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Exciting NeXConf/NEDA Networking, Professional Development Ahead

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Networking! Valuable professional development! Exciting keynote speakers! Camaraderie abounding!!! Overwhelming fun!!!

Less than two weeks remain before we gather in Sacramento for what promises to be an outstanding National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors and Administrators joint meeting! Hotels are jam-packed. Registration has peaked. Flights are booked! Side trips are researched (Napa Valley, Sutter’s Mill, and Old Sacramento are faves) and planned.

Pre-conference sessions feature iFilmmaking (booked to capacity), Building Connections in Social Media, and workshops on communications strategic planning as well as building “radar” for looking forward in Extension.

More than 30 exhibitors will be featured at the opening reception with welcomes from Dennis Calvin, Penn State University and chair, eXtension Governing Committee and Elbert Dickey, Executive Director, eXtension. The networking process for the conference begins at the reception. Sign up for Dinner for Six and discover the great restaurants and eateries Sacramento has to offer.

Our keynote speakers: Dave Gray and Jane Hart plus their colleagues Harold Jarche and Beth Kanter will lead attendees through exciting, creative and stimulating conversations around the future of learning and implications of building learning networks. More than 100 concurrent sessions will touch on subjects as diverse as maximizing social media to gaming to app development to digital badges. Check out all of the concurrent sessions on our Lanyrd site!

Sacramento will never be the same after NeXConf/NEDA. See what’s planned on Lanyrd, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out what there is to do in Sacramento via Pinterest.

Take your conference experience social on our Lanyrd site! Connect with others attending the conference, build your personal schedule and engage with conference sessions via social media. It’s easy and free! Join us March 18 for a “Using Lanyrd” webinar to learn more.

Oops! Did we mention FUN? eXtension has an Instagram experience planned for throughout the conference. Amy Hays and her crew will be capturing conference attendees for posterity AND a few laughs. In an article that follows you’ll see that eXtension folks will also be asking attendees to contribute to a video project! It will certainly be interesting!

But…behind all of the fun is some serious work! Start packing your bags! If you haven’t registered…it’s never too late!

See you there!!!!

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Learning Opportunities in March 2014 and Beyond

Many learning events are listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org) for March including the events that are part of the National eXtension Conference to be web-streamed. These are for your own learning or for you to share with your audiences! Extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the events listed at Learn (learn.extension.org) as they fit your interests. As part of Extension, you may sign in with your eXtensionID to Follow to get notifications and plan to attend. Use each session’s unique URL to share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, or please add web-based sessions you have planned to teach or at your institution.

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As you’ve read elsewhere, our national conference will be in Sacramento on March 24-27, 2014. I hope you’ll join us there! But if you or colleagues won’t be in Sacramento, join us virtually by participating in some of the 53 sessions which will be web-streamed. The whole conference is listed in Lanyrd.com/2014/nexconf. Only those sessions to be web-streamed are also listed in Learn.extension.org/events/tag/nexconf with a link for each learning event.

To keep track of your professional development activity in Learn, sign in and click the Attended or Watched box for each event you participate in so that this list can be kept up-to-date for you.

Selected topics in March…
March 18, Using Lanyrd for National eXtension Conference. Learn key features of Lanyrd and how you can use it to enhance your conference experience, or when hosting your own conference. https://learn.extension.org/events/1460

March 7, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Straight Talk About Termites. Learn how termites live and what you need to know to prevent them from recycling your things. https://learn.extension.org/events/1371

March 20, Common Consumer Frauds & How to Avoid Them. Learn the three common types of consumer frauds: identity theft, investment fraud, and income tax refund fraud. https://learn.extension.org/events/1500

March 13, Incorporating Video into the Marketing Strategy. Hear about their business, how they can share customer experiences, and what it takes to create short video segments to benefit your business. https://learn.extension.org/events/1396

March 19, Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science for Young Children. Learn how to help young children develop problem solving, critical thinking, and communication life skills. https://learn.extension.org/events/1451

Popular topics from February…

Your Network Is Your Net Worth. Porter Gale believes your social capital, or your ability to build a network of authentic personal and professional relationships, not your financial capital, is your most important asset. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1428.

All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: If Flowers are Restaurants to Bees, Then What Are Bees to Flowers? Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1370.

