CD Wire - November 18, 2019

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Community Development
helps communities enhance
their well-being.

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Coming Soon: 2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference

2019 Extension Annual Conference

You are invited to attend and participate in the 2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference – Land-Grant Fierce: Meeting the Challenge. The work we do as a land-grant institution is even more critical today than at possibly any other time in our more than 100-year history. Our ability to braid together our three missions of teaching, research, and Extension to bring the knowledge and resources of The Ohio State University to all our statewide campuses and beyond is invaluable. We are optimally poised as a land-grant to make a difference in the life of every Ohioan through our partnerships, products, processes, and people.

The Annual Conference will be held December 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. Conference registration can be found here.

If you are attending, I want to encourage you to support our CD colleagues, whose presentations were accepted:


Date and Time



Brooke Beam

December 17
10:55-11:00 a.m.

How International Agricultural and Cultural Tours can Impact Extension Programming


Tom Blaine

December 18
9:55-10:55 a.m.

Keys to Publishing Your Work in Peer-Reviewed Journals (Improving Processes)


Amanda Osborne

December 18
11:05-11:35 a.m.

WIC Perks: Expanding Nutritional Incentives Beyond SNAP (Improving Products)


Myra Wilson
Cynthia Bond

December 17
2:45-3:45 p.m.

The BRIDGE: A Fiercely Streamlined Approach to Solve Complex Land-Grant Issues


Brooke Beam

December 17
2:45-3:45 p.m.

Film and the Farm: The Germinate International Film Fest


Gwynn Stewart
Godwin Apaliyah

December 17
2:45-3:45 p.m.

Economic and Community Development Impacts of Rural Public Transportation in Ohio


Gwynn Stewart   

December 17
2:45-3:45 p.m.

Ohio State University Extension Energy Program Updates


Brooke Beam
Kenzie Johnston

December 17
2:45-3:45 p.m.

Building Partnerships to Fulfill the Land-Grant Mission


2020 NACDEP Conference Update


“Save the Date” for NACDEP 2020 May 31-June 3 in Portsmouth, NH ~ Get the flavor and flare of New England and save time, money, and frustration on program development by seeing how other Land Grant partners are innovating and growing professionally!

Watch for the Call for Proposals later this month! Conference space is limited this year. Register early!

CD Website Update

I want to thank all of you that responded to Gage Smith’s note about updating your webpage. Most of you made significant changes, and your CD Staff page looks great.

I also want to share with you that we receive monthly analytics from Google about our web page, and I am happy to share the following from October:

  • Over 1,600 viewers (up 3.4% from September)
  • 2,000 sessions (up 8.3% from September)
  • 2:53 minutes, average session duration (up almost 33% from September)

Bottom line: Folks are visiting our web page and it is critical our resources are accurate and up to date.

Have a great week and remember:
Greatness is what happens when you aren’t afraid to relentlessly push yourself to tear down all your walls of limitations. -Edmond Mbiaka



Upcoming eXtension Web Session - November 19:

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

Topics covered:

National Rural Health Day Webinars - November 19 and 21:

NRHD: Rural Suicide Prevention in Farm and Ranch Communities – Tuesday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m.  This hour-long webinar will enhance knowledge of stress and suicide in farm and ranch communities, with examples of community-level suicide prevention programs. The webinar is hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Regional Operations in Denver. No registration is required.

NRHD: The Art of Telling Your Power of Rural Story Featuring the Award-Winning Documentary Film, The Providers – Thursday, November 21 at 2 p.m. Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three health care providers and their patients. Teryl Eisinger, the CEO of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) will lead a discussion with one of the documentary’s filmmakers and one of the rural health providers featured in the film. Attendees at this event can download a discussion guide and submit questions in advance of the live session.

Upcoming EPN Breakfast - December 4:

Digging in with Ohio’s Soil Experts On Wednesday, December 4 from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m., the EPN will be hosting a breakfast focused on soil and the environment.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, soil holds three times as much carbon as the atmosphere and is a critical resource to meet the challenges of a changing climate. Join this EPN Breakfast program to connect with, and learn from, Ohio’s notable soil experts and explore the many sides of creating, preserving and enhancing healthy soils in Ohio! On the eve of the internationally-celebrated World Soils Day (observed on December 5) learn about its origins from one of its major global champions (and Japan Prize winner), Rattan Lal, a soil scientist and professor at The Ohio State University, and why soil matters to Ohio’s conservation community from our state conservationist, Terry Cosby. Read more. Register.

CFAES Office of Equity and Inclusion Workshop - December 5 & 6:

CFAES Office of Equity and Inclusion On December 5 and 6, the Office of Equity and Inclusion will be hosting the "Cultivating an Inclusive Environment: Recognizing and Responding to Implicit Bias" workshop in Columbus and Wooster. 

Details are available on the programming page. All workshops are facilitated by Dr. Leo Taylor ( Please contact Leo or Alicia Baca (, with questions. Workshops are free and open to all CFAES faculty, staff, postdocs, and students. More information is below.

  • Columbus - Thursday, December 5, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (Eastman Room, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center). Registration deadline is December 2.
  • Wooster - Friday, December 6, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (126 Research Services). Registration deadline is December 3.

NCRCRD Upcoming Webinar:

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Integrating and Sustaining Financial Capability Services in Rural Healthcare Delivery
December 12 at 3 p.m.
Presented by: J. Michael Collins (University of Wisconsin), Elizabeth Kiss (Kansas State University), and Suzanne Bartholomae (Iowa State University)

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center Discussion Minutes and Recording:

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center Here are the minutes from the discussion on Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center that took place last week. Listen to the recording of the Zoom call here. Interested in providing more input? Contact James Bates (

Digital Accessibility Training Available:

Training is available to help everyone to make Ohio State a more digitally accessible environment for all. Become an ally for accessibility by completing the Digital Accessibility Policy training in BuckeyeLearn by December 31. Read more.



Federal Advisory Committee Opportunities:

Several federal agencies are seeking nominations for members of advisory committees focused on food, agricultural, and environmental issues in the coming weeks. CFAES Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships have identified the following committees which may be of interest to faculty and students:

CFAES Fall All-Faculty Meeting - December 5:

On December 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. the CFAES Fall All-Faculty Meeting will be held in 104 Ag Engineering on the Columbus campus. Zoom link. Registration.

TSA REAL-ID Travel Requirements:

TSA ID The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reminding travelers that, beginning October 1, 2020, every traveler must present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification, to fly within the United States. Enforcement begins in 12 months at all U.S. airport checkpoints.

REAL ID-compliant licenses are generally marked by a star on the top of the card. Travelers who are not sure if their ID is compliant should check with their state driver’s license agency.

Find more information about flying with a REAL ID and about how to download and print informational materials here.

The Ohio State University’s Travel Office will continue to offer countdown reminders through the monthly Travel Workshops, the Travel Website, and news communication resources (such as this newsletter) until October 2020. Travelers are responsible for securing the required identification before booking any travel that may incur a loss to the university if the traveler is unable pass through airport checkpoints.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

Research News (November 2019)

Practical Strategies for Extension Agents to Partner with Mental Health Professionals in Providing Family Consultation to Farm/Ranch Families (JOE October 2006)

Nature might be better than Tech at Reducing Air Pollution (Ohio State News)

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