IPM Leader receives Excellence in Extension Award

At their national meeting in August, the American Phytopathological Society recognized Center for Integrated Pest Management Director Frank Louws with the Excellence in Extension award for his outstanding Extension activities.

One of the primary examples of Dr. Louws’ Extension-based successes is his NC State University department, the Center for IPM. The Center has multiple cooperative agreements with USDA Animal Plant Health Investigative Service and grant funded projects with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, including the Southern IPM Center. Many of these projects generate new information and translates the information to end-users including farmers, industry organizations and government agencies. Continue reading

Cooperative Agreement on Pesticide Safety Education

EPA is awarding the eXtension Foundation with a cooperative agreement to establish a system to distribute EPA funds to Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs) in State Cooperative Extension Services at Land Grant Universities.

PSEPs will use the funds to provide pesticide applicator training on the safe use of restricted use pesticides by applicators in agricultural, commercial and residential settings. Continue reading

From Research to Extension: 5 Things I Learned When I Changed My Science Career Path

by David Coyle, Ph.D., Southern Regional Extension Forestry

Dr. Coyle is a member of the Southern IPM Center Advisory Council. This post was originally on Entomology Today, but we wanted to share Dr. Coyle’s experience on our site as well.

A couple of years ago, I changed careers. No, I didn’t leave science altogether; rather, I switched from a research career (the “tenure-track” path, if you will) to a 100 percent extension job. Continue reading

NIFA Seeks National Program Leader for Plant Pathology – closes August 23

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released a vacancy announcement for the position of National Program Leader for Plant Pathology on August 3, 2017.  NIFA is looking for candidates who are competent in their science, skilled at planning and evaluation, experienced at forming strategic partnerships, and capable in all facets of communication.  The person hired for this position will influence the advancement of the science by helping to determine agency investments in plant pathology and coordinating the efforts of scientists throughout the United States.  He or she will provide strategic direction for NIFA activities and initiatives that support the agricultural enterprise and will provide agency-wide leadership for the development, coordination, reporting, and evaluation of the agency’s programs in plant pathology and related areas of plant health and protection.  NIFA is particularly interested in candidates with strong extension credentials. Continue reading

Webinar: The Extension Sustainability Database: Connect with Your Colleagues on a National Level

This webinar is scheduled for Aug 3, 2017 3:00 pm US/Eastern.

The Climate Learning Network and the ANREP Climate Science Initiative are hosting this webinar on a new national database of sustainability-focused Extension programs. Dr. Roslynn Brain-McCannon will go through the use and potential applications of this 170+ entry databases that includes Extension programs from 41 states. Continue reading

Abstracts for Journal of Extension Special Issue on Innovation Due June 30

The Journal of Extension Board, in partnership with eXtension, is pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the Journal of Extension Special Issue on Innovation. The 200-word abstracts are due June 30, 2017. Continue reading

Got Data? Learn About Tools for Infographics and Data Visualization

There are many tools, both free and for-cost, for creating infographics and data visualization. Join us on March 2, 201,7 at 3:00 p.m. EST as Dr. Scott Cummings with Texas A&M University highlights tools and examples of Extension program data visualization. Learn strategies for translating your text and data into visually attractive and understandable images that tell the story in less time. This webinar is one of the eXtension series.

This webinar was specifically requested by the members of the Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps and the information will be useful to all Extension Professionals. The presentation will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Register for the webinar… Continue reading