Growing Raspberries and Blackberries with IPM. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/ 1427.

Institutional Team Web Conference – February 2014. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1338

The Value of Public Policy Engagement Programs. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1429

Families & Child Well-Being Learning Network. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1477

Savings Strategies for Non-Savers. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts at https://learn.extension.org/events/1426

More…
Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more sessions at the National eXtension Conference and others in 2014. Also add learning opportunities being offered by you or your institution so you may get more 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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Registration NOW Open for NeXConf/NEDA

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With outstanding keynote speakers (Dave Gray & Jane Hart) and more than 90 pre-conference and concurrent sessions proposed, it’s time to register for the 2014 National eXtension Conference & National Extension Directors/Administrators joint meeting. Scheduled for March 24-27 in Sacramento, Calif., the meeting promises to bring together outstanding ideas on technology, learning, working differently, and social networking in the beautiful California capitol city. Early registration for the NeXConf/NEDA joint meeting ends March 7, 2014. To register for the conference go to: http://conference.extension.org/.

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The conference schedule officially kicks off with a joint reception on Monday, March 24 featuring exhibits and technology demonstrations. Other joint meeting opportunities revolve around keynote speakers Dave Gray (Tuesday, March 25) and Jane Hart (Thursday, March 27). The two groups will dine together several times during the conference and enjoy a joint luncheon celebration where eXtension awards will be presented and CES Awards will be recognized.

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NEDA members will meet concurrently with the NeXConf attendees. Cooperative Extension’s Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) will also meet during the conference period.

Pre-conference workshops have been proposed on iFilmmaking, Building Marketing Plans, Social Media in Extension, Video Aggregation and more.

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Hotel reservations are available now.

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Join us March 24-27, 2014!

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Twitter Cohort to Begin October 21

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Contrary to some perceptions, social networks aren’t just about what you ate for lunch or staying in touch with old friends. Social networks can provide a space for you to explore, learn, share, promote your work, and connect with geographically dispersed colleagues. Using a social network in these ways first requires you to be comfortable using the technology and understanding the communities’ norms.

Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have distinct cultures. They have their own language (“friend”, “RT”, “hashtag”, “OH”). They have their own rules for communication (140-character limit). They even have their own system for what is valued (“likes”, “favorites”, “shares”, “retweets”). Using traditional training presentations to prepare someone to use social tools is like showing someone vacation slides from Italy and expecting them to feel as though they went there and engaged in the culture.

The Twitter Cohort, a free learning experience presented by the eXtension Network Literacy Community of Practice, takes a new approach to introducing people to the social network Twitter by:
Immersing participants in the culture to build a sense of social comfort
Creating a community of learners to build a sense of social presence and promote social learning
Providing “guides” to help learners find their way

In the Twitter Cohort, you will learn by doing. Over the course of 4 weeks:
You’ll build your Twitter personal learning network centered around your interests.
You’ll engage in conversations with a Twitter community that starts with your fellow cohort members and reaches across the world.
You’ll start online relationships that will last into the future.
You’ll begin to see how Twitter can be used for teaching, learning, and connecting.

Our “guides” and your fellow cohort participants will provide support throughout those four weeks.

Each Monday (Oct. 21 – Nov. 18) at 1 p.m. (ET) (note that the third session will meet Tuesday 11/12/13 to avoid Veterans Day conflicts), the Cohort will meet via web conference to ask questions, review material and discuss their experiences. If you can’t make one of the Monday 1 p.m. sessions, there will be a “catch up” session each Monday at 9 p.m. (ET).

Register NOW to join the Twitter Cohort!

Once you’ve registered for the Twitter Cohort, you’ll have access to “Guide Time,” designated times when our “guides” will be available to answer your questions and provide help via web conference.

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Learning Opportunities in April 2013 and Beyond

Over thirty different learning events in April are listed at Learn.extension.org for your own learning or for you to share with your audiences. By participating in an event you can extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the sessions listed at Learn (learn.extension.org). Review the full listing of online events. Log in with your eXtensionID to Follow and plan to attend. Share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, or add your web-based sessions.

