Excellence in Organic Extension Webinar Series

Are you looking for fresh ideas to help you improve your communication skills so that you can effectively convey information to growers in fun, modern, and appropriate ways? This 4-session webinar series will provide training to enable graduate students and others hoping to work directly with farmers in their jobs, an opportunity to learn what works, and what doesn’t, from national experts in organic agriculture extension. The series was organized by Dr. Julie Grossman, Alan Meijer, and Thanwalee (JiJY) Sooksa-nguan of North Carolina State University, and eOrganic hosted the webinars.

Watch the recordings of the webinars at the links below.

Excellence in Organic Extension Webinar Series
September 9, 2013 Watch Effective Presentations: How to develop and deliver a farmer-friendly talk Seth Wilner, University of New Hampshire
October 7, 2013 Watch Be my friend: Utilizing social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to engage and interact with your audience Debbie Roos, North Carolina State Extension, Chatham County; Debra Heleba, University of Vermont Extension
October 21, 2013 Watch Out in the sun: How to plan and put on an engaging, informative and successful field day Charlie White, Penn State University; Molly Hamilton, North Carolina State University
November 4, 2013 Watch How am I doing: Improving your program by evaluating your extension program with feedback and follow-up Seth Wilner, University of New Hampshire; Anu Rangarajan, Cornell University

With few opportunities for gaining Extension experience during their college careers, new Extension personnel may feel ill prepared to deliver information to audiences outside of the realm of academia. Since many occupations that await M.S. or Ph.D. level agriculture students involve working with, delivering information to, and assisting farmers, advanced training in Extension-related activities will allow them to be more effective as well as more competitive in the job market.

By the end of the webinar series, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an effective presentation appropriate for farmer audiences
  • Define necessary steps to organizing engaging, interesting and informative field days
  • Describe state-of-the art approaches to utilizing social media such as Youtube and Facebook to engage and reach a target farmer audience.
  • Be able to develop an evaluation plan that solicits useful feedback and follow-up from growers.

Find all eOrganic upcoming and archived webinars at https://eorganic.org/node/4942


Published August 12, 2013

This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.