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 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