New Technologies for Ag Extension Projects

Year 1: 2019-2020

Weather Ready Farms
Nebraska Extension

Weather Ready Nebraska is a portfolio of Extension engagement programs developed to increase resiliency by identifying vulnerabilities and prioritizing actions. Included are initiatives that emphasize climate and weather literacy, scenario planning to overcome impactful conditions like drought or flooding, and an innovative credential dubbed Weather Ready Farms.

Mass Media & Pollinator Stewardship
Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension & the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC)

Increasing the level of awareness about pesticides and their impact on pollinators by the general public can help to sustain pollinators around homes, farms and businesses. This project led by NPSEC will target messaging about pollinators using mass media (radio, digital, social) to reach a larger audience than is typical with most Extension messaging, will direct the audience to additional Extension resources and will develop a methodology to measure audience engagement, including change in behavior and implementation of practices benefiting both native and managed pollinators. The approach will be pilot tested in a select group of Texas communities and the content resources available through Prairie View A&M University Extension.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty
College of Menominee Nation & the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Menominee Indigenous Food Sovereignty Initiative is a collaborative project between the 1994 College of Menominee and University of Wisconsin – Madison Extension programs. Meg Perry, College of Menominee Nation, is serving as the eXtension Fellow for this project. The initiative is built on existing work with sovereign food systems that connect indigenous cultural beliefs of spirit, body, mind and heart to the food system. The initiative will assess community needs through the Menominee Wellness Survey and integrate indigenous language and culture through Menominee stories about food and indigenous food programs and outreach strategies. The project will take a deep dive into sovereign food production, exploring the impact that workshops and seed and plant distributions has on the presence of indigenous food being sold at community Farmers Markets and Community Supported Agriculture. 

Bridging the GAPS: Approaches for Treating Water On-Farm
North Carolina State University

A multi-state, interdisciplinary team of public and private sector experts have partnered together to create a curriculum designed to help producers: 

  • Understand the regulatory requirements for ag water treatment in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • Find the right water treatment system for their farm
  • Developing standard operating procedures that will be effective in treating water on their farm and to monitor its implementation
  • Ensuring that the proper system is implemented correctly and that employees are trained in its use, maintenance and repair.

Year 2: 2020-2021

Community Learning Through Data Driven Discovery: Barriers to Rural Health
Virginia Tech

This project seeks to expand a Community Learning through Data Driven Discovery (CLD3)-based approach, bringing together Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Patrick County Department of Health. It builds local capacity to better understand county residents’ health care access, identify equity and health disparities across the county, and address social determinants of health factors contributing to inequity.

Equipping Western Rangeland Managers to Create Land Management Plans
Oregon State University

The goal of this project is to generate regional impact by increasing the number of western rangeland managers using geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) tools to develop land management plans promoting functionally healthy sagebrush steppe. Efforts will enhance and complete a piloted Google Earth Pro-GIS (GEP-GIS) Hybrid Extension Course – taught to 33 rangeland managers in Idaho and Oregon.

Navigating the Grocery Store Aisle: Understanding Non-GMO Labels
University of Connecticut

This project will build an online game to help consumers identify GMO and non-GMO products, and therefore reduce confusion surrounding food labels.

Oregon State University Extension Fire Program
Oregon State University

Oregon State University’s Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program was established to bring meaningful change to Oregon’s communities and surrounding rural landscapes by facilitating the implementation of landscape-scale, cross-boundary projects that enhance community safety, ecosystem resilience, and economic well-being. This project will focus on assisting the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other
public and private entities in building a Certified Burn Manager (CBM) program that includes a training curriculum.

Strengthening Health, Resilience, and Farm Vitality through Online Forums
University of Delaware

The project will:

  • Enable on-line forum participants to increase their understanding of farm audiences and identify strategic actions that address specific risks faced by farms and their communities
  • Engage a wide range of agriculture, Extension, health and finance professionals in learning about forums for action and as a tool for public issues education; and
  • Increase confidence and capability of
    Extension professionals to host on-line forums.

SU JAGriculture – Emergency Preparedness
Southern University

This project is for emergency preparedness in Louisiana’s most vulnerable communities. It aims to help communities through education and resources, fostering and improving their resilience and sustainability in the wake of an emergency.

The Juntos Program: Building Common Measures for National Sustainability
North Carolina State University

The Juntos Program was born at NC State Extension in 2007 with a mission to help Latinx students achieve high school graduation and attend higher education. This project will work with the eXtension Foundation to assess the needs of:

  • Closing the achievement gap between Latinx students and White
    students.
  • Increasing on-time high school graduation rates for Latinx students
  • Increasing the percentage of Latinx students enrolling in AP courses, and,
  • Increasing college enrollment and degree
    completion.

Wellness in Tough Times Toolkit
University of Nebraska – Lincoln

The Wellness in Tough Times project focuses on rural Nebraska communities impacted by disaster(s) with limited resources for recovery. The project strives to empower and strengthen the resiliency of individuals and families in communities by promoting opportunities to start the conversation around mental health and wellness.