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This is a database available for all Cooperative Extension professionals that contains subject matter content or programming process model publications developed by the Extension Foundation and project/program fellows.

This work is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension grant no. 2020-41595-30123 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Bridging the GAPS: Approaches to Treating Water On Farms

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John Buchanan,jbuchan7@tennessee.edu,University of Tennessee

Chris Gunter,chris_gunter@ncsu.edu,North Carolina State University

Lynette Johnston,lmkleman@ncsu.edu,North Carolina State University

Publication Description

“Bridging the Gaps: Approaches to Treating Water on Farms” is a curriculum designed to help producers understand and address the regulatory requirements for ag water treatment in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Preventing foodborne illness and protecting public health are critically important to producers. Sanitary irrigation water is also mandated by the USDA; producers are required to monitor, treat, and verify compliance. This curriculum, developed by a multi-state, interdisciplinary team of public and private sector experts, focuses on helping producers accomplish key goals, including:

  • Understanding the regulatory requirements for ag water treatment in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA);
  • Finding the right water treatment system for their farm;
  • Developing standard operating procedures; and
  • Ensuring that the proper system is implemented correctly.

Extension's National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being

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ECOP Health Innovation Task Force

Roger Rennekamp - Extension Health Director,rogerrennekamp@extension.org,ECOP

Publication Description

In 2012 ECOP created a national task force on health to identify systemwide priorities. This group produced a National Framework for Health and Wellness, approved by ECOP in 2014. In 2020, ECOP recognized the need to update guidance in this area and appointed a Health Innovation Task Force to provide recommendations for system-level change to further advance Cooperative Extension’s work in the area of health. Those recommendations are included in this document.

Water Saver: Oklahoma Master Irrigator Program

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Sumit Sharma, sumit.sharma@okstate.edu,Oklahoma State University

Saleh Taghvaeian,saleh.taghvaeian@okstate.edu,Oklahoma State University

Publication Description

In Oklahoma, recent droughts have significantly decreased water levels in lakes, reservoirs, and the Ogallala aquifer, putting pressure on farmers and communities that rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.


With water shortages likely to continue, Oklahoma farmers need innovative ways to manage irrigation and minimize risks to their fields and livestock. Inspired by a program developed by the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, Extension specialists at Oklahoma State University created a Master Irrigator program to give farmers a fighting chance against these shortages. This publication documents this program.

Ecosystem Services in Working Lands Practice and Policy of the U.S. Northeast

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Alicia F. Coleman,afcoleman@umass.edu,University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Mario Reinaldo Machado,mariormachado128@gmail.com,University of Vermont

Publication Description

This report documents results from a regional assessment of over 1,300 ecosystem service provisioning programs and policies across the U.S. Northeast, in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia as well as in the District of Columbia. The assessment describes the programs' institutional
arrangements, their incentive structures, and the ecosystem services they provide. This analysis was grounded in four overarching goals for the Northeast region named in the RFP by the Association of
Northeast Extension Directors (NEED) and Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors).

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 1st Edition

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Shatomi Luster-Edward,lusters@missouri.edu,University of Missouri

Publication Description

This publication provides information and resources about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). It contains links to expert presentations, videos, frameworks, websites, and other resources that will prove to be of value to those wishing to learn more about DEI and how to incorporate best practices in their work. It is the 1st Edition.  The 2nd Edition is available here:  https://online.flippingbook.com/view/1049966584/

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 2nd Edition

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Authors (Name, Email, Institution)

Lindsey Lunsford,llunsford@tuskegee.edu,Tuskegee University

Publication Description

This publication provides information and resources about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). It contains links to expert presentations, videos, frameworks, websites, and other resources that will prove to be of value to those wishing to learn more about DEI and how to incorporate best practices in their work.

Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums: A How-To Guide for Onsite and Online Community Engagement

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Authors (Name, Email, Institution)

Bonnie Braun,bbraun@umd.edu,University of Maryland

Maria Pippidis,pippidis@udel.edu,University of Delaware

Jesse M. Ketterman,jketterm@umd.edu,University of Maryland

Shoshanah Inwood,inwood.2@osu.edu,The Ohio State University

Nicole Wright,wright.1128@osu.edu,The Ohio State University

Publication Description

This publication is part of a two-part series. The publication explores the use of forums as a community engagement tool in Extension work. It is a comprehensive how-to guide designed to help Cooperative Extension professionals develop issues forums in both onsite and online settings.

Mass Media: Sustaining Pollinators

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Authors (Name, Email, Institution)

Kara Maddox, NPSEC

Tom Smith,tomsmith@npsec.us, NPSEC

Courtney Weatherbee,cweatherbee@npsec.us,NPSEC

Publication Description

The National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) has been supporting pollinator health since 2017, primarily by providing education and training materials to Extension programs that teach pesticide applicators how to minimize the risk that pesticides pose to pollinators.

