Discovery at Ohio State: New Thought for Food - April 7, 2017
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Spees Receives Grant to Address Childhood Obesity in Low-Resource Communities

Dr. Colleen Spees, an InFACT faculty affiliate, has received a $978,383 grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop an efficacious behavioral, social and environmental intervention to address the complex problem of childhood obesity. Dr. Spees will serve as the PI for the project, titled “Summer Harvest Adventure.” Dr. Ingrid Adams, who recently joined Ohio State as a new faculty hire through the InFACT program, will serve as Co-PI for the project.

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Casey Hoy Represents InFACT at Farm Policy Events in Washington D.C.

Casey Hoy, InFACT Faculty Director and the Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management, traveled to Washington D.C. in March 2017 to participate in several high-level events related to agricultural policy. He was a featured presenter at a symposium titled “Farm Bill 2018: Policy, Politics & Potential” hosted by American University’s School of International Service and the UC Berkeley Food Institute and he briefed legislative staffers on the importance of agricultural research in the next farm bill.

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The Other Side of Our Food System: Rethinking Human Waste as a Resource

How are human bodily wastes transformed into resources? And how do cultural taboos, sanitation infrastructure, and legal regulation shape and contour the possibilities of that transformation? These are questions that InFACT faculty affiliate Nicholas C. Kawa is investigating in a project that examines the use of biosolids (i.e. treated sanitation sludge) in agricultural landscapes of the American Midwest.

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Upcoming Events

April 3-9
Time for Change Week 2017 - OSU student orgs, campus administrators and University offices
April 8
Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit - OSU Business Builder's Club
April 11
First Annual CEHV Distinguished Lecture in Ethics: Amartya Sen, "What's Wrong with Inequality" - OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values
April 19
Richard Florida: The New Urban Crisis - OSU Provost Discovery Theme's Lecture Program
April 21
2017 Van Buren Lecture: Nathan Hendricks on Farm Subsidies - OSU AEDE
April 24
Framing an Economic Evaluation of Community Food System Initiatives - OSU Glenn College of Public Affairs
April 24-26
The Future of Food and Challenges for Agriculture in the 21st Century - ICAS, Etxalde and the International Institute of Social Sciences
April 29-30
Farm School: Equipping New and Seasoned Farmers for Success in Pasture-based Animal Agriculture - Pastured Providence Farmstead
May 6-9
American Planning Association Annual Conference (APA's Food Interest Group to host networking event on May 8)
May 17-18
Conference on Food and Nutritional Metabolomics held in conjunction with the Ohio Mass Spectrometry Symposium - OSU Foods for Health Discovery Theme
May 20-21
Reducetarian Summit at New York University (student scholarships are available)
May 22-24
National Farm Viability Conference
May 27-30
12th Annual Assembly of the Canadian Association of Food Studies (CAFS)

Funding Opportunities

InFACT - Linkage and Leverage Grants - LOIs are accepted at any time
Foods for Health (FFH) Discovery Theme & Food Innovation Center (FIC) Seed Grants - Proposals due April 14
FFAR - Pollinator Health Fund - Pre-Proposals due April 17
Institute for Population Research Seed Grants - Applications due April 19
USDA NRCS - Regional Conservation Partnership Program - Pre-Applications due April 21
Mid-Ohio Foodbank and USDA NRCS - Urban Agriculture Grant - Applications due April 27
Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program - Applications due May 9
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center - Environmental Dynamics and Food Systems - Applications due May 15
USDA NIFA - Agricultural and Food Research Initiative: Food Safety Challenge Area - Applications due June 21
USDA NIFA - Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area - Applications due August 2
FFAR - Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) Grants - Only members of ROAR may apply, applications accepted on a rolling basis
FFAR - Ideas and Input Request for Research in Seven Challenge Areas (Food Waste and Loss; Protein Challenge; Water Scarcity; Innovation Pathway to Sustainability; Healthy Soils; Thriving Farms; Urban Food Systems; Making My Plate Your Plate)
Rathmann Challenge - Mitigating Climate Change by Expanding the Use of Compost - Subscribe to the organization's newsletter for dates and additional info

In-FACT of the Month

In a Q&A in edible Columbus, Brian Snyder, Executive Director of InFACT, said InFACT’s ongoing strategic planning is defining a driving goal: to improve food security so Ohio is no longer below the national and regional averages in that category. Snyder, who jointly leads InFACT with Casey Hoy, is scheduled to contribute to the quarterly magazine through 2017.
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