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NIFA Invests to Develop Education for Underserved Youth

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is investing over $3.5 million to support educational awareness of food, agriculture, and farm safety for youth in underserved communities. This investment includes $2M in grants awarded through NIFA’s Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) under the new Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Initiative, and more than $1.6 million in grants awarded over 4 years through its Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification program.

OSU Extension in Urban Communities: A Case Study

With a presence in all 88 Ohio counties, Ohio State University Extension strives to engage citizens within urban, rural, and suburban communities. As populations have shifted, so has the need of Ohio’s urban counties. Thus, to help ensure Extension remains vibrant, relevant, and accessible in all communities, a team of faculty, staff, and students conducted a case study, focusing on the National Urban Extension Leaders four themes of positioning, programs, personnel, and partnerships.

Rising Food Insecurity

COVID-19 has made food access more challenging for many communities. In Michigan State University’s Fall 2021 Food Literacy and Engagement Poll, 31% of the people we talked to said the pandemic had affected their household’s ability to obtain food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as having limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Households with low food security have trouble affording enough food and eating balanced diets. In 2018, the department estimated that over 37 million Americans were food insecure.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Reaffirms Commitment to 4-H and Cooperative Extension

National 4-H Council is pleased to announce that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has renewed its partnership with 4-H and Cooperative Extension with a commitment of an additional $5 million to support the advancement of health equity and well-being across the nation. This two-year investment will build upon prior efforts to catalyze change at the community-level by creating system level supports that facilitate the implementation of the recommendations contained in Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being.

Ohio Population Climbs 2.3% From 2010 to 2020

America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers website shows a state-by-state look at the demographic changes the 2020 Census results reveal. The state profile highlights all the key population characteristics of Ohio and can be drilled down to county level. Interactive state and county maps provide a snapshot of change from 2010 to 2020 on population, housing, race, ethnicity, diversity, and age. Follow this link to look at your county data.

NUEC Call for Proposals

The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) will hold the 2022 National Urban Extension Conference (NUEC22), in Camden, New Jersey, on May 23-26, 2022. The conference will offer in-person experiences and virtual participation options, exploring the theme of "Reimagining Our Future...Together."  The conference will provide opportunities to share research and innovative educational strategies that address the needs of urban, suburban, and peri-urban populations as well as urban-rural interdependencies.

Cornell Researchers Analyze Major Trends in Urban Tech

A team of researchers at Cornell Tech has developed a forecast of urban technology trends over the coming decade, predicting movements in machine learning, life sciences, infrastructure and other fields. Cornell Tech, Cornell University’s tech-focused research campus, has developed a forecast for how technologies like artificial intelligence could shape cities in the coming decade. After a year of work, the team released its first “Horizon Scan” report last week to discuss the potential risks and applications of recent advancements in urban tech.


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