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The annual ServeOhio Awards recognize outstanding people, groups and initiatives in each region of the state who make great contributions to their communities through service and volunteerism. A cash award of $1,000 is issued to support the organization that benefited from the winner’s service. ServeOhio is accepting nominations for the 2022 ServeOhio Awards until January 28, 2022. Learn more.

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Federal grant programs often fund status-quo approaches and organizations, leaving out low-income, rural, and BIPOC residents. Learn how local stewards are leveraging the uniquely flexible and engagement-oriented structure of the American Rescue Plan to bring innovative, collaborative solutions to communities across the country. Follow this link to learn more.

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UBUNTU is the social philosophy that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu used to unite post-apartheid South Africa.
It says ... I am only because you are. Read more about UBUNTU from Karl Bradley, Leadership Development Specialist at the Extension Foundation.

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The American Exchange Project is a student rural-urban exchange program which aims to bridge America’s cultural divide. The program, founded in 2019, hit a rough patch when the pandemic slowed plans and delayed its pilot year to summer 2021, but it’s now expanding its range of participating communities, developing a network of rural and urban cities and counties from which teenagers can learn how the “other side” lives, and eventually erode the idea of “sides.” Follow this link for more information.

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To highlight the value Land-grant Universities bring to SNAP-Ed, the SNAP-Ed LGU Program Development Team has created a one-page infographic to share with key stakeholders. The infographic found at the bottom of the website emphasizes the LGU structure and system, local connection, added value, experience, and key program outcomes. Questions about the infographic can be directed to the SNAP-Ed LGU Program Development Team Assistant, Lauren Sweeney.

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In the hands of community members, data can be a tool to advance local priorities by illuminating racial inequities, building consensus among stakeholders, and advocating for shifts in policies and resources. But making this vision a reality requires philanthropy, action coalitions, government agencies, and research organizations to center equity—as both an outcome and a process—in data use. Follow this link to learn more.

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Each year the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) hosts the premier forum for Ohio's agricultural and food industries. The experts covered topics and issues important to producers, agribusinesses, and elected officials. Recordings of these sessions are now available on AEDE's YouTube channel. The full playlist of all six sessions is linked here. Topics covered include:

  • Consumers, Shopping, and Local Food: What's Next?
  • Now Hiring: An Ohio Food and Agricultural Labor Update
  • U.S. Trade Policy and Prospects for Agricultural Trade
  • Agricultural Commodity Markets: Trends and Prospects
  • Agricultural Finance Recovery
  • A Conversation About the Next U.S. Farm Bill

The National Registry of Cooperative Extension Programs & Assets (NRCEPA) is available to all Extension professionals. Join 150+ other Extension programs that have already registered! This tool allows Extension professionals to register their projects, programs, or curriculum for nationwide collaboration among Extension colleagues.

  • The intent of this tool is to assist Extension professionals to quickly find other like-programming efforts across the system to reduce duplication of work, and help speed up access to digital assets that would be useful to the development of new programs.
  • At the request of Extension leaders, the NRCEPA provides ready-access to a living database of efforts across the system in order to rapidly respond to system-wide funding opportunities.

 Access the registry here.

As the vast majority of the population in the United States shifts to dwelling within large population centers, it is necessary to examine the responsibility and role that Cooperative Extension has to serve urban communities. Throughout its history, the land-grant system, through Cooperative Extension, has demonstrated the ability to impact the lives of individual citizens and communities positively. Within this theoretical discussion, we illuminate Cooperative Extension’s responsibility to serve urban communities in the 21st Century and highlight essential milestones in the development of urban Extension throughout the past 100 years. Follow this link to read this JHSE article.

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A case study was conducted to inform a book chapter on Extension Programming to Enhance Urban Wellbeing for the book titled "The Role of the Social Sciences in Extension" published by Cambridge University Press in 2023. The case study research aims to help urban Extension leaders and other social scientists. To better understand and expand upon programming in urban communities, qualitative research provided a foundation for a series of cases presented in program snapshots. Read examples from across the country about how Extension works with community to bring local knowledge and science-based information together to co-create solutions for wellbeing. Follow this link to see five case studies representing the various program areas.