Popular topics coming up include:

“Critical Conversation – The role of evaluation in determining the public value of Extension” on April 25. In an era of tightening budgets it is essential for Cooperative Extension to determine and articulate the “public value” of its programs and services. Public value is created when a service “advances valued social and economic outcomes” (Stoker, 2006). Offered by the Network Literacy CoP.

“Financial Statements and Record-Keeping” on April 15 and “Financial Ratio and SWOT Analysis” on April 22. Parts 1 and 2 of a 2-part series on building skills and confidence to help service members to access timely, accurate, and trustworthy information about assessing their financial position and making strategic cash flow decisions. Offered by the Military Families Learning Network.

Upcoming Sessions (April – July 2013) by general topic:


Bioenergy

4/26/2013 Bioenergy Crops Production Trials Update

Climate Change

Climate Change: Values, National Security, & Free Enterprise

Community

4/2/2013 Building Capacity Webinar: Supporting the Change Journey

4/3/2013 Why the 2013 Farm Bill and Federal Funding Matter to Community Food Systems

4/12/2013 CSA workshop planned for Cheyenne

5/9/2013 A Whole System Approach to Increase Local Foods Consumption

Companion Animals

4/18/2013 Taking Your Members and their Dogs Beyond the Local 4-H Show

5/16/2013 Rally Obedience for 4-H Clubs

Dairy Cattle

4/8/2013 Economic Analysis Tools for Dairy Reproduction Programs

4/22/2013 New Tools for Dairy Reproduction Programs

Disasters

4/30/2013 Superstorm Sandy Animal and Agriculture Response: Lessons Learned for Improving Planning

Entrepreneurship

4/11/2013 Food Safety for Farmers Market Vendors

5/9/2013 Tracking Sales to Learn What Customers Really Think

6/13/2013 Are You a Supermarket Vendor or a Super Market Vendor?

eOrganic

4/18/2013 Supplementing the Organic Dairy Cow Diet: Results of Molasses and Flaxseed Feeding Trials

eXtension Ask an Expert

4/23/2013 Question Wranglers’ Meet-Up

5/28/2013 Question Wranglers’ Meet-Up

6/25/2013 Question Wranglers’ Meet-Up

7/23/2013 Question Wranglers’ Meet-Up

eXtension Institutional Team

4/2/2013 Institutional Team Web Conference

5/7/2013 Institutional Team Web Conference

6/4/2013 Institutional Team Web Conference

7/2/2013 Institutional Team Web Conference

eXtension Moodle

4/24/2013 Moodle Meet-Up

5/29/2013 Moodle Meet-Up

6/26/2013 Moodle Meet-Up

Families, Food & Fitness

5/1/2013 Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Disorders – What’s the Difference?

Farm Bill

4/3/2013 Why the 2013 Farm Bill and Federal Funding Matter to Community Food Systems

Farm Safety & Health

4/10/2013 Confined Spaces of Grain Bin Entry

Fire Ant

4/5/2013 Don’t Bug Me Webinar: You Have Fire Ants Where?

5/3/2013 Don’t Bug Me Webinar: Protect Your Loved Ones From Fire Ants

6/7/2013 Don’t Bug Me Webinar: Get Rid of Those Bed Bugs

Food Systems

4/9/2013 UC Global Food Systems Forum to address challenges of feeding the world

Gardening

4/2/2013 No-water Gardening for Higher Elevations (above 7500′)

Horses

4/23/2013 Developing Real Sportsmanship in a Reality Show World

IPM

4/4/2013 Bats and Bat Management

Leadership

4/17/2013 Strategic planning and thinking: What is it good for?

5/20/2013 Sharing the Best Advisory Leaders Have to Offer: Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) Panel Session

Manure Management

4/3-5/2013 Live From Waste to Worth 2013 (only specific sessions are webcast)

Military Families

4/15/2013 Financial Statements and Record-Keeping

4/16/2013 Intentional Connection: Establishing Positive Relationships Between Child Care Providers and Military Families

4/17/2013 TBI options: Promoting Knowledge

4/22/2013 Financial Ratio and SWOT Analysis

5/21/2013 Paying for College – Part 1

6/19/2013 Debt Basics & Advanced Strategies

7/10/2013 Behavioral Economics

Network Literacy

4/25/2013 Critical Conversation – The role of evaluation in determining the public value of Extension

Poultry

4/15/2013 Raising guinea fowl

4/24/2013 Cooking your way to the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

5/21/2013 Raising exhibition poultry

6/4/2013 Preparing poultry for show

Social Networking

4/16/2013 Introduction to Social Networking

5/20/2013 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism

6/4/2013 Social Networking: Boundaries and Professionalism

Wyoming

4/4/2013 The important papers in your life

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web sessions that you’d like included on this list, please add it at Learn.extension.org.

