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Connect Extension Weekly Digest: August 3, 2020

All Cooperative Extension professionals are invited to join Connect Extension. To register your free account, click here

Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension Members. Next month, the Impact Collaborative will be an Innovation Facilitator Training. The Innovation Facilitator training is six sessions on August 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, & 28. It helps provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact. Learn more and register here. 

If you have questions regarding eXtension membership, please contact membership@eXtension.org


ICYMI: Recent Posts

Connect Extension Podcast Now Available
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension FoundationThe eXtension Foundation is pleased to announce that our Connect Extension Podcast is now available! Each month in Connect Extension, eXtension hosts a virtual chat on a different topic area to highlight best practices and innovations throughout Cooperative Extension…Learn More

Virtual National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference
Mark Megalos, Extension Professor, North Carolina State UniversityRegistration is now open for ITEP’s Virtual National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference (NTICC) and there is no cost for attendance. Join us to listen and hear from various partners who will be joining us to share their knowledge…Learn More

Best Thing You’ve Shared Recently?
Karl Bradley, Leadership Development Fellow, eXtension Foundation

Completely out of the blue I asked my son this question… What’s the best thing I’ve ever shared with you? We both moved on to other things & frankly I thought he’d forgotten. Eventually, he came over to me & said the best thing I’d shared with him was…Learn More

Data & Policy: Responding to Human Services Needs
Brad Gaolach, Director – WSU Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension, Washington State University

The Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research has released the next white paper in their Leading Edge Dialogue series: Data and Policy: Responding to Human Services Needs. Data is needed for decision-making, particularly around human services and community development…Learn More

Health & Well Being Subgroup Open to New Members
Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director, ECOP

A new subgroup for Extension faculty and staff working in the area of health and well being has opened its doors to new members.  The new subgroup’s Connect Extension platform is designed to serve as a virtual gathering place…Learn More

Webinar for Educators: Exploring Climate Migration in the Classroom
Mark Megalos, Extension Professor, North Carolina State University

Educators are invited to join Pulitzer Center education staff and journalist-grantees for a professional development webinar on migration and its relationship to climate change. By engaging with a pathbreaking new reporting project in The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica…Learn More

Conversations That Matter: Advance Planning for Rural Families
Leacey E. Brown, Gerontology Field Specialist, South Dakota State University

‘Conversations that matter: Advance care planning for rural families’ is the result of a collaboration be between SDSU Extension, SDSU College of Nursing, and NDSU Extension…Learn More

New Pollinator Garden Guide is Now Available!
Kara Maddox, Creative Director, Communications, National Pesticide Safety Education Center
Using Mass Media for Extension Messaging Subgroup

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote on the design for the Pollinator Garden Guide! We are excited to announce the guide is ready for download on AgNearMe.com…Learn More

The Moral Determinants of Health
David Young, Professor & Community Health Specialist, Montana State University
Health & Well-Being Subgroup

The source of what the philosopher Immanuel Kant called “the moral law within” may be mysterious, but its role in the social order is not. In any nation short of dictatorship some form of moral compact, implicit or explicit, should be the basis of a just society…Learn More

Alzheimer’s Risk Factors May Be Measurable in Adolescents & Young Adults
Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director, ECOP
Health & Well-Being Subgroup

Risk factors for Alzheimer’s dementia may be apparent as early as our teens and 20s, according to new research reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC®) 2020. These risk factors…Learn More

Healthy People 2030 Launch
Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director, ECOP
Health & Well-Being Subgroup

On August 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will unveil the latest edition of Healthy People! Healthy People 2030 is a set of science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving health and well-being in the United States…Learn More

National Academy of Medicine – Community-Driven Health Equity Plans
Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director, ECOP
Health & Well-Being Subgroup

As part of its Culture of Health Program, earlier this year the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) released a model for developing Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans , as well as Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans developed by groups…Learn More

Key Findings from the 4-H Youth Mental Health Survey
Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director, ECOP
Health & Well-Being Subgroup

Together with the Harris Poll, National 4-H Council examined the impact of the public health crisis on the mental health of teens – from the perspective of teens themselves. If you missed the recent webinar to share the findings of the study…Learn More

Natural Hazards Workshop
Sabrina Drill, Natural Resources Advisor, UCANR
Health & Well-Being Subgroup

This past year brought record-shattering disasters that caused great harm and suffering. From massive storms and floods to catastrophic wildfires and damaging earthquakes, millions of people—many of whom were already at the margins of society—have had their lives upended…Learn More


Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension Members
A listing of Current eXtension Members Available Here
Investing In Community Resilience: Moving From Knowledge to Action (Learning Circle)
August 12th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET

Connect with philanthropy and Extension professionals for an interactive learning circle to discuss the concepts explored in the third and fourth webinars of the Investing in Community Resilience series…Learn More

Innovation Facilitator Training
August 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
1 PM – 3 PM ET

This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact…Learn More


Learn Calendar Events
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals
Managing Predators with a Small or Backyward Poultry Flock
August 4th, 2020, 3 PM – 4:30 PM ET
When raising chickens, predators can be a serious issue – whether you live in a rural or urban area. We have put together a panel of specialists from different parts of the country to discuss how to handle predator problems…Learn More

 

How to Solarize a Tunnel/Hoop House
August 6th, 2020, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting…Learn More
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Connect Extension Weekly Digest: July 27 2020

Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension MembersNext month, the Impact Collaborative will be hosting two events: an online Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE), and an Innovation Facilitator Training. The ISBE is four sessions on August 4, 6, 11, & 13 and covers building blocks to spark ideas, increase innovation, and turbocharge implementation to ultimately create local impact. Learn more and register here. Registration for this event ends tomorrow, July 28th, 2020

The Innovation Facilitator training is six sessions on August 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, & 28. It helps provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact. Learn more and register here. 

