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The Routledge Handbook of Urban Food Governance edited by Ana Moragues-Faus, Jill Clark, Anna Davis, and Jane Battersby is now available for purchase. 

The book has 32 chapters from leading and emerging scholars and practitioners from around the world and reflects on urban food governance pasts, presents, and futures from theoretical and applied perspectives. 

You can access the introductory chapter to see a new framing of urban food governance as a free preview at this link (and buy a copy of the full book in hard copy e-copy).

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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