Friday, February 1, 2019

Farm Dog Opens Its Precision Agriculture Platform for Free to All Extension Agents

Farm Dog Opens Its Precision Agriculture Platform for Free to All Extension Agents

SALINAS, CALIFORNIA – Farm Dog Technologies, a precision agriculture platform for pest and disease management, is now providing free access to its digital platform for all Extension Agents. 

“We are proud to offer our award-winning precision agriculture platform for free to all Extension Agents,” said Liron Brish, CEO of Farm Dog.  “We have seen firsthand how Extension Agents, the original trusted advisors to growers, have been hampered by budget limitations in their ability to serve grower communities through new, digital methods.  We have made a commitment that going forward, budget will no longer be an obstacle for Extension Agents wanting to utilize Farm Dog in their work.”

The Extension system, with roots tracing all the way back to the mid-1800s, was founded to bring objective, research-based agricultural information to rural America.  It is credited with bringing about the American agricultural revolution, providing significant returns on investment in communities, and directly contributing to agricultural productivity growth.  In spite of its success, the Extension system constantly faces budget challenges. 

To help offset these challenges, Farm Dog has partnered with the National Association - County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), the national non-profit serving Extension Agents, to bring access to the Farm Dog platform to Agents across the country.  NACAA President-Elect Gene McAvoy stated that “NACAA looks forward to collaborating with Farm Dog to make Farm Dog’s top-rated scouting platform available to members and hopes that this partnership will provide agents with a digital tool that will help make them more productive and assist them in better serving farmers.”  

As part of its Extension offering, Farm Dog has pledged to:
1.      Provide its platform for free to all Extension Agents and their teams, including researchers, assistants, and interns, among others.
2.      Create analytics tools for Extension Agents to use at their year-end reviews to summarize their impact in the community.
3.      Donate up to 10% of all revenues to Extension Service within the state in which that revenue was derived. 
4.      Recognize top County Extension Agents with strong impact in their communities.

For more information, Extension Agents can reach out to Farm Dog at
Liron Brish (CEO)
Mobile: 1-512-762-3077

About Farm Dog
Farm Dog is a precision agriculture solution for pest and disease management to help growers and agronomists optimize treatments, increase yields, and promote sustainability.  Leading growers and top scouting groups worldwide rely on Farm Dog in their day-to-day operations to make more informed decisions. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

National Pesticide Safety Education Month Provides Important Opportunities to Promote Safe Use

The second annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month gets underway February 1st, to reinforce core principles of safe handling and use and to raise awareness of and support for the land-grant university Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs).

“PSEPs and their partners in Extension play the key role in public-sector education of certified applicators and the general public,” says Frannie Miller, Kansas PSEP. “County agents are often a major partner in advancing PSEP educational curriculum with private applicators who apply restricted-use and general pesticides,” adds Kim Brown, Louisiana PSEP. 

“Most safe use principles taught to certify and re-certify pesticide applicators apply to pesticide products used on the farm, ranch and around the home,” notes Mike Wierda, Utah PSEP. "Integrated Pest Management programs depend on the information provided by pesticide safety education to ensure that critical consideration is given to human and environmental health when incorporating chemical controls,” concludes Kerry Bernard, Maine PSEP.

Visit the National Pesticide Safety Education Month webpage to review basic pesticide safety principles and more. Everyone is invited to share the link with others to promote safe use of pesticides and your state’s Pesticide Safety Education Program.

Friday, January 25, 2019

NACAA Committee Leadership Opportunities For YOU!


When you read through the Special Edition of The County Agent, it is obvious that committee work and related activities is the essence of what it takes to achieve NACAA’s mission. Historically NACAA has been fortunate to have committed, hard working members fill those leadership positions. This year as every year, there is an opportunity for members to expand and share their leadership and professional improvement skills by applying for committee positions that are open. Becoming active in the NACAA committee structure will provide you with a wealth of both professional and personal growth. Give serious consideration to any of the state and national committee positions that are available.

Application/nominations are currently being accepted thru March 1, 2019

You can view the committee openings (by region and committee) on page 28 of the December, 2018 edition of The County Agent magazine found at:  County Agent Magazine

The application (once logged into the website) can be found under the Leadership Heading on the homepage - then select the subhead Committees - and at the bottom of that page you'll find the listing -
The opportunities are waiting for YOU!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

National Extension Evaluation Conference

Join us for the 2019 National Extension Evaluation Conference (NEEC), a conference designed for Extension professionals who are looking to increase their local Extension program’s evaluation capacity and impact!

March 12-14
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista 1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd Lake Buena Vista, FL

Early-bird registration: thru - February 1 $400
Standard registration: February 2 - March 1 $450
On-site registration: $500

Dr. Matt Benge
(352) 294-1996

Registration Link:

UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

December 2018 Edition of The County Agent now available

The December 2018 edition of The County Agent is now available at

For those of you who requested a printed version - they were mailed 1/4/19 and should be arriving soon!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Journal of NACAA - December 2018 - Now Published!

December 2018 - Journal of NACAA Now Available!

Dear NACAA Member,

Volume 11, Issue 2 of the Journal of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents is now available online at:  or by clicking the article links below.

The next deadline for submitting a manuscript for the June 1 st   issue of the Journal is March 15 th . We are always recruiting members to serve as peer reviewers; please contact me at   if you are interested.

Wilde, T. 
Forstadt, L.A.; Jackson, T.L.; Sadauckas, A.

Rector-Woods, P. ; Nitzsche, P.J.; Mangiafico, S.S.; Rosellini, M.; Ross, D.

Ingram, S.; Dillard, L.; Hancock, D.; Stewart, R.L., Jr.

Hines, S.

Olsen, S. ; Wagner, K.

Boone, D. A; Gould, B. T. ; Boone Jr., H. N. ; Woloshuk, J. M.; Blythe, J. M.

Melendez, M. V.; Kline, W.; Matthews, J.

Warren, W. A.

Yergeau, S. ; Emhardt-Servidio, S.; Pellien, T.; Greene, A.

Yeager, T. ; Campoverde, E.; Felter, L.; Gazula, A.; Glenn, M.; Harlow, E.; Hinton, J.; Holmes, D.; Lollar, M.; McAvoy, C.; Popenoe, J.; Skvarch, E.; Steed, S.; Wiggins, Z.

Harty, A. A.; Olson, K.C.

Lindberg, H. M.; Cloyd, R. A. ; Runkle, E.S.

Chalker-Scott, L. ; Downer, A.J.

Schultz, M. M.; Hyde, C.J. ; de la Mora, A.

Small, M. ; Findlay, R.; Nash, S.

Arnold, G. ; Custer, S.; Richer, E.

Knight, C.; Ray, L.; Sapp, P.; Butcher, S.; Hammond, K.; Cheely, T.; Tucker, J.; Stewart, R.L., Jr.

Barrett, E. E.

Jasinski, J. ; Kowalski, J.

Emm, S. ; Harris, J.; Bishop, C.

Raper, Kellie Curry; Doye, Damona; Derrell Peel

Lee Stivers
National Chair and Editor
Journal of the NACAA
Penn State Extension, Washington County
100 West Beau Street, Suite 601
Washington, PA 15301
Phone) 724-228-6881
Fax) 724-228-6883

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

PILD - Extension Leadership Conference - Deadline to Submit Presentation/Poster

Reminder - Deadline to Submit 

Due Date - November, 14, 2018

Details on Submitting a Presentation/Poster Proposal: 

ublic Issues Leadership Development Conference
Public Issues Leadership Development Conference