* The Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party Association will hold a session on “Prevention of Terrorist Suicide Bombing Incidents” 7-9 p.m. Dec. 14 at Wyandotte Senior Center in Mansfield.

* A team from Tiffin University met with the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, CT, on Dec. 3, to explore research opportunities. They were briefed on a variety of research portfolio projects ranging from maritime security issues to the new focus on marine cyber threats; received a tour of the 3rd Deck Project Displays, and were given detailed explanations of previous Coast Guard Research and Development efforts. The day concluded with a discussion of possible points of future collaboration, which included a trial of student internship placement, focused on cyber, at the Center.

To commemorate the visit, the Coast Guard Research and Development Center Commanding Officer Captain Dennis Evans presented Coast Guard Challenge Coins to TU’s Dr. Lillian Schumacher, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Scott Blough, Executive Director of the Center for Cyber Defense and Forensics.

“In order to expand their knowledge,” said TU President Curtis B. Charles, “I wanted our faculty to visit with scientist and engineers from the nation’s engine of innovation, to inform the design of Tiffin University’s School of S.T.E.M. Security Studies Cyber Intelligence and Data Analytics.”

* Grain prices aren’t likely to rise next year thanks to stagnant demand growth and ample grain supplies, says an agricultural economist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

With the slowing Chinese economy contributing to stagnant demand growth and the ample supply thanks to large harvests in major production nations the past two years and destocking in Argentina and China, the 2016 grain market will remain one of flat, weak prices, said Matt Roberts, an Ohio State University Extension economist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

“The global and U.S. wheat market remains well supplied,” he said. “To date, Great Plains weather has been positive for the 2016 winter wheat crop, and globally, U.S. wheat is struggling to find export sales against Black Sea wheat.”

Roberts spoke Dec. 7 during the kickoff of the college’s 2015-2016 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series. The event featured presentations by experts from the college’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, who discussed issues the food and agricultural community should expect in 2016, including policy changes and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.


Staff report