CD Wire - October 18, 2021

Mission Statement:

Ohio State University Extension Community Development
helps communities enhance their well-being
and create social, economic, and environmental conditions
in which they can thrive.

OSU Extension Community Development

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Sandy Odrumsky Announces Her Retirement

Sandy Odrumsky

As many of you have heard by now, Sandy has announced her retirement effective at the end of 2021.

I know speaking for all of us, we have been blessed by her passionate and dedicated work for Community Development. She is the ultimate team player and a true role model. She has helped me immensely with my role as interim Assistant Director.

Over the next few months, we look forward to celebrating her retirement. Congratulations, Sandy!


Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award: Update

The Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award nominations were due October 15. The State CD office received multiple nominations that are being examined by three reviewers. I look forward to announcing the winner at our Annual Conference in December.

Have a great day and remember: "You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page." -Jodi Picoult



The Co-op Model: Building a Community Economy - October 20:

The Co-op Model: Building a Community Economy

October 20 at 6 p.m. - Online
No cost, but registration is required.

The cooperative model is an integral part of rural economies. From dairy farmers and livestock marketers to specialty crop and grain producers, co-ops have brought together producers to increase the power of their member-owners for hundreds of years.

Join the celebration of National Co-op Month and learn about the foundations of the co-op model, cooperatives as rural economic development agents, and cooperative efforts today. Learn more and register for the webinar here.

Learn from the staff at the CFAES Center for Cooperatives at The Ohio State University. The Center provides cooperative development assistance in Ohio and West Virginia with a focus on Appalachia.

Upcoming CFAES Sessions for Research Community:

CFAES Research Professional Development Opportunities

The CFAES Office for Research & Graduate Education offers sessions throughout the year and compiles other opportunities offered through various internal and external sources that may be of interest to the research community. View a full list of events here.

Some fall sessions that may be of interest include:

  • Cost-sharing on Sponsored Programs - October 28 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.

  • Review of how to budget cost-sharing in proposals, gain approval from the department and college, and book cost-sharing after an award is made.

  • Purchasing on Sponsored Programs - November 16 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Differences and similarities of purchasing on sponsored programs vs. general funds, basic rules and regulations, human subjects/petty cash, field work.

Online Computer Courses begin November 8:

Join The Ohio State University, CFAES Wooster: Business Training and Educational Services to increase your knowledge by learning practical skills you'll use every day. 

  • November 8 – Basic Excel
  • November 11 – Excel Functions & Formulas
  • November 15 – Basic PowerPoint
  • November 18 – Pivot Tables
  • November 29 – Intermediate Excel

Investment: $85 per course  /  Location:  Live Online (via Zoom)  /  Course Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn more and register here.

The Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative Virtual Conference - November 8-10:

Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative

Is your community dealing with wildlife issues? If so, this conference is designed for you.

Agenda, topic descriptions, and speaker bios now posted on the OCWC website.

Join Ohio community leaders and planners for a virtual conference focused on the role of local government in managing human-wildlife conflict. Pre-recorded presentations (bobcats, ticks, invasive species, deer diseases, non-native birds, and squirrels) will be available for viewing on the website starting Monday, November 8. 

On Wednesday, November 10, there will be a live webinar presentation on urban coyotes followed by a Q&A session. 

Registration is required to access the November 10 webinar – Register here.

Join the email list to receive updates on their annual conference and wildlife conflict resources.

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinar - November 10:

Latino Farmers in the Midwest - Practices and Challenges

Latino Farmers in the Midwest: Practices and Challenges

November 10 from 3 to 4 p.m.

In this session, research findings will be shared from the Latino Agricultural Entrepreneurship Project implemented in the Midwest between 2016 and 2020, which was funded by National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Researchers from Missouri, Michigan, and Iowa collaborated to learn about the pathways for integration into farming by Latino/a/x households in the Midwest. The presentations will share findings from surveys and focus groups related to the role of farming in the livelihood strategies, asset accumulation, and the connections with providers (acculturation to the practice of farming).


