Now more than ever, scientifically based knowledge and expertise provided by OSU Extension can have a profound impact on Ohioans.
Even as COVID-19 disrupts lives, businesses, and communities throughout Ohio, OSU Extension continues to respond by helping families directly and by coordinating assistance for the pandemic’s lengthy aftermath.
As CFAES’ outreach arm, Extension has partnered with Ohioans in all 88 counties during the crisis. Extension field specialists have advised families on how to make difficult decisions on reduced or no income, including handling stimulus money to support basic household expenses such as food, medicine, utilities, and shelter. Specialists also offered critical resources, helping suffering businesses navigate loans, revise their business models, and implement new means of contacting customers.
Educators and staff teleworked, following strict guidelines to remain safe while delivering virtual programming to farmers and consumers until county offices began to reopen in July. The Live Healthy Live Well blog (livehealthyosu.com), published by Extension’s family and consumer sciences program staff, delivered timely, topical messaging on how to stay active, eat nutritiously, and keep an even emotional keel.
At research stations throughout the state, animals stayed protected and fed, and farming plots remained under watchful care.