CD Weekly Wire - May 14, 2012

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May 14, 2012

AD Update:

CD Web Site Program Pages
Last week we discussed the new CD web pages and how you can help keep them current and noteworthy. After you address the simple things like checking your own biographical page and the Programs pages for accuracy, you can get into the mindset of forwarding the pertinent details for your ‘headline’ stories (both past and planned). Working together, I am hopeful that we can capture most all that is relevant and noteworthy. For example, if you send regular reports, we’ll try to glean content from those reports you send. We’ll also look forward to specific content you send (thanks much, Sarah Orlando, for the content you forwarded last week!).

Next, if there are programs you would like to have listed that are not part of the Programs pages, send a short description (see Programs pages for guidance) and we’ll get those posted. If you see your name listed next to something you no longer offer, again let us know and we’ll get it updated.

Finally, to comply with new C&T guidelines, existing web content (programs pages) is being migrated from ‘stand alone’ URLs to the comdev directory. If you have pages like these, use this opportunity to review, edit, revise and rebuild (if needed) your program(s) pages. Sandy will be posting the content that you identify for migration. And remember, URCHIN can help you identify what content is being viewed (and what is not and therefore suitable for removal). Revise remaining content to be more concise and/or readable, if necessary. Some of these programs pages are quite complex, so the process will take some time. However, C&T is requiring the migration sooner rather than later. If these programs pages apply to you, be thinking about your game plan and timeline. Call Sandy or me to discuss the details and for suggestions.

Ask an Expert Update
The April 23rd AD Update focused on eXtension and setting up your preferences so you could participate in the Ask an Expert function. Here’s an update from Jerry Thomas last Friday: “We have received 252 questions [over the past month], with a 50% increase in question volume over the period. This trend is expected to continue…and, Master Gardeners Volunteers are responding quicker than our Extension professionals.” It is time to become an active part of the eXtension team if you have not already!

Mark Your Calendars
A few dates for your calendar are June 27, September 26-27, and Dec 4-5. Sea Grant Extension folks are hosting our quarterly in-service at Stone Lab on June 27 ( Our annual program retreat will be held September 26-27 (location TBD - if you are interested in serving on the planning committee, please contact me). Finally, we’ll hold a winter in-service on December 4 prior to the Extension Annual Conference to be held December 5 at the Ohio Union (same venue as last year).



OSUE Spring Conference - Short Version May 21:

For those who could not attend the Extension spring conference on April 26, the short version will be held on Monday, May 21, from 1-3 p.m. in the International Room at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The agenda includes:

  • OSUE strategic plan update
  • Communication update
  • Signature programs
  • Research in View
  • eXtension
  • Field Specialists
  • Q&A

If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Buck (

Strengths Educator Training Workshop - May 23:

Register to attend a one-day train the trainer workshop around the StrengthsFinder assessment. The campus-based training is offered at a discount of $130. The training will prepare instructors, advisors, consultants, and counselors to present strengths based workshops and implement a StrengthsFinder program in the classroom, as part of student activities, or in faculty and staff development. Register by Wednesday, May 16, at

OSU to Host Second Annual Oil and Gas Law Symposium - May 25:

Continued development of Ohio’s shale energy resources has prompted the Agricultural and Resource Law Program to plan the second annual Ohio Oil and Gas Law Symposium. The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program for attorneys will be held on Friday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio. A pre-session on "Leasing 101" will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. For complete information and to register online, visit If you have questions, contact Peggy Kirk Hall (

Free Economic Recovery in Disaster-Impacted Communities Webinar Series Begins May 30:

The International Economic Development Council is offering a series of six free webinars entitled Economic Recovery in Disaster-Impacted Communities. Based on real pre-disaster planning and post-disaster experience, each seminar will equip you to plan and sustain your community's economic recovery in the wake of disaster. The first seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 30, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. To view a complete list of seminars and speakers and to register, visit

Food Systems Leadership Institute Recruiting for 8th Cohort:

The Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) is a national leadership development program of APLU with a mission to create leaders who are dedicated to developing a broader, more integrated, and collaborative food system. It is designed for experienced leaders from higher education, government, and industry. The FSLI is developing leaders who are equipped to address the diverse challenges and opportunities of today and those of tomorrow.  Visit for more information on this program and to apply.

Scholarships Available for 2012 National eXtension Conference - September 30 - October 5:

eXtension is excited to offer the 2012 National eXtension Conference, SPUR ON the Evolution of Extension, in Oklahoma City, September 30-October 5, 2012. Conference registration opens May 15, and scholarships are available for some who register. Find out more at



USDA Grant Funds Available for Farm to School Program - Informational Webinars offered May 15 & May 17:

If you are working with schools, the USDA is currently accepting applications for the new Farm to School Grant Program. Applicants are encouraged to first submit a letter of intent and then apply for either a planning grant (expected to range from $20,000 – $45,000, representing approximately 25% of the total awards) or an implementation grant (expected to range from $65,000 – $100,000, representing approximately 75 percent of the total awards). Both grant types require at least a 25 percent funding match. To read more about the grant process and download the RFA, visit

Two webinars will be offered so that grant applicants can learn more about this opportunity. Interested parties may submit questions ahead of time via the registration link below. The webinars will be held on Tuesday, May 15, at 3:00 p.m. [note this is a time change] (Implementation grants) and on Thursday, May 17, at 1:00 p.m. (Planning grants). The sessions will be recorded and posted. In order to participate, you must register for the webinars at

There are various funding sources posted on the OSU Extension Farm to School website at



New Issue of the Communiqué Now Available Online:

A new issue of the Communiqué is now available at: Topics in this issue include:

  • Create Transparency- Behavior #3 of High-Trust Leaders
  • Research in View/ OSU:pro Update
  • OSU CARES - Deadline- May 15
  • County Visits are Being Scheduled
  • NACAA Communication Contest Winners
  • Staff Professional Development Award from CFAES Staff Advisory Council-Application Deadline May 15

Ohio Clean Marinas Program Newsletter Now Available:

Click here to view the May 2012 issue of the Ohio Clean Marinas Program Newsletter, created by Sarah Orlando, Extension Educator and Ohio Clean Marinas Coordinator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program.

New Ohio Sea Grant Twine Line Now Available Online:

The latest Ohio Sea Grant Twine Line is available at Features include:

  • Sea Grant Leadership Academy Trains Local Officials
  • Recycling Trash into Treasure
  • Is Nitrogen Another Concern for Lake Erie?
  • Add Lake Erie Science to Your Vacation Plans


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