CD Wire - August 19, 2019

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

State CD Summer In-Service Re-cap

OSU Extension CD visit to Stone Lab August 2019

Last week we traveled to Ohio’s north coast on a picture-perfect summer day to share and learn from colleagues at the Sea Grant/Stone Lab facilities on Gibraltar Island (Ottawa County). In addition to touring Gibraltar Island and learning about the island history, we also learned more about Lake Erie history, fisheries, clean boating, and refuse management along the shoreline.

Eric Romich and David Civittolo provided updates on the programmatic opportunities in the areas of renewable (solar) energy education and community economic analyses, respectively. Please contact them for more information and/or to identify ways you can become more engaged in these areas. We also talked a bit about my August 1 appointment to the position of department chair and associate director, and the plans to name an interim assistant director for Extension CD by September 1.

A big thank you to Jill Bartolotta and Meghan Thoreau for their help and coordination in planning the agenda and the travel logistics!

Germinate International Film Festival held August 16-17

Germinate Film Fest

The area was buzzing with energy last Friday and Saturday when several dozen individuals interested in film, rural communities, and/or agriculture gathered in Hillsboro, Ohio. Brooke Beam led the effort that brought attendees from across Ohio and the U.S., together with Extension colleagues and community volunteers, to enjoy screenings of over 60 films, seven hands-on workshops, and two dinners. The team worked diligently to help with audio and video set up, table and chair arrangements, moderator and ticket taker responsibilities, popcorn supplies and refreshments, etc. Some even got into the act of creating a festival banner!

The event concluded on Saturday night with a farm-to-table dinner served outdoors prior to the final film screening at dusk. Awards were presented across a variety of categories and the film-makers were excited to address the audience.

In the end, kudos to Brooke for taking the initiative to experiment in this way. I know she has invested a ton of time in preparation and coordination. And thank you to the many others who worked with her to put this effort together. After the dust settles, I am sure we’ll be hearing more from Brooke about the specific details, what’s next, etc.

Short on funds? CD Professional Development Support Apps due September 1

How do we get better? One way is to seek out new learning opportunities. When they come at a cost, don’t forget to apply for some ‘outside assistance’ in the form of a CD Professional Development scholarship. Thanks to individual contributions to the Extension CD Support Fund # 308100 you are able to apply for up to $750 three times per year. Awards are made in February, May, and September contingent on availability of funding. September 1 is the deadline for September awards so do not delay!

Your thoughtful responses (email or Word document is fine) to five simple questions found on the CD Professionals’ webpage here is all you need to do. Contact Greg if you have any questions and/or want to talk about your professional development plans!

New Factsheet Published

Kudos to authors Nancy Bowen-Ellzey and Gwynn Stewart for their recently Ohioline-published fact sheet, “Port Authorities as an Economic Development Tool for Local Government” (Ohioline CDFS -1567). In this peer-reviewed educational tool, they discuss and describe what a port authority is and what it can do for local economic development efforts. They also discuss how they are formed, how they are structured, and how they can be expanded as well as describe a typical port authority project.



NCRWN Webinar - August 21:

NCRWN logo

"One Water Partnerships: Innovative, inclusive, and integrated approaches to water resource management"
Wednesday, August 21 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Click here for complete information and to register.

Join to explore innovative, inclusive, and integrated approaches to water resource management throughout the North Central Region. From Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Columbus, Ohio and beyond, tune in to hear how diverse stakeholders are coming together to discuss solutions and enhance water quality.

Featured Speakers:

  • Lorraine Winters Krzyzewski, Watershed Manager, Department of Public Utilities, City of Columbus
  • Michael Kuntz, Utilities Environmental Manager, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Deborah Bathke, Research Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln National Drought Mitigation Center & School of Natural Resources

North Central Climate Collaborative Webinar - August 26:

NC3 Logo The North Central Climate Collaborative is presenting a webinar, Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: A tool for assisting agriculture producers in adapting to climate variability and change, on Monday, August 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. 

Tune in and hear from Mike Wilson, Senior Scientist at NRCS and one of the authors of Adaptation Resources for Agriculture, a publication by the USDA Climate Hubs (USDA Hubs Publication). The workbook is designed to allow Extension specialists, technical service providers, and others to guide producers through a five-step process to better understand the short and long-term impacts of climate on their production system and how they can meet their land management goals while considering climate variability. Mike will overview the purpose of the publication, how the workbook was developed, and the framework of actions that help agricultural communities prepare for changing conditions. Register here.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

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

Topics covered:

  • Using Community Supported Enterprises to Address Shrinking Markets in Rural Areas - Thursday, September 12 at 2 p.m.

Next EPN Breakfast:  Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference - September 13:

Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference The Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference will be held Friday, September 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Ohio State’s Environmental Professionals Network will co-host the 2019 Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference titled, “Environmental Justice and Equity for All,” with the Ohio Environmental Council, Cleveland-Marshall's Environmental Law Society, Ohio State's Energy & Environmental Law Society, and University of Toledo's College of Law. This conference will feature breakfast, lunch, and extended networking and educational components. Cost is $10 (General Admission suggested; additional price for attorneys seeking 4.25 CLE Credits); College students are free. Click here to register and view the full program agenda, speakers, and complete details.

Save the Date - Byrd Center Climate Symposium March 26-27:

Byrd Center Climate Symposium 2020



Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


CFAES Research News (August 2019)

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