CD Weekly Wire - February 4, 2013

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Documenting Return on Investment

Imagine an OSUE system where county educators with a CD assignment make up nearly a quarter of the total county educator workforce. One only has to think back to October 2007. One-third (24) of these folks were full time CD. The remaining 48 professionals carried a ‘dual program’ assignment with 27 (CD/Ag/NR), 16 CD/FCS, and 5 (CD/4-H). With the 2008 strategic plan, we eliminated the ‘dual program’ assignment in an effort to support increased specialization. As a result, the number of educators with CD assignment dropped significantly. Today there are 10 educators working in collaboration with 5 program staff members, 3 field specialists, and 3 extension specialists (roughly 5% of all OSUE program professionals). No doubt we have indeed become much more specialized. We have also become more proficient at generating program revenue, recovering costs, and acquiring grants. Our ‘operating’ budgets are funded entirely by the funds we have generated and we are growing our support by not only the high quality work that we do, but also by documenting in greater detail our efforts and their results. Our attention to these details is of critical importance. If you have already responded to the short ‘accountability report’ questionnaire sent to you on January 18, I thank you very much.  If you have yet to respond, please do so by February 8. If you need another questionnaire, please let me know ASAP.

Thank you very much for your good work, and have a great week!



Webinar to Update Growers and Producers on Farm-related Tax Issues - February 6:                

The OSU Income Tax School Program of OSU Extension will host a free Farm Tax Webinar on February 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The program will offer updates on key issues pertinent to farmers, growers and producers. The webinar is designed to help farmers and producers understand new tax laws and rules adapted after the so-called "fiscal cliff" legislation. OSU Extension faculty Chris Bruynis, David Marrison and Larry Gearhardt will present. No pre-registration is required. View the webinar online at: Click here to read the complete CFAES news release, including issues to be discussed. Contact David Marrison ( or 440-576-9008) if you have questions.

USDA Chief Economist to speak at Department of AEDE - February 12:

Joseph Glauber, chief economist at the USDA, will present “Crop Insurance and the World Trade Organization” at the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) Seminar Series from 11 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, in the auditorium of the Agricultural Administration Building. The event is open to the public and no RSVP is required. As chief economist at the USDA, Glauber is responsible for the organization’s agricultural forecasts and projections and for advising the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on economic implications of alternative programs, regulations, and legislative proposals. For more information, visit:

Community Development Society Webinar Series continues February 13:

The Community Development Society (CDS), in collaboration with the Heartland Center for Leadership Development and the Community Change Network, continues its webinar series titled "Urban Revitalization: Community Empowerment, Measuring Neighborhood Distress and Public Housing." Webinar No. 2, Measuring Neighborhood Distress: A Tool for Place-Based Urban Revitalization Strategies, will be held Wednesday, February 13, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST. Dr. James Jennings of Tufts University will present. Registration for non-CDS members is $69.99/webinar or all 3 for $189.00. CDS Member Rates are $34.99 /webinar or $94.98 for all 3 in the series. For complete information and to register, visit:

CFAES Department of Food Science and Technology Harris Award Lecture - February 18:

Professor John W. Finley, Head of the Department of Food Science at Louisiana State University and 2012 Harris Award recipient, will present "Cardiovascular Benefits of Fruit Processing Co-Products" on February 18 at 4:00 p.m. in room 118 of the Parker Food Science Building. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will be held immediately following the seminar. Click here to read more about Professor Finley.

Ohio Charter Captains Conference - March 2:

Ohio Sea Grant will host the 31st Annual Ohio Charter Captains Conference to be held on March 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cedar Point Center, Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus in Huron. For complete information, visit: Contact Tory Gabriel ( or 419-898-3631) if you have questions.

'Open Doors' Diversity Training - March 8:

Open Doors training will be held on Friday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Kottman Hall room 382. This session is a great way to address the HR competency related to diversity to include on your performance reviews. This three-module training focuses on recognizing, identifying and addressing bias.

Module 1: What is bias and how do I interrupt it?

Module 2: Sharing identities and empathetic listening.

Module 3: Working with persons in distress

Space is limited to the first 25 who register. There is no charge for this training, and continental breakfast and lunch will be provided compliments of the OSU Multicultural Center Office of Student Life. For more information on Open Doors, visit: Click here to register. Contact Kathy Lechman (247-7176 or if you have questions.

