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Third Annual Extension CD Homecoming Tailgate – October 1
To recognize and show appreciation to our alumni and supporters (and just for fun) we are planning a tailgate party for Ohio State’s Homecoming Game Saturday, October 1, vs. the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Game kickoff is noon, so plan to stop by the tailgate party in the Arboretum at the NW corner of the Ag Administration building any time that day. We'll have light refreshments including sandwiches, chips, water and soft drinks.
New Peer-Reviewed Bulletin Available
Advocacy on the Job: A Case Study for Extension Professionals amid Budget Cuts - August 23:
|It’s a challenge that Extension professionals experience more often than they wish: a state’s budget process threatens to dramatically reduce or eliminate a state’s Extension and other agriculture programs.|
In 2015, Pennsylvania State University Extension faced elimination of its entire state appropriation. In response, the college and its stakeholders engaged in a comprehensive advocacy and communication strategy that was so compelling that in March, 2016, the entire budget was restored, plus an increase of 9.5%.
Join eXtension on Tuesday, August 23, from 2-3 p.m. for a new webinar, “Hope Is Not a Strategy: A Case Study on Penn State Extension’s Engagement to Restore State Funding.” This webinar will highlight three parts of this successful advocacy effort:
- Building long-term relationships with stakeholders and making them effective advocates who lead the efforts to restore funding
- Spreading the message about Extension through traditional and social media
- Following messaging guidelines for Extension employees when they post on social media or give interviews in funding-challenged times
The case study will be presented by Mary Wirth, Director of College Relations and Communications for the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. The office is a component of the dean’s office that manages the college’s relationships and strategic communications with external audiences – with a focus on alumni, industry and legislators as well as future students − and covers all three mission areas of the college including education, research and extension.
Add this event to your calendar here.
Conference to Help Consumers, Communities Reduce Food Waste - Attend In Person or Online August 26:
|In 2015, the Obama administration announced the nation’s first food waste reduction goal by calling for a 50 percent reduction in waste by the year 2030. With current estimates that 40 percent of U.S. food, worth $165 billion dollars a year, is thrown away, reaching this ambitious target will require a concerted effort, said Brian Roe, the McCormick Professor of Agricultural Marketing and Policy in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.|
On August 26, Roe and several university partners will convene a conference aimed at helping communities reduce their food waste and better divert waste from landfills. “Harnessing Consumers and Communities to Help Meet U.S. Food Waste Reduction Goals” will be held on Friday, August 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The morning session will be streamed live via webinar to enable virtual participation. General registration for the full-day in-person event is $15, while student registration and webinar registration are free.
New Features of TurnItIn - August 31:
There are some exciting changes coming to TurnItIn. Learn about these new features and how the tool interfaces with Carmen (Canvas) via an online training on Wednesday, August 31 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. This is a remotely presented demonstration hosted by TurnItIn. More information to be added closer to the event date. The presentation is 60 minutes followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Read more and connect to the meeting here.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco to Visit Ohio State and Deliver Remarks on Sustainability - August 31:
|H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, a long-time supporter of global environmental and sustainability issues, will visit The Ohio State University on Wednesday, August 31, presenting a lecture focusing on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water at 3:30 p.m. at Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High Street, on the Columbus campus. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Read more.|
Eco-Labels, Certifications, Green Advertising – How Trustworthy Are Green Claims? - Next EPN Breakfast September 15:
|The next EPN Breakfast will be held on September 15 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m.|
Many companies are strengthening a focus on sustainability in the goods and services they market, and in their operations and supply chains. To gain a marketing advantage for customers and investors they often advertise products as “environmentally-friendly” or “green” and participate in certification programs that seemingly document how “green” they in fact are. Consumers and investors are increasingly seeking this information to help guide purchases and investments. All of this is good for the environment and for people, but the proliferation of such claims is making it challenging for the conscientious consumer to be confident they are choosing wisely. And revelations of false or meaningless claims may be undermining consumer confidence leading to “throwing up my hands” behavior. These green labels and certifications are among the most important drivers of sustainable business practices and consumer behavior, so what can be done to protect the integrity of these practices and the resulting value for companies that are “good actors”? Attend the breakfast and learn about and help identify answers.
Click here for complete information and to register (by noon on September 9).
SCHOLARLY / CREATIVE / OPPORTUNITIES:
SBIR Application Webinar Series - August 23, August 30 & September 6:
|The Regional Rural Development Centers in cooperation with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have developed the SBIR Application Webinar Series with a focus on improving the funding success rate of applicants to USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant programs, specifically those submitting proposals for Phase I funding.|
This webinar series will assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to secure SBIR resources to further the development of small business activities that demonstrate potential for commercialization. The series will also provide an overview of the USDA SBIR Program and eligibility requirements, tips on navigating Grants.gov, the SBIR application process, steps for developing your idea, and resources for developing a strong proposal.
