Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ag Issues & Public Relations - Building Trust with the Public When We Discuss the Food We All Eat - Links to Presentation

Below are link to the slideset and video recording of the presentation that Terry Fleck gave for the NACAA membership 


Comments on the program
I think that Terry did an extremely good job of dissecting the needs and wants of the American consumer.  Extension serves as a very important link by not only providing a science-based information to the consumer but also by teaching our farmers how they are perceived, how they can change perceptions and how both us and farm clientele can personalize american agriculture for our neighbors and non-farm clientele.

As an example, one of our local farm groups put out signs in the wheat fields earlier this month with their logo and the statement "Tomorrow's Bread."  After listening to Terry, I realize that we should have stated something like "My wheat, Our bread."  Price would have been the same but it would have conveyed 3 messages instead on 1.  Thursday I will suggest at out meeting that we change the sign.

Friday, June 6, 2014

June 20, 2014 Webinar - Ag Issues & Public Relations - Building Trust with the Public When We Discuss the Food We All Eat

Do you really know why people select what they eat?  How do we play a role in the explaining the science and systems of our modern food supply?  The Ag Issues & Public Relations Committee is excited to announce a webinar opportunity for the NACAA Membership.  Terry Fleck, Executive Director of the Center for Food Integrity, will be discussing with our membership their 2013 Consumer Trust Report (available at The Center for Food Integrity is non-profit organization dedicated to “equipping people in today’s food system with the skills and messages they need to effectively communicate with consumers on issues of concern. ”  Please join us on June 20, 1-3PM EST as Terry works through some interesting insights as to how we can better communicate and build trust with public when we discuss the food we all eat.

 1.  Please join my meeting, Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM Central Daylight Time.
2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended.  Or, call in using your telephone.
 United States: +1 (626) 521-0017
United States (toll-free): 1 877 309 2070
 Access Code: 471-031-862
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 471-031-862
Scott Gabbard
Ag & Natural Resources Educator
Purdue Extension - Shelby County
1600 E State Road 44, Suite C
Shelbyville, IN 46176

Thursday, May 8, 2014

First Timers Webinar Link - Now Available

If you were unable to participate in the recent First Timers Webinar for the upcoming 2014 AM/PIC - the webinar was recorded and can be found at:

You can also find it archived within the NACAA website at:

Monday, April 14, 2014

NACAA First Timers Webinar

2014 NACAA AMPIC “First Timers” Webinar

Presented by NACAA – Early Career Development Committee
Friday, April 25, 2014
3:00 PM Eastern Time

Have you ever wondered about some of the opportunities at an Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement? Have you ever wondered exactly what do I get for attending these conferences? If you answered yes to either question or just want to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your trip, then this webinar is for you! Information will be shared about the NACAA AMPIC to be held in Mobile, Alabama from July 20-24th, the registration process, and tips and tricks from seasoned attendees to help you get the most out of the conference.

The Alabama Association of County Agricultural Agents and Specialists (AACAAS) and the NACAA Early Career Development Committee would like to extend an invitation and encourage you to attend the 2014 NACAA AMPIC. We are very excited about this year’s event and confident that the program offers opportunities for program sharing, motivational speakers, and meeting agents from across the U.S. Plus, the registration fee for any first timer with less than 10 years of experience is FREE!

The first step you need to take is getting registered. For someone new to the NACAA AMPIC, this can be somewhat of a daunting task. There is a very comprehensive schedule to navigate through and numerous decisions that need to be made on what to attend. Well, we’re here to help. The NACAA Early Career Development Committee is offering a free webinar that will hopefully make your decision to attend the NACAA AMPIC process much easier.

An hour-long webinar will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. We plan to highlight the benefits of attending the NACAA AMPIC, what events and activities first timers and others can and should attend throughout the week and finally we will take you through the steps of the registration process. This will be a live webinar, so if you have any questions, the presenters will be glad to help you out.

