North Central Impact Reporting
Our program partners (e.g., local, regional, state, national) invest resources that, when combined with ours and those of others, yield change. The change might be new knowledge (e.g., a research report) or it might be a greater awareness that leads to action. Like our program partners, the types of change are many – as many as there are types of programs.
Extension’s North Central Region CD program leaders identified a number of common program reporting indicators several years ago. In true team fashion, you report your individual data which is then compiled at the state level and forwarded to Rosa Soliz at the NCRCRD. Rosa and Scott Loveridge then coordinate the collection of state level data and generate a full report and executive summary that highlights changes in a number of common indicators across the 12-state region.
This reporting process occurs annually, and it is once again that time of year when we start the process. Here’s how you can contribute:
Before April 17, please take a few minutes to provide figures that apply to your work (in some cases, well-informed estimates are the best we can do, and that is fine). You can enter your figures into the attached Excel file, save and send to me (email@example.com). Your individual responses will be compiled into one report from Ohio and forwarded on to be aggregated into the larger North Central CD Program report.
Spending ten minutes or so to reflect, locate existing data/report files or estimate if needed, and plug in numbers is probably about right. And just think about the story your ten minutes will help create that will inform others (including our funders – ultimately the taxpayer) how you have spent their money and how worthy you are of their continued investment!
Also, I realize your work may not yield indicators for every item described. However, those of us so inclined should be able to quickly estimate the number of programs conducted, number of minorities participating and the dollar value of those programs, for example.
If you are wondering whether your participation matters, know that Brent Elrod, our USDA NIFA Program Leader, indicated that our reporting efforts enabled USDA to direct additional funding to the rural development centers (ours would be the NCRCRD) to support continued innovative and multi-state programming in the region. These dollars have supported the North Central Small Grants and Interstate Grants programs from which we have been awarded more than $100,000 over the past seven years!
Sandy on Vacation - April 10-18
Sandy will be on vacation from April 10-18 and will be attending a workshop on April 20. If you need something done before she leaves, please make arrangements with her by April 6.
Odds & Ends
- A black Totes umbrella was left after our meeting at the 4-H Center last Thursday. Let us know if it is yours!
- The link to Extension's procedure for Peer Evaluation of Teaching is now posted on the CD Professionals page.
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award Workshop - April 1:
Faculty interested in submitting a proposal for the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award are invited to a workshop Wednesday, April 1 from 1-3 p.m. in the Smith Seminar Room, 1080 Physics Research Building. Attendees will learn about the outreach/education/diversity portion of the CAREER proposal and how to collaborate with partners within the university and the community for course development, student recruitment from underrepresented groups and other areas. Register at: researchcalendar.osu.edu. Read more at: go.osu.edu/nsfcareer.
Addressing Issues of Food Security - SENR Seminar April 2:
The School of Environment and Natural Resources Seminar Series welcomes Christopher Peterson, professor & academic program director, Loyola University Chicago Institute of Environmental Sustainability, for a seminar on Thursday, April 2 at 4 p.m. in 164 Howlett Hall, connected to 123 Williams Hall in Wooster. Peterson will present “Addressing Issues of Food Security through Integration of Curricula, Outreach and Service.” Read more.
NCRCRD Webinar: "Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory: From Benchtop to Proof of Concept" - April 2:
The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) is continuing its webinar series “Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development.” The next webinar is about University of Illinois efforts to stimulate bio-economic development by scaling up developed technologies in renewable fuel, food and fiber-based processing leading to commercialization. The title is "Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory: From Benchtop to Proof of Concept," and the webinar will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 12:30 p.m.
The Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) has been designed as a flexible, state-of-the-art plug-and-play pilot scale facility. Its focus is to advance research and education regarding renewable fuel, food and fiber-based processing platforms and to stimulate bio-economic development in the region through translational scale-up of developed technologies leading to commercialization. The IBRL is a hybrid facility involving innovative, multi-disciplinary teams (faculty and industry partners) focused at the nexus of plant and microbial genetics and bioprocessing. Moving from basic research discoveries to commercial products requires a unique facility where various plant and plant co-products can be tested for their suitability for bioprocessing to value-added products. The IBRL was designed to fill this gap in the channel from innovative research to market application and commercial products. This free webinar is hosted by the NCRCRD and presented by Dr. Hans Blaschek and Dr. Vijay Singh.