If you have questions regarding eXtension membership, please contact membership@eXtension.org


ICYMI: Recent Posts
ICYMI: Connect Extension Chat: Virtualizing and Social Distancing Horticulture & Master Gardener Volunteer Programs
Stephanie Mathias, State Master Gardener Coordinator, University of MarylandIn case you missed it: We had an excellent live chat with 58 participants discussing all the innovative ways to move horticulture and Master Gardener volunteer programs to a virtual platform!…Learn More

June 2020 Story Lead Contest Winner Published in Farm Journal
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension FoundationCongrats @Stacey Stearns from UConn for submitting the winning story lead for the June 2020 Farm Journal Story Lead Contest. And thank you to everyone that submitted last month! The story, COVID-19 Needs Spurs Dairy – UConn Food Pantry Parternship has been published by Farm Journal. You can read the full story hereLearn More

New eFieldbook Available! Bridging the GAPs: Approaches to Treating Water On Farms
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

This curriculum, Bridging the GAPs – Approaches for treating water on-farm, is a four-module curriculum designed for a producer audience. This eFieldbook covers:

  1. FSMA Definition and Requirements of Agricultural Water
  2. Agricultural Water Treatment Tools
  3. Developing On-Farm Agricultural Water Treatment Programs
  4. Implementing Agricultural Water Treatments…Learn More

Encouraging Adoption of Protection Behaviors to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19
Roberta Riportella, Associate Dean for Extension & Engagement, Oregon State University

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) have highlighted a new guidance document for encouraging the adoption of COVID-19 protection behaviors, “The current pandemic requires adoption of health-promoting behaviors, such as mask wearing…Learn More
ICYMI: Conducting Market Research for Extension Programs: Nebraska Extension’s Weather Ready Farms
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

Last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with a wonderful team that has been working as one of eXtension’s New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) projects for 2019-2020. The Weather Ready Farms program comes from Nebraska Extension and as an NTAE project…Learn More


Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension Members
A listing of Current eXtension Members Available Here
Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE) Online
August 4, 6, 11 & 13
1 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Registration Deadline: July 28th, 2020

Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension’s best practices for solving important community issues?…Learn More

Innovation Facilitator Training
August 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
1 PM – 3 PM ET

This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact…Learn More

Learn Calendar Events
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals
Fighting Wildfire with Prescribed Burning in the Southern Great Plains: Social & Regulatory Barriers & Facilitators
July 27th, 2020, 10 AM – 1:30 PM ET
Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be delivering an FREE online workshop on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST showcasing research findings from Dr. Urs Kreuter’s Joint Fire Science Program project…Learn More
Move Your Way To A Better Day: How Exercise Can Combat Stress, Anxiety, & Depression
July 28th, 2020, 3 PM – 4PM ET
Now more than ever, you may be feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. Join kinesiology researcher Emily Erlenbach to learn how you can use exercise to improve your mood and produce lasting changes to your mental health…Learn More
Tahoe Home Retrofit Workshop
July 28th, 2020, 8:30 PM – 10 PM ET

University of Nevada, Reno Extension and University of California Cooperative Extension present this free virtual workshop to educate residents on how to harden their home against wildfire…Learn More

 

PPP Loan Program Extended & EIDL Updates & Problems
July 29th, 2020, 1:30 PM –  2:30 PM ET
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://tuskegee.zoom.us/meeti…75OcQELob98W0o8OLL6y

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting…Learn More

 

Agrisafe Training: Mental Health in Farm & Ranch Country
July 30th, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET

In rural communities, the stigma associated with mental distress is hard to confront. Rural agricultural residents pride themselves as hard-working and dedicated to the land. These characteristics are sometimes in direct conflict with asking for help and self-care, leaving those around them at a loss for words and action…Learn More

Social Permaculture: A Case Study
July 30th, 2020, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

USU Extension Sustainability and The Resiliency Hub are hosting a webinar with Alyssa Reynoso Morris, a co-author of Pedagogy of Permaculture and Food Justice on July 30th at 5:30pm Mountain Time. She’ll be discussing an example of her work in Social Permaculture in the Dominican Republic…Learn More

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Connect Extension Weekly Digest: July 13, 2020

All Cooperative Extension professionals are invited to join Connect Extension. To register your free account, click here

Conducting Market Research for Extension Programs: Nebraska Extension’s Weather Ready Farms: Join us for a webinar on July 16th, 2 PM – 3 PM! As part of eXtension’s New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Year 1 Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA, the eXtension Foundation partnered with a Nebraska Extension program called Weather Ready Farms to help accelerate their program implementation and impact. This project received direct support from a third-party marketing firm specializing in agriculture to conduct market research into the target audience and create a marketing & communication plan. This webinar will discuss these findings, methods, key takeaways, and how this market research will be used to further this project. Learn more & register here

Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension MembersNext month, the Impact Collaborative will be hosting two events: an online Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE), and an Innovation Facilitator Training. The ISBE is four sessions on August 4, 6, 11, & 13 and covers building blocks to spark ideas, increase innovation, and turbocharge implementation to ultimately create local impact. Learn more and register here. 

The Innovation Facilitator training is six sessions on August 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, & 28. It helps provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact. Learn more and register here. 

If you have questions regarding eXtension membership, please contact membership@eXtension.org


ICYMI: Recent Posts
Results from the June 2020 Farm Journal Story Lead Contest
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

In May, the eXtension Foundation launched a monthly story lead contest in partnership with Farm Journal in the Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest group here in Connect Extension. Monthly winners, along with their Extension Directors and Administrators, have the chance to work with Farm Journal…Learn More

Your Leadership & Culture
Karl Bradley, Leadership Development Fellow, eXtension Foundation

These days we don’t have to look far for articles on how to positively affect workplace culture. The founder of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher, was once asked by an employee if they could serve sandwiches on their flights. He responded by asking if that would help them become THE low-cost airlines in the industry? It didn’t so they don’t!…Learn MoreA Conversation with Anthony Fauci from the Aspen Ideas Festival 
Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director, ECOP

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joins CNN Senior Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, to discuss the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent surge in cases as the US reopens…Learn More

Instagram Hacks (Including Hashtags); New PEW Research Report
Rose Hayden Smith, Technology in Extension Education Fellow, eXtension Foundation

I continue to receive so many questions about Instagram. Here’s a new blog post from Hootsuite that provides an excellent tutorial on Instagram hacks and features, including hashtags. It’s a quick, indexed read and well worth the time. Here’s another great read: Nine Instagram trends worth keeping your eye on…Learn More


Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension Members
A listing of Current eXtension Members Available Here
Investing in Community Resilience: Evaluating Trauma-Informed Practice
July 15th, 2020
3 PM – 4 PM ET

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of evaluation in building organizational and community capacity to implement a trauma-informed, healing centered approach

  • Identify methods and tools for evaluating the impact of ACEs and trauma…Learn More

Social Media Learning Circle w/ Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith
July 21st, 2020
2 PM – 3:15 PM ET
In this Learning Circle experience – convened via weekly interactive Zoom meetings – participants will learn about a range of social media platforms that have the potential to advance their work. The 4-part series includes 75-minute sessions that will be offered bi-weekly. There will be discussion about commonly used social media platforms. The platform-specific sessions…Learn More
Innovation Facilitator Training
August 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
1 PM – 3 PM ET