Login instructions for participants:
Please run the following test to make sure that your computer and Internet speed are compatible:  Consider utilizing Internet Explorer Browser versus Google Chrome. I have been told to stay away from utilizing Chrome for this application. For those of you that have never been on a webinar it is important to make sure that your computer has been setup correctly.

Participants will need the following to participate:
  • An Internet connection
  • A supported operating system and web browser
  • Adobe Macromedia Flash Player 8 or higher
  • Adobe Macromedia Flash Player 9 or higher for Linux and Solaris
  • A sound card and either headphones or external speakers to receive audio

To broadcast audio and video or use screen and application sharing during an UMConnect meeting, you need the following:
  • Adobe Macromedia Flash Player 8 or higher
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  •  Minimum 1 GHz processor is recommended when screen sharing
  •  Equipment for broadcasting audio and video, such as a web camera, headset with microphone, or external microphone and speakers

Please contact your university or institutional Tech Support office if you have any difficulties connecting to the Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Meeting.

On the day of the webinar (April 25, 2014) you can enter the room 20 minutes before the scheduled start time of 3:00 PM Eastern Time. For questions beforehand, please contact Nathan Winter at 320-484-4303 or

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DAIReXNET Upcoming Webinar


 Roger Thomson, DVM  
 April 7th, 12:00 PM Central Time 
 The milking system is the heart of any dairy operation, and requires a lot of consideration! Dr. Thomson will talk about the design and analysis of a milking system, including some reasons a producer might consider changing the milking system, frequency of evaluation, and basic system design. He will also cover regular maintenance concerns and will discuss the National Mastitis Council's analysis fundamentals and goals.  

 Forage Evaluation: Wading Through a Sea of Numbers

Forage analysis reports from commercial feed testing laboratory often can contain more than 70 potential lab analyses. All those numbers have value in specific situations, but rarely, if ever, would one want or need all 70 results for a single sample. Some of the numbers are needed mainly for routine ration formulation (e.g., mineral concentrations) and some of the measurements might be needed to help solve specific problems (e.g., mycotoxin concentrations). A core set of analyses should be conducted routinely all forage samples. 


Monday, March 31, 2014

AM/PIC On-line Registration Now Open

The April, 2014 registration edition of The County Agent magazine has been mailed (just in the last couple of expect a copy in the mail soon...please keep in mind it sometimes takes a week or two to get across the country).   An electronic copy of the magazine is also available online at
Online registration is NOW online as well and can be found on the home page under the Alabama Logo - listed as :  2014 AM/PIC Registration - ONLINE

Early Bird registration (to avoid a late fee) runs through May 15, 2014.
By clicking on the above link - it will take you to the site.  The official link is:
There are hard copy registration forms in the magazine - but the preferred method is online.
Please remember that the online registration form is set up to handle one person at a time.  If you are planning to attend with a spouse/guest/family member - you will need to complete a separate registration for each person.  Why?   Many of you will want to pay for your family members on a personal credit card, and your registration on a different card.  This is the only way to separate payment options.
Credit card payments are once again being handled through the NACAA merchant account handled by PayPal.  Your credit card statement will show payment to "NACAA" not Paypal (in case your University has issues using PayPal).  You DO NOT have to have a Paypal account to pay via credit card.  There is an option to use a PayPal account if you have one - or simply select the option to use any credit card you wish.
Please let me know as you are registering online if you find "glitches" or issues with the registration.  I will do my best to assist with getting it corrected/updated as soon as I am made aware of potential issues.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in Mobile, Alabama - July 20-24, 2014!
Scott Hawbaker
NACAA Executive Director
6584 W. Duroc Road
Maroa, IL 61756
217-794-3700 phone
217-794-5901 fax

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NACAA/SARE Fellows Program Application Deadline Extended - March 31st

 The NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Committee SARE Fellows Program application date has been extended to March 31st, 2014.  The purpose of this program is designed to provide hands-on experience and materials for Four Individuals (one from each Region) to study and become familiar with the basics of sustainable agriculture and alternative farm systems.
The online application can be found at