Catalyst Team Panel Discussion, New Technologies for Agricultural Extension, February 24th, 2020

New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Catalyst Team Panel Discussion
February 24th, 2 – 3 PM ET
Available for eXtension Members
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As part of eXtension’s New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA, the eXtension Foundation partnered with four existing programs aligned with USDA strategic goals across Cooperative Extension in year one to explore new methods and models for program scale and implementation. These initiatives are being documented in a series of eFieldbooks to inform the system of the models, learnings, and outcomes. Professional development opportunities will be created and delivered centered upon these learnings and offered to the entire system beginning in 2020 through the new FlexLearn platform.

Scott Reed, Fred Schlutt, and Jimmy Henning are the eXtension Catalyst Team. These former Extension Directors work to identify early stage, high potential projects and programs across Cooperative Extension to partner with eXtension through this NTAE initiative.

eXtension will be accepting project nominations with potential impacts aligned with objectives identified in the USDA strategic plan for 2018-2022. Identified projects can partner with eXtension to rapidly scale the project, create professional development opportunities based upon the learnings, and help highlight your projects as a national model for the Cooperative Extension Service.

This panel discussion will discuss the four NTAE projects for 2019-2020 and why they were chosen, outputs of these projects, and how projects can be nominated for consideration in 2020-2021.


About the Catalysts


Scott Reed
Professor Emeritus
Oregon State University

Scott Reed (Scott) is a career Extension educator trained as a forester and economist. He began working in the private sector where he discovered the value of partnerships with university outreach activities. Early in his career, Scott spent ten years at the University of Minnesota where he was initially an extension specialist in timber harvesting and economic development before stepping into leadership positions of program leader and field center coordinator. Moving to Oregon State University in 1990, he served as associate dean in the OSU College of Forestry before becoming dean and director of the OSU Extension Service. Before retiring in 2019, he was vice provost for university outreach and engagement. More than 20 organizations have honored Scott for a variety of accomplishments. His contributions were recognized in 2018 with the coveted Ruby Award from the Joint Council of Extension Professionals. Scott holds BS and MS degrees from Michigan State University and a PhD from University of Minnesota.

Jimmy Henning
Extension Professor & Extension Forage Specialist
University of Kentucky

Jimmy Henning is Extension Professor and Extension Forage Specialist in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Kentucky. His extension program focuses on hay and haylage production and nutritional quality as well as pasture establishment and management. He is a co-founder of the Kentucky Grazing Schools and the UK Forage Variety Testing program.

He has served in Extension administration for 14 years including almost ten years as Associate Dean of Cooperative Extension at the University of Kentucky. He returned to the faculty in 2017.

Dr. Henning is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture.

Fred Schlutt
Retired Cooperative Extension Director
University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Dr. Fred Schlutt is a career 40 year Extension professional, having worked in Texas, Wyoming, Maine and Alaska. Dr. Schlutt served the past 10 years as the Director of Alaska Cooperative Extension, during which he served as the 2017-2018 ECOP Chair.

Molly Immendorf – Moderator
Impact Collaborative Lead Design Manager
eXtension Foundation

Molly Immendorf leads the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Impact Collaborative process. This includes all aspects and events related to the Impact Collaborative including the Innovation Skill-Building Kit, the Impact Collaborative Summit, and Engage and Empower Online. Prior to joining eXtension Foundation in 2017, Molly was the Instructional Design and Technology Specialist for almost 19 years at University of Wisconsin – Extension, Cooperative Extension. Molly has a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a B.S. in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University.