This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact…Learn More

Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE) Online
August 4, 6, 11 & 13
1 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension’s best practices for solving important community issues?…Learn More


Learn Calendar Events
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals
National Action Dialogue: Extension Futures, A Dialogue to Inform Possible Extension Infrastrucutre/Equipment Proposals
July 13th OR 14th, 2020, 1 PM – 3 PM ET
The purpose of the Action Dialogue is to imagine near-future possibilities for how CE can be served individuals and communities in the face of evolving needs and capabilities. This work will be done through a diversity, equity and inclusion framework…Learn More

 

NAEPSDP Free Virtual Summer School
July 13th – July 17th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET
You are invited to check this out and join what you have time for (recordings will be posted following the event). NAEPSDP is an organization that promotes program and staff development for Extension staff…Learn More
Cross-Pollinating Biosecurity Community Conversation
July 14th, 2020, 11 AM – 12 PM ET

During July 2020, we are hosting two conversations that cross boundaries between animal, plant and human health. When we think about ways to protect the health of animals, plants, and humans, we are in the realm of One Biosecurity…Learn More

Making Your Habits Stick: All you Need To Establish Lasting Behavior Change
July 14th, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET
We are all trying to establish some behaviors that we have long-known we need to incorporate and root out some others. Interestingly, this topic has been studied non-stop in various fields. Join nutritional sciences researcher Jonathan Cerna to learn what…Learn More
Managing a Small Backyard Layer Flock
July 15th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET

As a follow up to the University of Kentucky’s Dr. Tony Pescatore’s earlier webinar on raising replacement pullets, Dr. Claudia Dunkley from the University of Georgia will discuss managing the hens once they start laying…Learn More

Antimicrobials 1010: A Perspective from EPA on Registration & Labeling (PACT Series)
July 16th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET

Antimicrobials play an important role in public health and safety. While providing health benefits of pathogen removal and, in some cases, safety benefits of materials preservation, they also involve risks of potential efficacy failure and exposure hazards…Learn More

Conducting Market Research for Extension Programs: Nebraska Extension’s Weather Ready Farms
July 16th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET

As part of eXtension’s New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Year 1 Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA, the eXtension Foundation partnered with a Nebraska Extension program called Weather Ready Farms to help accelerate their program implementation and impact…Learn More

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Connect Extension Weekly Digest: July 6, 2020

All Cooperative Extension professionals are invited to join Connect Extension. To register your free account, click here

ECOP/eXtension to Host Extension Futures National Action Dialogues, July 13th or 14th, 1 PM – 3 PM ET – The purpose of the Action Dialogue is to imagine near-future possibilities for how Extension can better serve individuals and communities in the face of evolving needs and capabilities. The outcome of this dialogue will support transitional aspects of more digital engagement and community platforms, and inform the need for funding of infrastructure/equipment needed for the envisioned futures. More info & registration available here

The Farm Journal Story Lead Contest continues for the month of July! Thank you for the wonderful submissions for both May and June. For this month’s Cooperative Extension feature, Farm Journal’s Trust In Food wants to hear from your county/state/region about how Extension is empowering farmers to maximize their use of data, equipment, and precision technology – especially as it relates to farm profitability, environmental impact, or innovation. Learn more here about the contest and how you can get published in Farm Journal.

Conducting Market Research for Extension Programs: Nebraska Extension’s Weather Ready Farms: Join us for a webinar on July 16th, 2 PM – 3 PM! As part of eXtension’s New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Year 1 Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA, the eXtension Foundation partnered with a Nebraska Extension program called Weather Ready Farms to help accelerate their program implementation and impact. This project received direct support from a third-party marketing firm specializing in agriculture to conduct market research into the target audience and create a marketing & communication plan. This webinar will discuss these findings, methods, key takeaways, and how this market research will be used to further this project. Learn more & register here

If you have questions regarding eXtension membership, please contact membership@eXtension.org


ICYMI: Recent Posts
Practicing Connection in a Complex World Podcast
Jessica Beckendorf, Community Development Educator
University of Wisconsin-Madison

This new podcast, “Practicing Connection in a Complex World,” was created to help you explore and adopt relationship-building practices that will help you, your family, and your community improve your resilience in a rapidly changing world…Learn More

Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Campaign Week 1 Metrics Are In!
Kara Maddox, Creative Director, National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC)
Using Mass Media for Extension Messaging Subgroup

In our first week, we had 507 visitors to our campaign website – AgNearMe.com. This is where our audience can find our Pollinator Prep Guide. We had 377 visits to our How-To Guides page to download the prep guide. To find out more about how our Pollinator Prep Guide…Learn More
ICYMI: Accelerate Your Projects & Programs: A Discussion on the New Technologies for Ag Extension Nomination Process for 2020-2021
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to sit down and talk with eXtension Catalyst Team members @Scott Reed@Jimmy Henning, and @Fred Schlutt for an overview of the New Technologies for Ag Extension Nomination process, wrap-around services provided to projects, goals…Learn more

What’s It Like to Work with the eXtension Foundation As An NTAE Project? – Using Mass Media for Extension Messaging
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

eXtension recently announced the opportunity for nominations for the New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) for Year 2 projects. The nomination form will be available on June 15th until July 20th, 2020. Selected projects will receive wrap around services…Learn More

Too Many Notifications? Not Enough? Here’s How to Adjust Your Settings
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post on how to adjust your notification settings here in Connect Extension. It occurred to me this week that we have many more users now than when I originally wrote that. So, I thought I would share this information again…Learn More


Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension Members
A listing of Current eXtension Members Available Here
Social Media Learning Circle w/ Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith
July 7 & 21,
2 PM – 3:15 PM ET
In this Learning Circle experience – convened via weekly interactive Zoom meetings – participants will learn about a range of social media platforms that have the potential to advance their work. The 4-part series includes 75-minute sessions that will be offered bi-weekly. There will be discussion about commonly used social media platforms. The platform-specific sessions…Learn More

 

Investing in Community Resilience: Evaluating Trauma-Informed Practice
July 15th, 2020
3 PM – 4 PM ET

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of evaluation in building organizational and community capacity to implement a trauma-informed, healing centered approach

  • Identify methods and tools for evaluating the impact of ACEs and trauma…Learn More

Innovation Facilitator Training
August 7, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
1 PM – 3 PM ET

