Animal agriculture for a changing climate - Using new ways of educating extension agents

Crystal Powers, Liz Whitefield, David Smith, David R Schmidt, Pam Knox, Jennifer Pronto, Jill Heemstra

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Abstract

Climate change adaptation and mitigation is an emerging issue for animal agriculture research and extension. A multi-regional team of extension professionals is developing a web-based educational course and website for extension agents and educators using the latest research and tools. The objectives of the course and companion website are: 1) to build a foundation of knowledge; 2) facilitate learning across U.S. regions; and 3) provide a shorter time from research to extension to application. The educational lessons are webbased using the Moodle platform and include introductory materials followed by species and region specific information on: 1) climate impacts on animal agriculture; 2) risk management and adaptation; 3) climate science and trends; 4) contributions and solutions to greenhouse gas emissions; and 5) science communication during controversy. Each course lesson includes recorded lectures, readings, videos, interactive participation, certification testing, downloadable extension materials, links to further reading, and a complete bibliography. The complementary website is structured to be a reference guide for educators offering content review, educator resources, and links to supplemental online materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013, ASABE 2013
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Pages3965-3968
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781627486651
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013 - Kansas City, MO, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2013Jul 24 2013

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013, ASABE 2013
Volume5

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKansas City, MO
Period7/21/137/24/13

Keywords

  • Beef
  • Climate change
  • Dairy
  • Extension education
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Online course
  • Poultry
  • Swine

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