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#GoodReads from Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation has recently released several new titles on a broad range of topics, from climate and extreme weather to building farm and farm family resilience. Check out our bookshelf to learn more about the work other Extension professionals are doing.

ICYMI, here are a few recent titles that may interest you.

Sustainable Tourism, Agritourism, Outdoor Recreation, and Community Development. Our newest title is The NET Effect. This 57-page ezine contains eight case studies that explore innovative Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant work in sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation. It features programs from Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia. This magazine is an outcome of a partnership of the National Extension Tourism (NET) design team, the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD), and the New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) grant program.

Climate and Extreme Weather. Many of us are considering how our Extension programs can help our clientele adapt to/mitigate the effects of a changing climate and extreme weather events. This report contains a national inventory of Cooperative Extension programs and practices in climate and extreme weather. In addition, it offers Extension educators and upper administration insight regarding successes, challenges, and gaps in programming.

Program Planning and Team Building. If you’re planning Extension programs, take a peek at Engaged Program Planning for Extension Foundation Impact Collaborative Teams. This publication provides context and guidance on community engagement and team building using the Impact Collaborative methodology. The Impact Collaborative helps Cooperative Extension projects, programs, and initiatives be innovative and community-engaged efforts that result in measurable and visible local impact. Whether you are looking to improve an existing program or expand your reach to new audiences, this publication has ideas to help you develop community-based approaches to problem-solving.

Digital Communications, Social Media, and Content Strategy. Are you thinking about how to communicate your Extension story? What about social media and digital communications? This publication features content contributed and curated by Extension professionals from around the country. You’ll find perspective pieces about technology use in Extension and practical information about specific social media platforms, SEO, and content strategy.

You can find the entire library of publications here.

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