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ICYMI - Recommended Summer Reading from Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation has recently released several new and previously published titles on various topics, from climate and extreme weather to building farm and farm family resilience. Check out our bookshelf to learn more about what other Extension professionals are doing in their work.

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

Program Planning and Team Building: If you’re using the summer to plan upcoming 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 is a methodology that helps Cooperative Extension projects, programs, and initiatives to be innovative and community-engaged efforts that result in measurable and visible local impact. Whether your team is looking to improve an existing program or expand its reach to new audiences, the Impact Collaborative process, engagements, and activities provide project teams with tools to develop innovative, community-based approaches to problem-solving. Learn more about the upcoming Impact Collaborative, an entirely virtual event slated for October 4th-6th, 2022.

Digital Communications: Thinking about how to communicate your Extension story? This publication features curated and original content contributed 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 that will enable you to apply what they've learned and to take action.

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. It offers Extension educators and upper administration insight regarding successes, challenges, and gaps in programming.

You can find the entire library of publications (now numbering more than two dozen) here. New publications are released regularly, so please check back often.

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