Learning Opportunities for March and more!

Join us in March for a Variety of Learning Opportunities!

2015 has begun with some very interesting and useful learning opportunities by extension! This issue of Learning Opportunities focuses on some webinar series around topics that may help a person learn more in-depth about that topic. Part of the series are upcoming, while some have recordings for recent segments.

In addition, many other topics and also new events have recently been added to Learn.extension.org so check there as well. These learning events are open to all who are interested… check each event listing to see if there is registration needed before the event. Share with your colleagues, clientele, etc. since participation is online from a home, office, etc.

Upcoming Learning Event Series
Several event series are planned around specific topics and/or clientele. To see what’s available for each, go to Learn.extension.org and search on the topic or tag.

The 2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series has upcoming events: Mar 6 – Fire Ant Management Using Baits, Apr 3 – Common Termites of the Southern United States – Biology, Behavior, and Management, May 1 – Beneficial Garden Helpers, Jun 5 – Insect-borne Diseases Affecting People, and recently Pesticide Strategy – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The eOrganic community (organic production) has upcoming events: Mar 9 – Getting started with USDA organic certification, Mar 10 – Promoting Native Bee Pollinators in Organic Farming Systems, Mar 17 – Non-Antibiotic Control of Fire Blight: What Works As We Head Into a New Era, Mar 24 – Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture Webinar, Apr 7 – Innovative Approaches to Extension in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, and recordings of recent events such as Blasting the Competition Away: Air-propelled Abrasive Grits for Weed Management in Organic Grain and Vegetable Crops, and Building Pest-Suppressive Organic Farms: Tools and Ecological Strategies Used by Five Long-Term Organic Farms to Suppress Insects.

Michigan State University Extension 2015 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series has been holding learning events since January and continues through April. Upcoming topics: Mar 11 – Getting started with hop production, Mar 16 – Getting started with season extension, Mar 18 – Getting started with marketing, Mar 23 – Getting started with small fruit production, Mar 25 – Getting started with beef cow-calf production, Mar 30 – Getting started with direct marketing, Apr 1 – Getting started with managing soil, irrigation and fertilization interactions, Apr 6 – Getting started with cover crops in field crop rotations, Apr 20 – Getting started with poultry production, Apr 27 – Getting started with small farm equipment, and Apr 29 – Getting started with beef feedlot management.

Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Webinar Series 2015 runs February through March. Upcoming events: Mar 9 – Nitrogen management in Michigan corn and wheat, Mar 16 – Dry bean insect and disease management in Michigan, Mar 19 – Michigan Corn Stover Harvest Research, and Mar 23 – 2015 Weed management challenges for Michigan field crops.

Military Families Learning Network is very active with learning opportunities on a variety of areas. Upcoming event topics include: Mar 12 – How to Help Military & Veteran Families: For Educators, Mar 17 – Investing With Small Dollar Amounts, Apr 2 – Wellness Strategies, Burnout Prevention, & Mindfulness-Part 1, Apr 9 – Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members, Apr 13 – How to Help Military & Veteran Families: For Mental Health Professionals, Apr 14 – Entrepreneurship Essentials for Service Members and Military Spouses, Apr 23 – Wellness Strategies, Burnout Prevention, & Mindfulness-Part 2, May 26 – The Ins and Outs of Target Date Funds and the New L Fund TSP Default Option, May 28 – Links between PTSD & Domestic Violence in Military Couples, Jun 2 – Motivating Clients to Develop Positive Financial Behaviors, Jun 3 – Financial Therapy Insights for Financial Counseling & Education, and Jun 4 – Step by Step Financial Coaching Techniques. Recent events with recordings are Part III Medicaid and Military Families: Adults with Special Needs, and Calculating What to Save for Retirement.

Small and Backyard Flocks community has upcoming learning events on these topics: Mar 3 – Health problems with the poultry skeletal system, Mar 11 – Managing egg laying flocks, Apr 1 – April 2015 meeting of the Small and Backyard flocks CoP membership, and Apr 7 – The avian immune system and vaccination programs for poultry. These recent topics have links to the recordings: Health concerns for egg layers, Housing for small poultry flocks, Biosecurity in backyard flocks, What’s New With Bird Flu?, Health problems with the respiratory system of poultry, and Avian influenza and backyard flocks.

