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January 2023

Job Opening: Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator, UC Statewide IPM Program (Davis, CA)

The University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program is seeking an energetic person to coordinate, develop, and deliver educational programs in pesticide safety for users of pesticides in California. In this position, you would provide objective information about pesticide safety and promote sound decision making to reduce pesticide risks to human health and the environment in the context of integrated pest management. You would also serve as the Pesticide Safety...

Alignment with a Stop Light?

You've worked hard to come up with a great plan that will make things easier, remove frustrations, and even save time for everyone. You're proud of it. It's thorough. It's researched. You've consulted people with more experience in this area. You've taken criticism. You've been vulnerable. Now it's time for the big meeting to unveil it. You're excited. Even a bit nervous. It's your turn on the agenda and... Your excitement is met with a mild, lukewarm reception from the team. What happened?

View the Impact Collaborative Summit Climate Resiliency Keynote Speaker Sessions and Panel

The 2023 Impact Collaborative Summit had a special focus on Climate Resilience in collaboration with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy's (ECOP) Climate Program Action Team and included Keynote speaker sessions to inspire and inform participants on how climate resiliency can be integrated into their Extension projects and programs. Keynote speaker sessions and panelists at the Summit included a Climate update from NIFA, a special panel by the USDA Climate Hub and NOAA...

Success at the 2023 Impact Collaborative Summit!

The Impact Collaborative conducted a fantastic three-day Summit centered around Climate Resilience on January 17, 18, and 19th! Twenty-eight new Project and Program teams across Cooperative Extension representing thirty-four institutions attended the Project Acceleration Summit via Zoom This was one of our largest Summits to date, with 130 people in attendance. D uring the three days, teams attended special keynote speaker sessions and were connected with skills, tools, resources, Coaches,...

Learn to Work with Communities to Implement Crime Prevention Strategies

Are you, or would you like to be, working with communities on crime prevention strategies? This is your opportunity to learn strategies to do this. Michigan State University Extension has been working with faculty in the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) and the MSU National Charrette Institute (NCI) to develop training for Extension professionals and communities on how to do crime prevention through placemaking and environmental design. The program is called Placemaking...

Email issues? Read this!

You're wrapping things up for the day & getting organized for tomorrow when a last-minute email pops in. Not wanting to miss something, you check it out. The tone is a bit confusing & leaves you unsure of how to proceed. What did the last sentence mean? Reply? Wait until tomorrow? You decide to wait. The problem is, this little message has now stolen your attention for the next few hours making it hard to move on with your evening responsibilities... This scenario has happened to all...

Engaging rural Latinx immigrant families in health outreach

The next Relying on Rural Resilience webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. Central time. An Iowa State University professor and a mental health counselor will discuss engaging rural Latinx immigrant families in health outreach. This quarterly webinar series highlights findings based on more than 20 years of research with low-income, rural families across the United States.

2023 Extension Foundation Professional Development for Members

We are excited to invite you to join the Extension Foundation for our 2023 professional development events and offerings. We strive to provide relevant educational and professional resources to all our members. This year, we are offering an array of professional development and leadership development opportunities to learn new skills, enhance leadership potential, network with other professionals, and uplift the impactful work happening across the system! Professional Development Members...

Upcoming Climate Education Courses and Webinar series

Extension colleagues - the Cornell Civic Ecology Lab has Online Learning short courses available to staff and community members . Cornell Cooperative Extension Staff have found these useful (and have had parallel discussion groups that align). Sharing in case you are able to share with your staff/colleagues. There is also a webinar series we are tailoring to our staff: - your staff are welcome as well! Please reach out if you have questions.

Leadership Lunch & Learn - Book Review Series

The SR-PLN PSD Committee is teaming up with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture to host a monthly Leadership Lunch and Learn webinar in 2023. The Leadership Lunch and Learn Book Review Series , features leadership experts from across the southern region. All webinars will be hosted on the last Wednesday of every month at 1:15 – 2:00 PM (EST) / 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM (CST). Webinars will be hosted and recorded using Zoom webinar, and recording links will be shared.

UNH Extension seeks Program Manager for New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom

The Extension Program Manager, New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom (NHAITC) Education Director coordinates efforts to fulfill the mission of NHAITC. The successful candidate will work as part of a team to support agricultural literacy development in K-12 youth and educators in N.H. This is a full-time, benefited position located at the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Office in Concord, N.H., that requires office and field work. It is a one-year grant-funded position with the possibility of...

Helping Service Members Overcome Stress and Anxiety Challenges

It’s a new year and many of us are getting back into the swing of things after the recent holiday break. Everyone is getting back to work prioritizing their to-do lists for the upcoming year. Many military service members and their families are doing the same. There are many great benefits to serving in the military, for service members and their families as well. Career and educational opportunities as well as fulfilling a sense of purpose. However, as with any great opportunity, there also...

Happiness Power!

Is your goal to have a little success each day? Can probably guess you said "yes"! In one of my favorite Ted Talks , Shawn Achor says every time we experience some success we move the goalpost for what it means to us. AND...if our overall happiness is connected with that success, it's likely we never get there. What? We're undermining our own happiness? In his happiness research, he's discovered our brains work in the opposite way. A "happiness advantage" can occur when we raise our level of...

Legacy of Selfless Service

Monday, 16 January 2022 is the 36th year of the celebration that remembers Dr. King's lifetime of public service. As well as a federal holiday, it's also known as a day of service when Americans are encouraged to volunteer with charities to help their communities. In one of In one of my first semesters in college, the student body was included in a decision about the number of days off we had for holidays each spring semester. Before the decision there were several "town hall" discussion...


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