eXtension Supports 2014 Farm Bill Educational Activities

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eXtension will support many aspects of States delivering training to producers concerning the 2014 Agriculture Act.

eXtension’s Ask an Expert widgets will be used on web sites including state cooperative extension, USDA Farm Services Administration (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other partner sites to connect users with the appropriate Cooperative Extension, FSA, and NRCS experts. Each Ask an Expert widget will be customized based upon the pool of experts and include a protocol to ensure quality and rapid response.

A national Learning Network, will be supported by Extension, FSA, and NRCS experts, state institutions, relevant State and/or Federal agencies, and eXtension staff. The Learning Network will facilitate coordination of efforts, conversations, provide a place for collaboration, and house or direct users to curriculum, as needed and appropriate, that would be regional and national in scope.

eXtension will make available its web conferencing system to support educational programming and producer training.

A social media plan will be developed that integrates State Extension to maximize and leverage content and to stimulate interaction with online audiences with high priority placed on interactivity, responsiveness, and directing users to local expertise.

eXtension will also support a state producer educational training evaluation survey, data collection, and reporting functions.