This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact…Learn More

Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE) Online
August 4, 6, 11 & 13
1 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension’s best practices for solving important community issues?…Learn More

 


Learn Calendar Events
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals
Training Your Immune System: Outlining the Effects of Exercise on Immune Function
July 7th, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET
In the wake of a pandemic, immune health has become a significant public health concern as of late. There is evidence that suggests exercise can be used strategically to enhance multiple aspects of immune function…Learn More
Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (PACT) Webinars
July 7th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET
The 2020 Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (PACT) biennial meeting funded through a Cooperative Agreement between Michigan State University (MSU) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19…Learn More
Designing a Successful Pasture and Grazing System
July 8th, 2020, 12 PM – 1 PM ET

A well-managed pasture is one of the most cost-effective and high value feeds that can be produced.  Not sure where to begin?  This webinar will provide an overview of different grazing systems and will discuss essential considerations like…Learn More

Rx for Hot Cities: Urban Greening & Cooling to Reduce Heat-Related Mortality
July 8th, 2020, 1 PM – 2:15 PM ET
Extreme heat and its health impacts are on the rise. Annually, extreme heat already causes more deaths in the United States than all other weather-related causes combined, with effects most pronounced in urban areas. Reducing urban heat exposure is an equity issue…Learn More

 

Roots of the Soil: Land Succession Issues Among African American Farm Families
July 8th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM

This webinar will focus on the unique challenges faced by African American farm families regarding the transfer of land from generation to generation. Program speakers will discuss the importance of and the power…Learn More

The Current Webinar: Harmful Algal Blooms
July 8th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET

With summer in full swing, many folks enjoy spending time out on the water. However, harmful algal blooms, or HABs, can put a damper on summer fun. Tune in to the next edition of The Current to hear an update on the Network…Learn More

Social Media Cheerleaders: Building a Volunteer Digital Advocacy Program
July 9th, 2020, 1 PM – 2:15 PM ET

The best people to talk about your organization are the people who love it and know it best. Join DIY Social Media Strategist Christine Gritmon and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County‘s Charlie Pane for this program all about tapping into existing social networks…Learn more

 

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Connect Extension Weekly Digest: June 29, 2020

All Cooperative Extension professionals are invited to join Connect Extension. To register your free account, click here

The nomination form for New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) projects is OPEN. Join Scott Reed, Jimmy Henning, and Fred Schlutt on June 30th at 2 PM ET to learn more about the process, eXtenson’s wrap-around services, and how it can help accelerate your projects and programs. Learn more and register here.

If you have questions regarding eXtension membership, please contact membership@eXtension.org


ICYMI: Recent Posts
New Farm Stress Training Course Available
Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director
Cooperative Extension/ECOP

Extension practitioners wishing to learn more about how they can support farmers and ranchers experiencing high levels of stress  brought on by the economic turmoil associated with  COVID-19 are encouraged to participate in a new online training course supported…Learn More
How to Find the Recordings for Past Events & Search the Learn Calendar Archive
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

Last week, I posted about the Ins & Outs of the Learn Calendar on Connect Extension, the different things that happen behind the scenes when you publish an event to it, and how eXtension helps to market those events for you. Another question I often receive is where can I access the recording of a recent event?Learn More

Market Research: The tool in your toolbet you didn’t know you had…or needed
Ashley Mueller, Extension Educator & Disaster Education Coordinator, Nebraska Extension

We often hear the term “needs assessment” in Extension work. It’s an important pillar in a strong Extension program. As Extension professionals, we need to know about learners’ needs that can be potentially filled by our work. It’s important we conduct needs assessments to identify the “difference, or gap, between what is and what should be…Learn More

May 2020 Story Lead Contest Winner Published in Farm Journal
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

The full story, Screenhouses Boost Marketable Yields for Farmers, is available here. In addition, Farm Journal featured this story on AgDay TV. That video can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the article. This story was also featured in the Overhe(a)rd podcast. You can find it anywhere you get your podcasts or take a listen hereLearn More

ICYMI: Connect Extension Chat: Virtual Field Days
Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation Technology in Extension Education Fellow

More than 50 Cooperative Extension professionals from across the nation gathered virtually to discuss Virtual Field Days. The chat contains a wealth of tips, links and lessons learned…Learn More


Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension Members
A listing of Current eXtension Members Available Here
Social Media Learning Circle w/ Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith
July 7 & 21,
2 PM – 3:15 PM ET
In this Learning Circle experience – convened via weekly interactive Zoom meetings – participants will learn about a range of social media platforms that have the potential to advance their work. The 4-part series includes 75-minute sessions that will be offered bi-weekly. There will be discussion about commonly used social media platforms. The platform-specific sessions…Learn More

 

Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE) Online
August 4, 6, 11 & 13
1 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Registration Now Open

Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension’s best practices for solving important community issues?…Learn More

Innovation Facilitator Training
August 7, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
1 PM – 3 PM ET

Registration Now Open

This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact…Learn More


Learn Calendar Events
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals
Summer Self-Care Series: The Ins and Outs of Menopause: Research-based Strategies to Improve your Wellness During Midlife
June 30th, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET
Do you know why people go through menopause, and what can happen during this transition? What about ways to improve your health during this period of your life? Come learn from neuroscience researcher Katherine Hatcher, Ph.D. about the…Learn More

 

Accelerate Your Projecs & Programs: A Discussion on the New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) Nomination Process for 2020-2021
June 30th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET
Join the NTAE Catalyst team – @Scott Reed@Fred Schlutt, and @Jimmy Henning – for an overview of the New Technologies for Ag Extension nomination process, wrap-around services provided to projects, goals, outcomes, and what projects get from working with the eXtension Foundation…Learn More
Video Ventures – Adding Sound & Music
July 1st, 2020, 11 AM – 12 PM ET
Adding sounds and music can add a great level of excitement, intrigue and emotion to videos. Learn about copyright, websites offering free material and the importance of appropriate use of sounds, noises, narration, and music…Learn More

 

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Connect Extension Weekly Digest: June 22, 2020

Connect Extension Weekly Digest: June 22, 2020

All Cooperative Extension professionals are invited to join Connect Extension. To register your free account, click here

The deadline for the June 2020 Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest is THIS THURSDAY, June 25th, 2020. The topic for this month is about reducing food waste. This is your chance to get published in Farm Journal! Keep in mind, your submissions are just story leads – not full story narratives. Monthly winners will have the opportunity to work with Farm Journal to have the story developed and produced! Learn more here.

