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February 2021 Urban Extension News Bulletin

Posted by msanderson | February 10, 2021

Features: USDA Urban Agriculture Radio, White paper on preparing the urban Extension workforce

Dear Colleagues,

With end of year reporting under your belts, I hope you find some time to catch up with us! In case you needed something to smile about – now you can listen to Growing Urban Agriculture radio from the United States Department of Agriculture while you’re vacuuming your (home) office!

Let me know what you think of some of the take-aways from our last National Urban Extension Conference Leading Edge Dialogue, titled Staffing: Preparing the urban Extension workforce.?

Be well, wear your masks, and wash your hands.


Brad Gaolach Ph. D. | He/Him
Washington State University Extension
Director |Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension
Director | Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research
Associate Professor | Community & Economic Development
Phone: (425) 405-1734 | WSU Direct: 21734 | Twitter: @WSUMetroCenter | LinkedIn



Growing Urban Ag Outreach in USDA

Date: Tue, 01/19/2021 Broadcast: 01

Remark: A USDA office established under the 2018 Farm Bill continued its build up and build out process over the course of the last year, with the end goal being continued customer service to those involved in urban agriculture and innovative practices. Rod Bain looks at the progress in developing this new office in this edition of “Agriculture USA”.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Acting Chief Kevin Norton and Terry D’addio of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Richard Fordyce.

Duration: 00:05:00.408

NEW White Paper – Staffing: Preparing the Urban Extension Workforce
From the latest National Urban Extension Conference Leading Edge Dialogue Series

For several decades, Extension leaders have studied how personnel working in high population density, or urban, areas can be most effective (Brown, 1965; Fox, 2017; Harriman & Daugherty, 1992; Krofta & Panshin, 1989; Miller, 1973; Schaefer, Huegel, & Mazzotti, 1992; Yep, 1981; Young & Vavrina, 2014). While there are similarities to Extension staffing and workforce development in all geographic areas, personnel serving the Extension mission in urban areas face unique challenges due to the context of urban communities:

  • Scale
  • Diveristy
  • Complexity
  • Urban-Rural Interface

Visit the Leading Edge Dialogue project page to view and download this and all of the white paper series:


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