Women in Ag Learning Network has these upcoming event topics: Mar 17 – Balancing Competing Commitments, Mar 25 – “What Social Media Platform is Right for You?”, Apr 8 – Twitter for Newbies Webinar, Apr 22 – Twitter- Tier Two Webinar, May 13 – Creating a Social Media Plan for Your Business, May 27 – Personal or Professional Branding on Social Media, Jun 10 – Linkedin,and Jun 24 – Social Media Privacy, as well as a recording for a recent session on Machinery Sharing: Scaling Up Production for Small Farm Growers.

Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more sessions in 2015, and to add learning opportunities being offered by you or your institution so you may include more for participation and learning!

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web-based events for which you would like more participation, please add them at Learn.extension.org for others to join in!


eXtension Seeks Chief Executive Officer

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The eXtension Foundation Board of Directors is seeking an exceptional entrepreneurial leader from educational institutions, government agencies or business and industry to set the pace and structure for a thriving 21st century organization invested in ensuring the Cooperative Extension System has a broad range of engaged learners.
Position Description:

Position Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Type: Full-time
Function: Executive leader and manager
Reports To: eXtension Foundation Board of Directors
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

The eXtension Foundation is a member-based, non-profit 501(c) 3, designed to support Cooperative Extension and its strategic partners. The primary purpose of the eXtension Foundation is to generate value for its members and partners through the creation of innovative and effective Extension educational solutions. www.extension.org and about.extension.org provides more information on eXtension.

The eXtension Foundation is a virtual space where change is invigorating and people are enthusiastic about opportunities to create and contribute. The eXtension Foundation works with Cooperative Extension to support learning that fosters growth, leadership, competencies, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Cooperative Extension is a nationwide network available to all from land-grant universities and colleges across the U.S. and its territories.

Position Overview: The eXtension Foundation Board of Directors is seeking an exceptional entrepreneurial leader from educational institutions, government agencies or business and industry. The CEO will set the pace and structure for a thriving 21st century organization invested in ensuring the Cooperative Extension system has a broad range of engaged learners. Because the eXtension Foundation concentrates on innovation to enhance Extension Education, the CEO works closely with the Board of Directors to set a vision and align systems to accomplish its goals.

To be successful, the CEO must understand the Cooperative Extension System, how it functions within the land-grant system, and how it works with the US Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The candidate should have expertise in online learning, educational design, information technology and resource development.

As a hub for Extension innovation, the eXtension Foundation Board of Directors and the CEO implement strategies to achieve goals set by Cooperative Extension. The CEO will need to stay current on new and emerging technologies and professional development that are applicable to Extension education. The CEO will communicate to, set direction for, and motivate action among eXtension faculty and staff.

The CEO, Chief Operations Officer (COO), and the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) make up the eXtension Foundation Executive Team. The COO and CIO report to the CEO. The team operates with a unified purpose and meets ambitious performance goals. Skills of the Executive Team members will complement each other and at times be interchangeable. The CEO will establish decision making protocol and high quality work standards. The CEO will help select the CIO and COO who report to the CEO.

–Minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent experience
–5+ years documented experience leading innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and/or generating profits and value
–5+ years demonstrated ability leading change and forward thinking entity
–Evidence of successfully implementing a new business model
–Proven ability to direct a financially sustainable organization having multiple funding streams
—-Start-up experiences a plus, but not required
–Evidence of client- or customer-driven results
–Knowledge and experience in management and administration
–History of integrity and behavior that develops people, builds teams, and facilitates collaborative enterprises
–Ability to influence and enable others while managing continuity, change, and growth

The CEO is responsible for:
–Creating understanding, participation, entrepreneurship, and execution of the vision for innovation among the Foundation members;
–Presenting a common vision of the eXtension Foundation and Extension’s innovations, successes, and opportunities;
–Attracting, recruiting and retaining member institutions and strategic partners;
–Providing effective leadership that rewards and reinforces behaviors that lead to innovation;
–Leading with a proactive and performance orientation for cultivating an environment where people are enthusiastic about the opportunities to contribute;
–Building interdependent (self-directed) teams and relationships across the Cooperative Extension System and with strategic partners to achieve a high level of cooperation.
–Enhancing resource development to help ensure long term financial stability.