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Learning Opportunities in March 2013 and Beyond

Thirty-five (or more) different learning events in March are listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org) for your own learning or for you to share with your audiences. By participating in an event you can extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the sessions listed at Learn (learn.extension.org). Review the full listing of online events. Log in with your eXtensionID to Follow, and plan to attend. Share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, or add your web-based sessions.

Popular topics coming up include…
“Pinterest for Your Business” on March 14. Just when you thought you’d gotten a handle on social media by getting on Facebook and maybe giving Twitter a try, along comes Pinterest. Pinterest is now the number three most-popular social network in the U.S., behind only Facebook and Twitter, according to Experian’s Digital Marketer Trend and Benchmark Report. Offered by the Entrepreneurs and Their Communities CoP.

“Critical Conversation – Digital Badges” on March 25. Digital badges are a way for a person to signal achievements, successes, and experience to others. Digital badges can contain data that validates who issued the badge, what was done to earn the badge, when it was earned, etc. As Extension and, in particular 4-H, begins to experiment with badges, it is important to understand what badges represent and how they may be of value to learners. At the same time, we must critically examine how badges fit in with informal and emergent learning. Join our panel in a conversation around digital badges, their role in Extension, and lifelong learning in general. Offered by the Network Literacy CoP.

Upcoming Sessions (March – May 2013) by general topic:

ACE
3/1/13 Motivating employees — A discussion based on the book Drive (Leadership & Management SIG)
3/13/13 Introduction to JQuery Mobile (Information Technology SIG)

Ag Energy
3/5/13 Energy Efficient Milk Production
3/19/13 Optimizing Irrigation Efficiency
3/29/13 Modern Biodiesel Production, fuel quality, BMP’s, and Success Stories
4/26/13 Bioenergy Crops Production Trials Update

Dairy Cattle
3/4/13 Outcome Driven Health Management
3/18/13 Far Off to Fresh Cow — Opportunities to Improve Transition Performance
4/8/13 Economic Analysis Tools for Dairy Reproduction Programs
4/22/13 New Tools for Dairy Reproduction Programs

EDEN
4/30/13 Superstorm Sandy Animal and Agriculture Response: Lessons Learned for Improving Planning

Entrepreneurship
3/7/13 Getting the Most from Facebook
3/14/13 Pinterest for Your Business

eOrganic
3/5/13 Organic Benefits and Challenges in the Face of Climate Change
3/11/13 NRCS Conservation Practices, Organic Management and Soil Health
3/13/13 National Organic Program (NOP) Update Webinar
3/26/13 Organic Farming Systems Research at the University of Nebraska

eXtension
3/5/13 Answering “Ask an Expert” Questions and Configuring Your Settings

3/5/13 Institutional Team Web Conference – March 2013
4/2/13 Institutional Team Web Conference – April 2013
5/7/13 Institutional Team Web Conference – May 2013

3/27/13 Moodle Meet-Up
4/24/13 Moodle Meet-Up
5/29/13 Moodle Meet-Up

Farm Safety and Health
3/6/13 Enhancing Safety Training in Dairies: A Cultural Anthropological Perspective
3/26/13 NIOSH 2013 Pesticide Handler Personal Protective Stakeholder Meeting: Motivating Best Personal Protective Equipment Practices
4/10/13 Confined Spaces of Grain Bin Entry

Fire Ants
3/1/13 Don’t Bug Me Webinar: Ants! Ants! Ants!
4/5/13 Don’t Bug Me Webinar: You Have Fire Ants Where?
5/3/13 Don’t Bug Me Webinar: Protect Your Loved Ones From Fire Ants

Home Energy
3/15/13 Green Roofing Webinar

Horses
3/7/13 Best Practices for a Safe and Efficient Equine Facility
3/26/13 Developing Youths’ Life Skills Through Equine Activities
4/23/13 Apr 23, 2013 Developing Real Sportsmanship in a Reality Show World

