Connect Extension Weekly Digest: June 29, 2020

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

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ICYMI: Recent Posts
New Farm Stress Training Course Available
Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director
Cooperative Extension/ECOP

Extension practitioners wishing to learn more about how they can support farmers and ranchers experiencing high levels of stress  brought on by the economic turmoil associated with  COVID-19 are encouraged to participate in a new online training course supported…Learn More
How to Find the Recordings for Past Events & Search the Learn Calendar Archive
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

Last week, I posted about the Ins & Outs of the Learn Calendar on Connect Extension, the different things that happen behind the scenes when you publish an event to it, and how eXtension helps to market those events for you. Another question I often receive is where can I access the recording of a recent event?Learn More

Market Research: The tool in your toolbet you didn’t know you had…or needed
Ashley Mueller, Extension Educator & Disaster Education Coordinator, Nebraska Extension

We often hear the term “needs assessment” in Extension work. It’s an important pillar in a strong Extension program. As Extension professionals, we need to know about learners’ needs that can be potentially filled by our work. It’s important we conduct needs assessments to identify the “difference, or gap, between what is and what should be…Learn More

May 2020 Story Lead Contest Winner Published in Farm Journal
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

The full story, Screenhouses Boost Marketable Yields for Farmers, is available here. In addition, Farm Journal featured this story on AgDay TV. That video can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the article. This story was also featured in the Overhe(a)rd podcast. You can find it anywhere you get your podcasts or take a listen hereLearn More

ICYMI: Connect Extension Chat: Virtual Field Days
Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation Technology in Extension Education Fellow

More than 50 Cooperative Extension professionals from across the nation gathered virtually to discuss Virtual Field Days. The chat contains a wealth of tips, links and lessons learned…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
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

Registration Now Open

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
Summer Self-Care Series: The Ins and Outs of Menopause: Research-based Strategies to Improve your Wellness During Midlife
June 30th, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET
Do you know why people go through menopause, and what can happen during this transition? What about ways to improve your health during this period of your life? Come learn from neuroscience researcher Katherine Hatcher, Ph.D. about the…Learn More


Accelerate Your Projecs & Programs: A Discussion on the New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) Nomination Process for 2020-2021
June 30th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET
Join the NTAE Catalyst team – @Scott Reed@Fred Schlutt, and @Jimmy Henning – for an overview of the New Technologies for Ag Extension nomination process, wrap-around services provided to projects, goals, outcomes, and what projects get from working with the eXtension Foundation…Learn More
Video Ventures – Adding Sound & Music
July 1st, 2020, 11 AM – 12 PM ET
Adding sounds and music can add a great level of excitement, intrigue and emotion to videos. Learn about copyright, websites offering free material and the importance of appropriate use of sounds, noises, narration, and music…Learn More