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

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.

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. 

Follow us on Twitter for updates and conversation on the dairy industry.

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

An archive of all of our past webinars, with recordings and PowerPoint files.

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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.

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 days...so 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 http://www.nacaa.com/countyagent/2014-01.pdf
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: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1666853-MIUG7m8VIw-v3
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 http://www.nacaa.com/awards/apps/

Monday, January 27, 2014

NACAA Communication Award Program Rules Clarification

The Communications Award program committee would like to clarify a few rules for each member to consider prior to submitting award applications/abstracts this year.
Our rules in the County Agent Magazine say, "Entries must have been used by the member between March 15, 2013 and March 15, 2014." This rule is straightforward for most of the categories. 
It is important to note that we want to know when the piece was USED FIRST WITH AN AUDIENCE, not necessarily when it  was WRITTEN or PUBLISHED.  Therefore the published date is not necessarily within the time frame of March 15, 2013 to March 15, 2014.  Often times it is impossible to write, publish, and  introduce a piece to an audience plus determine impact in a 12 month period.   We ask people in the abstract how it was used, what the impact was, etc. That speaks to the USE of the piece not the PUBLICATION of the piece. 
What does this mean?
If the publication date falls outside the program year dates in the County Agent, but the piece was first used in programming within the program year, please provide an explanation addressing this in your abstract.  If it is not addressed in the abstract, the judge(s ) might not give you the benefit of doubt when he/she sees the publication date on the item. 
Additionally, the score sheets have changed this year to reflect the importance of the abstract.  Please follow the rules and the sample format for all NACAA abstracts on page 13 of the County Agent magazine.  It is imperative that your abstract is done this way. The score sheets are available on the NACAA website for your convenience.
Extension editors and/or other paraprofessional Extension Communication specialists are not eligible.  Communications Committee State, Regional and National Chairs are not eligible to participate in this program unless they are one member of a team entry with another person as the primary entrant.    (We receive this question quite frequently)
Class 2 Published Photo, Class 5 personal column and Class 7 - Individual newsletter,  are open to individual entries only.  All other classes are open to entries from one or more NACAA members.
As always, the Communications Committee members are  willing to answer any questions you have.  Please don't hesitate to give us a call or an email with your particular situation. 
It is our pleasure to showcase the talents of our colleagues from across the country through this prestigious competition.  You all do good work and we want to show it off!

Sherri Sanders
County Extension Agent - Agriculture
White County
Office: 501-268-5394
Cell: 501-230-9972

Friday, January 10, 2014

February 18 - Crops and Soil Health Forums to Take Place This Winter at Hundreds of Locations Nationwide

You are invited to attend a free, live broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health and discuss how to build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience in your farming system. On Feb. 18, locations in every state across the country will host Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums where farmers will have the opportunity to learn from one another while exploring local and national perspectives on cover crops.

Facilitated discussions on local issues pertaining to cover crops will follow a live-streamed broadcast of opening sessions from the national conference, including a dialogue with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (invited) and Howard G. Buffett, plus a panel discussion with expert farmers. Because the national conference attendance is limited, the local forums represent a way to include farmers, educators and researchers across the country in the emerging conversation about the use and benefits of cover crops.

"This will be a great opportunity for farmers interested in cover crops and soil health to meet up with like-minded individuals from their local area to discuss both local and national issues related to cover crops," said Dr. Rob Myers, conference chairman and Regional Director of Extension Programs, North Central Region SARE. "We hope that farmers will come prepared with questions and ideas that they can feed back to USDA about programs and assistance needed for cover crops and soil health."
Attendees of the local forums will also have the opportunity to contribute ideas and comments on cover crops and soil health back to the leadership group at the national conference. These comments will be collected by staff at the local sites as part of the local discussion process.

The Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums will be held on Feb. 18 at over 200 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Extension offices nationwide, and are being organized in conjunction with the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Omaha, Neb. Both the national conference and the local forums are jointly funded by SARE and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, with planning support from NRCS, the Midwest Cover Crops Council and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. The Omaha conference is invitation only; the local forums are open to the public.

For more information about the Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums and a list of forum locations, visit www.SARE.org/covercropconference.

North Central SARE funded a national survey of farmers who have grown cover crops, and found that during the 2012 drought, corn and soybean fields that had been cover cropped yielded 9.6 percent to 14.3 percent better than fields that had not been cover cropped. And with an estimated 1.5 million to 2 million acres of cover crops planted in 2012, the practice is increasingly recognized as key to sustainability, productivity and profitability.

Please RSVP to ensure adequate seating and to get specific details about the forum as programs will vary by location. Live streaming from the national conference will begin at forum locations at 9 am Central Standard Time, except at Pacific Standard Time locations, where the broadcast will begin at 10 am.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Webinar - Basic Vaccinology: Why Vaccines Work or Don’t Work

Dan Grooms, Michigan State University

January 13, 2014 12:00 PM Central

Vaccines are a vital part of maintaining the health and well-being of a dairy herd, but have you ever wondered about what makes them work? Dr. Grooms will cover some of the basics of vaccinology, including basic immunology and how vaccines work, as well as the different types of vaccines and important considerations for designing and implementing a vaccine program for your farm. 

Other Upcoming Webinars

February Forage Fermentation: How to Make Good Silage– Dr. Limin Kung


March Dairy Reproduction: Identifying Problems and Solutions for Your Herd– Ray Nebel

Subclinical Hypocalcemia, or Milk Fever, in Dairy Cows — Why All the Fuss?

With the initiation of lactation and continued milk production by the dairy cow, tremendous adaptations occur to support the increased need for nutrients to support milk synthesis. Besides the increased need for energy and amino acids for colostrum and afterward for milk synthesis, the requirement for calcium increases two- to three-fold over those required by the dairy cow before calving.  

Please contact Nancy McGill at nancy.chenault@uky.edu with questions and concerns.