The nomination form for New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) projects is OPEN. Join Scott Reed, Jimmy Henning, and Fred Schlutt on June 30th at 2 PM ET to learn more about the process, eXtenson’s wrap-around services, and how it can help accelerate your projects and programs. Learn more and register here.

We are hosting a few events this week that we want to highlight! Registration is open for each of these:

If you have questions regarding eXtension membership, please contact membership@eXtension.org

ICYMI: Recent Posts
New Survey Finds Teens Are Struggling with Mental Health
Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director
Cooperative Extension/ECOP

A new survey commissioned by National 4‑H Council, and conducted by the Harris Poll, finds that 7 in 10 teens are struggling with their mental health in the wake of COVID-19.  More than half of those surveyed shared that the pandemic…Learn More
ICYMI & What’s Coming Up! – From “Me” to “We”
Karl Bradley, eXtension Foundation Leadership Fellow

Thanks for joining us for our discussion on “Trust”!  If you missed us, here’s a recap…we discussed how TIME isn’t what supports the conditions for being trustworthy…it’s our behaviors.  We can behave in ways that lead others to believe we are trustworthy…Learn More

The Ins and Outs of the Learn Calendar on Connect Extension
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

I’ve received a number of GREAT questions about the Learn calendar here on Connect Extension. What is it? Who can use it? What’s the value in using it? I thought it would also be helpful to explain some of the things that are happening on the backend that…Learn More

In Case You Missed It! – Unpacking the Content Creation Process Webinar
Kara Maddox, Creative Director, National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC)

Yesterday afternoon Nathan Hermond with Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension and Kara Maddox with the National Pesticide Safety Education Center hosted a webinar on how we transformed existing Cooperative Extension content into an engaging Pollinator Prep Guide…Learn More

YouTube Tips & Hacks: How to use Instagram Stories & More
Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation Technology in Extension Education Fellow

Many of us are using YouTube for our Cooperative Extension work. I just found this blog post with some helpful YouTube hacks (features and tips). I learned a lot from this piece, including keyboard shortcuts, how to create a branded URL, and…Learn More

Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension Members
A listing of Current eXtension Members Available Here
Social Media Learning Circle w/ Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith
June 23, July 7 & 21,
2 PM – 3:15 PM ET
In this Learning Circle experience – convened via weekly interactive Zoom meetings – participants will learn about a range of social media platforms that have the potential to advance their work. The 4-part series includes 75-minute sessions that will be offered bi-weekly. There will be discussion about commonly used social media platforms. The platform-specific sessions…Learn More

 

Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE) Online
August 4, 6, 11 & 13
1 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Registration Now Open

Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension’s best practices for solving important community issues?…Learn More

Innovation Facilitator Training
August 7, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
1 PM – 3 PM ET

This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact…Learn More

Learn Calendar Events
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals
NC3 Webinar: Conservation Drainage – Managing Water for the Future
June 22nd, 2 PM – 3 PM ET
Tile drainage is widespread throughout the Midwest.  As weather patterns continue to shift toward more precipitation outside of the growing season and less precipitation during the growing season, water management will need to continue to adapt to provide resilience…Learn More

 

Summer Self-Care Series: Decoding that diet you saw on the internet: keto, gluten-free, and fasting
June 23rd, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the different diets you saw on the internet? Have you wondered if you should try the diet that your friend just started? Come learn from nutrition researcher Ru Liu, MS about the gluten-free diet, ketogenic diet, and intermittent fasting, and gain the tools to decide whether those diets are for you…Learn More
Water Testing Basics & Understanding Water Test Results
June 24th, 2020, 12 PM – 1 PM ET
Water tests can help homeowners and farmers better understand how safe their water sources are for different uses. Tune into this webinar to learn how water samples are collected, tested, and how to interpret water test results…Learn More

 

Start Simple with MyPlate: Your “Go To” Nutrition Resource
June 24th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET
Learn how Start Simple with MyPlate can help you reach consumers with nutrition information based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Learn about recent consumer insights.  Discover easy to use resources to make your nutrition outreach easy…Learn More
Facebook LIve – Reboot Your Facebook Game Series
June 24th, 2020, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET
Welcome to the fourth session of the “Reboot Your Facebook Game Series”. In this advance session, we will learn tips and tricks of creating and posting Facebook Live sessions/events/meetings…Learn More

 

Soil Health Digital Cafe Series: Interactive Map-Based Learning Experience for Manure & Soil Health
June 24th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET
The University of Nebraska and the University of Minnesota have partnered to develop an interactive experience for small groups to identify preferred manure application sites based upon soil health and other factors. This webinar will feature Rick Koelsch and Leslie Johnson from Nebraska Extension…Learn More

 

Connect Extension Chat: Virtual Field Days
June 25th, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET
For June 25th, 2020, we will be discussing Field Days and how Extension is reimagining these events virtually. We invite Cooperative Extension professionals to join us to discuss their own best practices and how they’ve innovated to deliver Field Days virtually!…Learn More

 

From “Me” to “We” – Discussions on Values, Trust, & Teamwork (Session III)
June 25th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET
Join Karl Bradley, eXtension Foundation Leadership Development Fellow, as we discuss leaning into the best version of yourself, how we build trust & the effects they have on a team! This 3-part series will be offered in 1-hour sessions in consecutive weeks beginning on June 11 at 2 PM Eastern…Learn More
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Connect Extension Weekly Digest: June 15, 2020

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The deadline for the June 2020 Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest is coming up on June 25th! The topic for this month is about how you are reducing food waste. This is your chance to get published in Farm Journal. Learn more here.

We are hosting a few events this week and next week that we want to highlight! Registration is open for each of these:

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ICYMI: Recent Posts

ICYMI: A Virtual Tour – Explore Nutrition Tools & Resources from USDA & HHS Websites
eXtension FoundationDuring the webinar, these panelists guided participants through the different nutrition tools and resources found on the USDA and HHS sites. There were a TON of resources that they covered, and as promised – we wanted to share that list here…Learn More
National Extension Response Resources Site to Include Resources for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
eXtension Foundation
eXtension has updated virtual.extension.org with a collection of resources related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This is just the start, if you have other similar resources to share, we invite you to submit them to contact-us@extension.orgLearn MoreMass Media Team Creates Pollinator Prep Guide
Kara Maddox, NPSEC
(Using Mass Media for Extension Messaging Group)
Over the last few weeks, Kara Maddox, Creative Director for NPSEC, has led the charge with Prairie View A&M’s Nathan Hermond, lead entomologist on the Pollinator Pilot Campaign. Together, the team created the Pollinator Prep Guide to help folks identify, attract and protect pollinators in their backyard and gardens this summer…Learn More

Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension Members
A listing of Current eXtension Members Available Here

Investing in Community Resilience – Trauma-Informed Practice in Action: Case Studies Across Sectors
June 17, 2020
3 PM – 4 PM ET

We invite eXtension members to join us for the third webinar in our Investing in Community Resilience series. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify elements of trauma-informed, healing-centered programs, organizations, and systems
  • Operationalize trauma-informed principles in programs across sectors…Learn More

 

Social Media Learning Circle w/ Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith
June 23, July 7 & 21,
2 PM – 3:15 PM ET
In this Learning Circle experience – convened via weekly interactive Zoom meetings – participants will learn about a range of social media platforms that have the potential to advance their work. The 4-part series includes 75-minute sessions that will be offered bi-weekly. There will be discussion about commonly used social media platforms. The platform-specific sessions…Learn More
Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE) Online
August 4, 6, 11 & 13
1 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Registration Now Open
Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension’s best practices for solving important community issues?…Learn More
Innovation Facilitator Training
August 7, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
1 PM – 3 PM ET
This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact…Learn More

Learn Calendar Events
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals

Don’t Sleep on Sleep: How Sleeping Can Impact Brain Functioning
June 16th, 1 PM – 2 PM ET
Don’t sleep on sleep: How sleeping can impact brain functioning – Do you know why we sleep? We all have experienced a bad night’s sleep that leaves us sluggish and irritable, but what are the benefits of a good night’s sleep?…Learn More
Slaughter & Processing of Poultry
June 16th, 3 PM – 4 PM ET
This webinar will discuss the humane slaughter and processing of poultry. Topics will include:

  • Steps to butcher different types of poultry including chickens, turkeys, and quail
  • Inspections (custom processing versus states or federal inspection)
  • Things that go wrong including green muscle disease, PSE-like meat, and myopathies
  • Cleaning programs…Learn More
Unpacking the Content Creation Process: How NPSEC Optimizes Existing Cooperative Extension Resources
June 17th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET
Launching a state-wide campaign can be daunting, but the content creation process doesn’t have to be! In this webinar, Kara Maddox from the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) and Nathan Hermond from Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension…Learn More
The Current Webinar: Recreational Water Quality
June 17th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET
Their relationship to water quality is sometimes overlooked, but aquatic invasive species can be considered “biological pollution”. They can also negatively affect on-water recreation. Tune in to this month’s edition of The Current Webinar…Learn More
Virtual Women’s Chainsaw Safety 101
June 18th, 2020, 1 PM – 5 PM ET
Attend to learn the basics of chainsaw safety! Topics will include:
•  Personal protective equipment
•  Buying and maintaining a saw
•  Safe chainsaw operation
•  Answers to your chainsaw questions!….Learn More
From “Me” to “We” – Discussions on Values, Trust, & Teamwork
June 18th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET
Join Karl Bradley, eXtension Foundation Leadership Development Fellow, as we discuss leaning into the best version of yourself, how we build trust & the effects they have on a team!…Learn More
Tips on Creating Facebook Videos – Reboot Your Facebook Game Series
June 18th, 2020, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Welcome to the third session of the “Reboot Your Facebook Game Series”. In this session, we will learn different ways you can post videos on Facebook. Videos can be a very useful tool for capturing and connecting with your audience…Learn More
Litter Nutrients & Management in Poultry Systems
June 19th, 2020, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM ET
As poultry genetics, management practices and industries evolve, so do manure and litter characteristics. Litter-based poultry systems have an added layer of complexity with the amount and characteristics dependent on both excreta and the amount of bedding material…Learn More

 

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Connect Extension Weekly Digest: June 8, 2020

 

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Don’t forget! The Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest is going for June. This is your chance to get published in Farm Journal! The topic for this month is how you are reducing food waste. Learn more about the June 2020 contest here.

eXtension is hosting three learning events this week!:

If you have questions regarding eXtension membership, please contact membership@eXtension.org

 

 

 

 

ICYMI: Recent Posts

On A Time For Grit
Mike Knutz, Oregon State University

During these uncertain times when programming has ceased as we know it, as well as most other aspects of our life being upended, it can be discouraging or even overwhelming. It seemed a perfect time to continue my read and study into the concept of “Grit” by renown researcher and author…Learn More

What’s It Like to Work w/ the eXtension Foundation as an NTAE Project? – Bridging the GAPs
eXtension Foundation

eXtension recently announced the opportunity for nominations for the New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) for Year 2 projects. The nomination form will be available on June 15th until July 20th, 2020. Selected projects will receive wrap around services from the eXtension Foundation to support and amplify the project/program outcomes…Learn More 

Reaching Ten Million Engaged Youth w/ Extension
Brad Gaolach, Washington State University

The Cooperative Extension system has a vision of reaching 10 million youth
annually through the 4-H program by the year 2025. The goal is to create
opportunities for more youth to access 4-H and benefit from positive youth…Learn More

Mass Media Team Creates Pollinator Prep Guide
Kara Maddox, National Pesticide Safety Education Center
(Using Mass Media for Extension Messaging Group)

The first day of summer is right around the corner, and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) has been working hard with Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Service to help Texas prep for pollinators! It’s been awhile since our last webinar back in April, and we’re pleased to announce an update on our Pollinator Pilot Campaign…Learn More

Resources for Free Stock Photos, Plus: Wonderful Tutorials on Multimedia Production
Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation Fellow
(Technology in Extension Education Group)

One of the things I’ve found most difficult to accomplish during the quarantine is to source good photos to use in my garden/food/ag blog and social media posts (including Instagram and Facebook stories). Before the quarantine, if I needed a photo of a demonstration garden or field…Learn More

Resources for Doing #scicomm on Instagram
Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation Fellow
(Technology in Extension Education Group)

Those of you who participated in the 4/9 Social Café featuring UC Agriculture and Natural Resource’s @Brook Gamble and @Sarah Angulo sent messages shouting out the value of this presentation. In it, Brook and Sarah shared how they are using Instagram (including the Stories feature) for #scicomm in the Cal Naturalist program…Learn More

 

 

 

 

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Social Media Learning Circle w/ Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith
June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21,
2 PM – 3:15 PM ET

In this Learning Circle experience – convened via weekly interactive Zoom meetings – participants will learn about a range of social media platforms that have the potential to advance their work. The 4-part series includes 75-minute sessions that will be offered bi-weekly. There will be discussion about commonly used social media platforms. The platform-specific sessions…Learn More

