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Conference Agenda:

Accessibility

Monday - June 20, 2022

Roundtable Discussion: Digital Accessibility

Monday, June 20 (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Host: Robin Ertz, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Accessibility (Roundtable)

This discussion will focus on what Cooperative Extension systems are doing to address digital accessibility at the organizational level. Does your organization have a digital accessibility policy? Are there any staff leading others on digital accessibility? What is being done to support the implementation of digital accessibility practices? What is working and what hurdles are you encountering? Join the discussion and learn about a small group that has started meeting quarterly to discuss all things digital accessibility.

Tuesday - June 21, 2022

Making Illinois Extension more Digitally Accessible

Tuesday, June 21 (3:00 PM – 3:45 PM)

Davis

Presenter: Dan Horn, Illinois Extension

Accessibility (Presentation)

Illinois Extension has adopted a new Digital Accessibility Policy. Hear how they developed the policy and how they trained staff on making their Digital Assets more accessible.

Wednesday - June 22, 2022

MS Word Accessibility, more than meets the eye... (Literally)

Wednesday, June 22 (11:00 AM – 11:45 AM)

Davis

Presenter: Robin Ertz, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Accessibility (Workshop)

This session will help participants to become more intentional about creating (and modifying) Word documents so that they are easily read by those with vision impairments, including the use of assistive technology. Participants can download and install the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach eAccessibility ribbon onto their machines. The session will be a hands-on, how-to use the ribbon, for functions such as using styles, headings, alt text, and the accessibility checker. Beyond the breakout session, learn about the next steps you can take to become more inclusive in your Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents. Note: Participants must have Office 2016 or 365 installed to actively participate in the hands-on learning. Those that do not have Office 2016 or 365 installed can still learn the concepts to become more inclusive.

Thursday - June 23, 2022

How to Create Accessible E-newsletters with Constant Contact

Thursday, June 23 (10:00 AM – 10:45 AM)

Davis

Presenter: Kristena Merritt, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

Accessibility (Presentation)

It's required by federal law that all digital communications must be accessible to our clientele, but how do we ensure our emails are accessible? In my presentation, I will cover the top 8 best practices for accessible email with Constant Contact, however, 7/8 of these tips can be applied to all digital communication. Ex: using descriptive links, alt text, and proper formatting.

Applying Technology

Tuesday - June 21, 2022

Knights of the Roundtable: Hardware & Software

Tuesday, June 21 (10:00 AM – 10:45 AM)

Davis

Host: Karen DiCicco, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

Applying Technology (Roundtable)

Join us in a roundtable discussion about what hardware environment is being used and supported for your organization? What software’s do you use in your Camelot world of technology? Bring you Excalibur examples!

As If You Were There – Providing Equity via Technology for SNAP Recipients

Tuesday, June 21 (11:00 AM – 11:45 AM)

Davis

Presenter: Kevin Cubbage, Virginia Cooperative Extension - Virginia Tech; Stephanie Diehl, Virginia Cooperative Extension - Virginia Tech

Applying Technology (Workshop)

Conference attendees will learn, through interactive education, how to use unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and videography to create virtual tours of farmers markets to promote increased redemption of SNAP benefits at markets that have historically had low SNAP redemption. In addition, participants will learn how to upload photos into a virtual tour and how these photos and tours can be used in programming. This technology helps SNAP participants gain information and increase their comfort level prior to visiting farmers markets.

Wednesday - June 22, 2022

Steeped in Tradition and Using Technology to Harness New Power

Wednesday, June 22 (9:00 AM – 9:45 AM)

Davis

Presenters: Dr. Laura Hendrix, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service; Nancy Hightower, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service

Applying Technology (Presentation)

Extension Educators and IT professionals are working together to increase opportunities for and broaden the horizons of low-tech and no-tech clientele. Family and Consumer Sciences volunteer groups have been critical constituents for more than a century. Applying new technologies to traditional tasks helped grow programs, reach new audiences, reveal program impact, increase visibility, and improve efficiency. Discover the methods used to introduce new technology and enhance skills of this vital audience while fortifying our deep-rooted connection.

Cannonballing into Zoom Events

Thursday, June 23 (9:00 AM – 9:45 AM)

Davis

Presenters: Karen DiCicco, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service; Mary Poling, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service; Samantha Barker, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

Applying Technology (Workshop)

Our Support Staff Conference shifted from face to face to hybrid using the Zoom Events platform within two months. Our Zoomies team not only learned the platform for a quick turn around but also guided the Conference Team, conducted trainings, and pulled off the two day Support Conference. This workshop will allow you to dive into the Zoom Events platform.

Client Support

Monday - June 20, 2022

From far-flung to unified: Building a cohesive cloud for Extension

Monday, June 20 (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM)

Davis

Presenters: Dewayne Hyatt, University of Florida – IFAS; Joe Gasper, University of Florida – IFAS

Client Support (Presentation)

When viewing Extension at the state level it can be technologically difficult to get everyone in the same system, on the same page, and using the same terminology. In Florida, we say we have the pleasure of negotiating with sixty-seven individual governments. Using Microsoft Teams, we transcended county politics, firewalls, and file servers - all while saving money and improving our agent's daily work. With access to 5TB per user and 25TB per team, our move of over 100TB of data into the cloud is providing our extension professionals a cohesive platform to engage with one another and their county citizens no matter their location. Engage with us as we take you through our successful process of community, adoption, dinosaurs, and meeting our users where they are.

Tuesday - June 21, 2022

Computer Hygiene: A reboot a day keeps the hackers away!

Tuesday, June 21 (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM)

Davis

Presenters: Matthew Fultz, Penn State University, College of Ag Sciences; Ryan Marker, Penn State University, College of Ag Sciences; Travis Waltz, Penn State University, College of Ag Sciences

Client Support (Presentation)

Presenting our strategy to educate our users to empower them to take ownership of maintaining good computer hygiene.

Thursday - June 23, 2022

MAC Management: From Zero to Hero!

Thursday, June 23 (10:00 AM – 10:45 AM)

Hamilton

Presenter: Travis Waltz, Penn State University, College of Ag Sciences; Ryan Marker, Penn State University, College of Ag Sciences; Matthew Fultz, Penn State University, College of Ag Sciences

Client Support (Presentation)

Discussing how we created a formal project around managing our Mac computers. From management policies to management software.

Innovation

Tuesday - June 21, 2022

Gadgets and Gizmos

Tuesday, June 21 (9:00 AM – 9:45 AM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Host: Rusty Presley, Auburn University

Innovation (Roundtable)

What doohickeys, thingamabobs, and whatchamacallits have made the sun shine and birds sing in your technology world? Bring Examples!

Remote and Hybrid Work in Extension Settings

Tuesday, June 21 (10:00 AM – 10:45 AM)

Hamilton

Presenters: Jerold Thomas, Ohio State University Extension

Innovation (Presentation)

Due to Covid-19 and other economic issues Extension has spent some time exploring alternatives for where and what employees can work in remote and hybrid settings. We conducted an extensive research study explore how remote work can be conducted by various Extension occupations. These include support staff, support services, county based educators, state and field specialists, and administrators. Our findings indicate that most, but not all employees prefer a hybrid work setting (splitting time between working remotely and in an office setting). During our presentation we will discuss: Different work models, a very brief over of our method, interactive conversations about what we find is and is not working, impacts on both internal and external audiences, recommendations individuals and Extension

Future of Higher Education

Tuesday, June 21 (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM)

Hamilton

Presenters: Mike Gibson, Zoom; Wendy Perque, Zoom; Lance Ford; Zoom

Innovation (Roundtable)

The world of education is quickly evolving to a hybrid environment. Schools will build on a core set of tools that will allow them to provide flexibility to teach and research creating campus cultures that match the strengths of the institution. The voice of each college community will play a key part in what future competitiveness looks like. Change and Innovation will be constant. AI to VR and AR are some of the tools that will bridge the synchronous/ asynchronous modalities, all play a part in the personalization and collaboration of learning. Allowing each member of the community to determine which methods they relate to will make them feel valued and connected.

Wednesday - June 22, 2022

Event Management Solutions - University of Florida/IFAS Extension

Wednesday, June 22 (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM)

Davis

Presenters: Pete Vergot, University of Florida IFAS Extension; John Wells, University of Florida IFAS Extension

Innovation (Presentation)

This presentation will describe the process UF/IFAS Extension County faculty are using PACE, developed by Next Step Software, used to create a comprehensive program that would become an Eventbrite alternative for both clientele and faculty members. From signing up by phone, handling paper registration forms, using Eventbrite, and 4honline, UF/IFAS UF Extension Agents were using a wide variety of methods to manage their educational programs and events. With no centralized repository for Extension events and activities, the clientele were left searching for events, and Extension agents were manually managing their events. This led to a variety of management issues and fiscal issues that complicated hosting educational programs. On the Extension Events "client" side, contact and demographic information are captured (one time) as well as event registration and payment, along with functions like automated ticketing and reminder capabilities. On the Extension ""office"" side, clientele management, event creation, marketing, registration, reporting integration, and fund management are achieved along with linkage to the campus fiscal auditing and Extension workload reporting systems. The PACE software allows UF/IFAS Extension to lower its operating costs and increase data accuracy. https://ufl.pacecommunity.net/.

Thursday - June 23, 2022

Digital Check-in System for Clientele

Thursday, June 23 (9:00 AM – 9:45 AM)

Hamilton

Presenters: John Wells, University of Wisconsin Division of Extension; Pete Vergot, University of Wisconsin Division of Extension

Innovation (Workshop)

UF has developed a digital check-in system for clientele who visit our offices. Visitors can self check-in using a kiosk in our offices or whoever is at the front desk can check them in. The system captures needed demographic information for civil rights reporting and integrates with our work load system to aid in end-of-year reporting for agents.

IT Management

Tuesday - June 21, 2022

You don't need to be a "genius" to be fulfilled at work. Or do you?

Tuesday, June 21 (3:00 PM – 3:45 PM)

Hamilton

Presenter: Edward Zuech, Penn State University, College of Ag Sciences

IT Management (Presentation)

Patrick Lencioni is a pioneer of the organizational health movement. He is an accomplished author of 11 books, including the Five Dysfunctions of a Team. His latest discovery, The Working Genius, looks at work differently and provides insights and understanding to the types of work that either give us joy and energy or that are draining and uninspiring. In this session, we will explore the six types of Working Genius and how this model supports a healthy work environment from both the individual and leadership perspectives. We will discuss how they Working Genius allows individuals and team to be more productive and fulfilled. Lasty, 10 attendees of this session will be offered the opportunity to take the assessment and share their practical application and experience with the assessment results with the group.

Wednesday - June 22, 2022

Servant Leadership - Are you kidding me? I'm the boss!

Wednesday, June 22 (9:00 AM – 9:45 AM)

Hamilton

Presenters: Edward Zuech, Penn State University, College of Ag Sciences; Greg Johll, Penn State University, College of Ag Sciences

IT Management (Presentation)

“Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about take care of those in your charge!" - Simon Sinek

In this session, we will discuss leadership through the lens of a servant leader and share strategies how to empower people in your charge to “get stuff done".

Director Roundtable

Wednesday, June 22 (10:00 AM – 10:45 AM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Moderator: Diana Morian, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

Panel: Ed Zuech, Penn State University; Greg Johll, University of Wisconsin; James Hazzard, University of Illinois; Michael Lee, University of Maryland; Karen DiCicco, University of Arkansas; Michael Mauton, ISU Extension IT; Jiannong Xin, University of Florida; Ron Davis, Director of IT, West Virginia; Pete Vergot. University of Florida IFAS Extension

IT Management (Roundtable)

This Director/Leadership roundtable will be focused on discussing the current IT topics, as well as exchanging best practices and sharing lessons learned.

Systems Planning and Design

Wednesday, June 22 (11:00 AM – 11:45 AM)

Porter

Presenters: Greg Johll, University of Wisconsin Division of Extension

IT Management (Presentation)

As IT professionals we are tasked with implementing complex systems. Often we find ourselves with system design requirements that compete for priority, conflict with other requirements, introduce scope creep or are just impossible to meet. This presentation will introduce a systems planning and design framework with a step-by-step process to identify a feasible system while at the same time accounting for (but not necessarily implementing) all design considerations.

Attracting and Retaining IT Staff in the New Normal

Wednesday, June 22 (3:00 PM – 3:45 PM)

Davis

Presenters: Greg Johll, University of Wisconsin Division of Extension; Edward Zuech, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences

IT Management (Roundtable)

During this roundtable Ed Zuech and Greg Johll will engage with participants in conversations related to how the pandemic has changed IT and its implications for higher education in attracting and retaining IT staff as we transition to the new normal. They will present strategies they are using and engage participants in conversation to generate other ideas that we hope everyone will be able to consider as they face similar challenges.

Teaching & Learning

Monday - June 20, 2022

Working with Difficult Subject Matter Experts

Monday, June 20 (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM)

Hamilton

Presenters: Rita Watson, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service; Julie Robinson, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service; Amy Cole, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

Teaching & Learning (Presentation)

Many support personnel must work with subject matter experts when planning for virtual and digital education and information creation. Subject matter experts are not always the easiest to work with, or they require a certain amount of coaching. This presentation will cover tips and tricks for working with subject matter experts by giving you do and don'ts of when to work with subject matter experts and when to walk away.

Tuesday - June 21, 2022

Extension Online Courses for the Public Audience

Tuesday, June 21 (10:00 AM – 10:45 AM)

Porter

Presenters: Gretchen Skinner, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service; Ashley Henderson, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

Teaching & Learning (Roundtable)

The discussion will be a two-part series. The first session will focus on the different software packages and processes used to develop and share research-based knowledge with the public. Topics will cover the initiation of providing online learning to the public, the technical issues encountered for current online courses, barriers for providing engaging content, and reporting on that engagement for stakeholders and funding sources. The objective of this discussion is to share successful methods and processes currently being used in various organizations and to explore new ways in which to provide useful information through digital means to the public audience.

Extension Online Courses for the Public Audience

Tuesday, June 21 (11:00 AM – 11:45 AM)

Porter

Presenters: Gretchen Skinner, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service; Ashley Henderson, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

Teaching & Learning (Roundtable)

The discussion will be a two-part series. The second session will focus on the processes in place to submit and develop proposals for internal professional development, how that development is tracked for employees, and the software used to distribute the knowledge to staff. Topics will cover the initiation of providing multiple formats of professional development for organizational staff., including field, blended, hybrid, classroom, online, and multiple session series events. Discussions will be encouraged covering pivoting from face-to-face training for staff to virtual events, what software was used to aid with the transition, and methods used for archiving training records and tracking staff participation.

Instructional Design 101: Meet ADDIE

Tuesday, June 21 (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM)

Porter

Presenter: Robin Ertz, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Teaching & Learning (Presentation)

Are you charged with putting on a workshop, program or training and don't know where to start? This presentation shares a research based instructional design process known as ADDIE for use in the design of educational trainings, programs, workshops, and/or courses. Participants will be able to list the five stages of the ADDIE instructional design method and why each is important in the design process.

Instructional Design 102: Writing Clear Learning Objectives

Tuesday, June 21 (3:00 PM – 3:45 PM)

Porter

Presenter: Robin Ertz, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Teaching & Learning (Workshop)

Don't have an educator's background but need to provide an educational event? Learn about one of the building blocks for creating a successful educational event. Participants will be able to write effective learning objectives for use in curriculum writing, programs, workshops, and/or trainings. You will practice by writing learning objectives for your curriculum, program, workshop and/or training.

Wednesday - June 22, 2022

An Interactive Approach to eLearning Development in Extension Programming

Wednesday, June 22 (9:00 AM – 9:45 AM)

Porter

Presenters: Steven James, University of Tennessee Extension, Office of Extension Evaluation and Staff Development

Teaching & Learning (Presentation)

Using the Logic Model as the foundation, an online course of instruction was created as a resource to for Extension agents and specialists. There were two goals in mind: First, to provide an easier-to-use, graphic representation of the Logic Model for program development; and second, to help Extension personnel select the delivery model that best accomplishes the goals of the program, whether in-person, virtual (eLearning), or a combination of the two. An interactive delivery mode selection tool is embedded in the course to aid in selecting the appropriate mode of presentation delivery. The collaboration among Extension agents and specialists to create a helpful training tool is discussed as a critical part of the process.

Rich Media Engagement

Wednesday, June 22 (11:00 AM – 11:45 AM)

Hamilton

Presenter: Lance Ford, Zoom

Teaching & Learning (Presentation)

Student involvement and engagement continues to be a leading challenge for educators. Distraction is the word we hear most often. Whether in a physical classroom, in a hybrid environment or in a fully-distributed experience, students need common ground for interaction to keep them involved. Zoom in the form of not only Meetings but also Rooms and Phone bridges provides the cohesion necessary to focus the learner. In this session, we'll explore how Zoom is more than a pandemic video-conferencing solution. The conversation will revolve around how it is a platform for multi-modal experiences with participants. Student can interface with Zoom in a variety of locations (learning management systems, mobile devices, huddle rooms) in a variety of settings (home, dorm room, learning commons, sports facilities). Whether, real-time or time-shifted, in-person or remote, Zoom provides a conduit for interactive teaching and learning environments that are aimed at engaging with students, not just "at" them.

Soft Skills for Project Management

Wednesday, June 22 (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM)

Hamilton

Presenter: Rita Watson, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

Teaching & Learning (Presentation)

Successful project management is about more than "only" meeting production and profitability milestones with awesome planning tools such as timeline apps and project management software. It is about building good working relationships and networks with the people working on the project. This presentation will provide guidance on the soft skills needed to put people first to increase your ability to have successful outcomes for the projects that you manage.

Beyond Bouncing-Ball Tech Training

Wednesday, June 22 (3:00 PM – 3:45 PM)

Davis

Presenter: Christine Rybak, University of Wisconsin Division of Extension

Teaching & Learning (Presentation)

We have come a long way from the days of "Sing Along with Mitch." Today's Extension Professional needs to be engaged and enthralled in order to guarantee learning that lasts. When it comes to technology training, "click here, then click there" can be efficient in the short term, but mastery of a tool requires more planning and practice. Beyond Bouncing Ball Tech Training will show you the best teaching strategies to give your colleagues that high tech and high touch training experience that lasts. Your return on investment will be worth it in reducing the number of "How do I do that again?" email messages that hit your inbox. You will walk away with a handy chart of strategies you can use right away.

Thursday - June 23, 2022

Never Fly Alone: Zoom Co-Pilot Flight School

Thursday, June 23 (10:00 AM – 10:45 AM)

Porter

Presenter: Christine Rybak, University of Wisconsin Division of Extension

Teaching & Learning (Presentation)

Have you ever wondered how one mere mortal can be expected to host a Zoom meeting, present slides, answer chat messages, paste links, and solve the dreaded "can you hear me?" question all at the same time? And what if the meeting is Zoom-bombed?! Our solution is to get yourself a co-pilot! In Wisconsin, no one flies alone. Kick the tires and light the fires by attending this session where you'll learn how we developed Zoom Flight School. From learning the controls to filing your flight plan to simulation training, you'll fly away with inspiration and resources to navigate any sort of turbulence in your virtual meetings.

Web & Social Media

Monday - June 20, 2022

Digital Marketing Using Online Directories

Monday, June 20 (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM)

Porter

Presenters: Lauren Colby Nickels, Mississippi State University Extension

Web & Social Media (Presentation)

The number one way to drive your online audience to your storefront or website is through the use of online directories such as Yahoo, Google My Business and Yelp. Online directories are a driving force of information claimed by the organization leaders to give an overview of who you are and what you do. These claims are inexpensive, mobile friendly, easily accessible and necessary to staying relevant, and accurate, online. In this presentation, participants will learn the basics and benefits of online directories as well as how to use tools such as insights and analytics to drive their target audience to where they need to be.

Tuesday - June 21, 2022

An Overview of Extension Applications Developed at UF/IFAS IT

Tuesday, June 21 (11:00 AM – 11:45 AM)

Hamilton

Presenter: Jiannong Xin, University of Florida

Web & Social Media (Presentation)

To support the Extension mission at the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the Application Development Team at IFAS IT has developed a number of web applications and mobile apps. This presentation will do an overview and demonstrate Extension applications related to clientele engagement, extension publication delivery, distance pest diagnosis, agricultural weather, extension expert search, and online learning.

Wednesday - June 22, 2022

County Website Transition

Wednesday, June 22 (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM)

Porter

Presenters: Kristi Elmore, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Brian Webster, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Web & Social Media (Presentation)

Session 1 of 2

4(ish) years ago Iowa State University embarked on a major county website transition that forced us to reimagine our county websites. Come learn how we used user experience surveys (internal and external), competitive analysis, and tons of integrations to update the user experience."

Utilizing existing data through integrations

Wednesday, June 22 (3:00 PM – 3:45 PM)

Porter

Presenters: Kristi Elmore, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Brian Webster, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Web & Social Media (Presentation)

Session 2 of 2

During Iowa State's county website transition one major goal was to more effectively utilize existing content around the organization. What started as a few simple integrations turned in to a lot more, but ultimately led to a better user experience and a better content editing experience. Join us to hear about the unique ways we've used existing data to enhance our county websites.

Thursday - June 23, 2022

How to Write for Extension Audiences

Thursday, June 23 (9:00 AM – 9:45 AM)

Porter

Presenter: Amy Cole, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

Web & Social Media (Presentation)

Let's face it, Extension content isn't the easiest information to write (nor understand). That's why in this presentation I'll step you through the basics of transforming scientific and research-based content into user (and search engine) friendly content. We will cover writing for specific audiences, how to change passive voice to active voice, and using headings to break up long passages of text. All of these strategies do double duty to improve rankings in search engines AND increase accessibility. It's a win-win!

Posters

Tuesday - June 21, 2022

Hitchhikers Guide to a Zoom Room Makeover

Tuesday, June 21 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Presenter: Samantha Barker, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Service

Applying Technology (Poster)

Before and After pictures and details of converting Zoom Rooms from iPads and a NUC computer to Logitech Rally Bars, tap, and Swytch for both Zoom Rooms and Microsoft Teams.

Precision Weed Management Based on UAS Image Streams, Machine Learning Classification, and PWM Sprayers

Tuesday, June 21 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Presenter: Jason Davis, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Service

Applying Technology (Poster)

Herbicides protect crops from weed competition that reduce crop yield and profits. Weeds are sparse and localized; however, herbicides are broadcast across fields. Treating only locations with weeds would be more cost-efficient and environmentally responsible. A workflow to produce and execute weed maps is proposed. High-resolution UAS imagery of Palmer amaranth in soybean (Glycine max) fields was used to train four deep learning CNN's (RetinaNet, Faster R-CNN, SSD, and YOLO v3). Model testing showed that Faster R-CNN produced the highest recall at 93% followed by RetinaNet, YOLO v3, and SSD at 70%, 60%, and 26% respective. YOLOv3 produced the highest F1 score of 0.72 followed by Faster R-CNN, RetinaNet, and SSD at 0.65, 0.25, 0.09 respectively. A randomized split block study compared herbicide treatment methods of untreated plots, broadcast plots, and a site-specific plot informed by the results of the CNN's. Manual weed counts completed via UAS imagery prior to treatment were compared to 7 DAT imagery revealing a 99.7%, 92.2%, and -12.1% reduction in weeds in the broadcast, site-specific, and untreated check plots, respectively. Visual ratings taken at 7 DAT complimented weed counts with treatment efficacy of 93%, 92%, and 0% for broadcast, site-specific, and untreated check respectively. This demonstrates that current deep learning models produce reasonably accurate weed maps and can be executed by current PWM equipment. Furthermore, the herbicide applied to site-specific treatments was 33% of that applied to broadcast treatments, suggesting that site-specific workflows have the potential to reduce the cost and environmental impacts of herbicides.

The Role of Extension Engineers in Postharvest Grain Management

Tuesday, June 21 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Presenter: Sammy Sadaka, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Service

Applying Technology (Poster)

Postharvest grain management is an essential skill that could be gained with the assistance of extension engineers. Postharvest challenges, i.e., over-drying of grain, best management drying technique, grain blending, or grain shrinkage, could be overcome through the knowledge of postharvest grain management. This poster will increase producers' and county agents' awareness of the postharvest methods that CES extension engineers developed to protect the grain and maximize profits.

Using sUAS and Multispectral Sensors to Quantify Feral Hog Damage in Forages

Tuesday, June 21 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Presenter: Michael Paskewitz, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Service

Applying Technology (Poster)

Feral hog populations and their range continue to expand. The USDA estimates feral hog damage to agriculture at around $1.5 billion annually. Accurate damage quantification has proved to be difficult. The main objectives of this project were to collect whole field imagery of feral hog damage in forages using small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) a Matrice 300 RTK (SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd., Shenzhen China) equipped with a multispectral sensor and to develop a workflow that accurately highlights and efficiently quantifies damaged areas. Mission flights collected imagery using a 5 band Micasense RedEdge sensor (AgEagle Sensor Sysems Inc. Wichita, Kansas 67226) which captured narrow spectral bands of blue, green, red, NIR and Red edge. With these bands, four separate layers were created and compared; the raw Red Edge and NIR bands, a composite RGB layer, and a Normalized Difference Vegetative Index (NDVI). While the RGB layer was easy to visualize, the raw bands and NDVI provided single values for each pixel that facilitated the extraction of quantitative information for comparisons. While the established vegetative indices NDVI provided quantitate values, early attempts were unsuccessful at correlating pixel values to damage; however, disturbed soil turned by feral hogs was distinguishable when looking at the raw Red Edge and NIR imagery. The team is currently exploring a threshold approach to map this observable damage in an attempt to ultimately develop an index or workflow using a combination of these two bands (Red Edge, NIR) that accurately highlights damage represented as a heat map. The results were used to visualize and quantify the extent of damage across a whole field. This project demonstrated the potential value of sUAS and multispectral imagery in efficiently quantifying hog damage in forage production systems.

Utilization of ozone gas as a non-chemical alternative to suppress grain insects

Tuesday, June 21 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Presenter: Sammy Sadaka, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Service

Applying Technology (Poster)

Insects not only destroy crops in the field, but they can also cause major damage to grain stored in grain bins. Generally, problems caused by stored product insects are common in stored grains. Insects damage can occur where grain is stored for extended periods leading to profound economic loss. Insects that affect stored grains include primary grain insects (able to bore through the seed coat) and secondary grain insects (attack damaged beans). Producers are looking for an environmentally friendly technique to suppress insects without harming the environment. Ozone gas is a strong oxidizer and is generally considered a safe antimicrobial agent in food industries. If the infested grain is fumigated with ozone, a 100% insect mortality could be achieved. The overall goal of this poster is to increase the awareness of the utilization of ozone gas as a non-chemical fumigant to protect grain and increase producers' profitability.

EVENTS - Extension Program Management Software for University of Florida/IFAS Extension

Tuesday, June 21 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Presenters: Pete Vergot, University of Florida IFAS Extension

Innovation (Poster)

From signing up by phone, handling paper registration forms, using Eventbrite, and 4honline, UF/IFAS Extension Agents were using a wide variety of methods to manage their educational programs and events. With no centralized repository for programs, clientele were left searching for events, and Extension agents were manually managing their events. This led to a variety of management issues and fiscal issues that complicated hosting educational programs. This poster will outline the process UF/IFAS Extension faculty and Next Step Software designers used to create a customized program that would become a one-stop shop for both clientele and faculty members. Clientele support benefits like paying online and automated reminders, will be identified. Faculty support benefits, like fiscal management and report functions, will also be identified.

A case study of active feral hog control efforts informed by real-time thermal UAV video streams.

Tuesday, June 21 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Presenter: Megan Billson, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Service

Innovation (Poster)

Expanding hog populations in the U.S. are a major economic and production agriculture concern. While trapping efforts have proven effective, population remnants acclimated to control activities are increasingly difficult to remove. This case study evaluated the use of real-time surveillance via unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) at informing active hunting efforts in the removal of difficult to trap feral hogs. A Matrice 300 drone with Zenmuse H20T sensor (iFlight Tech Company Ltd. Shenzhen, China) with RGB and thermal capabilities was used to evaluate two objectives (1) compare RGB and thermal daytime and thermal nighttime detection capabilities and, (2) explore the application of UAV informed removal of feral hogs. Live thermal video streams (120 m altitude, 8-14 μm spectral range, 22.5° camera angle (approximate), 26.13 cm mean GSD) of cattle used as test subjects, proved superior to RGB video streams (120 m altitude, 22.5° camera angle (approximate), 1.03 cm mean GSD) in daytime missions although limited by warm air temperature and tree canopy occlusion. Thermal video streams (120 m altitude, 8-14 μm spectral range, 22.5° camera angle (approximate), 26.13 cm mean GSD) were shown to be particularly pragmatic at feral hog detection in nighttime missions and were less inhibited by air temperature and tree cover compared with daytime imagery. Applying the nighttime thermal video streams to inform hunting efforts covering 36.4 hectare (approximate) on private property in Southeastern Arkansas with the participation of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, a District Conservation Trapper, and USDA APHIS Wildlife Services resulted in the efficient removal of 8 of 9 previously difficult to trap hogs in a single mission. These results suggest that UAVs equipped with thermal sensors have a role in improving the active hunting of difficult to trap hog populations in feral hog management efforts.

Wildlife Feeders Using Image Recognition: Are We There Yet?

Tuesday, June 21 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Presenters: Rachel Lipsey, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Service; Becky McPeake, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Service

Innovation (Poster)

Six WiseEye wildlife feeders using image recognition technology were demonstrated to collect data about while-tailed deer usage. Corn bait was placed in feeders in three locations and monitored during winter months (December 2018 - March 2019) in a forest near Little Rock, Arkansas. Each pair of feeders was randomly assigned Havahart Electronic Deer Repellent stakes which surrounded feeders to test effectiveness at limiting deer consumption of bait. Feeders were set to remain open for white-tailed deer and close when non-target species such as raccoons were detected. A moisture detector closed the lid to protect bait from rain. Trail cameras recorded that deer consumed corn from every feeder when bait was available, even those with repellent stakes. However, bait availability was unpredictable particularly for some feeders. Issues included unreliable power source, computer malfunction, and inconsistent image recognition. Given its technology capabilities, these systems using proprietary mathematical algorithms for image recognition were ineffective at consistently excluding non-target species from feeders placed along forest edges. Ineffective image detection is of concern when considering other applications, such as limiting white-tailed deer access to feral hog bait in areas with chronic wasting disease and dispensing toxic baits to feral hogs.

Crossing Programs and County Lines: How Our Virtual Seminar Series Highlighted Multiple Programs and Expanded Our Audiences

Tuesday, June 21 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

William Grant Still Ballroom

Presenter: Krista Quinn, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Service

Teaching and Learning (Poster)

Our popular Grow Your Own Groceries virtual seminar series provides a solution to two common problems within Extension - siloed programs and barriers to outreach. We will explain why we began our program, who our audience is, and how our program uses technology to solve both issues. By featuring multiple programs and Extension presenters from around the state, the Grow Your Own Groceries series has become an excellent tool for demonstrating the breadth of Extension work and our statewide impact to a large audience.

Rock the Walk (and Run)

Meet up with our daily exercise groups at 6 am. We will have two groups, one for walkers, one for runners (all paces welcome!). Meet in the hotel lobby at 6 am for a 30-minute burn with buddies!

Post Conference Tours

We have two tours scheduled including a Civil Rights tour with stops at Little Rock Central High and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (where you can check out their current Hip Hop Exhibit) or a tour of the Clinton Presidential Center and library. Choose your tour below!

Clinton Presidential Library and Museum Tour: Cost $12

Time: Approximately 12:30-3 pm

Join us for a guided tour of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. Our tour will start at 12:30 when we will gather outside the DoubleTree hotel and board a bus to the Clinton Center which is only minutes away.

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum is located on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center and Park. Including the National Archives & Records Administration, the grounds also carry offices for the Clinton Foundation's Little Rock office and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

In addition to the archival collections and research facilities, the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum features exhibits, special events, and educational programs for the public. The museum exhibits include replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room. A timeline and alcoves highlight domestic and foreign policy, as well as life in the White House. Permanent exhibits utilize documents, photographs, videos, and interactive stations, while two temporary galleries rotate traveling and in-house constructed exhibits.

The exhibit areas are located on all three floors of the Library. The Ground Floor houses the Presidential limousine and one of two Temporary Galleries. The Second Floor has the Orientation Theater, a replica of the White House Cabinet Room, the Presidential timeline, and exhibit alcoves featuring the work of the Clinton administration. The Third Floor houses a replica of the Oval Office, the Third Floor Temporary Gallery, and exhibits about life in the White House.

The grounds share space with The Choctaw rail station, which once served as a stop for the Rock Island Rocket.

Civil Rights Tour: Cost $0

Time: Approximately 12:30-4 pm

Little Rock is a city where our past continues to guide our future. Through struggles and triumphs, the fight for civil rights for all Americans played out across Little Rock, and the memory of their courage will inspire us forever.

Join us on a two-stop Civil Rights Tour in downtown Little Rock on Thursday, June 23rd.

First stop: Little Rock Central High School

Estimated tour time: 1-2 hours

Our tour will start at 12:30 where we will gather outside the DoubleTree hotel and board a bus to Little Rock Central Hight School. LRCH is the only functioning high school in the United States to be located within the boundary of a National Historic Site.

What’s the significance of Central High?

In September 1957, Little Rock Central High School was at the center of international attention when Governor Orval E. Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine Black students from attending. President Eisenhower later federalized the National Guard and sent in federal troops to escort the students to class. The school became a crucial battleground in the struggle for civil rights. The Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Visitor Center opened in September 2007 to mark the 50th anniversary of the school’s desegregation. We will experience a guided tour by a member of the National Park service!

Second stop: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Estimated tour time: 45 minutes-1 hour

After our tour of LRCH, we will tour the one-of-a-kind Arkansas cultural and historic destination, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

Located on historic 9th street in downtown little rock, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center collects, preserves, interprets, and celebrates Arkansas’s unique African American political, economic, and social achievements from 1865 to 1950. The Center resides in the footprint of the original Mosaic Templars of America National Headquarters and Annex buildings, founded by a Black fraternal order that provided illness, death, and burial insurance during an era when few basic services were available to Black people.

The permanent museum exhibits depict Little Rock’s historic West Ninth Street as a thriving commercial and social hub, focusing on Black entrepreneurship, the Templars organization, and the legacy of Black legislators. The Center’s third floor features a replica of the original Headquarters building auditorium and the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame galleries.

What’s extra-special about MTCC during our visit?

The Hip Hop Exhibit! "And the Beat Don't Stop: 50 Years of Hip-Hop" builds off the four cores of this music genre: graffiti art, DJ, Emcee (MC), and breakdancing. Utilizing artifacts from the National Hip-Hop Museum in Washington, DC, and pulling from MTCC's collection, visitors will be immersed in hip-hop culture with boomboxes, a graffiti wall selfie station, award-winning records with images of artists, an impressive custom sneaker collection, music and a video. This exhibit ends on July 1st, so NETC attendees will get to experience a unique exhibit on this free tour!

Got time after our tour to learn more about Civil Rights in Arkansas?

Visit the Arkansas State Capitol building where you can view a memorial sculpture of the Little Rock Nine by local artist John Deering or visit other locations on the Civil Rights Trail in the city.

On-your-own walkable history tour: Cost $0

Are you a history buff? We are fortunate enough to have two historical sites within walking distance of the hotel. The Historic Arkansas Museum is home to a historic city block including the oldest building in Little Rock, an 1850s Farmstead, and galleries of Arkansas Made art and history ranging from indigenous Arkansans to contemporary artists and artisans. Right next door to our hotel is the Old State House Museum, the original state capitol building of Arkansas. It was here that Arkansas was admitted into the Union in 1836 and voted to secede from the United States and join the Confederacy in 1861. Today, the museum’s exhibits and events are open to the public. Both historic locations are free to visit.