Monday, November 29, 2021

NACAA to unveil NEW WEBSITE December 1st

 NACAA to unveil NEW WEBSITE December 1st will have a NEW Look starting December 1st.

The process of "switching on" the new site may take 24-48 hours to reach everyone across the country, but it will be functional very soon.  Our plans are to flip the switch officially on December 1, 2021.

For security reasons, you will need to create a new password for the site in order to log-in.  If you see a series of short video clips running (similar to the image above)'ll know you are on the new site.  If you don't see the short video clips....please wait to do the new password update until the new site is viewable to you.

In the upper right hand corner - you will see a Log-in header.  Click on that - and then click on the Forgot Password link.  You will be asked for your username.  Most of you have you have used your email address as your username on the old site (but a few of you had created a different user name in the old system).  Once you enter your username - an email will be sent to the email address we have on file, allowing you to then create a new password.  If for some reason you don't remember your username - send me an email at and I'll see what I can find on this end.

Upon logging in - you will first be taken to your Member Profile page.  Please make updates to your address/contact info if what we have isn't up to date.  You will also notice on this page - there are options to select what your Member Specialties are, as well as let us know if you are interested in serving as a Promotion/Tenure reviewer.  Please make sure to edit/update as many of the items as you can within the Member Profile page (Edit My Profile), as it is useful information to our National committees and other members when trying to search for you.

NACAA will be posting and emailing links to short "How-To" videos for various elements of the website.  As we enter into the new year, the award application, presentation, scholarship, Journal of NACAA and Membership Dues submission processes will be different than before.  Member Dues are still coordinated by each state association - so please contact your state leadership on the process for submitting dues.  

For state leadership - if you haven't updated your State Officers or State Committee Chairs within the system - you will now have to submit those lists directly to NACAA for input by the National Office.  For security reasons - we are unable to give access to state leaders to update that information direclty on the site.  Please email those lists to:  

We hope you will enjoy the new website!  We've tried our best to make this site more user friendly and easier to find what you need...quicker.  As with any new project, there are bound to be small "glitches" that need to be "fixed".  If you find something that isn't working, or just doesn't look quite right, please let us know and we'll do our very best to get those issues resolved as quickly as possible.

Thanks for your membership in NACAA!

Scott Hawbaker

NACAA Executive Director

6584 W. Duroc Road

Maroa, IL 61756


Friday, June 11, 2021

2021 Meet the Candidates/AGility Session 3: AGility on the Farm - Videos added to YouTube

Dear NACAA Members,


Two recent videos have been uploaded to NACAA's YouTube Channel - 

NACAA 365 Webinar - AGility Session 3: AGility on the Farm held July 9, 2021 - link:

2021 NACAA Meet the Candidates - June 10, 2021 - link:

Subscribe to our NACAA YouTube channel to get notifications everytime one is added:

Thursday, June 10, 2021

2021 AM/PIC Registration Reminder - Deadline

 Just a friendly reminder that the deadline to register for the 2021 NACAA AM/PIC is June 30, 2021.  Registration can be found here:

The deadline to register for the Wine & Cheese Tasting event is June 15, 2021.  Registration can be found here:

Monday, May 17, 2021

Youtube Link for Webinar #9 - AGility Session 1: The Changing Landscape of Farm Profitability

NACAA 365: Webinar #9 - AGility Session 1: The Changing Landscape of Farm Profitability

Here's a link to the recorded webinar on NACAA's YouTube Channel:

Thursday, April 22, 2021

April Edition of The County Agent in the mail and now available online + AM/PIC Registration Info

 Dear NACAA members,

The most recent printed edition of The County Agent was mailed this week and should be on the way to your address on file.  Many of you requested an electronic version.  The PDF file link can be found at:

Registration for the upcoming 2021 NACAA Virtual AM/PIC will be May 1st to June 30th.  A separate e-blast will be sent to members with a link for that registration site on May 1st.  The registration fee for Active members is $100 and for Life members who want to participate in the entire conference the fee will be $25.  Life members will have the option to register only for the Life Member Business meeting and a couple of workshops - for free - via Zoom.  The primary AM/PIC will be utilizing the Microsoft Teams platform (similar to last year).

