The Current

The Current is a speed networking webinar series for professionals engaged in water-related extension, research, and conservation activities. The North Central Region Water Network and Extension Directors from all 12 North Central states are sponsoring this series to highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming in the region. Webinars will run for 60 minutes, with three 10-minute project snapshots and 30 minutes of QA/peer-to-peer interaction.

Next Webinar: 

August 19, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Agricultural Irrigation Management

  • Joshua Stamper, Irrigation Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota, Validating Variable Rate Irrigation Prescriptions
  • John Panuska, Natural Resource and Bio Environmental Engineer, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Becky Larson, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Irrigation Activities in Wisconsin
  • Joshua Stamper, Irrigation Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota, Outcomes from Irrigation Capacity Building Workshop for Irrigation Professionals in the North Central Region 

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Recent Webinar: 

July 15, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Harmful Algal Blooms Watch Now

  • Chris Winslow, Interim Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program: Harmful Algal Blooms: What are they? Where do they come from? What are we doing in HAB research? 
  • Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension: OSU Nutrient Management Outreach Education Programs Addressing Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie
  • Sonia Joseph Joshi, Center for Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:  NOAA’s Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Products

June 17, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Application of Cover Crops in the Midwestern U.S. Watch Now

  • Dr. Dean Baas, Senior Research Associate, Michigan State University Extension: The Midwest Cover Crops Council – A regional collaboration that works
  • Dr. Tom Kaspar, Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment: Effect of cover crops on nitrogen in tile drainage
  • Dr. Matt Ruark, Assistant Professor and Extension Soil Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Cover crops after fall manure application
The Current Webinar Schedule:

September 16, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Citizen Water Quality Monitoring

October 21, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Farmer Leadership in Watershed Management

November 18, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Stormwater

Past Webinars

Instructions for Accessing Webinars

Please take a few minutes to test your computer equipment. You may need to update software so test your equipment a day or two before the webinar event.

Blackboard Collaborate – First Time Users

We use Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) for the audio portion of these sessions. You will need computer speakers or a headset in order to listen.

Help and Technical Support

The top technical issues:

1. A common problem a first-time user may encounter is the installation of meeting.jnlp or meeting.collab. Although the file is automatically downloaded, it requires administrator rights for the computer being used before it will install. Sometimes this file will initiate installation on its own. If it does not, you will need to locate the file and start the installation process manually. If you are unable to install meeting.jnlp or meeting.collabplease login with your administrator account and reinitiate installation. If problems persist,  check with your local computer administrator for assistance.

2. A Java applet is used to make the connection between your computer and the online conference. A computer may be running an earlier version of Java so that it can continue to work with older software.  To use that computer the version of Java will have to be updated. If this is not practical, consider using another computer for connecting to the conference.

In addition, you may be able to participate via your cell phone. Check your app store for the Blackboard Collaborate app.