Horticulture
3/12/13 Landscape business, “Startup to a Million Dollars”

Local Foods
3/20/13 Buying Local Food: Public Perceptions and Impacts

Military Families- Child Care
4/16/13 Intentional Connection: Establishing Positive Relationships Between Child Care Providers and Military Families

Military Families- Personal Finance
4/15/13 Financial Statements
4/22/13 Ratio Analysis
3/4/13 Investing For Your Future 1: Basic Concepts and Investment Products
3/14/13 Investing For Your Future 2: Mutual Funds and Tax-Deferred Investments

Network Literacy
3/12/13 Creating and Editing a Wiki page
3/25/13 Critical Conversation – Digital Badges
4/25/13 Critical Conversation – Evaluation

Personal Finance
3/7/13 Who Gets My Personal Stuff

Poultry
3/27/13 Coaching a 4-H poultry judging team
3/28/13 Producing poultry meat on pastures
4/15/13 Raising guinea fowl
4/24/13 Cooking your way to the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference
5/21/13 Raising exhibition poultry

Urban IPM
4/4/13 Urban IPM on Bats

Volunteerism
3/14/13 Tips and Tools for Recruiting Volunteers
4/16/13 Introduction to Social Networking
5/20/13 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism
5/20/13 Sharing the Best Advisory Leaders Have to Offer: Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) Panel Session

Youth
3/25/13 Examining Pieces of the Immigrant Paradox Puzzle

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web sessions that you’d like included on this list, please add it at Learn.extension.org.

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Learning Opportunities in February 2013 and Beyond

Check out the many learning opportunities listed in “Learn” that provide professional development for you or which you may wish to share with your customers who want to keep current on topics of interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the online sessions listed at Learn (learn.extension.org). Sign in to Follow, and plan to attend. Share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn also. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, and add your web-based sessions.

Popular topics coming up include…
Engaged Advisory Committees: Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) on February 11. This SEAL webinar will focus on successful public engagement exploring a framework to ensure we are intentional and realistic in incrementally increasing the level of engagement of our advisory committees and the public.

Ask an Expert and Search: What you need to know on February 14. This session will discuss: 1) Writing discoverable answers. 2) The kiss of death for Ask an Expert: Duplicate Content 3) Links: You’ve GOT to have them.

Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media on February 14. Hear what’s new in social media. This fast moving session goes beyond the latest statistics to demonstrate what’s working and show you how to benefit from the latest social media trends and tools.

Pinterest for Your Business on March 14. Just when you thought you’d gotten a handle on social media by getting on Facebook and maybe giving Twitter a try, along comes Pinterest. Learn how to better utilize Pinterest for your business.

Upcoming Sessions
(February – May 2013) by general topic:

Ag Energy
February 12 – Switchgrass, Miscanthus, and Arundo growth on Surface Mines in West Virginia
February 12 – Managing Field Cropping to Lower Energy Costs
February 22 – Current and Emerging Biodiesel Feedstocks
February 26 – Energy Efficient Grain Drying
March 5 – Energy Efficient Milk Production
March 19 – Optimizing Irrigation Efficiency
March 29 – Modern Biodiesel Production, fuel quality, BMP’s, and Success Stories
April 26 – Bioenergy Crops Production Trials Update

Dairy
February 12 – Better Milk Quality from Better Mastitis Therapy Decisions
March 18 – Far Off to Fresh Cow — Opportunities to Improve Transition Performance
April 8 – Economic Analysis Tools for Dairy Reproduction Programs
April 22 – New Tools for Dairy Reproduction Programs

EDEN
February 1 – The National Disaster Response Framework (NDRF) and Drought Response Across Agencies and Organizations Webinar
April 30 – Superstorm Sandy Animal and Agriculture Response: Lessons Learned for Improving Planning

Entrepreneurship
March 14 – Pinterest for Your Business

Estate Planning/Financial Literacy
February 7 – So Now You’re An Executor
February 7 – So Now You’re An Executor
March 7 – Who Gets My Personal Stuff

eXtension
February 14 – Ask an Expert and Search: What you need to know
February 26 – Question Wranglers’ Meetup – February 2013
March 5 – Institutional Team Web Conference – March 2013
April 2 – Institutional Team Web Conference – April 2013
May 7 – Institutional Team Web Conference – May 2013

