CD Weekly Wire - December 17, 2012

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Looking back over 2012 reminds me of our many partnerships with communities, organizations, businesses, individuals, and colleagues throughout Ohio and beyond. It was a very busy year and an especially productive year for us; one that brings me a real sense of accomplishment. Of course you know that more specific details describing these efforts will be collected, assembled, and reported in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, I hope you plan to enjoy some time away from work over the next couple of weeks. Capitalize on the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, reflect on what is truly important to you, and re-energize for 2013.

There will be no Weekly Wire published until January 7, 2013. Best wishes to you and yours for the holidays and happiness in the New Year!

            -- Sandy and Greg

Please answer Poll for 2013 CD Unit Quarterly Meeting Dates
To identify our 2013 CD Unit Quarterly Meeting dates, please respond to an online poll, if you haven't already done so, by December 21. We would like to get these dates on our calendars as well as the Extension intranet calendar as soon as possible.



NCRCRD Webinar Keeping Your Equine Business a Vibrant Part of Rural Communities - December 18:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development will present a free webinar titled "Keeping Your Equine Business a Vibrant Part of Rural Communities" on December 18 at 11:30 a.m. Most equine related businesses, including breeding, training, boarding and riding schools, are located in rural America and support not only their immediate community, but larger spectator aspects of the industry such as racing and showing. Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and Iowa State University developed an equine business education program targeted for the NCR, but applicable nationwide. This webinar will present both the economic impact of the educational program to equine businesses, plus share recommendations for conducting similar on-line educational programming. To view the webinar announcement, including how to enter the meeting room, as well as a complete list of webinars, visit:

Online Watershed Workshop Webinar - December 18 & 20:

A free online workshop, supported by a 319 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency - Division of Surface Water, titled Developing Effective Stream Health Communications in Urbanizing Watersheds, will take place beginning December 18. In this online workshop you will learn how to identify and understand your audience and create effective messages to encourage stream protection among suburban and urban residents. Activities include: presentations, live discussions, and individual assignments where you will design your own communication plan and message for use in your watershed. It is estimated that it will take 4 hours to complete the course.

Requirements: Participate in one online presentation (1 hour) and one small group discussion (45 minutes) using web conferencing during the following times:

  • Tuesday, December 18 - 12:00 to 1:00 PM EST (Webinar presentation)
  • Thursday. December 20 - 12:00 to 12:45 PM EST or 1:00 to 1:45 PM (Small group discussion)

Participants will also be assigned readings and will participate in asynchronous discussion forums during the course. For complete information and to register, visit:

Recording of Orientation Session for New Version of Ask an Expert now Available:

A new version of Ask an Expert was recently released by eXtension and has a new interface and some new features. If you are using the system, you may want to watch the follow-up recording of today's orientation session that can be found at:

Register for Ohio Land Use Conference by December 31:

Registration deadline for the Ohio Land Use Conference to be held January 11 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center is December 31. Registration fee is $65. Visit for full conference information, including brochure, agenda, and registration. Please share this information with colleagues, partners, and clientele. Contact David Civittolo ( if you have questions.

Local Foods Signature Program Kick-Off In-Service - January 23:

Click here to view the flyer, agenda, and registration form for the Local Foods Signature Program Kickoff In-Service scheduled for January 23 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Registration is free, but the registration form must be received before January 10, 2013.

High Tunnel Basics Workshop - February 8:

A High Tunnel Basics Workshop will be held at OSU South Centers on Friday, February 8, at the Endeavor Center, Room 160. Hosting the workshop from OSU are Brad Bergefurd and Gary Gao. Cost is $20. For complete details, visit: Registration deadline is January 15, 2013, but do so soon, as space is limited. To register, contact Charissa McGlothin ( or 740-289-2074, ext. 132).

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Conference - February 16-17:

Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's (OEFFA) 34th annual conference, Growing Opportunities, Cultivating Change, to be held February 16 and 17 in Granville. For complete information and to register, visit:

Save the Date: 4th Annual Ohio Farmers' Markets Conference - March 11-12:

The 4th Annual Ohio Farmers’ Markets Conference will be March 11 - 12 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The conference is open to farmers' market managers, vendors, and community leaders. For more information, visit:



Seed Grants Available for New and Emerging Cooperatives:

The Ohio Cooperative Development Center at the OSU South Centers in Piketon is offering reimbursement seed grants to groups interested in exploring or growing a cooperative. Groups interested in forming a cooperative may request up to $1,000 for research and early planning, feasibility study, and formation services. Incorporated cooperatives or member-controlled businesses may request up to $2,000 for assistance with the expansion of the cooperative into new markets and/or enterprises. Deadline to apply is May 31. For more information, visit: (click on Seed Grant Information in left menu). Contact Kimberly Roush ( or (740) 289-2071 ext. 232) if you have questions.

Reminder: NCRCRD Small Grants - Call for Proposals due January 31:

Proposals for the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development small grants competition are due January 31, 2013. Awards of up to $20,000 will be made to teams involving teams of land grant employees drawn from at least two north central states. Additional partners from other regions or types of employers are welcome to join the multistate teams. Awards will be made for work in any of the following areas:

  • Innovation diffusion for rural development
  • Sustainable communities
  • Leadership development
  • Entrepreneurial communities

Full details about the call for proposals can be found at:

National Extension Tourism 2013 Conference: Call for Proposals due March 1:

The 2013 National Extension Tourism Conference, "Building Lasting Relationships," will be held August 6-9 in Detroit, Michigan. Based on the theme, the Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals for oral presentations, poster presentations, and panel presentations/workshops in the following nine broad topical areas:

  • Rural Tourism Development/Tourism in Resilient Communities
  • Community and Regional Planning and Development
  • Economic, Environmental, and Social Impacts of Tourism and Recreation
  • Agritourism—Local Foods, Farmers Markets, Culinary Tourism
  • Heritage and Cultural Tourism
  • Nature-Based Tourism: Ecotourism, Wildlife Enterprises, Adventure Tourism, Coastal Tourism
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Tourism Research and Evaluation
  • Tourism Education, Training, and Certification Programs

The deadline for proposal submission is March 1, 2013, with notification of submission status by March 22, 2013. Visit the conference website at for further information on the 2013 NET Conference, proposal submission, and guidelines.



Mileage Reimbursement to Increase Effective January 1:

Effective January 1, 2013, mileage will be reimbursed at 56.5¢ per mile for travel during the period January 1 through December 31, 2013.

Professional Presentation Support Requests due December 31:

If you made a professional presentation during calendar year 2012, please file your Professional Presentation Support form by December 31. Support is limited to a maximum of $300 per employee or paper presentation per year and can be split between multiple presenters. Reimbursement from Administration will be made to the department fund number used to reimburse the original travel expenses. According to our records, the following have already submitted forms: Bowen, Bowling, Heimlich, Merkowitz, Moss, and Romich. Please contact Sandy (, your county support staff, or Wendy Michel ( in the Extension Business Office if you have any questions.

New Courses Part of EEDS Curriculum:

Beginning in Spring 2013, Ohio State is offering several new courses as part of the Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability curriculum. EEDS is a multi-disciplinary degree program that focuses on the human dimensions of sustainability. The program is offered as a joint major between the School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. To view a list of courses, click here.


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