Monday, November 3, 2014

Save the Date - National Conference on Protecting Pollinators in the Ornamental Landscape

Save the Date!  The First National Conference on Protecting Pollinators in the Ornamental Landscape will take place October 13 and 14, 2015 at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC.  Hosted by Michigan State University and North Carolina State University, this conference is intended for extension educators, academic and industry researchers, growers, and representatives of related industries interested in or involved with ornamental plant production or maintenance.  Sessions will include research presentations and discussions on topics such as: Function of urban pollinators, threats to pollinators, impacts of neonicotinoids and other pesticides, pollinator-safe products and strategies, and educating the public about pollinators.  For more information, visit http://www.ornamentalpollinators.org/ and look for more details to come!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 2014 Edition of "The County Agent" now available on-line

The October, 2014 edition of "The County Agent" is now available for viewing at http://www.nacaa.com/countyagent/2014-03.pdf

For those of you who are on the mailing list to receive a printed copy - copies were officially mailed on October 2, 2014 - so your edition should arrive shortly.

Friday, September 12, 2014

DAIReXNET Upcoming Webinars


Philip Durst and Stanley Moore
October 6th, 12:00 PM Central Time
Durst and Moore will discuss the results of phone interviews with 158 employees from 11 dairy farms, including:
· Employee turnover rate and employee engagement
· Management makes a difference
· Focus employees on achieving performance standards
· Providing opportunities to learn and develop
· Language and cultural barriers

Dairy Cows Need Adequate but Not Excessive Amounts of Trace Minerals


Providing the correct amounts of bioavailable trace minerals in diets is necessary for healthy, productive dairy cows. Negative impacts relative to the cow, environment, and profitability can occur when inadequate or excessive amounts of bioavailable trace minerals are fed. The 2001 Dairy NRC established requirements for cobalt (Co), copper (Cu), iodine (I), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), selenium (Se), and zinc (Zn), and since 2001, substantial research has been conducted regarding chromium (Cr) supplementation of dairy cow diets. The mineral requirement in most, if not all, U.S.-based nutrition models come directly from the NRC. 

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Information on upcoming webinars and everything you need to know to attend.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NACAA 2014 AM/PIC Evaluation - Now Available

The 2014 NACAA AM/PIC Evaluation on-line Survey is now available for your input.  Please go to https://uaex.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7VedZPX3ikvqXQh to complete.  The Evaluation/Survey will be available through September 12, 2014.
 
Please take a few moments to give your input as this information is vital to future AM/PIC planning.
 
If you had a spouse/guest or son/daughter attend - please make sure to pass on the link to them as well.
 

An email blast was sent out 2 weeks ago to AM/PIC participants - direct from Arkansas - but we have determined that many of you may have not received that notice.

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 

Slides:
Video:

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 http://www.foodintegrity.org/research). 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
317.392.6460
1.888.671.2367
@PURDUE73Ag

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:  https://umconnect.umn.edu/p23457445/https://umconnect.umn.edu/p23457445/

You can also find it archived within the NACAA website at:  http://www.nacaa.com/countyagent/Webinars.php