local-level data on climate hazards, food insecurity, agricultural production, and racial disparities to build a more comprehensive understanding of the intersecting challenges and opportunities—and their differences from county to county—for communities of color nationwide.

This year, researchers have applied the latest data to investigate resource flows into Indigenous communities and how these resources can be best used to support robust economic development. They’ve been partnering with Indigenous communities to figure out how to enable culturally informed access to food and water, health care, and opportunity.

What would it take to support Indigenous communities’ resiliency as partners in action? Explore how progress can go beyond a month in a year to lift communities nationwide.

Explore Urban's research on Native populations

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The USDA Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP) has launched a USDA Innovative Production webpage. Learn how USDA is growing innovation across the food supply chain.  

Urban producers, innovative producers, and other stakeholders are invited to virtually attend a public meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production on November 29 from 1-3 pm ET. Share this meeting announcement with your community members. Learn more and register.

There is an increase in interest in keeping backyard poultry. Backyard flocks provide the opportunity for people in rural an urban areas alike to produce tasty eggs and meat for personal and family food security. You might want egg layers. You might want to raise meat birds for a harvest in your freezer. You might even have a youth interested in raising chickens for their 4-H or FFA project, as these lower maintenance livestock can be kept in a fraction of the space for a fraction of the cost when compared to other species. This course is designed to provide knowledge and resources needed to get a backyard flock off to a great start.

Self-paced. $25. More information and course sign up.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, successfully restored $8.5 million in funding for the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production in the Senate-passed Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill. The Office assists urban, small-scale, and innovative producers with technical and financial assistance that supports community farms and gardens, and rooftop, indoor, and vertical farms and other innovative production. Together, this increases greenspaces in communities, access to fresh, local foods, and new pathways to jobs in agriculture. Read more.

Presentation proposals are now being accepted for the 2024 Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (ANREP) Biennial National Conference, May 6-8, 2024 in Hershey, PA. 

This year's planning committee is very interested in broad perspectives on natural resources Extension-related topics. To that end, we are welcoming presentation proposals from Extension professionals in all of the JCEP member associations. 

The Biennial National Conference is ANREP's premier event, bringing together Extension professionals for three days of learning and camaraderie. It's a great opportunity to share your outstanding work with colleagues from around the nation and gain ideas from others to apply to your programs. Presentation abstracts are being solicited for a variety of natural resources topics (i.e., forestry, climate change, water resources, agriculture, etc.) and/or focus areas (i.e., program design & delivery, technology, evaluation, etc.). Abstracts highlighting programs or research activities that include diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice efforts are especially encouraged. 

Abstract guidelines and submission are available here.  Deadline to submit is October 31.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Fetter (, 2024 Conference Committee Chairperson.

The Congress for the New Urbanism’s 2024 Charter Awards are open for submissions through December 31, 2023. CNU's Charter Awards recognize outstanding achievements in architecture, landscape and urban design, and planning worldwide.

Applicants can submit a project on the CNU website at Project submissions are encouraged to reflect the Congress Focus for CNU 32, which will be Restorative Urbanism. This year's Focus aligns with the approach to city-building that our host city, Cincinnati, OH has embraced: restoring its existing neighborhoods and nodes and energy centers with more walkable mixed-use urban investment. However, any project that meets the general criteria established by the Charter will be considered. 

The Charter Awards recognize projects at three scales:

  • The Region: Metropolis, City, and Town
  • Neighborhood, District, and Corridor
  • Block, Street, and Building

Projects that encourage walkable mixed-use urbanism, embody a wide range of the Charter of the New Urbanism principles, and are currently built or being implemented are strongly encouraged to apply. Student projects are also encouraged to apply.

CNU has a limited number of need-based application scholarships available for the 2024 Charter Awards. If you are interested in submitting a project with scholarship support, please contact Lauren Mayer at

Submissions for the 2024 Charter Awards will be open until December 31, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Mayer at

The Urban Extension Specialist in the Department of Extension will address Ohio State University's RAISE themes of race, economic opportunity, and leadership. The successful candidate will foster a dynamic hub of innovation linking the priorities of urban communities with university assets. The position will advance Ohio State's efforts to coordinate and facilitate community-engaged research and relevant programming to address equity in the areas of food, health and wellness, environment, economic and workforce development, community leadership, and other concerns facing Ohio’s urban communities.

As part of Extension’s Community Development team, this new faculty member will foster interdisciplinary and community-engaged solutions to address Ohio’s urban influence and urban-rural connections. The urban Extension specialist will collaborate with other university colleagues, community and business leaders, elected officials, state and local development professionals, nonprofit and non-governmental organization leaders, and other influencers to ensure productive sharing of ideas and practices regarding equitable engagement for equitable opportunity across socioeconomic and geographic profiles.

This position reports to Ohio State Extension's Assistant Director of Community Development in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

• Position is a senior-level faculty, 12 month position, 60% Extension, 40% applied research and teaching.

• Position location: Columbus campus (negotiable)

• Education: PhD in urban studies, urban affairs, urban policy, community development, city and regional planning, or discipline applicable to the duties and responsibilities outlined.

• Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

• Direct or indirect experience with university Extension preferred.

Applicants need to apply at

Internal applicants must apply through Workday.

Position Reference Number: R88951

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The organizing committee of the NUEL North-Central Regional Conference is offering scholarships to the National Urban Extension Conference in Nashville, TN, May 28-31, 2024. Find more information about this region-specific scholarship opportunity on the NUEL Connect Extension subgroup here: Scholarships Available to North-Central Extension Professionals for NUEC '24 | National Urban Extension Leaders | Connect

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The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) and Tennessee Extension are pleased to invite you to NUEC24: Rhythm to the Future, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, May 28 - 31, 2024.

The National Urban Extension Conference (NUEC) provides an opportunity for Extension professionals and applied researchers to learn about innovative approaches, receive recognition, and find inspiration for their work from colleagues. NUEC24 will provide opportunities to share research and innovative educational strategies that address the needs of urban, suburban, and peri-urban populations as well as urban-rural interdependencies. Proposals will be accepted for presentations, posters, and panels (defined below) for the 2024 Conference. Abstracts that highlight research or outreach activities that involve partnerships between researchers, practitioners and Extension professionals are especially encouraged. We are also looking for innovative ideas that are just that, ideas.

Proposals Due: December 1, 2023
Initial Notification of Selection: February 1, 2024
Selected presenters confirm acceptance and registration: March 1, 2024

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