Connect Extension Weekly Digest: July 27 2020

Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension MembersNext month, the Impact Collaborative will be hosting two events: an online Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE), and an Innovation Facilitator Training. The ISBE is four sessions on August 4, 6, 11, & 13 and covers building blocks to spark ideas, increase innovation, and turbocharge implementation to ultimately create local impact. Learn more and register here. Registration for this event ends tomorrow, July 28th, 2020

The Innovation Facilitator training is six sessions on August 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, & 28. It helps 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 and register here. 

If you have questions regarding eXtension membership, please contact

ICYMI: Recent Posts
ICYMI: Connect Extension Chat: Virtualizing and Social Distancing Horticulture & Master Gardener Volunteer Programs
Stephanie Mathias, State Master Gardener Coordinator, University of MarylandIn case you missed it: We had an excellent live chat with 58 participants discussing all the innovative ways to move horticulture and Master Gardener volunteer programs to a virtual platform!…Learn More

June 2020 Story Lead Contest Winner Published in Farm Journal
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension FoundationCongrats @Stacey Stearns from UConn for submitting the winning story lead for the June 2020 Farm Journal Story Lead Contest. And thank you to everyone that submitted last month! The story, COVID-19 Needs Spurs Dairy – UConn Food Pantry Parternship has been published by Farm Journal. You can read the full story hereLearn More

New eFieldbook Available! Bridging the GAPs: Approaches to Treating Water On Farms
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

This curriculum, Bridging the GAPs – Approaches for treating water on-farm, is a four-module curriculum designed for a producer audience. This eFieldbook covers:

  1. FSMA Definition and Requirements of Agricultural Water
  2. Agricultural Water Treatment Tools
  3. Developing On-Farm Agricultural Water Treatment Programs
  4. Implementing Agricultural Water Treatments…Learn More

Encouraging Adoption of Protection Behaviors to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19
Roberta Riportella, Associate Dean for Extension & Engagement, Oregon State University

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) have highlighted a new guidance document for encouraging the adoption of COVID-19 protection behaviors, “The current pandemic requires adoption of health-promoting behaviors, such as mask wearing…Learn More
ICYMI: Conducting Market Research for Extension Programs: Nebraska Extension’s Weather Ready Farms
Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

Last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with a wonderful team that has been working as one of eXtension’s New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) projects for 2019-2020. The Weather Ready Farms program comes from Nebraska Extension and as an NTAE project…Learn More

Impact Collaborative Opportunities for eXtension Members
A listing of Current eXtension Members Available Here
Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE) Online
August 4, 6, 11 & 13
1 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Registration Deadline: July 28th, 2020

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 17, 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
Fighting Wildfire with Prescribed Burning in the Southern Great Plains: Social & Regulatory Barriers & Facilitators
July 27th, 2020, 10 AM – 1:30 PM ET
Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be delivering an FREE online workshop on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST showcasing research findings from Dr. Urs Kreuter’s Joint Fire Science Program project…Learn More
Move Your Way To A Better Day: How Exercise Can Combat Stress, Anxiety, & Depression
July 28th, 2020, 3 PM – 4PM ET
Now more than ever, you may be feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. Join kinesiology researcher Emily Erlenbach to learn how you can use exercise to improve your mood and produce lasting changes to your mental health…Learn More
Tahoe Home Retrofit Workshop
July 28th, 2020, 8:30 PM – 10 PM ET

University of Nevada, Reno Extension and University of California Cooperative Extension present this free virtual workshop to educate residents on how to harden their home against wildfire…Learn More


PPP Loan Program Extended & EIDL Updates & Problems
July 29th, 2020, 1:30 PM –  2:30 PM ET
Register in advance for this meeting:…75OcQELob98W0o8OLL6y

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting…Learn More


Agrisafe Training: Mental Health in Farm & Ranch Country
July 30th, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM ET

In rural communities, the stigma associated with mental distress is hard to confront. Rural agricultural residents pride themselves as hard-working and dedicated to the land. These characteristics are sometimes in direct conflict with asking for help and self-care, leaving those around them at a loss for words and action…Learn More

Social Permaculture: A Case Study
July 30th, 2020, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

USU Extension Sustainability and The Resiliency Hub are hosting a webinar with Alyssa Reynoso Morris, a co-author of Pedagogy of Permaculture and Food Justice on July 30th at 5:30pm Mountain Time. She’ll be discussing an example of her work in Social Permaculture in the Dominican Republic…Learn More