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 http://www.nacaa.com/countyagent/2014-04.pdf

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 www.tucsonfireworkshop.org
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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NACAA Seeks Editor for Journal of the NACAA

NACAA is seeking to fill the (3-Year) Special Assignment of Editor for the Journal of NACAA beginning July 29, 2016 following the 2016 AM/PIC held in Little Rock, Arkansas. (This is a correction from the original email sent)

A brief summary of the position job description can be found at:  http://www.nacaa.com/journal/chair_description.php

A copy of the application can be found at:  http://www.nacaa.com/committees/journal_chair_application.docx
and must be submitted by no later than March 15, 2015 and sent directly to NACAA Secretary Matt Herring electronically at HerringM@missouri.edu

Current Editor Stephen Brown from Alaska will be concluding his current 3-year term at the end of the 2016 meeting in Little Rock, and has done an outstanding job serving in this capacity.  The NACAA Board of Directors would like to select a new Editor at the Spring Board Meeting (early April, 2015) so that ample time can be taken to cross-train with Stephen to make the transition seamless during the one year period.

For more information regarding the position, please feel free to contact Stephen Brown at 907-745-3360 or scbrown4@alaska.edu or by contacting NACAA Executive Director Scott Hawbaker at 217-794-3700 or nacaaemail@aol.com

Monday, November 24, 2014

RFP for Editorial Service for The Journal of Extension

Extension Journal, Inc. seeks proposals for editorial oversight and practices for publication of
the corporation’s flagship product, the Journal of Extension. The Journal of Extension (JOE)
creates opportunities for professionals and students to publish intellectual, creative work;
nurtures and develops emerging scholars and new authors in the publication process; encourages
professional development; and advances the theory and practice of the Cooperative Extension
System.

Detailed information regarding the position can be found at:  http://www.nacaa.com/positions/RFPforJOEEditoralService.pdf

2015 National Extension Energy Summit - April 7-10 2015


2015 National Extension Energy SummitClimbing Toward Energy Sustainability
The National Extension Energy Summit (NEES) 2015 is an opportunity for Extension professionals to share experiences and information, learn from successes and challenges, and build new partnerships for energy programs. The Summit will bring together expertise from Extension supporting: sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency, biomass energy programs, and other exciting energy areas.

More information can be found at:  http://events.cahnrs.wsu.edu/2015energysummit/

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.