Connect Extension Weekly Digest: May 11, 2020


Connect Extension Weekly Digest: May 11, 2020

Last week we launched a monthly story lead contest in partnership with Farm Journal. Each month, Farm Journal will select story leads from across Cooperative Extension to further develop, and publish in Farm Journal media. Learn more in the Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest group. The due date for the first story lead contest is May 25th, 2020.

The Impact Collaborative Summit continues on Friday for eXtension members! eXtension members can find the connection information and other resources related to the Summit in the Impact Collaborative group in Connect Extension.

If you have questions regarding eXtension membership, please contact

For All Coopertive Extension Professionals: to register your free Connect Extension account, join us here.

ICYMI: Recent Posts

NEW Monthly Story Lead Contest: Your Chance to Get Published in Farm Journal!
eXtension Foundation 

The eXtension Foundation, in partnership with Farm Journal, is pleased to bring this opportunity to Cooperative Extension. Each month, we will offer a story lead contest right here in Connect Extension in the new Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest group. Monthly winners, along with their Extension Directors and Administrators…Learn More

Western Farmer Cover Crop Survey
Lauren Golden, University of Idaho

Please help us send an important survey to farmers in your network. The University of Idaho, Oregon State University, and Boise State University, on behalf of the Western Cover Crops Council are conducting a survey to improve understanding of cover crop use throughout the U.S….Learn More

COVID-19 Wellness Behavior Survey
Sara Elnakib, Rutgers University

You are invited to take part in a research study that is being conducted by Alex DelCollo, a Senior Program Coordinator, Sara Elnakib, an Assistant Professor, in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Cooperative Extension, Family and Community Health Sciences Department at Rutgers University…Learn More

“The Joy of Search” Video Recording Available
(Technology in Extension Education Group)
Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation

Google senior scientist Dr. Dan Russell wowed an audience of several hundred in yesterday’s webinar, “The Joy of Search: Augmenting intelligence by teaching people how to search”. The recording is available hereLearn More

Article: How to Combat Zoom Fatigue
(Technology in Extension Education Group)

Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation
I’ve heard it from others, and I’m sure you have, too: Zoom seems to be contributing to a sense of fatigue for some of us. To compound the problem, after working hours are done, many of us are using Zoom to socialize with family and friends….Learn More

Podcasting Checklist for Extension Professionals
(Technology in Extension Education Group)
Phoebe Gordon & Luke Milliron, UCCE

Podcasts are a great way to extend information and have a low barrier for entry, but starting one up seemed intimidating when we first started out. We’d like to share the tools we used to help others on their podcasting journeys…Learn More

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

How To Host Engaging Webinars: The Basics
May 13th, 2020, 2 PM – 3:30 PM ET
The COVID-19 crisis means that Extension professionals are using webinars even more frequently to extend knowledge and information. Creating engaging online learning experiences for our clientele and peers is critical to our success in this new virtual environment…Learn More

Investing in Community Resilience: Using ACEs and Trauma Science for More Effective Practice (Learning Circle)
May 13th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET
The spread of COVID-19 has created a myriad of challenges for communities around the globe. The science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, toxic stress as well as healing and resilience, can provide helpful tools for supporting communities through this time of crisis…Learn More

Impact Collaborative Virtual Summit (Day 3)
May 15th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET
Registration not required to join Day 3. The purpose of the Summit is to position eXtension members to creatively meet their community needs through virtual programs by delving in, capturing collective wisdom, inspiring innovative thinking, and focusing on new opportunities, partnerships, solutions, tangible actions and collaborations on issues for farms, families, businesses, and communities that will exist long beyond this public health crisis…Learn More

Learn Calendar Webinars
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals

Addressing Loss of Tree Cover in Urban Watersheds: The Importance of Local Codes & Policies
May 13th, 2020, 1 PM – 2:15 PM ET
Addressing Loss of Tree Cover in Urban Watersheds: The Importance of Local Codes and Policies
Karen Cappiella, Center for Watershed Protection
Lydia Scott, Chicago Region Trees Initiative…Learn More

The Current Webinar: Emerging Contaminants
May 13th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET
This week is drinking water week, reminding us of the critical role water plays in all of our lives. To celebrate, tune in next Wednesday May 13 at 2 pm CT for the next edition of The Current Webinar series as we focus on emerging water contaminants…Learn More

Biosecurity Community Conversation
May 14th, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET
For Extension educators and others who work with livestock producers across the U.S. Please join us on May 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST for a virtual Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture Biosecurity Community Conversation. This Zoom meeting will feature an Extension expert who will discuss composting on-farm livestock mortalities…Learn More

Discover Brain Health Webinar Series – Fit Wits
May 14th, 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. Fit Wits focuses on learning about how the brain works, and lifestyle factors that may increase the chance of cognitive decline…Learn More

Human Health: Pathogens & Contaminants in Livestock Systems
May 15th, 2020, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM ETLivestock operations take great care to maintain the health of their animals. Attention to the health of the people working with the livestock should also be a part of the day-to-day operations. Pathogens such as E.Coli 0157:H7, Salmonella, and Listeria can infect humans. Dust, whether from manure…Learn More