Scott Dockum is the SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA, and he will lead each webinar. The webinars are free and no registration is required.
Module One – SBIR Overview: Tuesday, August 23 at 2 p.m.
This first webinar answers these important questions: What is the Small Business Innovation Research program? Am I eligible to apply? What’s in it for me? What is the application process? What are the qualities of a strong proposal?
- Module Two – Developing Your Idea: Tuesday, August 30 at 2 p.m.
In this webinar we’ll discuss how to develop your idea by identifying the opportunity/problem, a potential solution, and gaining the support of others. In addition, this module covers SBIR topic areas, literature review, research design, and determining the commercialization potential of your idea.
Module Three – Preparing and Submitting Your Proposal: Tuesday, September 6 at 2 p.m.
You’ve developed your idea, now what? This webinar will shed light on the grant writing process, preparing your proposal for submission, and the steps for submitting your application.
To join the webinars, go to http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/sbiroutreach/. “Enter as guest” is chosen by default. Type your name into the text box provided and click on “Enter Room.” You will then be taken to the Adobe Connect “meeting room” for the webinar. To facilitate questions and answers, participants may submit questions via the “Chat Function” in Adobe Connect.
The webinars will be recorded and archived at https://wrdc.usu.edu/htm/sbir/.
TDA @ OhioState announces Release of Seed Grant Program - Letters of Intent due September 15:
Translational Data Analytics @ Ohio State is seeking proposals from teams that wish to form new, interdisciplinary teams to generate preliminary study concepts, technologies, data and results encompassing data analytics. These proposals will support the creation of a community of scholars dedicated to identifying, sharply defining and providing solutions to problems within the scope of TDA. Letter of intent deadline is Thursday, September 15. Earliest possible start date occurring is spring semester 2017. Read more.
Register by October 3 for Translational Data Analytics Poster Session:
Interested in presenting your research in data analytics and decision science? Join TDA @ OhioState for the 2nd Fall Forum Research Poster session on Monday, November 14 from 1-3 p.m. at the Blackwell. It’s a unique opportunity to talk about your research, meet others working in the area of analytics and data science and connect with potential collaborators across campus. Ohio State postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, staff and faculty interested in presenting a poster must register by Monday, October 3. Space is limited. Submit posters by Monday, October 17. Read more.
NCR-SARE Announces 2017 Youth Educator Sustainable Agriculture Grants - Call for Proposals due November 10:
|The 2017 North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Youth Educator Grant Call for Proposals is now available.|
Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn more about sustainable agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible). Educators use the grants to encourage young people and their parents to try sustainable practices and see sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Projects should help youth discover that sustainable farming and ranching is profitable; good for families, communities, and their quality of life; and good for the environment long term. The maximum amount for grants is $2,000, and a total of approximately $20,000 is available for this program.
Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as well as useful information for completing a proposal. Proposals are due by November 10 at 5 p.m.
Each state in SARE's North Central Region has one or more State Sustainable Agriculture Coordinators who can provide information and assistance to potential grant applicants. Find Ohio's State Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator here.
REMINDERS / UPDATES / NEWS:
JCEP Awards Training - August 24:
Now is the time to nominate your peers, community partner(s), and/or yourself for Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals Awards. Mark your calendars to turn in applications by October 1.
To assist you, the Scholarship, Grant, and Recognition Committee for JCEP is hosting a one-hour Carmen Connect Q&A session on Wednesday August 24 at 10 a.m. There will be a brief presentation and then the floor is open for your questions for the award entry and nomination process. We will visit the JCEP website, talk about the specific awards, any changes, and what is helpful to know when applying or nominating. You do good work . . . learn how to submit it for recognition that is beneficial to your yearly reviews and promotion process.
USDA Economic Research Service Data Sets Updated:
The USDA Economic Research Service has updated its data sets on population, income, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports for each state in the United States. Some county-level data also is available.
Gift creates Facilities Fund for Urban Farm Outreach, Research:
|A $5 million gift will extend the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The gift creates the Franklin County Extension Building Capital Fund, which will be used for constructing and maintaining new Franklin County Extension offices and learning spaces on Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. Waterman consists of 261 acres of farmland located northwest of West Lane Avenue and Kenny Road. Read more.|
Articles/Publications of Interest:
Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff)
CFAES Monthly (August 2016)
Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (August 2016)
- Stone Lab Open House - September 10
- Buckeye Island Hop - September 23-25
North Central Region Water Network Newsletter (August 2016)
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