–Assure filing of all legal and regulatory documents and monitor compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
–Work closely with the Board of Directors to determine direction, monitor development and sustainability, communicate with members and partners, and establish priorities.
—Provide general oversight of eXtension Foundation activities and work closely with the Executive Team to keep pace with change and demands.
–With Executive Team, assure program quality and organizational stability is maintained through standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular review.

–Assist the Board of Directors to articulate its role and areas of accountability.
–Strategize with the Board of Directors to identify, recruit, and engage partners.
–With the Board of Directors, develop an evaluation strategy that shows members the value of the eXtension Foundation.

–Advocate for programs and services that are produced in a cost-effective manner, employing economy while maintaining a high level of quality.
–Oversee fiscal activities and provide leadership in resource development.
–Assure effective revenue development that is aligned with existing and emerging needs.
–Reach out to people in academia and industry to create shared cost partnerships.
–Provide strategic oversight of community relations

Program Development
–Generate a high level of member engagement.
–Listen to members, partners and investors to identify and/or improve services.
–Along with the eXtension Board of Directors, serve as a spokesperson for the eXtension Foundation.
–Facilitate current and emerging program development priorities with the Board of Directors, Executive Team, members, partners and audiences.

Closing date for the position is 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Monday, March 16, 2015 or until a suitable candidate is found.

To apply for this position, please submit the following information to Michelle Giddens, Assistant to the Director, at michellegiddens@extension.org.
–Cover Letter
–Curriculum Vitae or Resume, including salary history
–Three professional references, including email and phone number contact

Direct questions to Dennis Calvin, dcalvin@psu.edu Chair, eXtension Governing Committee and Elbert Dickey, edickey@extension.org Executive Director, eXtension Foundation.


eXtension Seeks Innovative Project Proposals


Request for Proposal: Innovation Projects
eXtension Foundation, Inc.
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Due Date for Applications: 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Friday, April 17, 2015

The eXtension Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 not for profit foundation, is soliciting proposals for projects and programs from faculty at premium member institutions of eXtension that express innovation and creativity. These proposals should demonstrate futuristic thinking, ideation, and offer sparks of opportunity to multiply innovation for the Cooperative Extension System, the land-grant university system, and the citizens of the United States and ultimately the world.

Innovation is applied creativity: Using creativity and applying it to finding new ways to work and engage with clientele. This can include new uses of technology, new ways of organizing work, different ways of delivering program content, and experimenting with new tools and resources.

Examples include:
–Using wearable technologies
–Online teaching
–Online collaboration
–Maker projects (including 3D printing, electronics, etc.)
–Citizen science
–Big data uses and partnering
–Reaching millennial audiences
–Internet of things (IoT) projects

We consider funding projects that:
–Propose new ways of working within Cooperative Extension
–Expand the scope of Extension
–Reach new audiences using creative, innovative engagement tools
–Identify and test new technology tools and their impact in Extension education
–Identify and create strategies for new engagement and working methods
–Create new sources of funding

We give priority to projects that:
–Are new, surprising, and radically useful
–Reflect innovation as broadly defined
–Promote multi-disciplinary, multi-state, and multi-institution collaboration
–Consider the international implications of innovation
–Serve as models for a land grant university system-wide application

The Grant Application Process

Request for Proposals

The eXtension Foundation invites proposals, under an annual competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, and awards grants to strengthen the capacity of the land grant university system.

Eligible Requests
We support projects directly benefiting the Cooperative Extension System.

Applicant organizations must meet the following criteria:
–Must be a premium member of eXtension
–Must demonstrate administrative support
–Identify strong leaders and collaborators
–Have a proven track record of multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-state engagement

The Proposal Review Process

Application Procedures
Submit an application containing all of the items specified below.