Farm Safety and Health
February 20 – Staying Safe Around Manure Storages
February 28 – Visual Impairments and Their Relevance to Agriculture

Fire Ants
February 1 – Don’t Bug Me Webinar: Fire Ant Home Remedies – What Works, What Doesn’t
March 1 – Don’t Bug Me Webinar: Ants! Ants! Ants!
April 5 – Don’t Bug Me Webinar: You Have Fire Ants Where?
May 3 – Don’t Bug Me Webinar: Protect Your Loved Ones From Fire Ants

Horses
February 26 – Horse Showing Trends from a Judge’s Perspective
March 26 – Developing Youths’ Life Skills Through Equine Activities
April 23 – Developing Real Sportsmanship in a Reality Show World

IPM
February 20 – Growing Healthy Shade Trees with IPM

Leadership
February 11 – Engaged Advisory Committees: Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) webinar

Network Literacy
February 12 – Intro to Google Spreadheets
February 19 – Creating Spreadsheets with Google Drive (part 1 of 2)
February 26 – Creating Spreadsheets with Google Drive (part 2 of 2)

Organic
February 4 – Effects of Climate Change on Insect Communities in Organic Farming Systems
February 12 – Management for High-Quality Organic Wheat and Ancient Grain Production in the Northeast

Poultry
February 14 – So you want to raise turkeys
February 27 – Participating in the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference
March 27 – Coaching a 4-H poultry judging team
March 28 – Producing poultry meat on pastures
April 24 – Cooking your way to the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

Social Media
February 7 – Social Media Analysis Tools
February 14 – Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media
February 21 – Using Content in Multiple Forms
February 28 – Keeping Up with the ‘Technology’
March 7 – Getting the Most from Facebook

Volunteerism
May 20 – National Extension Conference on Volunteerism

Water
February 20 – Public Opinion of Water Issues in Florida

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web sessions that you’d like included on this list, please add it at Learn.extension.org.

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Learning Opportunities in January 2013 and Beyond

Many great options are available in early 2013 for your own professional development or for you to share with your customers who want to keep current on topics of interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the sessions listed at Learn (learn.extension.org). Review the full listing of online events. Log in with your eXtensionID to Follow, and plan to attend. Share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, or add your web-based sessions.

Popular topics coming up include:

Essential Graphics/Design Concepts for Non-Designers on January 15. The focus will be on importance of resolution, tips on scanning images properly, screen captures, image formats, bleeds, binding, linked vs. embedded images, how to organize your files, copyright basics and graphic design fundamentals. Recommended for everyone interested in producing print projects correctly from the technical perspective.

Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media on February 14. Hear what’s new in social media. This fast moving session goes beyond the latest statistics to demonstrate what’s working and show you how to benefit from the latest social media trends and tools.

Upcoming Sessions
(January – April 2013) by general topic

ACE
1/15/2013 Essential Graphics/Design Concepts for Non-Designers

Ag Energy
1/24/2013 Factoring Sustainable Agriculture into the Food vs. Fuel Debate

Conflict Resolution/Difficult Conversations
1/10/2013 Conflict and the Culture of Avoidance in the Workplace
1/24/2013 Handling Difficult Conversations

Backyard Poultry
1/15/2013 Winter care of small and backyard flocks
2/14/2013 So you want to raise turkeys
2/27/2013 Participating in the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference
3/27/2013 Coaching a 4-H poultry judging team
3/28/2013 Producing poultry meat on pastures
4/24/2013 Cooking your way to the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

Dairy
1/14/2013 Potential and Pitfalls for Genomic Selection
2/12/2013 Better Milk Quality from Better Mastitis Therapy Decisions
3/18/2013 Far Off to Fresh Cow — Opportunities to Improve Transition Performance
4/8/2013 Economic Analysis Tools for Dairy Reproduction Programs
4/22/2013 New Tools for Dairy Reproduction Programs