Registration now Open for Farmers Market Conference - March 11-12:

Farmers, growers, farmers market managers, vendors and anyone else interested in farmers markets can learn tips for increasing a customer base, determine how to prepare for a disaster and get updates on key food safety regulations during the Farmers Market Conference to be held March 11-12 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. This conference is an effort to continue to offer new ideas, best practices, and information to and from Ohio's farmers markets and vendors. The theme for the conference, now in its fourth year, is "Keeping it Fresh: Celebrating Ohio's Diverse Markets," and will feature several workshops and sessions designed to offer education relevant to advancing today's farmers market managers, vendors and producers statewide in both large and small markets. Registration is $70 per day or $95 for both days for FMMN members. The cost for non-members is $80 per day, or $120 for both days. Register online at: For more information, contact Melissa Carter (740-289-2071, ext. 222 or Click here to read the CFAES news release about the event, which includes session titles and more.

MarketReady Workshops to be held in Columbus (March 19) and Cleveland (March 26):

This MarketReady Workshop for producers will be presented in Columbus on March 19 and in Cleveland on March 26. MarketReady is a comprehensive educational program that prepares food producers to sell directly to consumers and wholesale buyers. The Ohio MarketReady Team provides professional education to improve marketing planning and marketing relationships. Workshop fee is $75 per person and $25 for each additional person from the same business. For complete information and workshop flyer, visit:

National Urban Extension Conference - May 6-9:

Registration is now open for the National Urban Extension Conference to be held May 6-9 in Overland Park, Kansas, hosted by K-State Research and Extension. The theme is Urban Extension: Relevant, Reliable, Responsive and Remarkable. Conference highlights include:

  • Collaborating to Improve the Quality of Life in Urban Communities – Chris Rodgers, National Association of Counties
  • Partnership and Coalition Building – Eleanor Dunlap, LiveWell Greenville and SE Consulting, Inc.
  • The Vital Role of Extension in Under-served Communities – J. D. Rios, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
  • You Can Be a Part of Policy Solutions! – Jessica Donze Black, Kids Safe and Healthy Food Project
  • More than 50 concurrent sessions, including two “Workshops on the Move”
  • More than 30 posters related to conference goals
  • Evening reception at Sporting Park, home of the Kansas City Wizards soccer team

Congratulations to Marie Barni and Brian Raison who will be presenting sessions, as well as other OSUE professionals presenting posters. There will be pre-conference activities on May 6 and the morning of May 7. For complete information, including registration, schedules, and presentation summaries, visit the conference website at:



Review OSUE Strategic Plan Draft & Prepare to Provide Feedback:

Please review the OSUE Strategic Plan draft in order to prepare to provide your feedback, suggestions, and additional tactics for consideration by the strategic planning review committee through a LimeSurvey that will be launched in the next few days. Your feedback is vital to finalizing the plan, which will be implemented beginning July 2013. Click here to view Keith Smith's email of January 18, which provides the link to the plan draft as well as a one-page overview of the goals and strategies. Also, please refer to Keith's all-extension email of February 1, which provides a link to the Director's Short Report regarding the strategic plan update process.

New Issue of the Communiqué is now Available:

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

  • Positive Thinking Quotes to Get You Thinking
  • Research in View…are you waiting to “renew”?
  • Promotion for Faculty - letter requesting non-mandatory promotion review due by March 1
  • Promotion for A&P Educators - letter requesting promotion review for Educator III or IV due by March 1
  • So You Want to Blog?
  • Apply for Grants to Support Outreach and Engagement Work - Submission deadline March 8
  • Leadership Institute Begins February 25
  • Diversity Leadership Symposium on April 12 – Save the Date
  • DISCflex™ Workshop Offered on February 27
  • Coca-Cola “Critical Difference for Women” Research Grants – Deadline March 18
  • 14th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference – Call for Proposals

Reminder - New Mileage Rate and Forms for 2013:

When submitting your January 2013 mileage/travel forms, remember to use the 2013 forms, as mileage will be reimbursed at the new rate of 56.5¢ per mile starting January 1, 2013. If you are catching up with 2012 mileage (please do so soon), use the 2012 forms. Both 2012 and 2013 forms are available on the OSUE Business Office webpage.

CD Listserve Update:

Now that we are using the Microsoft Exchange 2010 software (which replaced the CFAES CommuniGate system after December 31, 2012) for our university e-mail system, we have decided not to operate a CD listserve on the new system. If you would like to send a message to all CD professionals, please email Sandy (; and she will forward your message to her Outlook CD Professionals contact list.


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