  • Corinne Valdivia, D. Howard Doane Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Division of Applied Social Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri (MU); Interim Co-Director of Cambio Center at MU
  • Stephen Jeanetta, Associate Dean, Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Ruben Martinez, Professor and Director of the Julián Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University

Registration is free and open. You must register in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting.

Click here to view all upcoming NCRCRD webinars as well as those previously recorded.

DeviceReady: Managing Your Online Presence - November 12:

This program will be held on November 12 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Pickaway County Community Foundation. The program is free to Pickaway County Chamber Members and $50 for non-members. Registration can be found at: Deadline to register is November 5. 

DeviceReady: Managing Your Online Presence

Next EPN Breakfast - November 16:

EPN Breakfast - November 16, 2021

The Limits to Growth, Revisited

In person and live streamed.

The next Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) Breakfast will be held November 16 from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. in-person at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center and live streamed from the EPN YouTube channel.

The 2020 U.S. Census Bureau shows that the central Ohio region experienced the fastest population growth in the Midwest in the last decade, and Columbus was one of only 14 cities nationwide to add more than 100,000 residents. With population growth comes the need for jobs, housing, transportation, and infrastructure – is this form of growth sustainable for our region? Do we have the social and environmental systems in place to support this growth?

Click here for complete information, including program overview, agenda, speakers, registration, and live stream link.

Virtual Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference - November 18 & 19:

Ag Policy and Outlook Conference 2021

The 2021 Agricultural Policy and Outlook conference will be held virtually over the course of two days, with experts covering issues important to producers, agribusinesses, and elected officials.

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) is presenting this premier forum for Ohio's food and agriculture industry.

View the schedule and register below:

Thursday, November 18 (Day One)

  • 9 - 10 a.m. - “Consumers, Shopping, and Local Food: What’s Next?" presented by AEDE Assistant Professor Dr. Zoë Plakias
  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - "Now Hiring: An Ohio Food & Agricultural Labor Update,” presented by AEDE Assistant Professor Dr. Margaret Jodlowski
  • 1 - 2 p.m. - “US Trade Policy and Prospects for Agricultural Trade,” presented by AEDE Professor and Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy Dr. Ian Sheldon

Friday, November 19 (Day Two)

  • 9 - 10 a.m. - “Agricultural Commodity Markets: Trends and Prospects,” presented by AEDE Assistant Professor Dr. Seungki Lee
  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - "Ag Finance Recovery,” presented by Dr. Nathan Kauffman, Vice President and Omaha Branch Executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • 1 - 2 p.m. - “A Conversation about the Next US Farm Bill,” presented by Assistant Professor Jonathan Coppess, J.D., University of Illinois

Register here.

Earth is Our Home Climate Change Series Update:

Earth is Our Home Climate Change Video Series

Tom Blaine, Associate Professor, OSU Extension, CD, has been hosting a series on climate change titled Earth is Our Home, which is a production of OSU South Centers and co-hosted by Patrick Dengel. 

The purpose of this series is to give the viewer basic competence in discussing the factors that cause global temperatures to change, and how climate changes as a consequence. Please share this information with your clientele and peers via your networks and social media.

Short videos have been added to the collection on Earth is Our Home. These videos are to be broadcast during programming breaks on a number of television stations.  Please have a look at each video, which basically consists of a response to single questions about climate change/global warming.

 The entire series is based here. Regular episodes are about 30 minutes in length.



BETHA Grant Competition Proposals due December 3:

The Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment invites full-time assistant, associate, and full professors to submit proposals for grant competition by December 3. Register for pre-proposal workshop on October 20. Read more.

NC Emerging Issues: Climate Change - Proposals due January 14:


The 12-state North Central Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (NCRA) manages a portfolio of multistate research (with some integration of Extension and teaching) projects with diverse priority areas that stimulate collaborative, value-added, coordinated, synergistic research-led projects.

