CD Wire - June 6, 2016

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AD Update:

NACDEP Conference 2016

We are less than three weeks away from the NACDEP Conference in Burlington, VT. Similar to previous years, the opening session begins Sunday evening and is followed by a day full of sessions and regional meetings on Monday. Unlike previous years, the awards banquet has been separated into two events; a 60-minute awards session followed by a ‘Farm-to-Table’ dinner format on Monday evening. Tuesday begins with sessions in the morning and then mobile workshops in the afternoon. Wednesday morning contains sessions, an hour of IGNITE presentations before lunch, and then lunch with a closing plenary session. The joint venture with ANREP this year promises new opportunities to expand our networks. As you are making your final preparations, I hope you are looking as forward to the annual conference as I am. We have much to share and learn. To see more details on the event, click here.

Summer CD In-Service July 28

We are already looking ahead to our Summer meeting on the Wooster campus thanks to host, David Civittolo. In addition to in-depth focus on the book ‘Above the Line’ by Urban Meyer and NACDEP 2018 conference planning, we’ll also spend some time touring the facilities, some of which date back to 1892 (our Wooster campus is the site of the original “Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station”). To prepare yourself for the meeting, please be thinking of 3-4 of your favorite parts of the Meyer book and pay particular attention to the ‘production details’ when attending the NACDEP Conference in Burlington, VT. Be taking good notes…they will come in handy later!!

Business Operations Policy Changes Effective July 1

There will be several business operations policy changes effective July 1. Here are a few that you should be aware of:

Travel Changes:

  • eRequest number for PCard and pre-payments required on the Travel Reimbursement Form
  • Agenda for registration required to be attached to Travel Reimbursement Form (unless already attached to Travel Request)
  • Itinerary for airfare required to be attached to Travel Reimbursement Form (unless already attached to Travel Request)

FAES Exception Form:

All FAES units (including Extension units) with exceptions to university policy will be required to complete an Exception Form prior to the transaction being processed. This includes exceptions such as:

  • over 90 day travel submissions
  • after the fact purchase orders
  • lost or missing receipts

Many units have already been using the form. Implementing for the entire college will create consistency among units and help to educate initiators and approvers of common mistakes made in transaction processing. The unit is responsible for attaching the form with the first three approvals completed to the eRequest or paperwork being submitted to the Business Operations Center. (The fourth approval is the Dean.) Exception Form

Just a reminder that if a purchase is going to be made with a PCard, an eRequest for pre-approval needs to be submitted prior to the transaction with a quote, if applicable. Purchase cannot be made until eRequest is approved.



NCRWN Webinars:


Communicating Climate Change for Extension - June 15:

The North Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) will host a webinar as part of the Climate Change and Water for Agriculture Education for Extension Professionals series on June 15 from 2 - 3 p.m. discussing Communicating Climate Change for Extension. The speakers are Julie Doll, Agroecology Outreach Specialist, Michigan State University and Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, Postdoctorate Fellow – USDA Pacific Northwest Regional Climate Hub. For more information on the webinar and to register, visit the website here.

Extension Programs for Youth Environmental and STEM Education - June 15:

The National Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) will host a webinar titled Extension Programs for Youth Environmental and STEM Education on June 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information and to register, click here.

New Webinar on Mental Health Awareness for Extension Professionals - June 22:

Increasingly, Cooperative Extension professionals are coming in contact in their work with individuals affected by mental health problems. They may be clients, community members, co-workers or even family members or friends -- both professional and personal contacts. Knowing how to help them or how to provide a bridge for them to find the help they need can be a daunting and distracting challenge. A new webinar, "The Importance of Mental Health Awareness for Extension Professionals," will be presented on Wednesday, June 22 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Developed and taught by Jami Dellifield, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, and Amanda Raines, 4-H Program Assistant, both of Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County, this webinar focuses on educating Extension professionals about mental health problems, how to approach affected individuals and connect them with local resources, and how to develop a plan for use in a crisis situation.

Additional information can be found here. Add this event to your calendar.

Unleashing the Potential of Individual Investors Webinar - June 23:

The Exploring Innovation in Community Development webinar series from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will continue on June 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The third and final webinar, 'Scaling U.S. Community Investing: Unleashing the Potential of Individual Investors,' will focus on individual investors. In impact investing, these funders are potential game changers, but reaching them involves solving unique challenges. A recent Morgan Stanley survey of 800 individual investors indicates substantial interest in the nonfinancial return on their investments – over 70 percent describe themselves as interested in “sustainable investing.” These investors tend to have highly specific requirements around geography and impact. Furthermore, the financial returns that they seek vary considerably.

The webinar is free, but you must register. Complete information can be found here.

Links to listen to the first session (April 28) Scaling U.S. Community Investing: Overcoming the Challenge of Proving Impact and the second session (May 26) Scaling U.S. Community Investing: Creating Liquidity in Impact Investing can be found at the bottom of the page of the link above.

NACDEP Pre-Conference Workshop: 'Using Economic Impact Data to foster Community Conversations' - June 26:

Providing community leaders, businesses owners and elected officials with actionable economic data is key to fostering community conversations around economic growth and prosperity.

Colleagues from several states (Minnesota, Missouri, Connecticut, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Pennsylvania) are presenting a pre-conference workshop around using economic data in community conversations on Sunday, June 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Burlington, VT.

