Two Communities of Practice ‘Soft’ Launch Content

The Drinking Water and Human Health Community of Practice has soft launched content on www.extension.org/drinking_water. National drinking water specialists from Cooperative Extension have created content to provide easy access to current, science-based information on safe drinking water issues. Their goals are to help citizens make educated, cost-saving decisions about drinking water conservation and treatment, and to help them guard against health risks. You can check for general drinking water information and interact with drinking water professionals to answer your questions about:
• Everyday water quality and quantity concerns
• The latest drinking water issues
• The newest treatments and research on best management practices

The Grape Community of Practice has “soft” launched eViticulture, a new resource directed toward commercial viticulturists who need solid, tested, science-based information to improve their skills in the vineyard. The Grape Community of Practice is a nationwide group of professionals with expertise in grape production. All of the states involved have a grape industry, from very large (California) to very small (South Dakota), and all have an increasing interest in grape production. Community of Practice expertise includes integrated pest management, plant pathology, food science, distance education, variety selection, canopy management, and rootstocks, just to name a few. Often individuals possess more than one expertise area, and expertise areas may overlap, allowing for overall strength in numerous knowledge areas.