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.