- Dr. Hans Blaschek is the director for the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL), University of Illinois where he is responsible for leading planning efforts for the IBRL.
- Dr. Vijay Singh is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Associate Director of Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory.
To access the free webinar, go to: https://connect.msu.edu/newtech/ and select “Enter as a Guest.” You will then be directed to the MSU Adobe Connect page. Currently, a flyer for the upcoming webinar is posted on the page. If you need technical assistance accessing the page, please contact MSU Adobe Connect at: (517) 355-2345 or 1-800-500-1554.
Farmers Market & Local Foods Promotion Programs Grant Writing Workshop - April 6:
|The Regional Rural Development Centers in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) have developed workshop materials and resources focused on improving the funding success rate of applicants to USDA AMS grant programs, specifically the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). OSU Extension will offer training and technical assistance to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to secure AMS resources to further the provision of local foods.|
The workshop will be held on Monday, April 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Registration is free and includes a light dinner. Register online: go.osu.edu/LocalFoodsGrantWriting.
- AMS grant programs overview
- Developing your grant idea
- Preparing your proposal
- Submitting the application (grants.gov, DUNS, etc.)
Ohio State Mobile Video Hands-On Training - April 10:
Have an iPad or iPhone and want to learn how to quickly capture and edit video on the go? Ohio State’s Office of Distance Education and e-Learning (ODEE) is offering a brief hands-on workshop April 10 at 9 a.m. in Stillman Hall. The workshop will focus on using the iMovie app for Apple devices. Learn more here and register here.
NACDEP Conference Registration now Open - Early Bird until April 17:
|Registration for the 2015 NACDEP conference is now open! Be sure to register by April 17 for the early bird pricing. NACDEP has negotiated a special room rate of $129.00 for single and double occupancy at the Doubletree by Hilton, Little Rock. The deadline to book a room at this price is April 24. For complete details, visit: nacdep.net/conferences-events.|
Applied Economics Seminar Series: 'Moving People with Ideas: Innovation, Inter-regional Mobility and Firm Heterogeneity' - April 17:
AEDE's Applied Economics Spring Seminar Series continues Friday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. in Ag Admin room 105. Riccardo Crescenzi, Associate Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Visiting Scholar at the Taubman Centre for State and Local Government at Harvard University, will present his recent research with Luisa Gagliardi, also from the London School of Economics: "Moving People with Ideas: Innovation, Inter-regional Mobility and Firm Heterogeneity." Read more.
Managing Multiple Priorities, Projects and Deadlines Workshop - April 20:
|Registration is now open for the Managing Multiple Priorities, Projects and Deadlines Workshop on April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please click on the survey link in the attachment to register and for more information. There are a limited number of spaces available. Please contact Crystal Ott (ott.109) or Amanda Forquer (forquer.13) with questions.|
Innovate Conference Keynote: Steven Johnson - May 15:
|Celebrated writer and PBS television series host Steven Johnson will deliver the keynote address for the Friday, May 15 Innovate Conference. Author of bestselling titles such as How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From explores innovation through history. Johnson speaks to the power of communities in generating dynamic ideas for drastic improvements in society. Register for free at the Innovate Conference website.|
REMINDERS / UPDATES / NEWS:
Ohio Local Food Week - August 9-15:
|The Local Foods Signature Program is coordinating an Ohio Local Food Week from August 9-15. This is the first time local food will be celebrated at the same time statewide and everyone is invited to participate! Please save the date on your calendar and look for upcoming details at the Local Foods Signature Program website. If you have any questions, please contact Patrice (powers-barker.1) or Heather Neikirk (neikirk.2).|
Denman Undergraduate Research Forum Winners:
|There were 624 student presenters and more than 600 judges who made the 20th Annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum at RPAC on Wednesday, March 25 another success. See the winning presentations from the 2015 Denman Forum here.|
Articles/Publications of Interest:
CFAES Monthly (March 2015)
Ohio Sea Grant Newsletter (March 2015)
North Central Region Water Network Newsletter (March 2015)
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