CD Wire - December 1, 2014

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Extension Annual Conference and Research Colloquium - 2014

Next week’s Extension Annual Conference not only marks the passing of yet another busy year, it will be chock full of learning opportunities, networking opportunities and opportunities to celebrate. There will be session presentations and poster presentations available all three days. The luncheons and banquet will afford many chances to network. And of course there will be opportunities to celebrate our individual, team and organizational accomplishments. We’ll have centennial celebrations and we’ll spend a day discussing the future and the role(s) that Extension might play in it. We’ll also recognize programmatic excellence with our Excellence in CD Award and high quality programmatic collaboration with our Friend of CD Award winner on Wednesday evening. Special presentations are planned for Thursday too. The three days promise all of this and so much more. I hope you are as excited as I am.

Our ‘formal’ time together as a program area is scheduled as the short NACDEP-Program Association meeting Tuesday, December 9 from 4 to 5 p.m. One of the key discussion items is our proposal to host the NACDEP Conference in 2018; something that will require a great deal of effort from all of us. To help us begin to think about the various aspects of such an endeavor, the following list was shared by Dave Ivan, 2014 Conference Co-Chair and MSU Extension program leader. Preliminarily at least, each of us will need to give leadership to at least one of the items below. I would imagine we’ll need to serve as committee members on some of the others too (along with other NACDEP member volunteers). Please take a look at this list, begin to think about what might interest you most and come prepared on December 9 to share your thoughts.

See you in about a week!

BUDGET Create budget.
REGISTRATION Provide content for registration website including registration rates.
TOURS Identify and coordinate all conference tours. Provide content and rates for tour registration site.
CONTRACTS Coordinate all conference meetings including management of hotel contracts, catering orders and transportation. Handle all tour, poster and audio/visual contracts. Coordinate room setup for breakout sessions and general session.
AWARDS Manage award email account, distribute applications to regional and national committees, submit award recipients in Excel format to PAR, create conference award PowerPoint, write conference award script.
PROMOTIONAL ITEMS Identify promotional NACDEP item for conference, i.e. NACDEP luggage tag.
PROGRAM Create full conference and at-a-glance programs. Supply any additional registration promotional items.
TRACKS/SESSIONS Collect all presenter submissions. Create and manage breakout session schedule. Create speaker evaluation & sign-in forms for each session room.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Identify, contact and coordinate itineraries for all keynote speakers. Identify and purchase all speaker gifts.
ONSITE Provide technical support volunteer to harvest speaker presentations and manage any technical issues in breakout rooms. Provide board member support during registration and all session breaks. Set up a/v in breakout session rooms.
PRE & POST CONFERENCE MEETINGS Coordinate all pre & post conference meetings including management of hotel contracts, catering orders and transportation.

Enter 2014 Activities and Impacts in RiV by January 15

As a reminder, your extension activities and impacts for calendar year 2014 need to be entered into RiV by January 15, 2015. This date is important as the information pulled out of RiV at that time is used for mandatory federal reporting. This date is firm for everyone in Extension.



2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series to Kick Off December 1:

With crop program decision windows open, now is the time for producers to think strategically about their farm’s cash flow, exposure to risk and the means available to manage these risks. Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economics professor and farm policy expert in the college’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE), will speak December 1 during the college’s kickoff of its 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series. The event initiates a series of local meetings to be held statewide. The meetings will feature presentations by AEDE experts on key issues in the agricultural community for 2015, including policy changes, key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources and the environment.

In addition to Zulauf, speakers for the series include:

  • Matt Roberts, a grain economist who will discuss his outlook for the 2015 grain market.
  • Brian Roe, an agricultural economist who will present on the Lake Erie algae problem from the view of farmers and the general public.
  • Ian Sheldon, an international trade expert who will discuss agricultural productivity and the impact of genetically modified crops.
  • Brent Sohngen, an environmental economist who will review market-based instruments for reducing phosphorus emissions.
  • Douglas Southgate, a development economist who will discuss survey population forecasts for the 21st century and the implications of those forecasts on agriculture.
  • Cameron Thraen, a dairy expert who will offer a 2015 dairy outlook and a farm bill dairy briefing.
  • Barry Ward, leader of OSU Extension’s Production Business Management program, who will discuss land values, cash rents, crop input costs and potential crop profitability in 2015.

A complete list of the county meetings which are open to the public can be found here along with complete details.

Next EPN Breakfast December 9 - Connecting Central Ohio to Nature and Adventure:

The next Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, December 9 from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. This month's topic is "Connecting Central Ohio to Nature and Adventure- Partnerships Among Outdoor Retailers, OSU, and Other Organizations." The moderator and presenter is Matt Hartman, Assistant Director, OSU Outdoor Adventure Center. The Outdoor Retailer panelists invited are: Cabela's, The North Face, Clintonville Outfitters, Olentangy Paddle, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Outdoor Source, Field and Stream, REI, and Fin, Feather, Fur Outfitters. Admission includes a full breakfast. Complete details and a link to online registration and payment can be found here.

December Direct Marketing Webinars:

CFAES will present two Direct Marketing webinars in December. Both will begin at noon and last about an hour.

Contact for the webinar series is Brad Bergefurd (740-289-2071, ext. 136 or More information on direct marketing can be found at: Recordings of previous webinars can be found at:

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics: Online Course begins January 15:

Would you like to understand how communities work? Are you curious about why good ideas sometimes fall flat? Do you watch groups struggle to make decisions without adequate data? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are invited to register for Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, a unique online course presented jointly by the four Regional Rural Development Centers and a team of nationally recognized Community Development professionals.

The seven-week series begins January 15, 2015 and concludes February 26. Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics including demographics, economic development, strategic planning and power structures. Supplemental resources and online discussion opportunities will be available on the course website. Participants should plan to log in at their convenience during the week to explore these topics further, pose questions, investigate additional resources and visit with colleagues in similar situations.

Registration is $100 per person but you can save $25 by registering before 5:00pm on December 19. Registration information is available here. To learn more please visit the website.



Tri-State Diversity Conference 'Diversity Champion' Nominations due January 16:

The Tri-State Diversity Conference’s goal is to network and link people and resources together in order to better integrate diversity into programs, policies and practices for creating community well-being. “Thinking Diversity: Addressing the Cultural Shift in America” is the theme, and you can find more conference information on the website.

Click here to view the 2015 nomination form for the Tri-State Diversity Champion Awards. Please share with others. Deadline for nominations is January 16. Send nominations to Pat Holmes (holmes.86).

Both an Individual Award and a Team Award will be presented during the Tri-State Diversity Conference Luncheon on February 19. You can nominate yourself or others for one of these awards.

What Can Live Smart Ohio do for You?:

The new Live Smart Ohio blogsite is now live!

So, what can Live Smart Ohio do for you? And how will it promote your work?

Become an author of Live Smart Ohio and share your expertise in the area of Food, Money, Mind & Body, or Family & Relationships. Interested individuals (from any program area) can contact Carmen Irving (irving.31).

Alber Enterprise Center launches Blog:

The Alber Enterprise Center has launched its new blog. Visit and subscribe here.

Articles/Publications of Interest:


Eco Dev group studies STEM programs (Van Wert Times Bulletin)

Ohio Sea Grant Twine Line (Fall/Winter 2014) – Includes article on pp. 10 & 11 about Frank Lichtkoppler’s OSG Extension career.

Ohio Sea Grant eNews (November 2014)

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