Over the last three years, NPSEC has taken its mission to be a premier provider of pollinator protection information to a new, more visible level. Leveraging our unique relationships with several private media companies, we created an opportunity for the Cooperative Extension program at Prairie View A&M University to share its pollinator stewardship research and best practices with a consumer audience in a mass media campaign in Texas.

Commercial media isn’t typically an option for Extension programs. It’s usually expensive and requires business connections that Extension agents are unlikely to have. As a result of its Pollinator Stewardship Pilot, NPSEC and its media partners have demonstrated how robust market research and mass media can be accessible to and affordable for Extension Service programs.

Collaborative Design in Extension: Using a Modified Game Jam to Explore Game-Based Learning

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Matheus Cezarotto, New Mexico State University, matheus@nmsu.edu

Stacey Stearns, University of Connecticut, stacey.stearns@uconn.edu

Jennifer Cushman, University of Connecticut, jennifer.cushman@uconn.edu

Cristina Connolly, University of Connecticut, cristina.connolly@uconn.edu

Robert Ricard, University of Connecticut, robert.ricard@uconn.edu

Barbara Chamberlin, New Mexico State University, bchamber@nmsu.edu

Publication Description

Educational games can be an innovative way for Extension educators to
teach content to any given audience. While many in Extension have an interest and passion for using and designing games, the process may seem intimidating to Extension professionals, especially those without
experience in game design. This eFieldbook offers an alternative to full game design, in which game developers, content experts, and Extension educators collaborate to design a game prototype. This modified
game jam process is budget-friendly and can be completed in a few weeks.

Wellness in Tough Times Toolkit

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Authors (Name, Email, Institution)

Susan Harris, susan.harris@unl.edu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Soni Cochran, scochran@unl.edu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kerry Elsen, kelsen2@unl.edu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kayla Hinrichs, khinrichs3@unl.edu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Julien Hoffman, julien.hoffman@unl.edu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Michelle Krehbiel, mkrehbiel2@unl.edu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Brandy VanDeWalle, bvandewalle2@unl.edu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Publication Description

The “Wellness in Tough Times Toolkit" publication contains resources, stories, and lessons learned by an NTAE team and partners in Nebraska.  The Wellness in Tough Times (WTT) project supports Nebraskans affected by multiple stressors: The continuing downturn in the agricultural economy, a year of record-breaking disasters that impacted Nebraskans from border-to-border, and a global pandemic created challenges that took us all into uncharted waters.

The Google Earth Pro Pilot A Model for Creating Innovative Extension Curriculum

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Sergio Arispe, Ph.D., PAS, rispes@oregonstate.edu, Oregon State University

Publication Description

This ePublication, The Google Earth Pro Pilot: A Model for Creating Innovative Extension Curriculum, provides an integrative model that Extension professionals can use to restructure existing curriculum or
create new curriculum that is technologically innovative and can serve audiences online, face to face (FTF), or in a format that combines virtual and in-person learning.

Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: Creating a Virtual Conference for Low-Resourced Communities

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Krystle J. Allen, krystle_washington@suagcenter.com, Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center
Marlin Ford, marlin_ford@suagcenter.com, Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center
Kiyana Kelly, kiyana_kelly@suagcenter.com, Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center
Angell C. Jordan, angell_jordan@suagcenter.com, Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center

Publication Description

This book documents the process used to develop a virtual conference for low-resourced communities focusing on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. We believe this is a model other Extension teams can adapt and use.

Navigating the Grocery Store Aisle: Understanding "Non-GMO" & Other Food Labels

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Stacey Stearns, stacey.stearns@uconn.edu, University of Connecticut
Cristina Connolly, cristina.connolly@uconn.edu, University of Connecticut

Publication Description

Navigating the grocery store aisle is challenging - This guide shares how an interactive mobile app was developed to understand "non-GMO" & other food labels.

The Juntos Program: An Extension Program’s Journey to Serving a Growing Community

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Diana Urieta, dmurieta@ncsu.edu, North Carolina State University

Publication Description

Juntos focuses on educating high school Latinx students and their families with the knowledge, skills, and resources to ensure high school graduation and increase college access and attendance rates. We will share this journey of expansion beyond North Carolina.

Prescribed Fire Education & Training: From the Extension Fire Program at Oregon State University

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Carrie Berger, carrie.berger@oregonstate.edu, Oregon State University

Publication Description

Prescribed fire is the intentional application of fire that minimizes the risk of wildfires, ensuring that landscapes and watersheds are resilient, healthy, and productive. We hope you are inspired to develop a prescribed fire program to meet the diverse landscape in your state.

About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2020-41595-30123 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and membership funding. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, please visit extension.org. You can view the terms of useat extension.org/terms.

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