Thursday, March 26, 2015

NACAA 2015 AM/PIC Registration Now Open - Magazine in the Mail

Early-Bird Registration for the 2015 AM/PIC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (July 12-16, 2015) - is now officially open and will run through May 15, 2015.  The April, 2015 edition of The County Agent was placed in the mail today.  Realizing that it may take several days for the magazine to travel across the country and be in everyone's hands - an electronic copy of the magazine can be found at  This edition of the magazine highlights AM/PIC activities and includes the registration form.  On-line registration can also now be completed at the following link
This link can also be accessed at the NACAA website at  underneath the AM/PIC logo where it says "2015 AM/PIC Registration".
In the printed edition of the magazine soon to arrive in the mail, there is one modification to the registration form which has been made in the online version (as well as in the on-line registration).  The Soils Pre-Tour mentioned in the magazine - was supposed to have a spot on the registration form (page 36) to pay the registration fee.  The line was inadvertently left out of the printed magazine.  If you plan to submit a paper copy of your registration forms and plan attend this pre-tour - you will need to go to the magazine link listed above - and download the revised registration form - which shows this change.  As mentioned above, this change has already been added to the on-line registration, so for the 85-90% of you who register on-line....there is no change, the option to participate in the Pre-Tour is listed.
Please let me know if you have any questions or problems with the online registration process.  We do our best to make sure there aren't any "bugs" in the registration system, so if you find any, please let me know and I'll do my best to get it fixed as quick as possible.

NACAA Executive Director
Scott Hawbaker
6584 W. Duroc Road
Maroa, IL 61756
Phone: 217-794-3700
Fax: 217-794-5901

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Recording of Public Relations & Ag Issues Webinar on GMO now available

The recent Webinar held by the Public Relations & Ag Issues Committee on "GMO's" is now available at

This Webinar - along with other webinars held by NACAA in the past can be found at:

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ag Issues & Public Relations Webinar - March 18th at noon PST

Ag Issues & Public Relations Webinar - March 18th at noon PST

Webinar Topic: GMO
Food Choices and GMO.
Genetically engineered crops, better known as GMOs, have become an item of interest and controversy for consumers, farmers, food companies and policy makers. What are the concerns from the consumer perspective and what are scientists saying about GMOs? How is food labeling impacting consumer choice and purchasing patterns? Join this session to explore the history of GMOs and why they are an important part of food production today. Identify foods commonly containing GMOs and understand the risks and benefits of genetic engineered crops from different perspectives of nutrition, crop yield, and the environment.

Understanding the Facts and Issues Surrounding Genetically Engineered Crops and Foods.

Are current engineered crops safe and beneficial?  Are they being used in a sustainable manner?  How are they regulated by the federal government? Can they coexist with organic crops?  And what do consumers really know about them?  This talk will cut through the rhetoric espoused by proponents and opponents of GE crops and provide the facts surrounding the current GE crops grown in the United States.  While answering each of those questions, Greg Jaffe will bring the Center for Science in the Public Interest's unique science-based consumer perspective to this topic in a way that is both informative and relevant to different professionals involved in agriculture.    

March 18th at noon PST

To participate on March 18th – please log-in to

About the speakers

Diane Smith is WSU Extension Regional Food Access and Nutrition Specialist for Skagit and Whatcom counties in western Washington. Her work includes community food planning, nutrition education and health promotion. Recent ballot initiatives on GMOs and food labeling raised questions from local residents which prompted Ms. Smith to explore the subject to help better understand the risks and benefits of GMOs and provide information to consumers to help in their decision-making process.  

Gregory Jaffe is the Director of the Project on Biotechnology for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (“CSPI”), a non-profit consumer organization located in the United States.  Mr. Jaffe came to CSPI in 2001 after a long and distinguished career in government service as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division and as Senior Counsel with the U.S. EPA, Air Enforcement Division.  He is a recognized international expert on agricultural biotechnology and biosafety and has published numerous articles and reports on those topics.  He was worked on biosafety regulatory issues in the United States and throughout the world, including the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Nigeria.  He was a member of the Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture from 2003-2008 and was reappointed for a new term in 2011.  He was also a member of FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee from 2004-2008.  Gregory Jaffe earned his BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University in Biology and Government and then received a law degree from Harvard Law School. 

For questions –please contact National Agricultural Issues & Public Relations Chair Don McMoran at or by calling Don at (360) 428-4270, ext 225

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

$100 for the 100th Fund Drive Update

$100 for the 100th Fund Drive Update
Back in the October, 2014 issue of the County Agent Magazine, a special fund drive was announced to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of NACAA.  The “$100 for the 100th” fund drive has a goal of helping the NACAA Educational Foundation reach their financial goal of $1 Million by 2025.  The NACAA Educational Foundation is the organization which funds the NACAA Scholarship Program.

We have great news!  Since the program has been announced, we have received over $2,100 towards this effort.  Donations have been recorded from both active and life members alike…although the life members are currently leading in the $100 contributions!  Thank you very much to those members who have already contributed to our special fundraising campaign.

The NACAA Educational Foundation has now issued a special incentive tied to the $100 for the 100th.  Here are the details:
·        *   For every $25,000 in donations received, the Foundation will reimburse (1) early-bird registration fee for the 2015 AM/PIC in Sioux Falls, SD!
·         *  Up to 4 registration fees will be reimbursed:  1 reimbursement for $25,000; 2 for $50,000; 3 for $75,000; and 4 for $100,000 and over
·        *  Incentive is open to both active and life members
·        *  Only individuals donating at the $100 level or above are eligible (no state association donations are eligible) 
      *   Incentive is open to members who do not get their reimbursement through NACAA (ex: committee chairs/vice chairs already get registration fee waived)

Donations for the $100 for the 100th will continue to be received through June 1.  At that time, those who have contributed at the $100 level will be entered into the drawing, and the NACAA Educational Foundation will select the winners.  All levels of contributions are appreciated…from $1 to $100 or more; it all helps the Foundation reach their goal.