Application Contents
–Letter of support, signed by Director/Administrator
–Executive Summary (limit of 200 characters)
–Narrative (no more than five pages) that includes:
—-Project Budget and Budget Narrative
—-Statement of Work
–Brief statement of how this project will change or influence current and future CES programming
–Goals and objectives
–Target population
–Project activities
–Key staff
–Plan for measuring project impacts
–Plan for sustainability after the funding period

Appendices (Attachments)
–Key Personnel Curriculum Vitaes limited to two pages per person
–Consultant/subcontractor commitment letters (if applicable)
Contract Information Sheet (click on the link and complete the form).

Successful proposals will be required to:
–Provide quarterly and final reports, including financial report
–Work with the eXtension Foundation Evaluation Consultants
–Present progress and results at the NeXC2016 Conference
–Share methods, the model, and implementation broadly with the Cooperative Extension System.

Policy of the eXtension Foundation on F&A (Indirect Costs)
eXtension Foundation works to support the education goals and objectives of the Cooperative Extension System. Any funding it receives from outside providers may only be used to support the educational goals and objectives of the eXtension Foundation. Therefore, no portion of the funding the eXtension Foundation may award to member institutions and/or partners may be used to pay F&A (indirect costs). Approved by the eXtension Board of Directors, July 12, 2007.

Submit proposals electronically to: Michelle Giddens, michellegiddens@extension.org

Submit questions about the proposal to Terry Meisenbach, tmeisenbach@extension.org or Jerry Thomas, jthomas@extension.org


eXtension Seeks Proposals for Web Conferencing System

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The eXtension Foundation is seeking a premium member to provide a comprehensive and complete, reliable, versatile, and flexible web conferencing platform, facilitation (hosting) with solutions and support for web meetings and video conferencing, mobile webinars and virtual meetings, with integration of social media. The eXtension Foundation will use the web conferencing system to conduct virtual meetings and programs. The institution that supports and hosts the web conferencing system will be referred to as the Web Conferencing Provider.

Required attributes of the web conferencing system:

–support multiple browsers requiring only a meeting URL to enter the conference.
–recording of the webinar and video files that can be easily streamed and/or uploaded to social media channels such as YouTube and Vimeo.
–public and private chat for participants and presenters within the web conference.
–screen and application sharing, allowing participants the ability to view documents, Web sites and tools that presenters have on their computers.
–ability for participants to speak to webinar presenters and participants.
–video integration so attendees can view each other and the presenter.
–file transfer/document sharing.
–multiple presenters (at different locations and connections).
–capacity for more than 500 participants in a webinar.

Web Conferencing Provider should be able to provide:

–Recordings and playback for archived recorded webinars.
–Self-Managed Accounts which can be managed by an eXtension staff member or partner who can create rooms, host meetings and provide first level support to participants. The Web Conferencing Provider will provide second level technical support to the account manager.
–Room ownership for frequent presenters or teams. A room owner can open the room, upload materials and prepare the room for the meeting. A room owner can assist presenters and others. Meetings that are managed by room owners will use (Voice over IP) VoIP. For most events, room owners will work with presenters and ensure presentations are uploaded and polls are created.
–Facilitated meetings using VoIP. The Web Conferencing Provider will ensure the presentation materials are available and assist presenters.
–Support to communities, teams, and members on initiating, facilitating, and managing their own rooms. This support includes training and online instructions and help desk support for the web conferencing system.
–Training and guidelines on how to conduct effective web conferencing.
–Work with the eXtension Foundation evaluation consultants.

Preferred attributes of web conferencing system
–Combination of VoIP and integrated phone conferencing.
–Polls and surveys available during conferencing to solicit engagement and feedback.
–Integrated services for live streaming and social media.
–Optional webinar registration.

