CD Wire - May 30, 2012

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May 29, 2012

AD Update:

The whirlwind of a week that began for many of us with NACDEP and ended yesterday with Memorial Day has finally come to a close. Confronting the ever-growing ‘to do list’ back at the office can be a daunting task and cause us to overlook key items from last week. For example, let’s not forget to appropriately recognize our NACDEP 2012 regional and national award winners: Nancy Bowen (Ohio Distinguished Service Award and North Central Regional and National Award Recognition for Individual Media Presentation), Joe Lucente and Dave Kelch (North Central Regional Recognition for Educational Technology – Team), and Brian Raison (North Central Regional and National Award Recognition for Educational Piece – Individual). Congratulations to these folks and everyone who submitted their work for peer review and competitive judging among that of their regional and national peers.

Before diving back into the ‘routine,’ let’s also review the papers and handouts we may have picked up, or the business cards we collected, or the notes we may have taken during the meeting. Now is the time to follow up on these items. Commit to the work of that committee that interests you by sending a note to the committee chair. Send those materials you’ve created to a colleague and potential collaborator in future multi-state work. Review your presentation notes and reflect on the questions and discussion that took place. Reflect on how this feedback could help you improve the program or help to further develop a manuscript for publication. If possible, address these items before moving on to other thoughts and actions that may delay or prohibit altogether the critical post-conference follow up.

Finally, don’t forget to reflect on the goings-on of your weekend. If you spent time with family and/or friends, remember to let them know what that time spent together means to you. If you attended or participated in a parade or formal ceremony yesterday, remember to contemplate its significance as we begin to go about the business of our usual work week.

Congrats and best wishes to David O. Kelch, Associate Professor and Specialist, Ohio State University Sea Grant Extension, who is retiring on May 31, 2012. Dave has spent his 31+ year career on issues affecting Lake Erie and the Lake Erie watershed. Most recently, his outreach programs have focused on understanding and stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species and disposal of pharmaceuticals. He has also worked with community leaders to restore wetlands and floodplain areas, improving the fish habitat and restoring water quality. Dave has effectively partnered with scores of agencies, organizations, associations and individuals over the years to actively address issues and concerns impacting Lake Erie health. Through grants and contracts, he was able to cover roughly three-quarters of his salary and benefit cost the past few years. No doubt, Dave’s good work will be missed!

A reception will be held in Dave’s honor from 5-7 pm on June 5 at the Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane, Lorain, Ohio. GO DAVE!



Agricultural and Extension Education Graduate Program Info Sessions on May 30 & 31:

The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership at The Ohio State University will be hosting two online information sessions for persons interested in graduate programs (M.S., M.Ed., or Ph.D.) in Agricultural Extension Education, including a proposed online Master of Science program. Online information sessions will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, May 31 at 7p.m. Each session will last approximately 30 minutes. To participate in the sessions, please refer to the All-Extension email from Cheryl Buck sent on May 29, which provides the links to join each meeting. Contact Emily Wickham ( if you have questions about the sessions or if you would like to be on the mailing list for more information about the online Master of Science program in Agricultural and Extension Education.

National Value Added Agriculture Conference - Early Registration due June 1:

The National Value Added Agricultural Conference, "Growing Your Rural Community through Partnerships," will be held June 24-26 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Michigan. Early registration fee of $150 ends June 1, after which registration will be $190. Investigate how partnerships between economic development agencies, communities, and businesses enhance the quality of life for rural residents by fostering civic infrastructure, strengthening the sustainability of agricultural production, promoting value added products, and improving economic opportunities consistent with the scale and capacity of the community. For complete information, including agenda, visit

Ohio Sea Grant Offers Great Lakes Climate Curriculum Workshops June 11 & August 7:

This summer, Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State's Climate Change Outreach Team will offer two one-day workshops (Beyond Polar Bears: Teaching Great Lakes Climate Science) to introduce an updated Great Lakes Climate Change Curriculum to science instructors in the Great Lakes region who would like to integrate climate change education into the classroom. The free workshops are taught by educators who have used the resources in their own classrooms. Workshops will be held Monday, June 11, and Tuesday, August 7. For complete information and to register, visit

For those unable to attend either workshop, a webinar (Introduction to Great Lakes Climate Education Resources) will be held on October 19 from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Register for the online webinar

Ohio Watershed Network Offers Social Indicators Workshop - June 19:

Addressing nonpoint sources of pollution at a watershed scale in many cases requires changing human behaviors. This workshop will introduce a system for collecting and evaluating information on target audience awareness, attitudes, and behaviors (called social indicators) that will help you more effectively target education and outreach programs and do a better job of demonstrating measurable program impacts. Participants will learn how to use a free on-line tool for creating surveys and entering and analyzing survey results and comparing results over time. The workshop will be held June 19, from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Cost is $30 at the door. For complete information, including workshop description, instructors, introductory webinar, and registration, visit



NARDeP Call for Proposals: Policy Options for Natural Gas Extraction due June 12:

The National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy Center is announcing a call for a policy study on natural gas extraction. This is a single or multiple investigator literature review and policy synthesis, with the first draft to be completed by September 15, 2012. Budget is limited to personal services in the amount of $20,000 (no indirect costs allowed). First preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated expertise in agriculture or rural policy. Click here for complete information, including application procedure.

Tri-State Research and Extension Grant Program Request for Proposals due September 30:

Ohio State University, Michigan State University, and Purdue University Experiment Station and Extension Directors have established a Tri-State Research and Extension grant program. The goals are to:

  • encourage and enhance the development of integrated research and extension teams (comprised of members of the tri-state systems) that can better compete for large competitive grants,
  • foster new relationships with industry, and/or
  • produce new and innovative approaches to issues and problems best addressed through research and extension teams.

Seven target areas of interest are identified in the RFP at Up to $50,000 will be awarded for two years. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2012.



New Issue of Communiqué Now Available:

The latest issue of the Communiqué is posted at

Topics in this issue include:

  • Right Wrongs – Behavior #4 of High-Trust Leaders
  • Ten Inclusionist Behaviors in Leadership
  • Director’s Short Report – Signature Programs Video
  • Basecamp Administration Update
  • Adobe Connect Update
  • Tri-State Diversity Conference - Seminar Proposals Due May 31


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