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National Extension Tourism: 2021 Conference Proceedings

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.

Bigger Table Works to Alleviate Chicago's Urban Food Waste Problem

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.

Salary Survey to Showcase Horticulture Careers

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.

USDA to Invest $15M in Climate-Smart Ag, Urban Ag, More

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.

CHS Foundation to Award Grants for Ag Projects

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.

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