Proposals should address/include
–Describe the system that meets the above attributes.
–Establish price model(s) for the proposed service(s). The price model may include tiered information. For instance, host accounts may be price per account or the price model may include per use costs.
–Describe responsibilities of the Web Conferencing Provider and eXtension Foundation.
–Describe limitations of the systems, such as limits on number of rooms, self-managed accounts, and participants.
–Describe the attributes of the system.
–Letters of referral from 3 departments or outside vendors with similar contracts.

Application Contents
Your application must have narrative that includes:
–Bid for service
–Descriptions of services and tiered costs
–Project Budget and Budget Narrative which includes optional costs

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time March 27, 2015. Submit proposals by email only to Michelle Giddens michellegiddens@extension.org as a PDF document.

eXtension Foundation
183 S. W. Davidson Drive
Suite A
Centreville, AL 35042

Address questions to both eXtension Associate Directors–Anne Adrian, aadrian@extension.org and Craig Wood woodch@extension.org


eXtension Membership Elects Board of Governors

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The 58 members of the eXtension Foundation recently completed the election of directors to represent them on the eXtension Board of Governors. The new directors and their institutions and regions are:

•1890s: Vernon Jones, Langston University
•North Central: Jason Henderson, Purdue University
•Northeast: Dennis Calvin, Penn State University
•Southern: Doug Steele, Texas AgriLife Extension
•Western: Fred Schlutt, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

The first face-to-face meeting of the Board of Governors will be March 5 & 6 in Washington, DC where the group will meet with the existing eXtension Governing Committee. Two members of the existing Governing Committee, Dennis Calvin and Fred Schlutt, have been elected to the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors is currently working on the position description for the eXtension Chief Executive Officer. As the group meets in March, terms of office, officers, and other procedures will be decided.


eXtension at USDA/NIFA and Ag Outlook Forum, February 18-20


Big Data, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Wearable Technology, Network Literacy, the Educational Technology Learning Network, and Virtual Reality will all be featured by eXtension February 18-20 in Washington DC.

Wednesday, February 18, eXtension members and staff will present these topics at a workshop/demonstration at USDA/NIFA headquarters. National Program Leaders, program managers, and administration have been invited to see and discuss these interest areas.

On Thursday and Friday, February 19 & 20, eXtension will feature 6 exhibit spaces at the USDA Ag Outlook Forum in Crystal City, VA. The 2015 Forum Theme: Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century: A Discussion on Innovation, Biotechnology, and Big Data fits well with the direction eXtension is moving. These new user communities, learning networks, and communities of practice demonstrate Cooperative Extension’s movement into new areas.

If you’re at the Ag Outlook Forum please plan to visit the eXtension booths.


eXtension Changes Status of Some Communities of Practice

Thirteen eXtension Communities of Practice have been moved to the status of User-generated communities. User-generated communities will still be able to use Create (create.extension.org) and other applications provided by eXtension. The existing content of the communities will remain and will not be deleted. However, the community will not be listed on the current home page of www.extension.org.

The Communities moving to user-generated status are:

Brand Value
Corn and Soybeans
Hogs Pigs, and Pork
Pesticide Environmental Stewardship
Precision Agriculture
Program Evaluation
Public Deliberation
Teen Leadership

“The new eXtension envisions learning environments that engage users with up-to-date science-based information, education via their preferred network communities. After careful evaluation of all our CoPs, we determined that these 13 communities would best serve CES at this time as user-based entities,” said Craig Wood, associate eXtension director.


Military Families Learning Network Meets with DoD/USDA


Synergy, collaboration, excitement, and progress were all outcomes of the recent meeting of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) in Washington, DC. The MFLN Leadership team brought together representatives from each of its Concentration Areas as well as Department of Defense counterparts. The group was addressed by Barbara Thompson, Director, Office of Family Policy/Child & Youth/Special Needs, and Betsy Graham, senior program analyst and DoD program manager for the Military Families Learning Network, both with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, and Brent Elrod, National Program Leader for Community & Rural Development, Division of Family & Consumer Sciences

The group included Network members from Valdosta State University, North Carolina State University, North Dakota State University, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, University of Florida, West Virginia University, University of Minnesota, University of Florida, University of New Hampshire, Rutgers University, Virginia Tech, Cornell University, Fort Valley State University, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and Auburn University.