Diversity
1/24/2013 Building Trust with Latino Audiences

Engagement
1/10/2013 Getting Action from Website Landing Pages
1/24/2013 Building Trust with Latino Audiences
2/11/2013 Engaged Advisory Committees: Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) webinar

eOrganic
1/8/2013 The “Ancient” Grains Einkorn, Emmer, and Spelt: What We Know and What We Need to Find Out Webinar

eXtension
1/8/2013 Institutional Team Web Conference – January 2013
1/14/2013 eXtension Overview – Immersive Learning Launch
1/22/2013 Question Wranglers’ Meetup – January 2013
1/29/2013 Ask an Expert and Search: What you need to know
2/5/2013 Institutional Team Web Conference – February 2013
2/26/2013 Question Wranglers’ Meetup – February 2013

Farm Safety
2/20/2013 Staying Safe Around Manure Storages

Fire Ants
2/1/2013 Don’t Bug Me: Fire Ant Home Remedies – What Works, What Doesn’t
3/1/2013 Don’t Bug Me: Ants! Ants! Ants!
4/5/2013 Don’t Bug Me: You Have Fire Ants Where?

Health
1/8/2013 The Affordable Care Act: Guidance for Alabama Employers on What to Expect in 2013 and Preparing for 2014

Horses
1/22/2013 Is it Coping or is it a Vice? A Review of Cribbing, Weaving and Other Stereotypic Behaviors in Horses
2/26/2013 Horse Showing Trends from a Judge’s Perspective
3/26/2013 Developing Youths’ Life Skills Through Equine Activities
4/23/2013 Developing Real Sportsmanship in a Reality Show World

Horticulture
1/8/2013 Pruning with the Pros

Manure
1/25/2013 Manure Application Risk Management Tools and Advisory Systems

Military Families – Financial Literacy
1/3/2013 Selection of Your Estate Executor
2/7/2013 So Now You’re An Executor

Network Literacy
1/11/2013 Google+ Quickstart

Social Media & Mobile Technology for Ag Businesses webinar series
1/17/2013 Mobile Usage and Payment Technology
1/24/2013 Introduction to Linkedin & Pinterest
1/31/2013 Maps & Apps, Mobile and Location-based Marketing
2/7/2013 Social Media Analysis Tools
2/14/2013 Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media
2/21/2013 Keeping Up with the ‘Technology’
2/28/2013 Using Content in Multiple Forms
3/7/2013 Getting the Most from Facebook
3/14/2013 Pinterest for Your Business

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org.

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Learning Opportunities in December 2012 and Beyond

Many great options are available in December and early 2013 for your personal professional development or to share with your customers who want to keep current.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the sessions listed at Learn (learn.extension.org). Review the full listing of online events. Log in with your eXtensionID to “Follow”, and plan to attend. Share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, or add your web-based sessions.

Popular topics coming up include…

Critical Conversation: Personal vs. professional identities in social media on December 7. I’ve heard many questions about handling our personal lives and our professional activities in social media. Special guest, Evan Brown (@internetcases on Twitter), attorney from Chicago, will join several Extension professionals to discuss these considerations.

Financial Frauds & Scams on December 18. This 90-minute web conference will provide participants with an overview of financial frauds and scams including the many disguises. Conference attendees will learn about fraud statistics including trends and patterns, types of financial frauds, fraud protection measures including identifying “red flags,” and steps to take when fraud strikes including resources.

Upcoming Sessions (December 2012 – March 2013) by general topic

ACE (Association for Communication Excellence)
1/15/2013 Essential Graphics/Design Concepts for Non-Designers

Backyard Poultry
12/4/2012 Poultry break even calculator for small and backyard poultry flocks
1/15/2013 Winter care of small and backyard flocks
2/14/2013 So you want to raise turkeys
2/27/2013 Participating in the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference
3/27/2013 Coaching a 4-H poultry judging team
3/28/2013 Producing poultry meat on pastures

Caregiving
12/6/2012 Caregiver Communication Skills: A Voice for Change

Companion Animals
12/6/2012 Considerations for Feeding Raw Diets
12/13/2012 Obesity Management

Dairy
12/7/2012 Feeding Systems for Group-Housed Dairy Calves
12/10/2012 Hoard’s Dairyman Webinar Series: Consistent, efficient TMR feeding
1/14/2013 Potential and Pitfalls for Genomic Selection
2/12/2013 Better Milk Quality from Better Mastitis Therapy Decisions
3/18/2013 Far Off to Fresh Cow Opportunities to Improve Transition Performance

