The Current

The Current is a speed networking webinar series for university professionals engaged in water-related extension and research. The North Central Region Water Network and Extension Directors from all 12 North Central states are sponsoring the seven part series to highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming in the region. Webinars will run for 60 minutes, with four 10 minute project snapshots and 20 minutes of QA/peer-to-peer interaction. Please join us. We promise your calendar won’t mind.

Next Webinar: 

June 17, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Midwest Cover Crops Council

  • 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

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Recent Webinar: 

May 13, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Managing Agricultural Drainage Water (Recording coming soon!)

  • Jane Frankenberger, Professor Agricultural & Biological Engineering Purdue University:
    Managing Water for Increased Resiliency of Drained Agricultural Landscapes”
  • Chris Hay, Assistant Professor and Extension Water Management Engineer in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at South Dakota State University: “Managed/Controlled Drainage for Production and Environment”
  • Richard Cooke, Associate Professor Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “Incorporating Uncertainty into Bioreactor Design”
The Current Webinar Schedule:

June 17, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CT: Cover Crops

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

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

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.