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red Urban October graphicOSU Extension has joined the global community to celebrate Urban October. Urban October was created by UN Habitat as an opportunity for everyone to be part of the conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the fast rate of change in cities and towns. Ohio’s theme this year is Celebrating Our Urban-Rural Connections – Where We Live, Work, Play, Learn & Serve. Check out this 1-minute hype video and the 2022 Urban October plans.

This year, #WorldFoodDay is marked in a year where the world faces profound food security challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, compounded by inequality and armed conflicts. The world needs to take action.

With the theme ‘Leave no one behind. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life,’ the World Food Day 2022 campaign calls for global solidarity and action to transform agrifood systems in a bid to foster inclusive economic growth, address inequalities, increase resilience, and achieve sustainable development.

The summit is presented in partnership with Food Tank, Ohio State University, Ohio Food Policy Network, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Program North America, the UN Environment Program, and hosted by WOSU-NPR.

Register now to join via livestream on October 16.

The mission of the National Extension Tourism network (NET) is to integrate research, education and outreach within Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant to support sustainable tourism, thus contributing to the long-term economic development, environmental stewardship, and socio-cultural wellbeing of communities and regions. This publication documents the 2021 Conference Proceedings (theme: Navigating the Uncharted). It includes an overview of the U.S. recreation economy, COVID-19; results of a national agritourism survey; and case studies. Read the online publication.

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With a majority of Chicago’s 2.7 million residents waste going to just four landfills, the city needs to take every precaution it can to minimize trash. One-fifth of the city's trash is comprised of food waste; a number reflective of many urban areas in the United States. A huge bite to chew, the amount of edible waste produced in the urban world is about to meet it’s match with a non-profit organization called Bigger Table. Learn more.

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As part of our mission to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people, places and economy, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the launch of the refreshed website that is designed to present data in an even more user-friendly way.

The Census Bureau conducted extensive customer research and usability testing to identify ways to improve the digital experience and enhance how users find statistics for research, projects and business needs. The Census Bureau has boosted overall site performance and mobile functionality along with updating the visual design.

The Census Bureau has also streamlined the website’s navigation in response to customer feedback and usability testing. This includes two major updates:

  • The website’s main navigation (running horizontally across the top of the page) is now simplified to the following categories: Topics, Data & Maps, Surveys & Programs, and Resource Library. 
  • The website is also introducing audience-based navigation with options for Partners, Researchers, Educators, and Survey Respondents the ability to jump into relevant content across

The refreshed website debuted September 17. The Census Bureau plans to continue to improve the site based on additional testing and feedback from web visitors and stakeholders. For more information about the changes, please watch this video.

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Seed Your Future and the American Floral Endowment are launching an in-depth survey that promises to shed light on the salary potential in horticulture jobs. The Industry Salary Survey for Horticulture Sectors is designed to expand the understanding of wages and benefits in horticultural sectors ranging from floriculture, public gardens, garden centers, and landscape to fruits and vegetables. Read the complete article.

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OSU Extension is again joining the global community to celebrate Urban October. Ohio’s theme this year is “Celebrating Our Urban-Rural Connections – Where We Live, Work, Play, Learn & Serve.” As we head into Urban October, we want to hear your stories.

Share Your Urban-Rural Story – 1 image + 100 words

Inspiration, success, accomplishments, and innovation! Using one image and 100 words share what you have been doing and partnerships you have established across our urban-rural communities. Stories will be shared as an online collection for urban-rural Extension awareness during Urban October. Use this link to submit your stories before September 26. Contact Michelle with questions.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it will invest $15 million this year for the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Classic program. Through CIG, grantees work to address our nation’s water quality, water quantity, air quality, soil health and wildlife habitat challenges, all while supporting agricultural production. This year’s funding priorities are climate-smart agriculture, addressing invasive species and conservation in urban agricultural systems. Learn more.

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For 75 years, the CHS Foundation has helped develop the next generation of ag leaders for lifelong success. In honor of this milestone, the foundation is awarding $75,000 in grants for K-12 teachers to implement a project at their school that will engage students in experiential agricultural education. Do you have an ag-realted school project with a K-12 educator, they can apply for a grant.

  • The initiative is open to any K-12 educators in a CHS trade territory (Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).
  • Applications must be submitted by a teacher, and applicants must have school administration approval for the project.


Learn more.

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The latest issue of the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension is a special issue focusing on Extension engagement in urban communities. The 35 authors who contributed to this issue represent a range of geographic and programmatic viewpoints. Insights shared demonstrate that diversity in our cities is multidimensional, reinforce the importance of culturally relevant engagement, highlight the impact of Extension investment in urban partnerships and communities, underscore the complexity in metropolitan areas, emphasize the value and potential of our national network, as well as address issues of access, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging.

Articles in this issue include:

1. Foreword by Marie A. Ruemenapp and Katherine Williams

2. Extension Engagement with Urban Communities by Julie Fox, Donna J. Peterson and Scott R. Cummings

3. Visualizing Diversity: Spatial Data as a Resource Enabling Extension to Better Engage Communities by Justin Krohn, Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte, Christopher Fulcher, and Jennifer Sarah Tiffany

4. Strengthening Urban Food Systems Through Extension Programming and Community Engagement: A Case Study of New Brunswick, New Jersey by Cara L. Cuite, and Lauren Errickson

5. Cooperative Extension in Urban America: Place-Based Approaches for Improving Health by Dawn Burton, LaToya O’Neal, Erin Yelland, Suzanne Stluka, and Roger Rennekamp

6. Perspectives of 4-H Professionals: Practices to Engage Immigrant Youth in 4-H Teens as Teachers Programs by Fe Moncloa and Ester Rodriguez

7. “I’m Going to Live My Life Freely”: Authenticity as an Indicator of Belonging Among Urban Latinx LGBTQ+ Youth by Maru Gonzalez, Bianka M. Reese, and Tania Connaughton-Espino

8. Accessibility and Inclusion as an Approach to Enhancing Local Extension Programs by S. Dee Jepsen, Laura Akgerman, Karen Funkenbusch, Jessie Calero, and Heather Kelejian

9. Reconceptualizing Youth Sparks: A Sociocultural Approach to Co-Designing Programs for Somali Youth by Joanna A. Tzenis

10. Extension and Faith-Based Organizations – Understanding Past and Present Linkages and Future Opportunities for Urban Communities by Jeffrey A. Young and Kenneth R. Jones

11. Book Review – The Art of Being Indispensable at Work: Win Influence, Beat Overcommitment, and Get the Right Things Done by Eric Killian

12. Documentary Review – Two Roles in Urban Community Revitalization: Julian Price the Philanthropist and Cooperative Extension by Susan A. Kelly

13. Book Review – Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good Review & Implications for Engaged Programming by M.C. “Molly” Immendorf

14. Fostering a Sense of Belonging in Urban Extension for Internal and External Stakeholders by Ramona Madhosingh-Hector and Linda M. Seals

15. Futuring Perspectives and Practices for Urban Extension by Julie Fox and Solomon Garner

Articles provided in this issue further JHSE’s continued efforts to promote practical implementation of research by providing food for thought, opportunities for practical replication or local adaptation, and ideas to keep the dialogue on urban Extension moving forward.

A printed version of this special issue was distributed at the National Urban Extension Conference thanks to the support from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Washington State University Extension, and the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research, and Mississippi State University.

Julie Fox, Guest Editor for the 2022 Special Issue

Donna J. Peterson and Scott Cummings, Editors Journal of Human Sciences and Extension