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Walcott, Eric; Triezenberg, Heather A. – Journal of Extension, 2020
We conducted research to examine 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant and Sea Grant Extension program leaders' perceptions about Extension public policy education (PPE). Most agreed that PPE is important work. Existing PPE has focused on issue-oriented community development, natural resources, or agriculture topics. Our results indicate that there is…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Extension Agents, Financial Support, Grants
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Anderson, Kathleen P.; Pulec, Kate E.; Skelly, Christine D.; Wright, Ashley D.; Greene, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Extension, 2020
Our multistate group of state horse specialists produced and evaluated impacts from six webinars and online short courses (webinar plus additional content) addressing current industry issues: pasture-associated laminitis, equine herpesvirus-1, disaster preparedness, sales fraud, rescues/rehoming, and manure management. We identified no differences…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Internet, Seminars, Web Based Instruction
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Harder, Amy; Narine, Lendel K. – Journal of Extension, 2020
The personal effectiveness of Extension agents is a topic continuously researched, yet problems persist, suggesting that not enough is yet known to improve the situation. We undertook a study to determine the personal effectiveness competency training needs of agents in Florida, specifically looking at time management and work-life integration…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Educational Needs, Time Management, Family Work Relationship
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Russell, Mia B.; Liggans, Girvin L. – Journal of Extension, 2020
We conducted a cross-sectional study grounded in job demands--resources theory to examine the relationship between job characteristics and burnout across Extension disciplines. Job demands predicted burnout regardless of discipline; however, job resources predicted burnout for only three of the five disciplines studied--agriculture, family and…
Descriptors: Burnout, Case Studies, Correlation, Rural Extension
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McCann, Roslynn Brain; Apel, Mark; Dove, Clark; Madhosingh-Hector, Ramona; Searcy, Jennison Kipp; Kay, David – Journal of Extension, 2020
According to the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, without urgent global changes, climate catastrophe caused by warming of greater than 1.5°C will occur by 2030, endangering the planet's capacity to sustain human populations and livelihoods. The National Network for Sustainable Living Education administered a national survey in…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Sustainability, Extension Education, Climate
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Bowman, Brittany A.; Denny, Marina D.; Stone, Amanda E. – Journal of Extension, 2020
On-farm bacteriologic culturing (OFBC) provides quick and inexpensive mastitis diagnosis, but commercial adoption of this innovation has been low in Mississippi. We implemented an Extension-led trialing program to identify reasons for producers' lack of OFBC adoption, explore change in producers' knowledge and perceptions of OFBC, and assess the…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Agricultural Occupations, Innovation, Adoption (Ideas)
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Jacobs, Laurel; Orzech, Kathryn; Goodman, Greg; LeGros, Theresa; Martinez, Stephanie – Journal of Extension, 2020
Coalitions are central to Extension's community-based programs. To assess characteristics that support well-functioning coalitions and to support coalitions in which Extension stakeholders participate, we used the Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory to assess 10 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education coalitions on the basis of…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Nutrition, Social Services, Outreach Programs
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Dorn, Sheri; Hobbs, Keri G. – Journal of Extension, 2020
Georgia 4-H and Extension master gardener (EMG) volunteers were surveyed following required online trainings. Most respondents had access to high-speed Internet via personal computers. No significant differences existed regarding familiarity with, comfort with, or use of technology applications among the groups of 4-H and EMG volunteers surveyed.…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Extension Education, Gardening, Volunteers
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Gusto, Cody; Silvert, Colby; Diaz, John; Carton de Grammont, Paloma; Coyle, David – Journal of Extension, 2020
There is growing demand for a broader conception of tree and forest health by commercial and private timberland owners, who make up a substantial proportion of Extension clientele in the southeastern United States. There has been little research to comprehensively capture and represent Extension agents' needs, concerns, and perceived barriers as…
Descriptors: Forestry, Extension Education, Extension Agents, Barriers
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Bayer, Rachel; Mitchell-Hawkins, Vernelle; Travis, Ashley – Journal of Extension, 2020
Conducting needs assessments serves as a valuable way for Extension educators to ensure that they are designing programs that meet community needs. We developed a needs assessment tool kit that educators across urban, suburban, and rural communities can use to answer the question "What are the youth development needs in my county?"…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Extension Agents, Program Development, Youth Programs
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Blevins, Mark; Jayaratne, K. S. U.; Bruce, Jackie; Bradley, Lucy; Stumpf-Downing, Mitzi – Journal of Extension, 2020
We undertook a study to determine county commissioner perceptions of Cooperative Extension. The majority of county commissioners had prior involvement with Extension. Nearly 59% represented rural counties, and 94% indicated that agriculture is important to their county economies. Overall, the commissioners had a positive perception of Cooperative…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Counties, Public Officials, Educational Attitudes
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López-Cevallos, Daniel F.; Young, Amy W.; Gómez-Diazgranados, Ana; Reyes, Yuridia; García, José R.; Sherman, Jeff; Galaviz-Yap, Gina – Journal of Extension, 2020
Research has shown that more efforts are needed to increase high school completion and postsecondary enrollment among Latino youths. However, little is known regarding efforts that engage both Latino youths and their parents. To address this gap, we surveyed Juntos Oregon participants to examine the school and community context Latino youths and…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Hispanic Americans, Youth, Program Effectiveness
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O'Hara-Tompkins, Nancy; Beane, Johnna S.; Crum, Gwen; Cottrell, Lesley; Murphy, Emily – Journal of Extension, 2020
Through a community-focused needs assessment conducted in rural Appalachia, we gauged perceptions of facilitators and barriers related to healthful eating and physical activity for young children and identified suggestions for improvement. Thirty-seven key informant interviews and three caregiver focus group sessions were coded and analyzed for…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Rural Areas, Barriers, Health Promotion
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Narine, Lendel K.; Ali, Amanda D.; Hill, Paul A. – Journal of Extension, 2020
Cooperative Extension strives to deliver relevant programming to residents. However, problems facing communities are increasingly complex. We used a three-phase needs assessment to describe Utah residents' perceptions of issue areas for Extension programming. We gathered data from 1,043 Utah residents. Results highlighted four priority issue areas…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Extension Education, Program Content, State Universities
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Carr, Chad; Abrams, Katie; Roberts, Grady; Philipps, Kylie; Velinsky, Victoria; Eubanks, Larry; Scheffler, Jason; Johnson, Dwain – Journal of Extension, 2020
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer a unique platform through which Extension can provide valuable education. We explored The Meat We Eat, a MOOC designed to create a more informed meat consumer and increase perceptions of transparency surrounding meat production. Compared to pretest respondents (n = 490), students who completed the posttest…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Knowledge Level, Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry
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