The MFLN Concentration areas are: Personal Finance, Community Capacity Building, Nutrition & Wellness, Transition Support, Family Development, Military Caregiving, and Network Literacy. Additionally, Family Development will support a new concentration area in Early Intervention Special Needs, and Military Caregiving will support a new concentration area in Lifespan Special Needs.


Learning Opportunities Abound!

2015 has begun with some very interesting and useful learning opportunities by extension! Here I’ve included upcoming ones on various topics as well as recent learning events in January and early February which have a recording available. New events have recently been added to Learn.extension.org so check there as more related events are included. These learning events are open to all who are interested… check each event listing to see if there is registration needed before the event. Share with your colleagues, clientele, etc. since participation is online from a home, office, etc.

Popular Upcoming Learning Events
February 15, Labor Pool vs Talent Pool: Gathering Industrial Skill Requirements in Rural Areas, at Learn.extension.org/events/1717
February 17, Machinery Sharing: Scaling Up Production for Small-Farm Growers, at Learn.extension.org/events/1700
February 17, Blasting the Competition Away: Air-propelled Abrasive Grits for Weed Management in Organic Grain and Vegetable Crops, at Learn.extension.org/events/1887
February 18, Part III Medicaid and Military Families: Adults with Special Needs, at Learn.extension.org/events/1722
February 18, Mobile Slaughter Units (MSUs): An International Perspective, at Learn.extension.org/events/1852
February 18, Low cost plant and soil health measurements using PhotosynQ, at Learn.extension.org/events/1895
February 18, Getting started with value-added agriculture, at Learn.extension.org/events/1883
February 19, Sight beyond sight: the power of near-infrared imagery for mapping, at Learn.extension.org/events/1999
February 19, Building a Public Health Partnership to Assist with your School Nutrition Program, at Learn.extension.org/events/1791
February 23, Getting started with farm food safety, at Learn.extension.org/events/1845
February 23, Malting barley and hops production in Michigan – Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Webinar Series 2015, at Learn.extension.org/events/1971
February 25, Migrant, Seasonal and H2-A Visa Workers Webinar, at Learn.extension.org/events/1860
February 25, Public opinion of landscape water use, at Learn.extension.org/events/1925
February 25, How to Facilitate Difficult Conversations, at Learn.extension.org/events/1940
March 3, Health problems with the poultry skeletal system, at Learn.extension.org/events/1924
March 4, Working to Balance Life, at Learn.extension.org/events/1993
March 5, Latino Military Families: Current Issues & Implications for Clinical Work, at Learn.extension.org/events/1951
March 5, Childhood Obesity Indicators: Capturing the National Impact of Extension, at Learn.extension.org/events/1773
March 6, 2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Fire Ant Management Using Baits, at Learn.extension.org/events/1939
March 17, Investing With Small Dollar Amounts, at Learn.extension.org/events/1969

