CD Wire - January 29, 2013

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Multi-State Collaboration via NCRCRD Small Grants

With NCRCRD Small Grant proposals due by January 31, I am pleased to report that we are involved in at least three separate project proposals. Kudos are in order to the following for actively pursuing these dollars in collaboration with colleagues from other states. Proposals and collaborators include:

  • ‘Elevating and Expanding the Traditional Business Retention & Expansion Program’ with Nancy Bowen, David Civittolo, Joe Lucente, Greg Moon, Eric Romich, and Myra Wilson.  Collaborators from other states include: Scott Hutcheson (Purdue), Nora Ladjahasan (IA), Kathy Tweeten (ND), and Michael Darger (MN).
  • ‘Preparing Communities for Shale Development through Sustainable Planning’ with Myra Moss, Cindy Bond, Nancy Bowen, and Eric Romich. Collaborators from other states include: David Olson (SD) and Kathy Tweeten (ND).
  • ‘Building Community Capacity through Strategic Planning’ with Becky Nesbitt, Frank Gibson, and Rose Merkowitz. Collaborators from other states include: Anne Silvis, Kathie Brown, and Nora Feuquay (IL).

In short, eleven different OSUE-CD professionals are engaging with eight different colleagues from six other states in the 12-state north central region. I am very much encouraged by this level of participation and am hopeful our efforts yield NCRCRD funding. At a minimum, I hope that our efforts in developing these proposals lead to greater cross-state program sharing, development, and delivery.

Good work, team!



Farm to School Webinar for Extension Professionals - January 29:

On Tuesday, January 29 at 2 p.m. Julie Fox will present a one-hour Ohio Farm to School webinar exclusively for Extension professionals. There will be other webinars and events open to everyone later in the year. To join the Adobe Connect meeting, visit: and enter as a guest. Please contact Julie ( if you have any questions.

Ohio Sea Grant Winter Program & Silent Auction to Benefit Stone Lab - January 30:

Ohio Sea Grant and the Friends of Stone Laboratory are hosting the 15th Annual Winter Program & Silent Auction from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, at the Longaberger Alumni House. Guests can learn about recent Stone Lab program updates and new research projects, and college students can win a Stone Lab scholarship. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested at: Read more about the event at:

'What is Hydraulic Fracturing?' Webinar - February 6:

Buckeye Energy will present a free webinar on Wednesday, February 6, at 1:00 p.m. about the basics of hydraulic fracturing. Rayola Dougher, a senior advisor at American Petroleum Institute (API), will describe the process and talk about many myths and truths surrounding it. Questions will be answered at the end. Pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now at: You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

NCRCRD presents 'Introduction to the North Central Region County Food Systems Profiles Online Portal' Webinar - February 11:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development will present a free webinar titled 'Introduction to the North Central Region County Food Systems Profiles Online Portal' on February 11 at 1:00 p.m. Laura Brown and Anna Haines of the University of Wisconsin will present. The Food Systems Profile Portal Project was driven by a growing interest in food systems as a community economic development tool in the Upper Midwest. The goal of this project was to develop and publish an online food systems profile tool using existing secondary data sources to help county-based educators and community leaders better understand the local/regional food system in a systematic way in the North Central Region. The web portal tool features printable county profiles and maps for a twelve-state region, food systems resources by topic, and template discussion tools to help county educators make use of the profile in a community setting. This webinar will provide an overview of resources available through the portal, potential uses, as well as external sources of related data. To view the webinar announcement, including how to enter the meeting room, as well as a complete list of webinars,

OSU Extension Hosts Shale Workshop for Landowners - February 23:

'Shale and You: A Workshop for Landowners' will be held on February 23 at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road in Canfield from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. Registration is $15. Materials and refreshments will be guaranteed to those whose registrations arrive at the OSU Extension Ag Law's office in Columbus by February 18. The registration form with complete workshop information is available at Click on the "Shale and You" event under "Upcoming Extension Events." Click here to read the CFAES news release about the event.

Upcoming Events at the Digital Union:

Accessibility: Windows Computers & Android Tablets
When:  Monday, February 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where:  Derby Hall, Room 0029
Register here.

iPad Productivity (Hands-on)
When: Thursday, February 14, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: 18th Avenue Library (formerly Science & Engineering Library), Room 060
Register here.

For a complete listing of upcoming events at the Digital Union, visit:

Registration now Open for Farm to School Conference - March 13:

Registration is now open for the 2013 Ohio Farm to School Conference, which will be held on March 13 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the OSU campus. The conference will highlight education through presentations, special displays, and resources for those interested in getting involved with or expanding a Farm to School program. Registration is limited. The cost is $50. The agenda includes national keynote presentations, a variety of panel sessions, a curriculum showcase, a salad bar showcase, session posters, and more. Keynote presenters throughout the day will be Deborah Kane, National Director of the USDA Farm to School Program, Dr. Keith Smith, OSU Extension Director; Joshi Anupama, Executive Director of the National Farm to School Network, and Debra Eschmeyer, Director of Policy and Partnerships for Food Corps. For complete conference information, including registration link and conference brochure, visit:

Save the Date: Second Annual Diversity Leadership Symposium - April 12:

Mark your calendars for the Second Annual Diversity Leadership Symposium, Enriching Our Cultural Competencies, to be held April 12 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The symposium at The Ohio State University was created to provide an inter-departmental professional development event in the area of intercultural competence for higher education professionals and college students. It was designed with an emphasis on teaching real-life, usable skills and understanding for the purpose of creating welcoming and inclusive environments. Registration for faculty and staff is $45; students are free. The web site will be up and running in mid-February.


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