 

 

Investing in Community Resilience – Trauma-Informed Practice in Action: Case Studies Across Sectors
June 17, 2020
3 PM – 4 PM ET

We invite eXtension members to join us for the third webinar in our Investing in Community Resilience series. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify elements of trauma-informed, healing-centered programs, organizations, and systems

  • Operationalize trauma-informed principles in programs across sectors…Learn More

 

 

 

 

Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE) Online
August 4, 6, 11 & 13
1 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension’s best practices for solving important community issues?…Learn More

 

 

Innovation Facilitator Training
August 7, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
1 PM – 3 PM ET

This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact…Learn More

 

 

 

 

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Knowledge is Power: Evaluating Scientific Claims
June 9th, 1 PM – 2 PM ET

Join Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute and University of Illinois Extension for a series on improving a variety of programs on self-care. Pick and choose programs based on interest…Learn More

 

 

Greywater in Utah
June 9th, 4 PM – 5 PM ET

Roslynn Brain McCann of USU Extension Sustainability and Jeff Adams of TerraSophia LLC  have both been instrumental in changing Utah’s greywater policy, which makes using reclaimed water from our bathroom sinks, showers, and laundry much easier…Learn More

 

 

 

 

Video Ventures – Teaching & Telling Your Story to the Camera
June 10th, 2020, 11 AM – 12 PM ET

Getting in front of the camera to make a video can be scary and awkward especially when the audience is virtual or not even their. Join me as we talk about creating videos and talking to the camera for virtual learning and video production…Learn More

 

 

Invasive Insects: Impacts in Agriculture
June 10th, 2020, 12 PM – 1 PM ET

Insects can cause serious damage by feeding on crops, and insect species that have been introduced from other countries can often cause the most serious economic damage. This webinar will cover some of the basic biology and ecology of invasive species and explain why they are able to outbreak so severely in new areas…Learn More 

 

 

 

 

A Virtual Tour: Explore Nutrition Tools & Resources from USDA & HHS Websites
June 10th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET

It’s challenging enough to teach nutrition when there are so many competing topics. Finding resources that are engaging and based on credible nutrition science should be easy. Join us for a virtual tour by representatives of two federal agencies, USDA and HHS…Learn More

 

 

Creating Diverse Facebook Content – Reboot Your Facebook Game Series
June 10th, 2020, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Welcome to the second session of the “Reboot Your Facebook Game Series”. In this session, we will dive deeper into building diverse and learner-centered content on Facebook. Whether you are starting anew or an expert, everyone struggles with…Learn More

 

 

 

 

Soil Health Digital Cafe Series: Cover Crop/Soil Health On-Farm Research Partnership Between UNL & NRCS
June 10th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET

This webinar will explain the development of the On-Farm Research Partnership between the NRCS and the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network and how it is used to collect production and soil data from NRCS Soil Health Demonstration Sites across Nebraska…Learn More 

 

 

The Current Webinar: Recreational Water Quality
June 10th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET

Their relationship to water quality is sometimes overlooked, but aquatic invasive species can be considered “biological pollution”. They can also negatively affect on-water recreation. Tune in to this month’s edition of The Current Webinar series as we focus on…Learn More

 

 

 

 

Video Ventures – Tripods, Monopods, Selfie Sticks, OH MY
June 11th, 2020, 11 AM – 12 PM ET

The basics of support for your cell phone, digital camera while making videos at home. It can be easy making videos at home by yourself with the right tools or basic creativity. Join me as we talk about learning to use the tools we have at home or can purchase to help us make great videos…Learn More

 

 

From “Me” to “We” – Discussions on Values, Trust, & Teamwork
June 11th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET

Join Karl Bradley, eXtension Foundation Leadership Development Fellow, as we discuss leaning into the best version of yourself, how we build trust & the effects they have on a team! This 3-part series will be offered in 1-hour sessions in consecutive weeks beginning on June 11 at 2 PM Eastern…Learn More

 

 

 

 

Discover Brain Health Series – Communication Challenges & Strategies for People with Dementia Webinar
June 11th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET

Join University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educators for a series all about memory change and aging, including tips and strategies to lessen everyday forgetfulness. Come and learn about common communication problems caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and strategies for better interactions and visits…Learn More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The eXtension Foundation is a membership-based non-profit designed to be the engine fueling U.S. Cooperative Extension’s advancement in making a more visible and measurable impact in support of education outreach from land-grant universities/colleges located in every state and territory. eXtension is embedded in the U.S. Cooperative Extension System and serves on the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). eXtension provides an array of opportunities for Extension professionals that foster innovation creation, the adoption of innovations at member institutions, and increased impact of Extension programs. This work is supported by your membership dollars and funding from USDA-NIFA, grant no. 2019-41595-30123. For more information on eXtension membership, please visit eXtension.org

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Connect Extension Weekly Digest: June 1st, 2020

 


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Connect Extension Weekly Digest: June 1, 2020

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BIG Announcement: eXtension Foundation New Technologies for Ag Extension Project Incubation Opportunity for 2020. Selected projects will receive wrap around services from eXtension Foundation to support and amplify the project/program outcomes. Learn more here.

Congrats to Jeff Goodwin and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the winner for the first Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead contest for May 2020! The June 2020 contest has been announced. Details are available here.

If you have questions regarding eXtension membership, please contact membership@eXtension.org

ICYMI: Recent Posts

June 2020 Contest: How Are You Reducing Food Waste?
(Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest Group)

How are you reducing food waste? For this month’s Cooperative Extension feature, Farm Journal’s Trust In Food wants to hear from your county/state/region about the important work you’re doing to help farmers reduce food waste or better connect farmers with food banks, pantries, schools, etc…Learn More

Announcement of eXtension Foundation New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Project Incubation Opportunity for 2020
eXtension Foundation

The eXtension Foundation is pleased to announce nominations for New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) for 2020. The NTAE cooperative agreement with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will enter the second year on September 1, 2020…Learn More

FSMA Help for Produce Growers
Chris Gunter, North Carolina State University

Led by a multi-state team from North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, the University of Tennessee, Washington State University, and the University of Florida, Cooperative Extension is implementing a free curriculum to help produce growers address on-farm water treatment…Learn More

eXtension Migrates Learn Platform to Connect Extension
eXtension Foundation

Over the past few years, the eXtension Foundation has been migrating its custom technology platforms to commercial tools. This has resulted in providing Cooperative Extension professionals with better technology solutions that are consistent with industry standards and provides…Learn More

