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Military Families Learning Network Meets with DoD/USDA

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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.

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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

More…
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!

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Military Families Learning Network Releases Highlights from 2014 Annual Report

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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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eXtension-Sponsored UAS meeting ‘Hugely Successful’

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Fifteen people attended a meeting of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) user generated community January 28 & 29 in Dallas, TX. The primary purpose of the meeting was to organize and create an Unmanned Aerial Systems Learning Network. The meeting focused on establishing a leadership team. The group also began creating a rough draft of a learning network proposal and areas of focus for the learning network.

“This was a very productive meeting with numerous action items identified,” said Craig Wood, eXtension Associate Director.

“This emerging learning network has several interesting activities in the works for 2015. Be sure and watch as those are developed thought the coming year,” he said.

The learning network will be lead by Wayne Woldt, University of Nebraska, Dharmendra Saraswat and Jim Robbins, University of Arkansas, Victor Villegas, Oregon State University, and Dennis Hinkamp, Utah State University.

The group identified four general areas of focus for 2015:
General education about UAS targeted toward Extension professionals, first-time users, and experienced users,
Regulation. Educate FAA officials on appropriate agricultural uses and assist in developing regulations regarding agricultural use as well as working with other regulatory agencies.
Systems/Platforms includes platforms and hardware, sensors and data management.
Collaboration. Collaborate with Industry from an aircraft, software, and sensors standpoint. Work with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle System International. Work with other organizations such as American Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, National Association of Agricultural Applicators, and AmericaView just to name a few.

To join the Unmanned Aerial Systems user community go to: https://people.extension.org/communities/1708

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eXtension Virtual 3D offers Healthy 2015 Series and Opens New Meeting Venue

Every Wednesday at 8:00 pm ET the Avatar Fitness Club in Second Life offers “Healthy 2015 and Beyond: Fresh Perspectives on Nutrition and Exercise” Presenters for the series are Leia Kedem, Registered Dietitian, from University of Illinois and Australian exercise physiologist Jason Jarred. Join us by following this url http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Morrill3/212/88/24

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eXtension has a beautiful new meeting venue in Second Life. The Lakeside Pavilion provides seating for 24 avatars and includes a slide viewer and video screen, voice and text capability, and a meeting coordinator. For privacy this venue is accessible only to you and your participants. Reserve the pavilion for your group by contacting LuAnn Phillips, eXtension’s virtual world specialist.

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Jennifer Chilek is new Educational Technologist for Network Literacy

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Jennifer Jahedkar Chilek of Texas A&M Agrilife Extension has joined the Network Literacy Community of Practice (NetLit) Leadership team as its Educational Technologist. As an Extension Program Specialist, Jennifer specializes in technology facilitated communication and education and has considerable expertise in Centra, Collaborate, Moodle, and other online tools.

Jennifer will provide support and guidance for the Community of Practice and members of the MFLN concentration areas as they connect with and provide online educational opportunities experiences to clientele.

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eXtension Opens New Year with 38 Premium, 20 Basic Members

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With a new membership model, eXtension begins 2015 serving 38 premium members and 20 basic members. The eXtension Foundation is currently electing a new board of directors that will replace the current eXtension Governing Committee. The deadline for voting by member institutions is January 20, 2015.

“We have an excellent slate of candidates for the Board of Directors. Each candidate prepared a ‘statement of intent’ describing why he or she wished to serve on the Board, “ said Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director. “It’s exciting to know that these leaders are coming to the Board with strong support and interest.”

One of the first tasks the new Board of Directors will tackle is the hiring of a Chief Executive Officer. More information on that will be forthcoming as the Board moves into place and moves forward.

The eXtension member organizations are:

Premium Members
Auburn University
Clemson University
Colorado State University
Cornell University
Fort Valley State University
Langston University
Louisiana State University
Michigan State University
Mississippi State University
Montana State University
North Carolina State University
North Dakota State University
New Mexico State University
Northern Marianas College
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
Oregon State University
Penn State University
Purdue University
Rutgers University
Texas A&M University
University of Missouri
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Arkansas
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Idaho
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska
University of New Hampshire
University of Tennessee
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin
Utah State University
Virginia Tech

Basic Members
Alabama A&M University
Alcorn State University
Florida A&M University
Kansas State University
Kentucky State University
Lincoln University
North Carolina A&T State University
South Carolina State University
South Dakota State University
Southern University
Tuskegee University
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of California
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
University of Puerto Rico
University of the Virgin Islands
University of Wyoming
Virginia State University

Institutions not found in either membership category have chosen not to become members at this time.

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Virtual 3D User Community to Meet Via Avatars January 22

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The eXtension 3D virtual reality user community meeting date has been changed to Thursday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET in Second Life. You will need to set up a Second Life account (if you do not have one) prior to the meeting. Paste this Second Life URL http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Morrill/131/5/24 in your web browser to navigate to the venue. The agenda is a jam session about how to get CES jazzed about virtual reality and includes an opportunity to talk about YOUR projects in virtual worlds. We also will discuss eXtension’s upcoming demonstration of Oculus Rift at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in February.

