December News Roundup

From all of us at eXtension, we want to wish you a joyous holiday season and Happy New Year! We hope you get time to spend with family and friends and to take time to rest and recharge. Personally, I find uninterrupted time to think to be my recharge mechanism. How about you? Do you use reading, meditation, seeking out other people, or other ways to refill your professional “tank”? Let us know how you like to recharge by tweeting to @eXtension4u and using the #coopext and/or #eXtIC hashtag.

News Roundup

Impact Collaborative. The Impact Collaborative catalyzes next-level Extension programs and professionals! eXtension Foundation is supporting four cohorts in 2018 for anyone at member institutions (and their community partners).

The process for all four will kickoff in January 2018 with Designathon One, and continue with Designathon Two events in April/May 2018. The process will also include tailored professional development events (online), and access to key informants. Selected projects will have the opportunity to apply for fellowships, innovation funding, or invited to serve as mentors/key informants to the 2019 cohorts.

Designathon One. We are now up to TEN Designathon One events! Dates and locations are below.

  • Northeast Region: Portsmouth NH, February 5-7, 2018 (co-hosted by University of New Hampshire Extension); Ithaca, NY, February 20-22, 2018 (co-hosted by Cornell University)  Pittsburgh, PA, February 26-28 (co-hosted by Penn State University Extension)
  • Southern Region: Raleigh, NC, January 22-24, 2018 (co-hosted by North Carolina State University); San Antonio, TX, February 12-14, 2018 (co-hosted by Texas AgriLife Extension & Prairie View A&M University Extension) & Atlanta, GA, March 5-7, 2018 (co-hosted by the University of Georgia Extension and Fort Valley State University Extension)
  • Western Region: Portland OR, February 5-7, 2018 (co-hosted by Oregon State University Extension) & Denver CO, February 26-28, 2018 (co-hosted by Colorado State University Extension)
  • North Central Region: Indianapolis, IN, February 12-14, 2018 (co-hosted by Purdue University Extension). Madison WI, February 19-21, 2018 (co-hosted by University of Wisconsin Extension)

You are welcome to attend the event most convenient to you, even if it is outside your geographical region. More about Designathon One…

Designathon Facilitators. Sixteen innovative Extension Professionals from 13 different states have earned certificates designating them as Impact Collaborative Facilitators for Designathon One. To earn this certificate they participated in a 2 ½ day workshop in which they took a real or imagined project through all six levels of Adobe Kickbox.   Learn who these facilitators are…

Jason HendersonBoard of Directors. eXtension is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2017-18. Serving as chair is Jason Henderson, Purdue University. Vice-chair is Barbara Petty, University of Idaho. Ken LaValley, University of New Hampshire is the Treasurer. Additional members of the board include Gary Jackson, Mississippi State University, Courtney Owens, Kentucky State University, Jane Clary Loveless, USDA NIFA (ex officio), and Rick Klemme, Interim Executive Director, ECOP (ex officio). More on each board member…

national pesticide safety education center logoPesticide Safety Grants. eXtension recently received an EPA Cooperative Agreement to support Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs) at Land Grant Universities (LGUs). As a result of this award, the Cooperative Extension system has a new capacity for contracting with every LGU and using an online portal for application, reporting, and communicating with awardees. This new system meets all the legal, policy, and procurement rules to accept direct federal funding on behalf of the system. The Cooperative Agreement is being handled in partnership with the new National Pesticide Safety Education Center, which has been incubated by eXtension and Crop Life America. More about the online portal…

iDevice Video Production. Some new resources from the University of Wyoming can help Extension professionals interested in using their iPhone or iPad for video.

eXtension logoFrom the eXtension Blog

  • Do you ever ask yourself, how do I best serve ____ in my programs? Don’t wait until the end; involve your audience early and often to keep your impact evaluation on track. Read more…
  • Digital Green has developed an innovative approach to using technology in Extension efforts. Learn more about how your project can be involved in an effort to bring this platform to U.S. Extension. Read more…
  • Are you looking for professional development opportunities around working with people with developmental disabilities? Take advantage of this offering from Rutgers University. Read more…

eXtension LearnUpcoming Webinars

Check out these (among many more) upcoming professional development events listed on

  • Join Gary Felton associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science & Technology at the University of Maryland for a webinar on Compost Health and Safety on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 2:00 pm EST. Find out more… This webinar is number 8 in a series of 12. Find out more about the entire series HERE.
  • Find Support for Your Community by Joining the Food Systems Impact Collaborative – Part 1. Join us to learn how to support your Community with Food Systems programs and projects, through the Impact Collaborative.This 30-minute webinar will go over how to apply for the Impact Collaborative and will introduce you to community project ideas and suggestions: Come prepared to be inspired, share your thoughts, and ask questions! Find out more… December 19, 2018, at 2pm EST. Presenter: Melanie Weir, eXtension Food Systems Fellow

Upcoming Food Systems Impact Collaborative Webinars:

  • Early January (eating responsibly, farm to school yards/ kitchens, farm to chef and tourism, sustainability, greener animals and planet, urban food hub and food shed, and value chain coordination)
  • Mid January (fisheries perspectives, food aggregation & distribution, food banks an allergy and college campus perspective, solidarity purchasing groups and technology for good)
  • Late January (nature connection, regenerative and organic agriculture and agroforestry, pathways to resilience & education programs, slow & seasonal food production, water conservation and health)

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