1. The US budget deficit, the national debt and the value of money

    Jul 31, 2017

    When someone decides whether to read something or not, including a blog post, they look at the title and determine whether it seems of interest. National income accounting (taxes, spending, the deficit, etc.) is not the most glamorous title in the world BUT maybe the part about money grabbed your attention. Conventional wisdom is that money is the root of all evil, but Mark Twain said it best when he wrote, “Money is not the root of all evil; the LACK OF MONEY is the root of all evil.” And besides, people perk up when the subject turns to money.

  2. What the HACCP?

    Jul 24, 2017

    The title says it all. Most people probably haven’t heard of the HACCP process before, and those that have are likely familiar with it in the food service industry. HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, and it was developed in the 1960’s as a way to prevent astronauts from being exposed to food borne illness. The process was since adopted by the FDA thanks to its effectiveness in preventing the spread of disease via processing and packaging of food.

    So why is this Sea Grant fish guy talking about astronaut food?

  3. Whole Foods - Amazon

    Technology, Automation, Work & Extension

    Jul 13, 2017

    With rapidly changing advances in technology and automation, the nature of work is rapidly changing too. How will these changes impact jobs and the communities in which we live (and serve)?

  4. Communities that Rock! NACDEP Conference coming to Cleveland!!!

    Jul 11, 2017

    To borrow an old baseball phrase, "you’re on deck" means you are the next person to bat against the pitcher. As yet another reminder of the pace at which time passes, it does not seem all that long ago that Ohio was "on deck" to host the 2018 NACDEP Conference. Now that the 2017 NACDEP Conference is behind us, it is our turn to bat.

  5. Backyard composting

    No yard? No problem! Compost your food waste anyway!

    Jun 29, 2017

    Food. It’s what’s for dinner (and, well, breakfast and lunch). Until, that is, it becomes food waste. Did you know that more than 50 million tons of food waste goes to landfills every year, or that roughly half is generated at the household level (ReFED)? We can help reduce food waste through better meal planning, proper storage of produce, and preservation methods through canning or freezing.

  6. Cleveland skyline

    Sea Grant Rocks Cleveland

    Jun 22, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t the only thing bringing people to Cleveland in early June. Ohio Sea Grant hosted seven other Great Lakes Sea Grant Programs and the National Sea Grant Program during the 26th Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting. Over 80 scientists, educators, and communicators from all over the Great Lakes came together to provide program updates, share project ideas, and discuss future collaborations.

  7. BIG Skies, BOLD Partnerships

    Jun 20, 2017

    Visiting with a colleague recently, she shared that these uncertain times in our workplace, in our communities, and in the larger world around us require that we ask ourselves what we really are about.

    For the past several days, nearly 350 practitioners, academics, and Extension professionals came together to share and learn and discuss how we can make a difference within the various communities we serve in the first-ever joint conference with NACDEP and the Community Development Society (CDS).

  8. Ohio Land Exchange Workshop

    Ohio Land Exchange teaching communities how to reuse abandoned land

    Jun 12, 2017

    Workshop helps land bank leaders plot out new uses for vacant property

    For a recap of the May 25th Ohio Land Exchange Workshop and for more information about the program, click here.

    The workshop packet is available here.

  9. group decisions

    Unleashing the Power of Group Wisdom

    Jun 8, 2017

    Why is it so difficult to make good decisions in groups? We know that the benefits of group decision-making are substantial: better thinking, more viable and sustainable action plans, a stronger sense of ownership for achieving a desired outcome. In fact, when done properly, group decision-making may be our best hope for solving difficult, complex issues. Unfortunately, group discussions often result in decisions that lack imagination, thoughtful consideration, or inclusiveness.

  10. Better land use decisions via the American Citizen Planner program

    Jun 2, 2017

    I like to volunteer in my community. Doing so enables me to make a difference in other people’s lives and make some small contribution in return for the benefits I receive. But, years ago when I was asked to serve on my community’s Planning and Zoning committee it felt like I was in over my head.

    I kept asking myself: