CD Wire - July 25, 2016


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July 28 CD In-Service – Hosted by David Civittolo

It’s hard to believe we are finishing up July and looking at the start of August. Events like our Summer In-service this Thursday always seem so far away…and then all of a sudden it seems like they are just a few days away (Note to self: the Fall In-service on October 4 will be here soon).

We have a great program planned for Thursday. Check it out: We’ll build on the blog writing discussion with Danae Wolfe; recap of the Burlington conference, board/committee involvement, and recognition; engage in some Above the Line ‘book club’ discussion; continue our ‘Futuring’ conversation, and; focus on NACDEP 2018 Conference planning.

To prepare for Thursday’s discussions, please take some time to:

  1. Review your use of social media to promote and publicize the work you have been a part of in the past. How might you expand your use of social media to increase awareness of the Extension programs and products you are involved in?
  2. Consider the good, bad, and ugly of the NACDEP Conference in Burlington. What did you really enjoy? How would you suggest it be changed for the better? (Feel free to expand your reflections beyond the most recent NACDEP Conference).
  3. Reflect on the parts of the Above the Line book that resonated with you most and why. How might we apply these ideas, concepts, practices, etc. in our work and/or in the way we work with each other?
  4. Scan the attached list of CD-related factsheets no longer on Ohioline. Which of these are you interested in reviewing and revising?
  5. Consider what the ‘ideal’ CD program area of the future must look like to achieve the lofty aspirations we identified at the Spring In-service. Think about how we do our work in the future (roles/functions), who we are connected to in the future (relationships/networks), and where we reside in the larger ‘org chart’ in the future (structure/organization).

We’ll be meeting in Room 200 of the new Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (FABE) Building, 1717 Thorne Road on the OARDC campus starting at 9:30. The FABE Building is #5 on the map ( There is a parking lot adjacent to the west side of the building and ample street parking along Thorne Road as well.

NACDEP 2016 Conference Evaluation

Speaking of sharing comments on the 2016 Conference, if you have not already done so, please remember to provide formal feedback at:

October 5th Leadership Summit Registration Now Open

Registration for the Inaugural Leadership Summit to be held October 5 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center is now open. Click here for more information, including the agenda-at-a-glance.

Early bird price of $125 expires August 8, after which it goes to $150. Registration is through RegOnline (charge to your chartfield) - State CD folks: please forward your registration confirmation email to Sandy to obtain Greg's approval for reconciliation.



Next EPN Breakfast - Transforming Our Yards – Doing More for Family and Community - August 9:

The next Ohio State Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast and program will be held on Tuesday, August 9 from 7:15 to 10:20 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

A yard with less space devoted to lawn offers options for healthy vegetables, herbs, and fruits, flowers, pollinators, wildlife, trees, outdoor discovery opportunities for kids and adults, and less maintenance, carbon, storm water, and waste. "Transforming Our Yards - Doing More for Family and Community" will be presented by Susan Weber, Principal, Integrity Sustainable Planning and Design.

Following the breakfast and indoor program there will be a 45-minute walking tour of the adjacent Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens’ prairie plant and Monarch/pollinator area. Click here for complete information and to register (by noon on August 5).

Workshop for Natural Resource Pros Will Give Intro to QGIS - August 17:

Learn the ABCs of using QGIS — in this case, to map tree cover, land use, water quality and similar data — in an August 17 workshop at OSU Mansfield.

QGIS is a free and open-source geographic information system, or GIS. It works on operating systems including Mac OS X, Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows. The workshop is for anyone who studies or works with natural resources, including forests, farmland, watersheds and wildlife, said Kathy Smith, coordinator of the event’s sponsor, the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. Registration is $45 and includes lunch and all materials. Space is limited. The deadline to register online is August 10. Read the news article for complete information.

Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference - September 15:

The Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference will be held on Thursday, September 15 at the Stranahan Center in Toledo.

The conference will highlight current scientific knowledge about algal blooms: model predictions, updated best management practices, and water treatment methods to remove toxins. Presenters will come from regional agencies and institutions, with an expected audience largely from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Click here for more information and to register. Registration is $20 (free for students).



Call for Submissions: Project Stories for the Cooperative Extension Horizon Report - due August 1:

The eXtension Foundation is partnering with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) Innovation Task Force and The New Media Consortium (NMC) to prepare the NMC Technology Outlook for Cooperative Extension 2016-2021.

The final report will be released in September 2016. A panel of 56 experts is now working on the report, and it recently selected the topics and trends that will be examined in the report. With this call for submissions, eXtension is inviting all Extension professionals to submit their projects related to these topics for consideration by the panel to include as examples representing current and emerging work in the Cooperative Extension System.

This story on the NMC website provides the topics and instructions for submitting any relevant projects you propose be featured in the final report. The submission form takes only minutes to complete per project, and you can submit as many projects as you like. Deadline for submissions is August 1.

Additional note from Jamie Seger ( . . .


Please consider submitting the innovative and important work you are doing for consideration in the upcoming, nationwide Technology Outlook for Cooperative Extension Horizon Report. I am included among the 56 expert panel who have contributed to the report so far, and now we need your help. We know there are many innovative projects being implemented by OSU Extension professionals; let’s show them off! Deadline for submissions is one week from today, August 1st. Please let me know if you have any questions prior to submitting.

Applications for Small Business Innovation Research Program due October 6:

The FY 2017 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Request for Application (RFA) is now available for public viewing. The RFA can be found at the links below.

Introduction Webinar - August 10:

Introduction to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program
Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA
Wednesday, August 10 at 2 p.m.

This webinar will provide an introduction to the SBIR Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program including an overview of the USDA SBIR Program and eligibility requirements. The webinar will also include an introduction to the forthcoming online curriculum that will provide information on developing a business idea that is appropriate for SBIR funding, and help on preparing and submitting a proposal for possible SBIR funding. There is no registration and no fee to participate in the webinar.

To join the webinar, go to “Enter as guest” is chosen by default. Type your name into the text box provided and click on “Enter Room.” You will then be taken to the Adobe Connect “meeting room” for the webinar.

The webinar will be recorded and archived at



Introducing STAR Lab:

Service Testing and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) is a research oriented inorganic chemical analysis lab based in Williams Hall on the OARDC campus in Wooster; however, services are available to all OSU researchers and associates. 

STAR Lab follows standard or generally accepted chemical analysis procedures and techniques to analyze sample materials including soils, plant tissues, animal tissue, composts, and water samples (analysis for other types of samples can be arranged as well). The main focus is on the elemental analysis of samples for mineral and nutrient content. Star Lab posterFor more information, go to:

Volunteers needed for Summer Farmers' Market:

The College of Public Health again serves as co-sponsor of the annual Columbus Public Health Farmers' Market.

This three-day event typically serves more than 7,000 residents, providing fresh produce directly from central Ohio farms through WIC vouchers and the Ohio Direction Card (food stamps). Individuals are needed 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Thursdays: July 28, August 4 and August 11. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


CFAES Monthly (July 2016)

Kitchel named chair of ACEL (ACEL News)

Partnership with City of Columbus supports sustainability efforts (OSU News)

Ohio Sea Grant Twine Line (Summer 2016)

Ohio State secures $2.55M to advance nuclear energy research (College of Engineering News)


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