Monday, February 1, 2016

National eXtension Conference Registration Available

National eXtension Conference Registration Available

All Extension professionals—agents, educators, faculty and specialists as well as directors, administrators and other Extension leaders—are invited to attend eXtension’s National eXtension Conference 2016 (#NeXC2016) March 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk. Information and registration is available at

The conference will focus on the priorities of eXtension’s new i-Three Initiative: Issues, Innovation, Impact. The conference will be conducted on two tracks:

Professional Development—peer-developed and taught offerings in traditional and new formats, including Workshops, Ignite sessions and Knowledge Caf├ęs on topics such as social media strategies, impact measuring and reporting, storytelling, Citizen Science, effective presentations, spotting emerging issues and more

i-Three Issue Corps —an intensive 2.5 day session exclusively for the 126 new members of eXtension’s i-Three Issue Corps to advance their 72 individual and team innovation projects on the issues of climate and food systems Professional Development track attendees will share several sessions with i-Three Issue Corps members and have an opportunity to learn about their projects and process. All attendees will also receive early insights into eXtension’s 2016-2017 plans, opportunities and partnerships.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Raney

Thursday, December 3, 2015

DAIReXNET Upcoming Webinar: Using Social Media to Deliver Extension


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Upcoming Webinar: Using Social Media to Deliver Extension 
The use of social media in public engagement and extension is a relatively new phenomenon, and many scientists are cautious about using it professionally. Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam will join us on December 15th to discuss the prevalence of social media in extension work, how she and her colleagues at UC Davis have used it, and some of the potential risks and pitfalls of using various platforms.

Watch the recording of Dr. Proudfoot’s webinar, in which she discussed what makes animal handling so important! In addition to the whys, you can also learn how to tell when your farm could use a training program.

New Feature Article: Simplified Scoring System to Identify Respiratory Diseases in Dairy Calves
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD), also known as shipping fever or pneumonia, is a significant problem for dairy replacement heifers. According to reports from the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), 18.1% of pre-weaned dairy heifers experienced respiratory disease (USDA 2012), but respiratory problems accounted for 22.5% of deaths in unweaned heifers and 46.5% in weaned heifers (USDA 2010). That means respiratory disease is the single greatest cause of heifer deaths after weaning.

Bovine Leukosis Virus
Bovine Leukosis Virus, also sometimes referred to as “Bovine Leukemia Virus” or BLV has been recognized as a cancer-causing virus in cattle for over 4 decades. Despite widespread distribution in the United States, the virus usually has a minor economic impact on commercial dairies and has thus been ignored while attention is focused on more obvious issues such as lameness, mastitis, breeding problems, and infectious diseases such as BVD (Bovine Virus Diarrhea) or Johne’s disease (Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis). However, with a recent report that BLV could be associated with breast cancer in women, we may no longer have the luxury of treating BLV as a virus confined just to animals. Now we may be forced to deal with it as a public health concern.

Feeding Frosted Forages
During the fall of the year, the risk for frost poses some concerns for forages fed to dairy cattle. The damage from the frost can certainly affect the levels of dry matter (DM) and nutrients in the plants, but depending on forage type, the risks for prussic acid or nitrate poisonings may exist.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Snow Control Tools Webinar - December 2, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Join Us for Two WebinarsSNOW CONTROL  TOOLS

10:00—10:45 A.M. (CENTRAL TIME)


1.      Cost-Benefit Tool (value of these snow control measures)
·         Modifying road ditches
·         Planting living snow fences
·         Leaving standing corn rows
·         Installing structural snow fencing
2.      Snow Fence Design Tool (where snow fences are placed)

1:00—1:45 P.M. (CENTRAL TIME)


Diomy Zamora
Extension Educator
Eric Ogdahl
Research Assistant
Gary Wyatt
Extension Educator

Thursday, October 22, 2015

October Edition of The County Agent - Posted

October Edition of The County Agent

The latest edition of The County Agent magazine (October/2015) 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, October 20, 2015

JCEP Leadership Conference Proposals – November 2 Deadline

Don’t forget! Deadline For JCEP Leadership Conference Proposals – November 2

JCEP’s Leadership Conference will be February 10 and 11, 2016, at The Tropicana in Las Vegas.  “Leadership Across Generations” is the theme for the 2016 conference.  The planning committee is seeking proposals for concurrent sessions, “Ignite” Sessions, and Roundtables discussions that will enhance the leadership skill and abilities of Extension Professionals.  Proposals are being accepted now. If selected, you will have an outstanding opportunity to present at a national meeting to your peers from across the country.  Go to for details. November 2, 2016 is the deadline for proposals, so act now!

Deadline for Public Issues Leadership Development Conference Concurrent Session Proposals - November 6
The 2016 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference planning committee is seeking proposals for oral presentations for next year’s conference, April 12-15, 2016; at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Virginia. This year’s Theme is “Innovation: The Story of Extension.”  The focus of the proposals should be on the professional development of Extension professionals and volunteers rather than being program reports. 

This is an excellent opportunity to share in methods used in communicating the value of Extension programs and building partnerships to enhance programming efforts. Go to to get additional information about this opportunity to present at this outstanding conference that is sponsored by the Joint Council of Extension Professionals.  Keep in mind that the deadline for submissions is Friday, November 6, 2016. Submit your RFP today!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Protecting Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes Conference - October 1 Deadline

The deadline for registration is October 1, 2015 …. We now have 184 people signed up – so only 16 seats left. 3 seats left on the Biltmore tour.

If you are interested see the link for registration ASAP !!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 AM/PIC Proceedings Now Available On-line

The 2015 AM/PIC Proceedings has now been posted online and can be found at