Agenda for April 19th

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1 – 1:45 pmOn-Farm Research Trials and Tribulations
Heather Schlesser, Sandra Stuttgen, Ryan Sterry, Bill Halfman
Alleviating Ageism
Renee Koenig, MaryAnn Schilling
Program Delivery with Blended Learning: The Nonprofit Peer Learning Program
Jessica Jane Spayde, Jessica Beckendorf, Kari Weiss, Karina Ward, Sarah Schlosser
Youth Forward WI
Chelsea Wunnicke and the Youth Forward WI. Team
Courageous Connections through Relational Networking
Amy Greil, Jessica Jane Spayde, Jessica Beckendorf
Have you ever tried to conduct on-farm research? Does the thought of it sound intimidating? Easy? In this presentation these educators will discuss their trials, tribulations, and enjoyment of conducting on-farm research. Tune in to this presentation to learn from our mistakes. We will provide you with real world examples to help you shape your on-farm research projects.One of the fastest growing diversity groups in Wisconsin is the aging population. Older individuals are not typically listed at the top of diversity groups, but recent research on the emerging issue of ageism has put a spotlight on the need to address this increasingly diverse population. The presenters will describe how they have successfully pioneered the implementation of a program in Wisconsin resulting in a viable intervention to support older individuals and reduce the stigma of ageism. They will describe a unique component that they started weaving into their program that aims to build up community champions and leaders from the local community who are over the age of 55. The presenters will describe ways that other Extension Educators can combat ageism by reaching out to older individuals to help them gain confidence in their abilities to co-lead workshops as engaged partners with Extension. By involving older individuals in the leadership of programs, Extension is helping to reduce ageism.As communities across WI look for ways to improve workforce readiness & participation, attract & retain young people, and close educational disparities, Extension can provide connection to research-informed strategies like Universal Youth Savings Accounts, which are being studied in neighboring states. A team of Wisconsin Extension Educators from 4 Institutes and 17 counties are learning best-practices in the innovative approach of Universal Youth Savings Accounts and how to translate this back to our communities. Based on research from Washington University, Brandeis, and others, Extension Educators share how they engage local and statewide partners from multiple sectors, and lessons learned from Q&A panels with professionals from the Native American, African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Hmong, and Students with Disabilities communities in WI.Extension Educators are the “boots on the ground” of the Wisconsin Idea, and one of our biggest strengths is that we “build relationships.” This workshop gives colleagues the framework, language, and tools to better understand, articulate, and intentionally practice “building relationships” in their communities – as a foundation for initiatives to better address complex community issues and expand equity. The “Relational Networking” framework uses the concept of “wicked problems” as a starting point for addressing complex issues in our communities and asserts that wicked problems are best addressed through utilizing relational approaches. In this workshop, participants will learn about wicked problems and their own identities, and engage with one of the central skills for relationship building: “reflexivity.” We leave participants with tools to continue building their relationship building skills, and an invitation to participate in (or be trained to facilitate) future sessions of the Relational Networking Program.
2 – 2:45 pmAccessorize Your Extension Style
Tina Kohlman, Aerica Bjurstrom
Heart of the Farm- Women in Agriculture Coffee Chat Series
Heather Schlesser, and Jackie McCarville
Empowering Youth to Transform Communities
Todd Johnson, Neil Klemme
You Can Do This! Coping Skills for Handling Stress- Introduction to WeCOPE
Jen Park-Mroc, Jackie Carattini, Mandi Dornfeld, Amanda Coorough, Bev Doll, Danette Hopke, Debbie Moellendorf, John Shutske
Community Climate Resilience Menu
Cathy Techtmann, Diane Mayerfeld, Anna Haines, Sherrie Gruder, Sarah Chisholm, Brandon Hofstedt
Want to be noticed and easily have others recognize the Extension brand with your Extension Style? The Rule of 7 in Marketing says individuals need to see something 7 times before they take notice. But how can we do that with our Extension brand and still have our individual or group style?


