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Animal Agriculture Management for a Changing Climate – Using New Ways of Educating Extension Agents

Like humans, production animals are prone to the impacts of climate change, and methods are being researched for producers to decrease their relative contribution of greenhouse gases. A national team of extension educators is developing a web-based educational course to provide extension agents and educators with the knowledge and tools to work with their clients on adaptation and mitigation practices to help livestock and poultry producers cope with the changing climate. The educational modules are web-based using the Moodle platform and include introductory materials followed by specie & region specific information on how farmers and ranchers deal with changing climate and animal management. Each course module includes presentations, voice over commentary, video, interactive participation, certification test, downloadable extension materials, links for further reading, and complete bibliography. The presenter(s) will discuss methods used for developing a national curriculum that is locally accessible and relevant, demonstrate selected course materials, and provide opportunities for audience input on course improvement.

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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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