Connect Extension Weekly Digest: July 6, 2020

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

ECOP/eXtension to Host Extension Futures National Action Dialogues, July 13th or 14th, 1 PM – 3 PM ET – The purpose of the Action Dialogue is to imagine near-future possibilities for how Extension can better serve individuals and communities in the face of evolving needs and capabilities. The outcome of this dialogue will support transitional aspects of more digital engagement and community platforms, and inform the need for funding of infrastructure/equipment needed for the envisioned futures. More info & registration available here

The Farm Journal Story Lead Contest continues for the month of July! Thank you for the wonderful submissions for both May and June. For this month’s Cooperative Extension feature, Farm Journal’s Trust In Food wants to hear from your county/state/region about how Extension is empowering farmers to maximize their use of data, equipment, and precision technology – especially as it relates to farm profitability, environmental impact, or innovation. Learn more here about the contest and how you can get published in Farm Journal.

Conducting Market Research for Extension Programs: Nebraska Extension’s Weather Ready Farms: Join us for a webinar on July 16th, 2 PM – 3 PM! As part of eXtension’s New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Year 1 Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA, the eXtension Foundation partnered with a Nebraska Extension program called Weather Ready Farms to help accelerate their program implementation and impact. This project received direct support from a third-party marketing firm specializing in agriculture to conduct market research into the target audience and create a marketing & communication plan. This webinar will discuss these findings, methods, key takeaways, and how this market research will be used to further this project. Learn more & register here

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ICYMI: Recent Posts
Practicing Connection in a Complex World Podcast
Jessica Beckendorf, Community Development Educator
University of Wisconsin-Madison

This new podcast, “Practicing Connection in a Complex World,” was created to help you explore and adopt relationship-building practices that will help you, your family, and your community improve your resilience in a rapidly changing world…Learn More

Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Campaign Week 1 Metrics Are In!
Kara Maddox, Creative Director, National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC)
Using Mass Media for Extension Messaging Subgroup

In our first week, we had 507 visitors to our campaign website – This is where our audience can find our Pollinator Prep Guide. We had 377 visits to our How-To Guides page to download the prep guide. To find out more about how our Pollinator Prep Guide…Learn More
ICYMI: Accelerate Your Projects & Programs: A Discussion on the New Technologies for Ag Extension Nomination Process for 2020-2021
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to sit down and talk with eXtension Catalyst Team members @Scott Reed@Jimmy Henning, and @Fred Schlutt for an overview of the New Technologies for Ag Extension Nomination process, wrap-around services provided to projects, goals…Learn more

What’s It Like to Work with the eXtension Foundation As An NTAE Project? – Using Mass Media for Extension Messaging
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, 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…Learn More

Too Many Notifications? Not Enough? Here’s How to Adjust Your Settings
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post on how to adjust your notification settings here in Connect Extension. It occurred to me this week that we have many more users now than when I originally wrote that. So, I thought I would share this information again…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


Investing in Community Resilience: Evaluating Trauma-Informed Practice
July 15th, 2020
3 PM – 4 PM ET

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of evaluation in building organizational and community capacity to implement a trauma-informed, healing centered approach

  • Identify methods and tools for evaluating the impact of ACEs and trauma…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

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


Learn Calendar Events
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals
Training Your Immune System: Outlining the Effects of Exercise on Immune Function
July 7th, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET
In the wake of a pandemic, immune health has become a significant public health concern as of late. There is evidence that suggests exercise can be used strategically to enhance multiple aspects of immune function…Learn More
Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (PACT) Webinars
July 7th, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET
The 2020 Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (PACT) biennial meeting funded through a Cooperative Agreement between Michigan State University (MSU) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19…Learn More
Designing a Successful Pasture and Grazing System
July 8th, 2020, 12 PM – 1 PM ET

A well-managed pasture is one of the most cost-effective and high value feeds that can be produced.  Not sure where to begin?  This webinar will provide an overview of different grazing systems and will discuss essential considerations like…Learn More

Rx for Hot Cities: Urban Greening & Cooling to Reduce Heat-Related Mortality
July 8th, 2020, 1 PM – 2:15 PM ET
Extreme heat and its health impacts are on the rise. Annually, extreme heat already causes more deaths in the United States than all other weather-related causes combined, with effects most pronounced in urban areas. Reducing urban heat exposure is an equity issue…Learn More


Roots of the Soil: Land Succession Issues Among African American Farm Families
July 8th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM

This webinar will focus on the unique challenges faced by African American farm families regarding the transfer of land from generation to generation. Program speakers will discuss the importance of and the power…Learn More

The Current Webinar: Harmful Algal Blooms
July 8th, 2020, 3 PM – 4 PM ET

With summer in full swing, many folks enjoy spending time out on the water. However, harmful algal blooms, or HABs, can put a damper on summer fun. Tune in to the next edition of The Current to hear an update on the Network…Learn More

Social Media Cheerleaders: Building a Volunteer Digital Advocacy Program
July 9th, 2020, 1 PM – 2:15 PM ET

The best people to talk about your organization are the people who love it and know it best. Join DIY Social Media Strategist Christine Gritmon and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County‘s Charlie Pane for this program all about tapping into existing social networks…Learn more