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

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