Recent events with Recordings
Health problems with the digestive system of poultry, at Learn.extension.org/events/1789
Innovation/Institutional Team Web Conference – January 2015, at Learn.extension.org/events/1894
Building the Capacity of Small Meat Processors: Successes and Lessons from North Carolina, at Learn.extension.org/events/1874
January 2015 CoP meeting for small and backyard flocks, at Learn.extension.org/events/1892
Developing a Personal Asset Allocation Strategy, at Learn.extension.org/events/1715
Systems Organic Management Suppresses Cabbageworm Outbreaks: Evidence from 4 Long-term Organic Farms, at Learn.extension.org/events/1844
Quality of eggs from different production systems, at Learn.extension.org/events/1750
Part II Medicaid and Military Families: Children with Special Needs, at Learn.extension.org/events/1699
Troubleshooting Design-Based Cow Comfort Issues, at Learn.extension.org/events/1898
Unmanned Aerial Systems for Mapping, at Learn.extension.org/events/2007
Mobile Manure Apps, at Learn.extension.org/events/1893
Marketing Your Products – Turning Samples into Sales, at Learn.extension.org/events/1862
Rotational No-Till, Mulching and Conservation Tillage for Organic Vegetable Farms Webinar, at Learn.extension.org/events/1827
The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard App: LunchScore, at Learn.extension.org/events/1903
Health concerns with backyard poultry flocks, at Learn.extension.org/events/1703
Managing Bad Stink Bugs Using Good Stink Bugs, at Learn.extension.org/events/1779
Interdependence: The 9th Critical Element of Positive Youth Development, at Learn.extension.org/events/1909
Using New 4-H Career Exploration Curriculum: Build Your Future, at Learn.extension.org/events/1910
The New Faces of 4-H Volunteers: Changing and Retaining, at Learn.extension.org/events/1911
4-H Teens as Mentors: Developing Positive Role Models for Youth, at Learn.extension.org/events/1912
Land Grant Impacts Database Informational Webinar, at Learn.extension.org/events/1948
4-H Healthy Club Challenge, at Learn.extension.org/events/1913
10 Free Online Tools to Create 4-H Learning Activities, at Learn.extension.org/events/1914
Growing Conifers for Homeowners Using IPM, at Learn.extension.org/events/1946
Developing, Implementing & Sustaining Healthy Food Incentive Programs at Farmers’ Markets, at Learn.extension.org/events/1956
Community-Level Indicators for Positive Youth Development: Identification and Collection within Existing Data Sets, at Learn.extension.org/events/1915
Enlivening Biosecurity and Quality Assurance Training, at Learn.extension.org/events/1916
Evaluating Disaster Insurance Needs for Rural Homes & Agriculture, at Learn.extension.org/events/1917
Calculating What to Save for Retirement, at Learn.extension.org/events/1716
Growing Apples for Homeowners Using IPM, at Learn.extension.org/events/1947
Health problems with the respiratory system of poultry, at Learn.extension.org/events/1790
Introducing the Smarter Lunchrooms Technical Assistance Providers’ Handbook, at Learn.extension.org/events/1957
2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Pesticide Strategy – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, at Learn.extension.org/events/1864
Housing for small poultry flocks, at Learn.extension.org/events/1719
Handling Manure with Gypsum Bedding, at Learn.extension.org/events/1998
Communication Killers, at Learn.extension.org/events/2002
Avian influenza and backyard flocks, at Learn.extension.org/events/1996
Biosecurity in backyard flocks, at Learn.extension.org/events/1995
Health concerns for egg layers, at Learn.extension.org/events/1751

Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more sessions in 2015, and to add learning opportunities being offered by you or your institution so you may include more for participation and learning!

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web-based events for which you would like more participation, please add them at Learn.extension.org for others to join in!


Military Families Learning Network Releases Highlights from 2014 Annual Report


The Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) experienced a year of growth and change in 2014. The established concentration areas of personal finance, military caregiving, family development, and network literacy continued to expand their reach and engagement with webinars, social media, and ongoing content development. Childcare completed the remainder of its deliverables this year via a no-cost extension, finishing its formal participation with the network.

In September, MFLN was awarded competitive funding to continue its work. With this funding, the learning network will more than double in size. New concentration areas will include community capacity building, transition, early intervention special needs, lifespan special needs, and nutrition and wellness. New programming will get underway in January 2015.

Staffing changes also occurred across the MFLN during 2014: Kyle Kostelecky, National Program Leader, moved into a new position at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign in June as Director of the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. He continues to work with MFLN on a 15% appointment as the National Program Director. Sarah Baughman became the National Program Leader in a full-time appointment. In March, Anne Adrian transitioned to a 50% appointment with eXtension as Associate Director, while remaining with MFLN at 50% time as Social Media Strategist. As a part of the 2014 competitive funding award, Anne has since transitioned into a new role as New Programs Leader at 50% time. Karen Jeanette’s 75% appointment as Professional Development Coordinator became a full-time position in March 2014. Karen will be transitioning into her new role as Social Media Strategist in early 2015, as soon as a new professional development coordinator is hired.


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