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USDA is seeking nominations for four positions on the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. Nominations will be open to public from May 15, 2023, to July 15, 2023. The 12-member Committee, which was assembled in March 2022, is part of USDA’s efforts to increase support for urban agriculture and innovative production. Members of the committee provide input on policy development and to help identify barriers to urban agriculture as USDA works to promote urban farming and the economic opportunities it provides in cities across the country. Learn more.

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An interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff have worked together for over a year to create a new water at Ohio State website. This effort, led by the Ohio Water Resources Center with funding from the Sustainability Institute and Ohio Sea Grant, sought to create a point of connection for everyone working in the water sphere on and off campus. The site includes information for researchers, students, and external audiences. A key component of the site is a webform through which the Ohio State community can upload a picture of water-related projects to be featured on the site. Go to the site.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced approximately $45 million available to organizations that help underserved and veteran farmers, ranchers, and foresters own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program. Applications must be submitted through and received by Tuesday July 25, 2023. There are informational webinars on June 12 and July 10. Learn more.

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The recent Wiser on Wednesday workshop offered hands-on training for the Knowledge Exchange's new custom report builder, the Knowledge Explorer. Participants learned the basics of building a report, key tool features, and the many data options available. The co-hosts were Stacy Cochran and Katie Phillips, program managers from the Knowledge Exchange (KX), and Brian Butler and Valerie Kohlwey from the Learning and Organizational Development (LOD). Check out the Knowledge Builder to pull data for your community. Here is the session recording. Session PowerPoint.

Art creates space for communities to engage in dialogue using creative materials and symbolic devices bridging science and technology with social and cultural experience. The origins of Earth Day are rooted in the intersection of science, society, and art. At the inaugural Earth Day in 1970 a collective environmental movement began, influenced by the ongoing Civil Rights Movement. This EPN Signature Earth Day Event featured artists, urban farmers, and community organizers who use art as a means of inquiry into the intersection of environmental and social justice issues as well of stories of resilience in the face of historical discrimination. The celebration featured a dance performance from Orlando Zane Hunter Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine of Brother(hood) Dance!, an interdisciplinary duo integrating agriculture and technology with dance. See the program overview and watch the recording.

Brad Gaolach and Martha Aitken (from the Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension, Washington State University) will discuss the characteristics of all locations along the urban-rural continuum (remote, rural, regional center, suburbs, and metropolitan). Then with participation from session attedees, they'll explore how urbanization impacts our Extension work, regardless of where we are located. The Zoom session will be held Tuesday, May 9 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Join the session by using Zoom Meeting ID: 985 2978 3039. Sponsored by the ESP Urban and Culturally Diverse Aduiences Affinity Group.

Join your urban Extension colleagues June 6-9 for the 2023 North Central Regional Conference and the biannual meeting of the NUEL Steering Committee. The conference provides an opportunity to engage with colleagues from the region and across the country as we advance urban Extension efforts in 2023. 

There will be inspiring keynotes from Dr. Danielle Y. Hairston Green and Dr. Quentin Tyler

The conference and steering committee meeting will be held at the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Steering Committee Agenda (June 6-7) and Regional Conference Agenda (June 7-9)

Complete details including hotel and registration information

Art, agriculture, and advancing the relationship of Black people on land will be presented by the Environmental Professionals Network on April 19. This free event will be held at The Fawcett Center at Ohio State.
At 6 p.m. join Brotherhood(hood) Dance! (Orlando Zane Hunter Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine) for a free performance integrating African diasporic dance with agricultural technology – encouraging and influencing Black growers’ relationship with land and building of community resilience through agricultural practices.
Following the dance performance, Dr. Tiffany Bourgeois, assistant professor of Arts Management at Ohio State, will relate Black on Earth to her scholarship, practice of growing food, and use of creative inquiries into art, racial justice, agriculture, and the creation of green community spaces. Jera Oliver and Adrienne Williams, co-founders of the Growing and Growth Collective, will join Dr. Bourgeois on stage for a conversation about connecting the arts, agriculture, and community using culturally relevant and evidence-based programming.
To view a detailed agenda, speaker bios, and register for this free performance and keynote address in-person or through an EPN virtual livestream production, please visit
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Strong community partnerships can significantly increase the impact of Extension programs, yet many new Extension professionals may have limited experience or knowledge of developing community partnerships. This webinar presented by Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) will offer strategies for developing, maintaining, and leveraging community partnerships to increase the impact of Extension programs. The presenters were: Jared Hawkins, Iota Chapter, Utah and team members: Lendel Narine, Lisa Schainker, Elizabeth Cohen. and Sheriden Hansen. Here is the webinar recording.

The housing system functions at various scales, but there’s often a significant mismatch between where housing policy is made and where housing markets function. After all, most people don’t choose where to work or live based on the boundaries of a local government, yet housing policy is so intertwined with local zoning and subsidies (including federal subsidies that flow through to local bodies), that much of the focus of housing policy, research, and advocacy is on local jurisdictions. And though central cities are often the focus of affordability policies and investments, suburbs are often larger and have more opportunities for economic mobility and so have a critical role to play in a regional market’s housing affordability. Read more.

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