This edition of the magazine does have a 2 page tentative schedule listed for the AM/PIC (which can also be found at:  More information regarding other new and exciting activities within virtual AM/PIC will be available soon and published in the June edition of The County Agent.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

NACAA 365: Webinar #6 Youtube Link Now Available

NACAA 365: Webinar #6 - Video Production to Maximize Extension Program Impactwas held on March 24, 2021

Here's a link to the recorded webinar on NACAA's YouTube Channel:

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

NACAA Agricultural Awareness and Appreciation Award


Good Afternoon NACAA Members:

The NACAA Public Relations & Agriculture Awareness Committee would like to encourage you to highlight your programming efforts by applying for the NACAA Agricultural Awareness and Appreciation Award.  A description of the award and the judging criteria can be found at   or on page 8 of the December, 2020 edition of   The County Agent .  As NACAA members, you are doing great work in raising agricultural awareness and your efforts need to be highlighted at a state, regional, and national level.  The on-line application can be found at   and the completed application is due by March 15, 2021.

If you have questions concerning the award please contact one of the following committee members: Tyrone Fisher, National Chair, ; Tori Jackson, Northeast Region Vice-Chair, ; Kathryn Holmes, Southern Region Vice-Chair, ; Suzanne Mills-Wasniak, North Central Region Vice-Chair,   ; Wendy Becker, Western Region Vice-Chair,


Thank you and we look forward to your application,


NACAA Public Relations & Agriculture Awareness Committee

Thursday, February 25, 2021

NACAA 365: Webinar #4 (Communications) YouTube Link now available

 NACAA 365: Webinar #4 - How to NOT get your Communications Award Application disqualified, and maybe even winwas held on February 24, 2021

Here's a link to the recorded webinar on NACAA's YouTube Channel:

Thursday, February 18, 2021

2021 AM/PIC Shifted to Virtual Platform

 Dear NACAA Members,

12 months ago; I was traveling home from a Face-to-Face Extension Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas!   Today I am writing to you from my “Home” office in northern Pennsylvania.  My extension programs have had to turn, been adapted and or shifted, just like I have heard from many of you also.

As you are all aware, our 2021 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference (AM/PIC) is scheduled in downtown Philadelphia July 4-8, 2021.  Over the last several months the NACAA Board of Directors has been monitoring the ever-changing situation with COVID-19.

With so many uncertainties at hand (the safety and well-being of our members, hotel room capacities, slow-roll out of vaccinations, time needed to plan an in-person event, travel restrictions, etc.) the decision has been made that NACAA will need to hold our AM/PIC virtually for 2021.  NACAA has been able to successfully negotiate out of our contractual obligation with the Downtown Philadelphia Marriott.

The Northeast region has done a remarkable job of planning an exciting in-person meeting, but the circumstances at hand just became impossible to fulfill that preferred method of meeting.  We wish to thank the Northeast region for bidding to host this meeting 4 years ago and do hope in the future to hold our AM/PIC once again in the Northeast when conditions improve.

Although exact details of what type of virtual platform will be utilized for the 2021 AM/PIC are still being determined, we wanted you to be aware of the decision and plan to hold the dates of July 6-9 (a shortened 3+-day event) for this year’s virtual AM/PIC. 

The NACAA Board of Directors, National Committee leadership and the NE host region planning committee will have significant involvement in planning an even more robust virtual offering to you.  We do plan to implement several additional elements to this year’s platform including more interaction between members, award winner honor celebrations, presenters, and sponsors/exhibitors.  We look forward to your involvement and participation.

More details regarding registration, meeting offerings and timelines will be shared in the near future.  Until then, save the date, stay safe and continue your phenomenal role of Extension Educators to the best of your ability.  Our world is ever-changing, but if anyone can “pivot” when needed, it is you!

Thank you again for your understanding and your support of NACAA!

J. Craig Williams   NACAA President

Friday, February 12, 2021

YouTube Link for Webinar #3 - In It to Win It - Search For Excellence

NACAA 365: Webinar #3 - In it to Win It:  How to submit a winning Search For Excellence (SFE) Entry  was held on February 10, 2021

Here's a link to the recorded webinar on NACAA's YouTube Channel:


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Award Winning Posters - YouTube link and Presentation Link

 NACAA 365: Webinar #2 - Award Winning Posters was held on January 27, 2021

Here's a link to the recorded webinar on NACAA's YouTube Channel:

Here's a PDF link for the actual PPT Presentation:

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Upcoming NACAA Webinars


All Scheduled for 1:00 EST

January 27, 2021
Award Winning Posters!
The ins and outs of entering, creating, and the judging criteria for 
the NACAA Professional Excellence poster contest.

