Connect Extension Weekly Digest: June 8, 2020


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Connect Extension Weekly Digest: June 8, 2020

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

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





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




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





Learn Calendar Events
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals




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








About the eXtension Foundation

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