Once operational, these 5-year projects methodically and incrementally advance science and education across NC and other participating states. Faculty-led projects with other institutions, state and federal agencies, countries, and the private sector are common. Most projects submit multiple project renewals.

To further increase national impact and stimulate a higher level of collaborative NC research across institutions, NCRA directors have agreed, as a pilot, to support a focused, innovative, high quality, and action-oriented NC-led research project that will have immediate impact within a two-year timeframe. In addition, the project must have true collaborations that synergize activities across participating states rather than independent efforts that are merely compiled. We encourage partnerships with existing NC multistate projects, states, and other regions, as these may enhance impacts. The existing 500-series of multistate framework would be efficient and appropriate for this application given the use of federal Hatch Multistate Funds. As these are capacity funds, no indirect costs are allowed.

The thematic focus for the current round of funding is on climate change. In addition, proposals must contextualize activities within a framework that highlights DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) impacts, for example through specific partnerships with 1890 and/or 1994 Land-grant institutions. Directors’ priorities may change foci with future calls. A total of $60,000 per year is available from the NC Hatch Multistate funds and it is anticipated that one proposal will be funded. The maximum request for a single proposal is $60,000 for a duration of up to two years. At the end of the one- or two-year project, a formal presentation will be given to NC directors. Deliverables are expected to be multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, and include action-oriented items such as a planning grant leading to successful team competitive grant submissions, development of new technologies and SBIR proposals.

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Proposal not to exceed four pages.
  2. Direct involvement of at least four North Central region states (and other entities).
  3. Proposal format
    1. Title
    2. Project Directors/co-directors and NC state affiliations
    3. Project Justification and Challenges to be Addressed
    4. Multistate Project(s) Involved and Leveraged
    5. Collaborative Approaches
    6. DEI integration
    7. Action-oriented Expected Results and Impacts
    8. Detailed budget and justification (federal Hatch funds as graduate research assistantships, hourly labor, equipment, supplies, travel, publications)
    9. Additional participants (not counted in four-page limit)
    10. CVs for PD and co-directors (not counted in four-page limit)

Proposals are due to the NCRA office in c/o Chris Hamilton ( on January 14, 2022, by 5 p.m. EST. The NC Multistate Review Committee (MRC) will review applications based upon responses to the above proposal elements, with the potential for ad hoc review, and make recommendations to the NCRA directors during the NCRA spring meeting (March 28-30, 2022) with an anticipated start date of May 1, 2022. 



Duo/BuckeyePass Mobile App Updates:

Duo Mobile App

Duo – which powers BuckeyePass – is redesigning its mobile app to improve the overall end-user authentication experience.

The updated app will look different but have the same basic functionality. Duo Security will release a new version October 11-18. Read more.

Open Enrollment for 2022 Benefits - November 1-15:

Open Enrollment 2022 Benefits

Open Enrollment for 2022 will be November 1-15. Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for eligible employees to evaluate benefit options and make elections for the coming year. Please learn more about this year’s changes, including a new dental plan offering and an enhanced incentive for participating in new wellness programs via Your Plan for Health (YP4H). For more on the 2022 updates and upcoming webinars, please visit the Open Enrollment website. Read more.

Celebrating Ohio Cities:

Ohio State University Extension is celebrating “Urban October,” a worldwide campaign the United Nations launched to focus on the opportunities and challenges created by the fast rate of change in cities. The theme of Ohio’s month-long campaign is “Celebrating Ohio Cities — Where We Live, Work, Play, Learn and Serve.” This is OSU Extension’s first year participating in Urban October. In the coming years, the team looks forward to collaborating with additional university and community partners to build on this foundation. Watch videoRead more. CFAES news article.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Law adds hurdles to new solar and wind farms (CFAES News)

Multimillion-dollar pilot watershed project set for NW Ohio (CFAES News)

CFAES Research News (October 2021)

The Drop (NCRWN e-newsletter September 2021)


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