In 2015, seven states participated in collaboration efforts funded by Regional Centers for Rural Development. These collaborations spurred intense and stimulating conversations regarding the use of data in community conversations. The exchange of ideas has raised awareness of the need for further collaboration. Join the debate. The feasibility and interest in developing a community of practice will also be discussed. Contact: Kent Olson, Associate Dean, Extension Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota ( or 612-625-7723).

BuckeyeLearn’s ‘Protecting Institutional Data’ Course:

In the course of your work at Ohio State, you will be given access to many types of institutional data. To help you understand your responsibilities, we encourage you to complete the Protecting Institutional Data course, which is recommended for all university employees and is required annually for anyone with access to restricted data and/or at the discretion of system owners. Register here. Learn more here.

Action Leadership Retreat - November 8-9:

Are you an educator who has been employed in OSU Extension for 18 months – 3+ years? Are you looking for a professional development opportunity which is built around simulated on-the-job experiences you encounter as an educator?  If you do, the Action Leadership Retreat is for you.

This two day retreat offers educators the opportunity to:

  • Assess and reflect on your skills in key areas important to your success as an Extension educator.
  • Interact with other Extension educators with similar tenure.
  • Develop goals and initial plans for personal and professional development.
  • Discuss and explore resources available to support your development as an educator.

To learn more about this professional development opportunity for educators, please visit: Dates of the retreat are: November 8-9. Registration Fee is $90. To register, email Jody Termeer ( with the following information:

  • Name
  • County/Unit
  • Job Title
  • Email address

Space is limited to seven participants for the retreat. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Questions? Please contact Beth Flynn ( or 614-292-1251).

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit eXtension Learn ( to view and register for upcoming webinar sessions. Please share these events with others who may also be interested.

Topics include:

  • Best Practices when Blazing the Trail for Online Learners - June 10 at 11 a.m.

  • Working with Extension Agents on LGBTQ Issues - June 14 at 1 p.m.

  • Creating Inclusive Extension Spaces and Programming - June 21 at 1 p.m.

  • What Extension Professionals Say about Teaching Health Insurance - June 29 at 12:30 p.m.

  • Motivational Interviewing - July 19 at 11 a.m.

  • Developing COADs (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) - August 9 at 1 p.m.



SARE Funding Seminar - July 11:

Opportunities for research, education, extension, and graduate student funding from the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program will be discussed on Monday, July 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in Kottman 333 with a video link to the Wooster campus. See flyer for details.

The presentation will be provided by Dr. Beth Nelson, Regional Director, NCR-SARE Research and Education Programs, Dr. Rob Myers, Regional Director, NCR-SARE Extension Programs, and Joan Benjamin, Associate Regional Coordinator NCR-SARE and Coordinator of Farmer Rancher and Youth Educator Grant Programs.

Eastern South Dakota Water Conference - Abstracts due August 15:

The Eastern South Dakota Water Conference will be held in Brookings, SD on Thursday, October 27. The theme for this year’s conference is “The Economics of Water Quality.” This conference is held on the campus of South Dakota State University and attracts attendees from academia, students, local, state, and federal agencies among others. Water is an environmental good that provides critical services for recreation, economic development, agricultural and domestic use; all of which are important to human activity. The conference covers the latest strategies and research for water managers and water users on the Northern Great Plains.

Abstracts on this and any other topic related to regional water quality, quantity, use, resources and management are invited to this year’s conference.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is August 15. Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 300 words and may be submitted for both oral and poster presentation. There will be a student poster competition with a 1st prize of $200 and a 2nd prize of $100. Submit abstracts in MS Word format as an email attachment to and indicate whether you prefer oral or poster presentations.

Registration details are forthcoming. For more information about the conference or Call for Abstracts, please visit or contact David Kringen, SDSU Extension at or Scott Cortus, SD Water Resources Institute at



Peer Mentors needed for Mandela Washington Fellowship Program:

Peer mentors are needed for The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) Program. Mentors could be faculty, staff, grad students at OSU as well as, of course in this case, practitioners such as Extension Educators in the field, etc. As a Mentor, you are committing to meet with one or several Fellows 2 – 3 times over their stay (mid- June through July), informally just to chat or as schedules allow on site professionally. When you become a mentor for this project you are helping to develop not just a mind but an entire continent. Consider your participation as an important summer activity for 2016. For complete information, including mentee profiles, visit:

Zoom Webinars for 500 Participants a New Benefit for eXtension Member Institution Professionals:

For many years, Iowa State Extension has been hosting Adobe Connect Webinars for Communities of Practice (CoP) and Learning Networks (LN) on behalf of eXtension. As indicated earlier this year, this service will end on July 31.

As part of eXtension’s recent acquisition of new tools for use by professionals at eXtension Foundation member institutions, eXtension has secured the use of Zoom Webinars to assist CoPs, LNs, and other users with webinar services. Zoom Webinar benefits include providing a public space that can accommodate up to 500 viewers at a single webinar. Find complete information here.

New Bacteria Monitoring Guide Available:

A new bacteria monitoring guide is now available for water monitoring groups from The Center for Watershed Protection. View the press release.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff)


innovateExtension Recap: An Energizing, Innovative, and Inspiring Day (Extension Ed Tech blog)

Ed Tech Recap (May 2016)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (May 2016)

North Central Region Water Network Newsletter (May 2016)

Ohio Vegetable and Fruit Newsletters (current & archived)

eXtension Month in Review (May 2016)


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