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 


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

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

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:
https://umconnect.umn.edu/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.  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
  • Adobe Acrobat Connect Meeting Add-in for Mac or PC
  •  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 wint0146@umn.edu.