CD Wire - October 8, 2013

AD Update:

Preparing for the CD Program Retreat

At the Galaxy IV capnote presentation, conference participants heard conference closing remarks from FAES V-P and Dean, Bruce McPheron. He mentioned our 100th anniversary on the horizon for 2014 and noted that Extension would not be celebrating another 100th birthday unless we more fully engaged in the ‘disruptive change’ process. He went on to discuss his ‘Top 10 List’ of eight items that Extension (nationally) needs to address in this disruptive change process and indicated that he hopes for an ongoing national dialogue to commence in the coming months to begin to address them. If you weren’t able to hear the presentation at Galaxy, here are the eight areas very briefly:

  1. Staffing – there are many types of Extension professionals…what are the ideal proportions of each?
  2. Delivery – our efforts must continually adapt to integrate new methods and technologies.
  3. Funding – the traditional funding model is not sustainable.
  4. Funder expectations – do we know what funders want from us? Can we meet all stakeholder expectations?
  5. Program scope – on what are we to focus?
  6. Reputation – we are more than service… how does Extension fit into the priorities of the larger University?
  7. Competition – Extension has plenty of competitors… how do we learn from them?
  8. Marketing – we can do better at communicating our impact.

While most if not all of these are topics we have discussed previously at some point, we have not discussed them from the ‘disruptive change’ perspective(s) shared in the 12-page article linked above. Please take some time to review the paper and expect a final reminder of retreat homework details on Wednesday. I think we are going to have a fun couple of days at next week’s Retreat!



Local Foods Quarterly Conference Call - October 10:

The next Local Foods quarterly conference call will be held Thursday, October 10, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. To connect, call 1-626-677-3000 and use Participant Access Code 900957. October is National Farm to School Month. Discussion will be focused around resources and tools you can use, including:

  • USDA The Great Garden Detective Adventure
  • MSU Farm to Pizza
  • and more!

Updates of the marketing templates for Local Foods programs and the Local Foods Summit template will also be shared.

Assuring Quality Care for Animals Signature Program In-Service - November 4:

The Assuring Quality Care for Animals Signature Program In-Service will be held on Monday, November 4, at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. This in-service will offer sessions relevant to all Extension program areas with respect to quality assurance, food labeling, and animal care/welfare (CD relevance: local foods, farmer’s markets, urban agriculture, growth in businesses evolving around the pet industry). Click here to view the agenda and a fillable registration form. (If a fillable form does not appear, click on "Open with Different Viewer" in the upper right corner, and then click on "Open with Adobe Acrobat default.") Contact Paul Kuber ( or Lucinda Miller ( with any questions.

New eXtension Communities of Practice Organize and Launch:

Garden Professor, Community Nutrition Education, and Program Evaluation are communities of practice that are either newly forming or recently launched via eXtension. Click here to learn more about getting involved with these communities.



NCRCRD Small Grant Call for Proposals - due January 31:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development has announced its 2013-14 small grants competition. Awards of up to $20,000 will be made to teams involving land grant employees drawn from at least two north central states. Additional partners from other regions or types of employers are welcome to join the multistate teams.

 Awards will be made for work in any of the following areas:

  • Innovation diffusion for rural development
  • Sustainable communities
  • Leadership development
  • Entrepreneurial communities

More complete descriptions of these themes are available at: Proposals are due at 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2014. Submission instructions as well as previously funded projects can be found

Opportunities for interested parties to ask questions via conference call are scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, at 4:00 p.m., and Friday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m. To join either or both conference calls, please RSVP to Rosa Soliz (, and she will provide you with the call-in information.



Agriculture and Natural Resources Tax Webinar & Workshop December 19 and Upcoming Tax Schools:

Please promote the upcoming two-day tax schools and the one-day ag issues workshop. Complete information is in the following press releases:

Larry Gearhardt, Field Specialist, Taxation, will be sending several hard-copy registration forms to each county this week to have on hand. Contact Larry ( or 614-292-2433) if you have questions.

eXtension Galaxy IV Survey now Available:

Almost 700 Galaxy IV participants completed the eXtension survey, the results of which will help future planning. Click here to see what your colleagues at Galaxy had to say.

Article of Interest:

Ohio State’s First Green Roof Makes Debut(CFAES News)




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