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December 2021

 Central State University Participates in Agricultural Industry Roundtable with National and State of Ohio Representatives

Agriculture is vital to the State of Ohio and is the number one industry contributing more than $100 billion to the state’s economy and for that reason, representatives from across the nation and the State of Ohio met with Central State University and The Ohio State University to discuss issues affecting farming and agriculture in Ohio. The Ag Roundtable took place on Friday, December 10, 2021, at The Ohio State University and featured representatives from the US Department of Agriculture,...

A Good Night’s Rest is Best

Written By: Andrew Crocker, M.S., Senior Extension Program Specialist, Gerontology and Health, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Way way back in the 1980s (HA!) the dairy industry had a marketing slogan that went, in part, “…it does the body good.” There are probably a lot of things that we can insert into that phrase, right? Vegetables. Seat belts. Exercise. Sleep? We often do not think a lot about sleep – until we cannot do it – but we will spend about a third of our lives asleep,...

Extension Foundation 2021 End of Year Update

Dear Extension Colleagues, It has been our pleasure to serve the Cooperative Extension System this past year and we are excited for the work ahead in 2022. We wanted to provide an update to all of you about how the Extension Foundation has partnered with Cooperative Extension this past year and our progress towards making a greater impact on local issues. We thank you all for the work you do everyday in your states and communities, and we wish all of you a happy and restful holiday season.

Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching & Engagement (EXCITE) Announces Funding Recipient for Vaccine Hesitancy of the Cooperative Extension System

The Extension Foundation, in cooperation with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, through an Interagency Agreement with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are funding the Cooperative Extension System to address health disparities among rural and other underserved communities. This initiative is called the Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching & Engagement (EXCITE). The EXCITE program...

Ways to Help Military Families This Holiday Season

Title Picture Attribute: US Air Force [Timmy Payne admires his work on his family Christmas by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans, Dec. 5th, 2015, CC0] The holidays are a time when getting together with friends and families is always important. Reconnecting with the ones we love can be rejuvenating and highlights what’s important to us. However, for military service members and their families, the holidays can be tough and it’s not always possible for service members to be home with family...

University of Maryland Extension (UME) is Accepting Applications for TWO Financial Wellness Educator Positions!

Hello colleagues! Please take a moment to consider these exciting opportunities, and feel free to share them with others! University of Maryland Extension ( UME ) is seeking to fill two (2) Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Financial Wellness Educator positions , with one position at each of the following county Extension office locations: Calvert County (Position 103388) - This Office is located in Prince Frederick, Maryland, and provides programming to the Southern Maryland Cluster, which...

New Publication Available from the Extension Foundation, Collaborative Design in Extension: Using a Modified Game Jam to Explore Game-Based Learning

A new publication is available from the Extension Foundation. Collaborative Design in Extension: Using a Modified Game Jam to Explore Game-Based Learning describes the collaborative design process used to develop an interactive mobile app for consumers. The work was done as part of the New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) project Navigating the Grocery Store Aisle: Understanding "Non-GMO" & Other Food Labels . Other funders and supporters of the project are the Extension Foundation,...

Helping Youth to Go Green

Many of us have heard the phrases “go green,” “eco-friendly,” and “sustainable lifestyle” tossed around. But what do these phrases mean and how do they affect us, the planet, and other living organisms? When we are living sustainably we are living in harmony with our natural environment and all living creatures. This is a big goal!! A good place to start with sustainable living is to look at a single day. How do you get around? How many items do you use? What food do you eat? Ohio State...

Project Accelerator Leads to New Grant and Ongoing Partnership

A new USDA-NIFA funded project will develop cohorts of 4-H youth and create biotechnology video games. The games will convey fun and science-based information about biotechnology such as genetic engineering. They will also build public confidence in the safe use of biotechnology in agriculture and the food system. The project will also provide education to youth on career opportunities. The University of Connecticut (UConn) Extension , together with faculty members of other departments in...

Extension Educators play an important role in helping families and communities recover from the pandemic

by Karen Shirer, Ph.D. A colleague recently shared a CDC report that highlighted a startling and tragic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on families. Researchers found that approximately one in 500 children experienced the death of a primary caregiver due to COVID-19. The authors stated: “ for every four deaths from COVID-19 , one child is left without a parent and/or grandparent who provided the child’s home and basic needs, including love, security, and daily care.” This study examined only...

UBUNTU lives!

UBUNTU is the social philosophy that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu used to unite post-apartheid South Africa. It says... I am only because you are. Quick story: An anthropologist visited a village in Africa and set up an experiment. He put a basket of fruit under the biggest tree in the village, lined up all the kids in the village and said they were going to have a race. The first one to the basket got to enjoy the fruit. He lined them up and sent them off with a "ready, set, go!" None of...

Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement: Dec 2021 Immunization Education Program Spotlight Menominee Nation

exciteThe focus of the November EXCITE Spotlight session was utilizing Social Media in our Vaccine Education project. Teams shared resources, success stories, and difficulties of using social media to share their project messages and reach their audiences. As part of the presentation, The College of Menominee Nation was highlighted for the significant progress made in their projects goals after launching social media campaigns to reach their target audience. The College of Menominee Nation...

JOB: Vice Provost of Academic Personnel

Vice Provost of Academic Personnel Academic Administrator Series Position Overview The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking applications for the position of Vice Provost of Academic Personnel. Location Headquarters: UC ANR Building, 2801 Second Street, Davis, California Purpose: The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is committed to excellence that reflects...

GPCAH FarmSafe podcast dropping tomorrow

Please tune in to the GPCAH FarmSafe podcast this Wednesday, December 8, and listen to our latest episode. In this episode, we talk about lighting and marking and how they increase visibility of farm vehicles and equipment on roadways. Reflective tape and slow-moving vehicle emblems draw the other driver’s attention to the agricultural vehicle which may give them more time to adjust their speed and decrease the likelihood of a crash. Listen at bit.ly//GotoFarmSafe or wherever you usually...

A One Hour End-of-Year Financial Checkup

Like a medical exam, a review of clients’ finances can identify strategies to improve their “financial fitness” and screen for potential problems, such as a high debt-to-income ratio. This article features 10 diagnostic tools to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a client’s financial situation that can be reviewed in a one-hour appointment.

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