February 10, 2021
In It to Win It: How to submit a winning SFE Entry
The National Search For Excellence committee will discuss how to 
write a successful SFE application. Be in it to win it!

February 24, 2021
How to NOT get your Communications Award Application 
disqualified, and maybe even win!
The National Communications Award committee will discuss each 
award category, board changes, and common pitfalls 
that get applications disqualified.

March 10, 2021
Zoom Tips, Tricks, and Tools
Webinar participants will be introduced to Zoom basics for hosting, 
recording, sharing videos, and polls.

March 24, 2021
Video Production to Maximize Extension Program Impact
Presenters will highlight differences between affordable and high 
quality hardware and software for video production.  

April 14, 2021
Changes to the Food System After Covid
Explore the long-term effects/changes of Covid upon food 
production, food processing and distribution, groceries, 
restaurants, food selection, etc.

April 28, 2021
Show Me the Money-Writing a Successful 
NACAA Scholarship Application
Short and to the point is great but this webinar will offer tips on: 
What to include or leave out when applying; how the application 
moves through the chairs/committees including the timeline; 
and what sways a favorable 'YES' vote.

May 12, 2021
AGility Session 1: The Changing Landscape 
of Farm Profitability
A retrospective, current, and future view of farm profitability 
in the United States.

May 26, 2021
AGility Session 2: Farm Profitability Factors
Exploring the impact of scale, diversification, market volatility, 
climate change, the global economy, horizontal differentiation, 
vertical integration, regulations and marketing on farm profitability. 
How can growers maximize profitability under current conditions? 
We will explore the use of food/consumer surveys, 
marketing techniques, vertical integration and horizontal differentiation.

June 9, 2021
AGility Session 3: AGility on the Farm
Identifying obstacles and opportunities to farm diversification 
and modification, including social, climatic, 
economic and regulatory factors.

June 23, 2021
AGility Session 4: Creating Resources to Support Farm Success
Learn the keystone resources and considerations to help 
create economic stakeholder success.  This session will 
focus on providing ag agents the tools to help growers 
consider their goals, create budgets, understand market 
analysis, thoughtfully explore the risks and benefits, 
as well as identify resources outside of the University. 

August 11, 2021 & August 25, 2021
More Information Coming Soon!

Friday, January 15, 2021

New Additions to NACAA Youtube Channel

NACAA has recently uploaded a few videos which may be of interest to you - we wanted to share direct links for your viewing.

January 13th - NACAA 365 Webinar 1 - Translating Farm to Food: Have you looked into agriculture’s future?  Link:

January 5th - NACAA State Officers Workshop 2021 


NACAA AM/PIC 2020 General Session (Kenote Address)


Please remember - if you subscribe directly to NACAA's Youtube channel - you'll get notifications when new videos are uploaded.  The direct link to the NACAA Channel is: NACAA Youtube Channel

Thank you for your support of NACAA!

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Webinar Invite - Jan. 13, 2021 - Translating Farm to Food: Have you looked into agriculture’s future?

Pre-registration Required (see link below)


NACAA members,


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jan 13, 2021 01:00 PM Indiana (East)
Topic: Translating Farm to Food: Have you looked into agriculture’s future?

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Webinar Speaker

Michele Payn, CSP
Michele Payn, CSP, connects the people and science of food and farming as principal of Cause Matters Corp. She is known for being a community catalyst, a passionate advocate for global agriculture - and antagonizing people into action. Michele has worked with farmers in more than 25 countries, raised over $5 million in sponsorships for the National FFA Foundation and founded AgChat and FoodChat on Twitter. She is the author of three books: Food Bullying, a #1 best seller & IPPY gold medalist; Food Truths from Farm to Table, an IPPY bronze medal winner; No More Food Fights!; and hosts the Food Bullying Podcast. Michele's degrees are in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Michigan State University. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to less than 10% of professional speakers globally. She resides with her 'city slicker' husband and cow-loving daughter on a small farm in central Indiana.  

December 2020 Edition of The County Agent Now Available Online

Dear NACAA members,


The most recent printed edition of The County Agent was mailed this week and should be on the way to your address on file.  Many of you requested an electronic version.  The PDF file link can be found at: