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Extension- Meeting the Needs of a Diverse Cliente - USDA Webinar

Extension is making enormous contributions to the communities across the United States. They have a very good understanding of the current problems and issues and they strive to provide best solutions for the communities to prosper and live better. The US demographic is changing and the Extension community is adapting new tools and methods to provide the best information to diverse audience.

This webinar captures the success stories of three extension specialists who have been serving such diverse audience. I am sure each one of you has a success story in making a positive difference in peoples lives.  This is an effort to celebrate the success of you and your colleagues.

The three links to the webinar:

Recording #1:

  • Welcome: Bill Hoffman, Chief of Staff at NIFA
  • Purpose and Agenda for the webinar:Tim Grosser
  • Dr. James Hafer’s Presentation

Recording # 2:

  • Lula Cole, Special Emphasis Program Manager at NIFA (Diversity and Inclusion at NIFA)
  • Dr. Henry English’s Presentation

Recording # 3:

  • Dr. Shermain Hardesty’s Presentation

Bios for the speakers:

James Hafer

James HaferJim chairs the Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (ANRS) program at Chief Dull Knife College located on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana.  Dr Hafer teaches eight production-based undergraduate ANRS classes, as well as adult and career/technical  education offerings in welding and metal fabrication. In addition to his 24 years of teaching experience, 19 of  which have been with Chief Dull Knife College, Jim has authored/co-authored and participated in several  applied research and grant based collaborative projects.  A Senior Fulbright Lecturing Professor for the 2011 academic year, he taught production based agricultural courses at The Buryat State Academy of Agriculture in  Ulan Ude, Russia (southeastern Siberia). Jim has had the opportunity to participate in international education projects in Southeastern Europe, the UK, China and Inner Mongolia. In 2008 he completed a yearlong IPA sabbatical with the United States Department of Education’s White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities (WHITCU)

in Washington, DC, while serving the LEAD21 Board of Directors as the representative for the 1994 Land Grant institutions. He is an inaugural class graduate of the LEAD21 leadership program. Dr Hafer is a 2013 Graduate Fellow of the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI)  hosted by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Food Systems Leadership Institute is two-year leadership development program dedicated to developing individual and institutional leadership for the ever increasingly complex 21st Century food system. 

Dr. Hafer (Chief Dull Knife College, Lame Deer, Montana) will present relevant issues relating to the 1994 Land Grant System. His presentation is couched in contemporary and historical contexts, showcasing extension, research and higher education programming.  Related successes and challenges will be discussed.

Dr. Henry W. English

Dr. Henry EnglishHe is the director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (1890). Dr. English is a native of Arkansas. He grew up on a small farm in Eastern Arkansas, and he attended the Universities of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Dr. English has worked with small farmers in Arkansas for 25 years. He is a board member of the Jefferson County Conservation District in Pine Bluff and a member of the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service’s Commercial Agriculture and Marketing Sub-Committee in Pine Bluff. He received the prestigious George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame Award. The award is given to individuals affiliated with or who have worked with 1890 land-grant institutions over a career and exemplifies the public service philosophy and leadership qualities of Dr. Carver.

In his presentation “Assisting African American Farmers in Arkansas” Dr. English will provide information on the types of assistance that the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) provides to African American Farmers in Arkansas. Some of the challenges along with some things that have been done to help farmers face those challenges will be presented. The working relationships and partnerships between the USDA Agencies and UAPB will also be explained.

Dr. Shermain Hardesty

Shermain HardestyShe is an Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California—Davis (1862), and also serves as Director of the University of California's Small Farm Program.

Dr. Hardesty is responsible for research, education and outreach programs related to alternative food marketing systems, small farms and cooperatives. Her current projects include the producers' costs of compliance with the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, assessment of the factors affecting the development of values-based supply chains and a comparative analysis of traditional and direct market supply chains for production