Resources for Video Editing: Using Your Laptop, iPhone, or iPaid
Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation Fellow
(Technology in Extension Education Group)

I use my phone a lot to shoot and edit short videos. I’m always looking for resources to make my work better and more efficient. Here’s one worth checking out. This recorded workshop from a few years ago has terrific information about simple video production using laptop, iPhone or iPad. It includes tips to capture…Learn More

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Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension Members
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Social Media Learning Circle w/ Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith
June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21,
2 PM – 3:15 PM ET

In this Learning Circle experience – convened via weekly interactive Zoom meetings – participants will learn about a range of social media platforms that have the potential to advance their work. The 4-part series includes 75-minute sessions that will be offered bi-weekly. There will be discussion about commonly used social media platforms. The platform-specific sessions…Learn More

Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE) Online
August 4, 6, 11 & 13
1 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension’s best practices for solving important community issues?…Learn More

Innovation Facilitator Training
August 7, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
1 PM – 3 PM ET

This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact…Learn More

Learn Calendar Events
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals

Video Ventures – Use the Tools You Have to Capture Video
June 1, 2020, 11 AM – 12 PM ET

Learn to use the tools you have at home to make videos. From cell phones, iPad, webcameras, digital cameras, and more. Learn about file sizes, storage options, file transfers, and uploading. Don’t feel overwhelmed about making videos…Learn More

Video Ventures – How To use Windows 10 Video Editor
June 2, 2020, 11 AM – 12 PM ET

Creating videos is becoming more important in Extension than ever before. Learn how to use Windows 10 Video Editor to create videos to post on your website, facebook pages, and YouTube…Learn More

Video Ventures – Let’s Talk Lighting – Indoors and Outside
June 3, 2020, 11 AM – 12 PM ET

Let’s talk about lighting for those of us who are using the tools we have at home to make videos. Learn about different ways to improvise by creating your own light or finding it when your outside. This will focus on those who need advice getting started in the area of making videos and do not have fancy equipment…Learn More

Discover Brain Health Webinar Series – Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease
June 4, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET

Join University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educators for a series all about memory change and aging, including tips and strategies to lessen everyday forgetfulness…Learn More

A Virutal Tour: Explore Nutrition Tools & Resources from USDA & HHS Websites
June 10, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET

It’s challenging enough to teach nutrition when there are so many competing topics. Finding resources that are engaging and based on credible nutrition science should be easy. Join us for a virtual tour by representatives of two federal agencies, USDA and HHS…Learn More

From “Me” to “We” – Discussions on Values, Trust, & Teamwork
June 11, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET

Join Karl Bradley, eXtension Foundation Leadership Development Fellow, as we discuss leaning into the best version of yourself, how we build trust & the effects they have on a team! This 3-part series will be offered in 1-hour sessions in consecutive weeks beginning on June 11 at 2 PM Eastern…Learn More

About the eXtension Foundation

The eXtension Foundation is a membership-based non-profit designed to be the engine fueling U.S. Cooperative Extension’s advancement in making a more visible and measurable impact in support of education outreach from land-grant universities/colleges located in every state and territory. eXtension is embedded in the U.S. Cooperative Extension System and serves on the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). eXtension provides an array of opportunities for Extension professionals that foster innovation creation, the adoption of innovations at member institutions, and increased impact of Extension programs. This work is supported by your membership dollars and funding from USDA-NIFA, grant no. 2019-41595-30123. For more information on eXtension membership, please visit eXtension.org

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eXtension Migrates Learn Platform to Connect Extension

Over the past few years, the eXtension Foundation has been migrating its custom technology platforms to commercial tools. This has resulted in providing Cooperative Extension professionals with better technology solutions that are consistent with industry standards and provides greater flexibility, usability, and marketability. To date, the Articles publishing platform (articles.extension.org) and its companion content-authoring platform Create (create.extension.org) where former eXtension Communities of Practice created content for the public, was migrated to individual WordPress sites. A listing of those sites is available here

Learn (learn.extension.org) was a tool used for listing and advertising digital events such as webinars across Cooperative Extension and to the public, and provided an archive of thousands of past events and recordings. As part of the New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA, the eXtension Foundation has two primary objectives with Learn.

  1. Replace Learn with a commercially available product.
  2. Increase usage by 20% per year. 

After consulting Learn users across the system, the eXtension Foundation wanted to ensure that a replacement platform met the needs of the system and provided all the features they have enjoyed using.

In March 2020, the eXtension Foundation launched Connect Extension (connect.extension.org). This third-party tool is powered by CrowdStack. One feature of Connect Extension is the ability to host a national calendar for Cooperative Extension to share events system-wide and for the public. The features and functions of the calendar tool in Connect Extension are nearly identical to the Learn platform at learn.extension.org, with some added features, making it a suitable replacement. 

The Learn calendar is now part of Connect Extension. In the last 60 days, Cooperative Extension professionals have shared nearly 100 events to that calendar and several users are reporting significant results in participation at virtual events. Since inception on March 23rd, 2020, the new Learn calendar in Connect Extension has received nearly 250K page views. By comparison, the former Learn system at learn.extension.org received an average of 35K page views per month. 

All content that was on the old Learn system at learn.extension.org prior to the March 2020 launch of Connect Extension, including all the tags, has been successfully migrated to Connect Extension. This includes nearly 4000 past events, many of which include recordings, that are now easily accessible to Cooperative Extension and the public. 

All Cooperative Extension professionals can access the archive of past Learn events by visiting the Learn calendar on Connect Extension. To register your free Connect Extension account, please go to connect.extension.org and click Join. For a complete search of the archive, Connect Extension has an Advanced Search tool where individuals can search through the Learn calendar by any keyword including titles, tags, names, organizations, topic, to find all related content. To use the search feature, once you have logged into Connect Extension – please click on the magnifying glass in the navigation and click on Advanced Search. A direct link is available here

With this migration complete, the old Learn platform at learn.extension.org will be deactivated on July 1st, 2020. The new Learn calendar can be found in Connect Extension at connect.extension.org. 

The eXtension Foundation would like to thank the many Cooperative Extension professionals from past and present for their engagement with the Learn platform that has made it a unique collection of invaluable resources over the past decade. Their active support has continued to strengthen all the ways eXtension is able to serve Cooperative Extension. As a result of their support, engagement, and input – eXtension has been able to deliver an improved experience that helps expand the reach of critical expertise that Cooperative Extension brings to the public.