Learn from two past national association multiple-time communications awards winners how to dress up and accessorize your own Extension Style, and market your big “P”s and little “P”s. From the use of PowerPoints to factsheets, social media and video, and use of color and imagery, two regional dairy educators will do a “show and tell” on how to “make it look pretty” allowing you to reach new audiences and strengthen you relationships with your own Extension Style!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, churches stopped in-person services, restaurants and schools closed, and industry meetings were not held, all of which increased farmers’ feelings of isolation. UW-Division of Extension and the Heart of the Farm (HOF) Program were uniquely positioned to virtually provide facilitation and space for community connectedness and coach them as they answer the question, “Can we weather the COVID-19 storm?”
To this extent, we partnered with other Extension Institutes (Human Development and Relationships (HDR), and Health and Well-Being) and industry leaders (GreenStone and Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin) and using our HOF community as a starting point, tried to answer and address some of the questions and fears that they were experiencing. This was done through the interactive online webinar series “Coffee Chats.” This series was held November 2020-March 2021, June-August 2021, and November 2021-March, 2022. The Chats addressed issues of importance (Financial, Well-Being, Stress, Markets, etc.), and most come with a playbook written by country educators across institutes. The playbook is a step-by-step guide to the topic and can be utilized by any Extension Educator interested in teaching the topic. This webinar series helped our WI women in Agriculture mitigate social isolation and helped empower them to focus on what they could control in these challenging and stressful times and connect them with resources, friends, neighbors.
In this presentation we plan to share the steps we took to create this “Coffee Chat” series and the partnerships we developed along the way. This presentation will discuss what we learned and how others can benefit from our experience.
The primary goal of the session is to demonstrate how empowering local youth increases their social capital while at the same time informs and improves community decision-making and implementation.

Participants will learn how community vitality and placemaking methods that include both Positive Youth Development and Community Economic Development can strengthen local decision-making while driving implementation. Presenters from the University of Wisconsin will introduce the principles and methods of the “Community Capitals Framework” (Flora & Flora), Community Placemaking, and the “Design Wisconsin” charrette process.
In order to illustrate their methods and impacts, they focus on two case studies- the development of a multi-state, multi-modal trail system in Iron County and a community visioning plan for the small town of Ellsworth, Wisconsin.

Participants will join the presenters in sharing their experiences with one another to develop “lessons learned” that can be deployed in other community settings.
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased stress levels of Extension colleagues. Learning effective ways to cope with stress can be beneficial for both the colleagues and the communities we serve. This personal development opportunity will provide an overview of WeCOPE, an evidence-based positive psychology intervention (PPI) that helps adults cope with life stress. WeCOPE has been shown through Randomized Control Trials to reduce stress and depression, increase positive affect, and improve health behaviors. The program is based on the research that even in the context of life stress such as serious illness, the death of a loved one, or facing other crisis situations and events, positive emotions can and do occur. Recent evaluation data report that 96% of Wisconsin WeCOPE participants report that the intervention helped them cope with life stresses. There were statistically significant increases in coping behavior awareness and practice after as compared to before the WeCOPE intervention. Colleagues will learn about the research and background of several coping strategies and be able to practice some of them in this session.The Community Climate Resilience Menu was created by Extension’s cross-program Climate Leadership Team to provide a flexible resource for decision-makers to select strategies for a climate resilience response that makes sense for their community’s unique environment, culture, and economy. While the primary target audience is community decision makers, the menu is relevant to all of Cooperative Extension’s institutions that work with these audiences.

The goal of the menu is to help communities identify actions that will increase their capacity to mitigate both the effects and causes of climate change, while being cost-effective, equitable, and sustainable. Strategies included in the menu are based on climate resiliency research and case studies from diverse communities that have implemented them.

This session will show how educators can apply the menu to guide users in selecting strategies that will best serve a community’s appetite for building climate resiliency. Just as a diner first chooses the type of restaurant, the first step in using the menu is choosing a theme to explore: built and natural environment, energy and efficiency, or local food and agriculture. Once a theme is chosen, the menu guides users to a set of climate resiliency strategies from lower cost strategies to larger efforts that require significant financial or staff investment, to activities that celebrate accomplishments. The team made a concerted effort to incorporate equity and environmental justice strategies throughout the menu. The session will also solicit feedback on how the Climate Resilience Menu tool could be improved.