Burt Swanson - Celebrating an Extension Champion

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What makes a person a champion? It is a number of things. From a professional perspective, one has to be knowledgeable and credible, providing thought leadership. Burt moved agricultural extension and advisory services forward on so many levels. He contributed to major efforts in the 1970s and 1980s with FAO. He helped start the Association for Int...
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The research-practitioner divide: Why we are still optimistic

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​ Researchers and development practitioners don't often team up to co-lead large global projects for a number of reasons. They have different audiences, timelines, and motivations, making collaboration, let alone co-management, challenging. Researchers tend to design and test innovations and work at the global level with a long-term perspective. Pr...
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How will you transform extension in 2018?

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Happy New Year! This is the time of year when we look back at the previous year and take stock of our accomplishments and the obstacles we each faced, many of those challenges we face every year. With the new year comes the renewed hope that we will overcome those challenges. I have those hopes for agricultural extension. While there is a renewed e...
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