Diversity
1/24/2013 Building Trust with Latino Audiences

Entrepreneurship
12/4/2012 Gathering the Stakeholders: The Process of Community Engagement
1/10/2013 Getting Action from Website Landing Pages

eOrganic
12/11/2012 Orchard Floor Management in the Intermountain West Webinar
12/18/2012 Bovine Milk Fats: A Look at Organic Milk
1/8/2013 The “Ancient” Grains Einkorn, Emmer, and Spelt: What We Know and What We Need to Find Out Webinar

eXtension
12/4/2012 Institutional Team Web Conference – December 2012
12/17/2012 Ask an Expert v2.0 Orientation
12/18/2012 Question Wranglers’ Meetup – December 2012
1/14/2013 eXtension Overview – Immersive Learning Launch
1/22/2013 Question Wranglers’ Meetup – January 2013
2/26/2013 Question Wranglers’ Meetup – February 2013

Feral Hogs
12/18/2012 Current and Future Feral Hog Research

Fire Ants
2/1/2013 Don’t be Bugged: Fire Ant Home Remedies – What Works, What Doesn’t
3/1/2013 Don’t Be Bugged: Ants! Ants! Ants!

Food Safety
12/13/2012 Best Practices for Food Safety in Value-Added Foods

Horses
12/18/2012 Horseplay! A Talk
1/22/2013 Is it Coping or is it a Vice? A Review of Cribbing, Weaving and Other Stereotypic Behaviors in Horses
2/26/2013 Horse Showing Trends from a Judge’s Perspective

Horticulture
12/4/2012 New Plants for Georgia

Manure
12/7/2012 Clearing the Air on Biofilters

Military Families – Pesonal Finance
12/11/2012 Planning Your Financial Recovery
12/18/2012 Financial Frauds & Scams

Moodle
12/4/2012 Developing Online Learning Through Moodle 2–Session 3
12/6/2012 Developing Online Learning Through Moodle 2–Session 4
12/11/2012 Developing Online Learning Through Moodle 2–Session 5
12/13/2012 Developing Online Learning Through Moodle 2–Session 6

Network Literacy
12/7/2012 Critical Conversation: Personal vs. professional identities in social media
12/11/2012 Social Networking: Navigating the Privacy Setting Maze
1/11/2013 Google+ Quickstart

Social Media & Mobile Technology for Ag Businesses webinar series
1/17/2013 Mobile Usage and Payment Technology
1/24/2013 Introduction to Linkedin & Pinterest
1/31/2013 Maps & Apps, Mobile and Location-based Marketing
2/7/2013 Social Media Analysis Tools
2/14/2013 Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media
2/21/2013 Keeping Up with the ‘Technology’
2/28/2013 Using Content in Multiple Forms
3/7/2013 Getting the Most from Facebook
3/14/2013 Pinterest for Your Business

Volunteers
12/4/2012 From Interest to Reality: Keeping Volunteers Interested Webinar
2/11/2013 Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders webinar

Youth
12/3/2012 Click Activism: Youth Civic Engagement Through Online Participatory Cultures
12/6/2012 4-H Guiding Principles #7: Youth Grow and Contribute as Active Citizens
12/11/2012 Social Networking: Navigating the Privacy Setting Maze
12/13/2012 Building Community Relationships Webinar

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org.

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Iowa State Honored with 2012 eXtension Partnership Award

Iowa State University’s Extension & Outreach Technology Web Conferencing Team has won the eXtension Partnership Award.

eXtension Governing Committee Chair Jimmy Henning (l) presents the eXtension Partnership Award to Jeanne Wiebke and Brian Webster of Iowa State

Team members are:

Jeanne Wiebke
Robin Brekke
Lisa Scarbrough
Brian Webster
Bridget Hart

According to nominators: “If you have ever been involved in an Adobe Connect Session, conducted an eXtension webinar, attended an eXtension Virtual Conference, or participated in eXtension Learn sessions, you’ve been touched by this team.

They’ve helped all of us in eXtension and throughout Cooperative Extension as we’ve moved through the world of video conferencing technology with their patience, skill, and expertise.”

The award recognizes truly exceptional service or support to one or more of the eXtension components and/or Communities of Practice.

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