CD Weekly Wire - March 17, 2014

Mission Statement:

Ohio State University Extension Community Development
helps communities
enhance their well-being.

AD Update:

Excellence via Understanding Others

Last week we discussed the need to continue improving in our core competency areas. Our organization has identified a set of 14 ‘core competencies’ that, when practiced, can lend themselves to professional excellence. One of these core competencies involves the ability to “recognize, understand and appreciate differences and the impact these differences may have in the workplace, in interactions with clientele or in Extension programming.” It also entails “working effectively with individuals having diverse styles, abilities, motivations and backgrounds” (Extension HR – Core Competencies).

Number 19 on our Action List - Build capacity to more effectively address the needs of diverse audiences - addresses this competency (Diversity). How can we get better at conveying respect for different perspectives? Are there ways we can improve our understanding of and appreciation for our colleagues and clientele? In what ways are we seeking knowledge, understanding and expanding our own awareness about differences?

There are a multitude of opportunities to build your capacity in this area; from convenient webinars, to half and full day workshops, to regional and national conferences of varying lengths. Our Extension HR unit maintains a listing of such opportunities as well as archived webinars and workshops too. This resource is ideal. I encourage you to peruse often.

Extension Strategic Plan – Action List

  1. Understand full range of Extension in Ohio
  2. Learn program needs
  3. Prioritize programs, efforts, and audiences
  4. Inventory e-Learning modules
  5. Create e-Learning modules (10% increase annually)
  6. Align applied research with Discovery Themes
  7. Increase creative and scholarly outputs of a collaborative nature
  8. Engage in interdisciplinary/cross-program/multi-state/inter-institutional efforts
  9. Evaluate teaching (face-to-face, via distance/webinar, etc.)
  10. Create and use evaluation tools for programs
  11. Document efforts via RiV
  12. Communicate impact via various media (e.g., micro-blog, blog, webpage, etc.)
  13. Use social media to extend reach
  14. Track reach of social media
  15. Increase extramural funding by 5% (annually)
  16. Increase contributions to CD endowment/development account by 5% (annually)
  17. Create and implement comprehensive marketing plan
  18. Focus on improving core competencies
  19. Participate in a diversity training (annually)
  20. Implement OSUE coaching and mentoring protocols

Communicating Impact

Sandy has tweaked our CD Highlights such that we now have internal and external versions – thank you Sandy! The internal version was shared with the Extension Administrative Cabinet last week, so please be prepared to address specific questions that you might receive. The external version highlights our program outcomes and can be helpful in illustrating the scope of our efforts with your various stakeholders and supporters. We have plans to use social media to extend the reach of this material as well. Thank you very much for contributing programmatic narratives for inclusion.




NCRCRD "Take Out Menu" Webinar - March 20 (1 p.m.)
"On-Site Renewable Energy Development
as a Business Retention & Expansion Strategy"
Presenters: Bowen, Moss and Romich

There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar. To join, go to Enter as a guest, type your name into the text box provided and click on “Enter Room."

Complete information for "Take Out Menu" webinars can be found at: A list of upcoming as well as recorded webinars can be found at:

Local Solar Co-ops Talk - March 25:

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) will host a talk on “Energy Freedom through Local Solar Co-ops” by Greg Pace, a member of the Clintonville (Ohio) Solar Energy Co-op and a certified photovoltaic installer, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Room 30 of ATI’s Skou Hall, 1328 Dover Road, Wooster. Click here for more information in the news release.

REMINDER: Open Doors Bias Awareness Training - March 26:

The last Open Doors Bias Awareness Training until fall is being offered March 26 at Adventure Central in Dayton from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no cost for the training but you do need to register at:

Open Doors is a 4-hour training consisting of three modules that focus 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

This is another opportunity for you to engage and support the OSU Extension Strategic Plan, specifically metric 10 (Build capacity to more effectively address the needs of diverse audiences) and metric 8 (Foster career and professional development).

A light breakfast and lunch is being provided, compliments of the Student Life Multicultural Center.
For more information on Open Doors visit:

CURA Roundtable: "Community Research: The Good, the Bad and the Visual" - March 27:

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) is hosting Community Research Partners (CRP) Executive Director Lynnette Cook from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in 1080 Derby Hall on the OSU Columbus campus. Cook will deliver “Community Research: The Good, the Bad and the Visual.” CRP specializes in collecting, analyzing and making available data to enhance understanding of community conditions, trends, resources and needs. The organization’s goal is to improve the lives of low-income and disadvantaged people while strengthening economies and communities. Lunch will be provided. All are welcome to attend. Read more at:

Monthly Webinars for Growers & Producers continue March 27:

CFAES continues its free monthly webinars on March 27 from noon to 1 p.m. to help growers and producers enhance marketing and improve and expand sales. "MarketReady, Selling to Schools" will be facilitated by Mike Hogan. Join in at: Contact for the webinar series is Brad Bergefurd (740-289-2071, ext. 136 or For complete information and a list of upcoming webinars, read the February 5 news release. More information on direct marketing can be found at:

AEDE Seminar Series, Practical Issues in the Econometric Evaluation of Agricultural Policy - April 1:

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE) continues its Spring 2014 Applied Economics Seminar Series on Tuesday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 105 Ag Admin Building. Barry K. Goodwin, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University and President-elect of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, will present. His presentation will focus on his research: "Practical Issues in the Econometric Evaluation of Agricultural Policy." This event is open to the public, and RSVPs are not required. Find complete information about this seminar at:

NCRCRD Webinar - April 3 (1 p.m.)

"The Role of Wholesale Grocers
in Rural Food Distribution –
Implications for Robust Local Food Systems"

This webinar takes a look into the existing wholesale grocer and wholesale produce distributions system found in the upper Midwest and the potential for collaboration with local foods growers and advocates. Wholesale grocers, such as Mason Brothers of Wadena, MN and Affiliated Foods Midwest, a coop with offices in Nebraska, Kansas and Wisconsin, are the backbone of keeping groceries stocked on the shelves of grocery stores, particularly rural groceries, throughout the North Central region. What are the opportunities for those of us working to build local food systems to partner with these existing distribution systems? The first step is to understand how the current system works. This webinar will provide insight into the workings of this existing wholesale grocery system - from warehouse to rural customer.

About the Speaker:
Kathy Draeger, PhD, is the statewide Director of the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, a program of U of M Extension. Kathy is the Minnesota lead on a joint research project with the Rural Grocery Initiative out of Kansas State. She served on the Minnesota Grocery Access Task Force and is currently on the Minnesota Food Charter Steering Committee. In addition, Kathy and her family live, farm and buy groceries in rural Big Stone County, MN, a USDA designated rural food desert.

There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar. To join, go to Enter as a guest, type your name into the text box provided and click on “Enter Room."  A list of upcoming as well as recorded webinars can be found at:



Articles/Publications of Interest:

Producers Can Learn About Mobile Units to Process Poultry and Fish for Retail (CFAES News)

OSU ideas become companies with new startup funding (OnCampus)

eXtension Launches Disruptive e-nnovation (eXtension blog)

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