If you are not vested in the NACAA Scholarship program, this is a great way to become vested!  A $100 contribution means you are fully vested in the program, and are eligible to receive up to $2,000 in scholarships….where else can you get that kind of return on an investment?  Scholarships can be used for advanced education, attend specialized training or conferences, group tours, giving a presentation at a conference (both domestically and abroad), the list goes on and on…. With travel budgets being reduced in many states, this is one way for you to receive funds to receive your much needed professional development.

How do I make a donation?  You can pay by either credit card or check.  To pay by credit card, simply visit the NACAA homepage ( and click on “Donate to the NACAA Educational Foundation - Scholarship” at the bottom of the page.  

Checks should be made payable to the NACAA Educational Foundation and sent to:
Dwane Miller, NACAA Scholarship Chair
1202 Ag Center Drive
Pottsville, PA 17901
Please include $100 for the 100th on the memo line of your check, so we can accurately track contributions toward this effort.
Thank you for being a special part of NACAA’s 100th Anniversary!
Cynthia Gregg, NACAA President Elect
Frank FitzSimons, President, NACAA Educational Foundation
Dwane Miller, NACAA Scholarship Committee

Friday, February 13, 2015

DAIReXNET Formulating Diets for Groups of Lactating Cows Webinar

Formulating Diets for Groups of Lactating Cows 

Bill Weiss, The Ohio State University  

 February 26, 2015 

 12:00 PM Central Time 

Formulating accurate diets for lactating dairy cows requires users to input body weight, milk production, milk composition and perhaps other factors such as days in milk and parity. If you are only feeding one cow, those numbers are easy to get, but if you are formulating for a group of cows, what numbers should you use?

This webinar will discuss:

· Proper cow specification inputs for various nutrients

· Factors affecting those inputs

· Grouping criteria that result in more accurate diets

Top Ways to Tweak Dairy Nutrition Management to Improve Profitability: Part 2

Excellent dairy managers are always looking for and finding ways to improve the performance and profitability of their dairy herds. Often, the primary emphasis is placed on considering changes to the nutritional program for the milking herd as suggested by current research. In last month’s feature article, some of these potential management areas were explored. Although these areas are extremely important, tweaking the nutritional and management programs for heifers and dry cows is just as important, and sometimes more so. In addition, other components of a herd management program affect the nutrition program and, ultimately, profitability. Here you will find information on some of the areas to consider fine-tuning management programs for dairy heifers, calves, and dry cows and how the nutrition program is affected by other management practices.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

December/January Edition of The County Agent

The latest edition of The County Agent magazine (December/January) is now available for viewing/download at

Printed copies (for those of you who request a hard copy) have been mailed and should be arriving any day via the U.S. Postal Service delivery (realize this takes up to 10 days or so for everyone to receive).

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Registration Now Open for Cooperative Extension Fire Workshop in Tucson!

Dear Cooperative Extension educators,

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for a workshop on wildfires issues to be held next March 10-12 in Tucson, Arizona:

Preparing for Wildfires: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity
A Workshop for Cooperative Extension Educators and Community Leaders

Who should attend?   Cooperative Extension educators and their community partners who are concerned about wildfires

When is it?  Tuesday-Thursday, March 10-12, 2015

Where will it be?  Radisson Suites Hotel, Tucson, Arizona

What does it cost?   Registration is $50/day.  The Radisson is providing beautiful two-room suites with kitchenettes for only $79/night.  A limited number of travel grants will be available to help offset travel costs for Extension educators.  See the Workshop Registration tab on our website for details.

Why should I attend?  This will be a fantastic educational and networking opportunity as Extension personnel from all over the West gather to learn the latest science about wildland fires and how to respond to them.  We will have two full days of presentations and discussions, a poster session, a social reception, plus a field trip up beautiful Mt. Lemmon to see world class scenery and learn how recovery from wildfires in 2002-2003 is taking place.

Is the workshop open to people other than Extension personnel?  Yes.  Please invite your local partners such as planning commissioners, local elected officials, fire chiefs, fire safe or Firewise leaders, and anyone else who might work with you to prepare your communities and landscapes for wildfires. 

Can I bring my family and make it a vacation?   You bet!  We have carefully planned this workshop to be family-friendly.  The hotel suites can easily accommodate a family of four, and the half-price rate of $79/night is available for a total of nine nights (March 6-14).  Low-cost groceries and restaurants are within a few minutes’ walk.  A large shopping mall and a huge park are within a quick, free shuttle bus ride.  The hotel features a large heated outdoor pool and beautiful grounds.  Best of all, the surrounding Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands mountains offer some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and hiking.  See the Hotel/Venue & Travel tab on the website for more details.

What will the weather be like?  Tucson’s weather in March is typically sunny and in the 70s.  
Come join us for a workshop to be remembered.  Learn from national experts on a variety of wildfire-related issues.  Grapple with new issues, see old friends, make new ones, and expand your horizons!  Find all the details at
Questions?  Contact us!  See you in Tucson!

Doug Cram, Co-Chair
Asst. Professor & Extension Wildland Fire Specialist
New Mexico State University
(575) 646-8130

Julie Rogers, Co-Chair
Fire-Adapted Communities Specialist
Tucson, Arizona
(520) 909-0534