Discovery at Ohio State: New Thought for Food - November 2017
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New project links datasets to improve food systems

Casey Hoy, InFACT Faculty Director, and Ayaz Hyder, assistant professor of environmental health sciences and affiliate of Ohio State's Translational Data Analytics Institute, are co-principal investigators on a new project funded by the National Science Foundation entitled “Developing an Informational Infrastructure for Building Smart Regional Foodsheds.” They join colleagues from UC Davis, Berkeley Lab and the cities of Columbus and Sacramento in research to build a general informatics framework for better understanding and optimizing food systems.

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Join us on Dec 7 for "A Farm-to-Fork Farm Bill" webinar viewing and discussion

Join the InFACT team on Thursday, December 7 from 2-4pm in Smith Lab 3150 for a public viewing of a webinar hosted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, titled "A Farm-to-Fork Farm Bill." The webinar will focus on the importance of the 2018 Farm Bill and the impact the provisions in the Local FARMS Act could have in our community. A discussion on the information presented will follow. Snacks will be provided!

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Snyder takes InFACT to UCLA's Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy

Brian Snyder, InFACT Executive Director, recently attended the annual meeting of the advisory board of the Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, a program he has been involved with for the past four years. The Resnick Program is a think tank at UCLA that seeks legal and policy solutions in support of food systems that yield improved health and sustainability outcomes for all. Pictured: Snyder (left) with former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa (center) and Michael T. Roberts, Executive Director of the Resnick Program (right).

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The Washington Post: A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm

In a November 23rd article in The Washington Post, Shoshanah Inwood, a rural sociologist and recent InFACT faculty hire in Ohio State's School of Environment and Natural Resources, speaks to the importance of mid-size multi-generational family farms for the resiliency of the food system and rural communities.

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Report on the role of innovation in transforming food systems in emerging markets

The Global Knowledge Initiative, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, has published a report examining how innovation can help improve food systems in emerging markets over the next 20 years. Engaging with 50 experts from around the world, the report team highlights new technologies, processes, policies, and business models that can revolutionize food systems in both the short- and long-term. Casey Hoy, InFACT Faculty Director, was one of the 50 experts consulted.

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Upcoming Events

December 5
Beyond Boundaries, Rural, Urban, Political - Acting on Shared Interests Can Promote Prosperity and Sustainability
December 5-7
Community Food Systems Conference
December 5-8
ACRES U.S.A. 2017 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show
December 7
"A Farm-to-Fork Farm Bill" Webinar Viewing and Discussion
January 9
Environmental Professionals Network: Land Grant to Land-Grant: Lessons in Sustainability from a Brewery in our Backyard
January 23
Researcher Networking: Research, Short and Sweet
January 24-25
Ohio State Community Engagement Conference
February 9-11
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference

Funding Opportunities

USDA NIFA - Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program - Applications due Dec 4
USDA NIFA - Specialty Crop Research Initiative - Pre-applications due Dec 8
OSU Sustainable and Resilient Economy - Discovery Theme Seed Grants - LOIs due Dec 8
Kids Gardening - 2018 Youth Garden Grant - Applications due Dec 8
USDA NIFA - Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program - Applications due Dec 13
Organic Farming Research Foundation - 2018 Research Grants - Proposals due Dec 15
Ford Foundation Fellowship Program - Varying December Deadlines
OSU Foods for Health - Discovery Theme Seed Grants - Proposals due Jan 8
OSU Institute for Materials Research - Seed Grant Program - LOIs due Jan 15
I-Corps@Ohio Grants - Proposals due Jan 16
OSU InFACT - Linkage and Leverage Grants - Proposals due Jan 31
OSU Sustainability Fund - Proposals accepted on an ongoing basis
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