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eXtension’s Winter Safety Game is Now Open

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eXtension’s popular Winter Safety Game reopened in Second Life this week, providing an entertaining 3D lesson about how to stay safe in severe winter weather conditions. This virtual learning environment, which covers how to prepare for severe weather at home, in the barn, and when traveling by car, is particularly good for new drivers and those without experience traveling in winter conditions.

The content draws on a variety of Extension and government resources and is based primarily on the booklet “Winter Safety,” published by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County, NY, and the Warren County Disaster Preparedness Office.

Navigate to the game by pasting this URL into your web browser. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bailey/127/128/23

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Learning Opportunities in January and February!

It’s a New Year with new topics and emerging areas of interest for extension professionals, our volunteers and clientele. Please review the learning opportunities listed here and check Learn.extension.org as well to see what may be helpful and/or of interest to you. Share this and other events in Learn with anyone who may be interested. Join these Learning Opportunities in which you can participate online from your home or office.

Recent

Upcoming
All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series
February 6, 2015, 2015 Pesticide Strategy – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
March 6, 2015, 2015 Fire Ant Management Using Baits
Caregiving
March 4, 2015, Work/Life Balance
Childhood Obesity
March 5, 2015, Childhood Obesity Indicators: Capturing the National Impact of Extension
Citizen Science and Plant Health
February 18, 2015, Low cost plant and soil health measurements using PhotosynQ
Community & Regional Foods
January 27, 2015, Developing Local and Regional Food Systems in Nebraska
Dairy Cattle
January 14, 2015, Troubleshooting Design-Based Cow Comfort Issues
February 26, 2015, Formulating Diets for Groups of Lactating Cows
March 24, 2015, Proper Dry-Off Procedures to Prevent New Infections and Cure Existing Cases of Mastitis
Entrepreneurship
January 9, 2015, From Hobby to Entrepreneur – Taking the Leap!!
eXtension
January 20, 2015, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – January 2015
Geographic Information Systems
January 14, 2015, Tell a photo based story based map in a snap!
February 19, 2015, Sight beyond sight: the power of near-infrared imagery for mapping
March 10, 2015, Making the Most of Esri Image Services with ArcGIS for Desktop
Healthy Food Choices in Schools
January 20, 2015, The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard: LunchScore
LPELC
January 16, 2015, Mobile Manure Apps
Military Families
January 14, 2015, Part II Medicaid and Military Families: Children with Special Needs
February 18, 2015, Part III Medicaid and Military Families: Adults with Special Needs
March 5, 2015, Latino Military Families: Current Issues & Implications for Clinical Work
NCRCRD
January 15, 2015, Piketty’s Capital & Inequality of Income and Wealth
Organic
January 13, 2015, Systems Organic Management Suppresses Cabbageworm Outbreaks: Evidence from 4 Long-term Organic Farms
January 20, 2015, Rotational No-Till, Mulching and Conservation Tillage for Organic Vegetable Farms Webinar
January 22, 2015, Managing Bad Stink Bugs Using Good Stink Bugs
January 27, 2015, Heritage and Ancient Wheat: Varietal Performance and Management Webinar
February 10, 2015, Building Pest-Suppressive Organic Farms: Tools and Ecological Strategies Used by Five Long-Term Organic Farms to Suppress Insects
February 17, 2015, Blasting the Competition Away: Air-propelled Abrasive Grits for Weed Management in Organic Grain and Vegetable Crops
March 10, 2015, Promoting Native Bee Pollinators in Organic Farming Systems
Personal Finance
January 13, 2015, Developing a Personal Asset Allocation Strategy
February 3, 2015, Calculating What to Save for Retirement
February 12, 2015, Domestic Violence: Helping Survivors Obtain Economic Freedom
March 17, 2015, Investing With Small Dollar Amounts
PIE Center
January 28, 2015, Public opinion of genetically modified food
February 25, 2015, Public opinion of landscape water use
Small & Backyard Flocks
January 14, 2015, Quality of eggs from different production systems
January 20, 2015, Health concerns with backyard poultry flocks
February 3, 2015, Health problems with the respiratory system of poultry
February 9, 2015, Housing for small poultry flocks
February 11, 2015, Health concerns for egg layers
March 3, 2015, Health problems with the poultry skeletal system
March 11, 2015, Managing egg laying flocks
Women in Ag
January 14, 2015, Developing a Farm Strategy
January 17, 2015, National Farmers Union Women’s Conference January 17-21, 2015
January 20, 2015, Marketing Your Products – Turning Samples into Sales
January 21, 2015, MidAtlantic Annie’s Project Classes
January 29, 2015, Adverse Possession Webinar
February 12, 2015, MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Regional Conference
Youth
January 13, 2015, Moving Up the Ladder of Youth Engagement
January 29, 2015, How to Develop Educational Farm Tour Programs Like Breakfast On The Farm

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Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more sessions in 2014-2015, 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!

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