CD Weekly Wire - September 17, 2012

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AD Update:

Needs Assessment Survey on Climate Change Adaptation - Complete by September 26

Our colleagues in the Great Lakes Regional Water Program are conducting a needs assessment of Extension educators about their ability to provide information on climate change adaptation and sustainable communities. In the next few days you will receive an email from Rebecca Power of the Great Lakes Regional Water Program asking you to fill out a survey. I encourage you to fill out this short survey and help them assess what type of educational opportunities and support you may need to deliver programs related to climate change adaptation.

Filling out the survey should take no more than 20 minutes and will provide valuable information for Extension about our capacity to address community needs related to climate change and climate change adaptation. Please complete the survey by September 26. Click here to view the cover letter.

Reminder: Most-Used Program Summaries due Wednesday

Please submit summaries for one or two of your most-used programs to Sandy ( by this Wednesday, September 19. Retreat participants should be prepared to discuss at least one of their summaries during the two-day event, as well as answer questions from their colleagues. At the retreat a packet of the summaries will be distributed to each participant. Click here for the summary form.



OSU Climate Change Webinar Series Returns September 18:

The OSU Climate Change Webinar Series returns on Tuesday, September 18, from noon until 1:00 p.m. with "Making Climate Change Data Relevant at a Local Level." The webinar is free and will be presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Dan Vimont, Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and co-chair of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Science Council and Climate Working Group. For more information and to register, visit: Contact Jill Jentes Banicki ( if you have questions.

Farm Science Review Session to Discuss Ins and Outs of Direct Marketing Meat:

While many farmers have been selling meat directly to consumers in the form of freezer beef, pork, and lamb for years, the expanding local food movement offers interested producers additional opportunities. Traditional marketing of freezer meat involves the livestock farmer selling either a quarter, half, or whole animal to one or several consumers, taking the animal to a licensed processor, then the consumers picking up the meat from the processor. But a growing number of producers want to know how they can market the processed meat products themselves through retail channels, such as farm markets, stores, restaurants, or directly to consumers from the farm. Mark Mechling, ANR educator at the OSU Extension Muskingum County office and a member of OSU Extension’s Direct Marketing Team, will discuss the rules, regulations, pros, and cons of this growing trend in a session titled “Direct Marketing of Meat in Ohio” on Wednesday, September 19, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Farm Science Review near London. Click here to read the entire news release.

SENR Autumn 2012 Seminar Series Begins September 20:

Dr. Joe Donnermeyer, Professor of Rural Sociology, OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), will present The Amish Population in Ohio and North America: County Population Estimates and Settlement Growth on Thursday, September 20, at 4:10 p.m. in 103 Kottman Hall. There will be a video link to 123 Williams Hall in Wooster. Click here to view the promotional flyer, or visit:

21st Century Leadership Series Continues September 25:

The OSU Leadership Center offers professional development opportunities open to current and aspiring leaders interested in increasing their leadership knowledge and skills. The series is designed to provide relevant solutions to current leadership issues. Most classes are held on the Columbus campus, but some are held online. Certificates of participation are available for individuals seeking professional development hours. For a list of classes visit:

John Glenn School of Public Affairs MAPS Training Seminars:

Join the John Glenn School of Public Affairs for its upcoming professional development seminars, including Secrets to Powerful Presentations (October 11). Sessions are held in the Fawcett Center. For a complete listing of training seminars, visit: Contact Natalie Gintert ( or 247-8823) if you have questions.

NCRCRD Webinar: Trends in U.S. Farmland Values and Ownership - October 10:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development will present a free webinar, titled "Trends in U.S. Farmland Values and Ownership," on October 10 at 1:00 p.m. Because farm real estate represents much of the value of U.S. farm sector assets, large swings in farmland values can affect the financial well-being of agricultural producers. This report examines both macroeconomic (interest rates, prices of alternative investments) and parcel-specific (soil quality, government payments, proximity to urban areas) factors that affect farmland values. Jennifer Ifft and Todd Kuethe of the USDA/Economic Research Service will present. For complete information, including how to enter the meeting room, click here or visit for a complete list of webinars.



Boom & Bust Symposium (November 12-13) - Call for Papers:

The Boom & Bust Symposium: The Impact of Energy Extraction on Local Communities to be held November 12 and 13 at the Duquesne University Power Center in Pittsburgh, PA, is encouraging submission of papers. Registration fee is $95. Visit to submit abstracts, to register, and to view complete conference information.



OAEP Newsletter Items due September 27:

OAEP members that have items for the OAEP Newsletter, including any scholarship recipient reports, membership information, etc., should submit them to Jo Williams ( by September 27.

New Issue of Communiqué Available Online:

Click here to view the latest issue of the Communiqué. Topics include:

  • Clarify Expectations – Behavior #9 of High-Trust Leaders
  • New Templates for Brochures, Newsletters and Flyers - Very useful!
  • Post Your Extension Videos on YouTube

September Edition of ARC Notes Available Online:

The September 2012 edition of ARC Notes is now available at: Topics include:

  • Agenda and registration information for the October 23rd ARC meeting
  • Schedule of educational programs and events for September, October, and November
  • Updates on the annual Celebration of Research - October 2012 calendar of events
  • Additional updates for the ARC community


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