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Link to today’s webinar.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuSOUydshHU&t=18s

Mike Reise is the presenter.  If you have questions, please contact Mike at riese@unl.edu.

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Nebraska Consumer Beliefs About Our Food Supply Webinar


Everyone eats! 

Whether Extension does programming in the areas of Food, Nutrition and Health; Agriculture; Learning Child; Horticulture, 4-H/youth; or Community Vitality programs, everyone we work with eats. Clientele may also influence what others eat through producing food, preparing food safely, starting a food-related business and helping children develop positive eating patterns.

Importance of Increasing Consumer Confidence in the Food Supply


Learning how to make informed food decisions will benefit Nebraskan’s personal health and finances. 

Ninety-eight percent of U.S. consumers have been two generations removed from production agriculture. These consumers are faced with many food decisions based on growing practices, preparation, convenience and economic factors and seek out information on making those decisions. Current food trends suggest there are some misrepresentations of the food system leading to skepticism and decreased consumer confidence in the food system.

NEW! UNL Bureau of Sociological Research Consumer Food Belief Data


1,208 Nebraskans statewide reported on their beliefs about emerging food issues.

Collaborating with the UNL Bureau of Sociological Research Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey (NASIS), statewide survey data was collected from 1,208 individuals to learn how Nebraskans think and feel about important emerging food Issues.

Nebraska Extension’s  Increasing Consumer Confidence in Food issue team — consisting of agricultural, horticultural, 4-H, and family and consumer science staff — is using this data and working on food confidence issues from farm gate to consumer plate.

Topics covered in the survey included: AllergensAdditivesAntibioticsGluten-FreeFood-borne IllnessNutritionChemicals,  PesticidesLocally GrownOrganic, Genetically Engineered Foods, Bacteria, Humanely Raised.

Attend the Webinar and Discover How YOU Might Use this Data!


Extension Educator Rob Eirich will present the webinar.

Rob Eirich, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator and Director of the Beef Quality Assurance Program, will share highlights of the NASIS survey food questions and they might be helpful to everyone in the Nebraska Extension System.

Topic: Next Generation Extension:  Consumer Beliefs about our Food Supply

  • Time: Apr 11, 2017 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/233208451 
  • Or an H.323/SIP room system: H.323:
    • (US West)
    • (US East)
    • Meeting ID: 233 208 451
    • SIP: 233208451@zoomcrc.com
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How to Create FREE Google Feedback Forms


This blog post will lead you through the steps for creating this form.

How do Google, Amazon and Microsoft obtain simple information whether their webpages are helpful?

They ask a simple question: Was this information helpful? In a similar form I’m going to show you how to make, I’ve added a “comments” section.

You can create a separate Google form for each article or simply use the same coding you create the first time for each article.

After much experimentation with getting basic feedback from webpages, I’ve found using an embedded form where people can see the total question, including the “submit” button is the most effective for me. Among the available possibilities for developing feedback forms, Google Forms is easy to use, and is FREE!

The form on the right is the one I’m using on webpages and blogs. I used a form like this on my blog to get data for my annual report. Our Issue Team is also using this form to gather web data across several platforms to aggregate.This blog post gives information on how to create a basic form just like this. 

Read on for step-by-step illustrated directions for:

  1. Creating a Google form
  2. Embedding the form on your webpage or blog
  3. Collecting data from the form into a spreadsheet

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We Think, Therefore We Can

Okay…that might not quite be Descartes philosophical saying….but I think in today’s age of globalization and the scientific process it might be just as applicable.  More to the point Descartes line was in Latin….but the translation is “I Think, Therefore I Am”.  To a fuller extent, he meant, “we cannot doubt of our existence while we doubt”.

I believe that in today’s global society, We Think Therefore We Can, is a succinct phrase meaning if you can think through the process, product or activity, chances are you can also use research & collaborate to use that process, product, or activity to innovate, make and create something great!

Yesterday I read an article that was talking about careers and why STEM Careers were so important.  The author suggested that when thinking about a STEM career to pursue you ask yourself three questions: 1) Can that task be performed overseas cheaper? 2) Is that task highly repetitive and can it be performed by a computer (or robot) faster (than I can)? and 3) Is that task something that will be in demand during economies of plenty? All three are great questions…and more to the point, I realized that what the author was really talking about was the brains amazing ability to think through the scientific process quickly…determining at lightening speed the nuances that effect every decision….and taking those nuances into account when making decisions.

Yesterday, when I spoke with the LEAD group, I mentioned the importance that we teach our kids that the “big” hairy, audacious questions in life have multiple “right” answers.  My point is that if there is only one answer, one process, one formula etc, let a computer or robot do it!  Our forte as human beings is in the ability to evaluate multiple answers to determine what the right one is in the specific circumstance, and to be cognizant of the reality that two people in the same circumstance might analyze the nuances differently and come up with different “right” answers….but as collaborators we have the ability to collectively analyze a situation to determine where “Win-Win” exists.

That ability to recognize the nuances effecting a situation is not something easily programmed into a computer or robot.  I have participated in more than one computer programming class that talked about how housekeeping would likely never be something we could program a robot to perform….why?….well because while we could program a robot to vacuum, or do dishes, or sweep, it becomes incredibly hard when you are programming a robot to do all of those tasks and to determine what needs done first or most immediately, and how to adapt the same task, such as dusting, quickly to different surfaces in your home.  ….This whole thought process had me mind mapping the nuances that effect positive youth development..and the interplay between nuances…the map got more than a little messy with all of those nuances.  A great thing for a long career in positive youth development!

All this leaves me thinking that we have a lot of brain power in Nebraska!  And, within Nebraska Extension.  The ability to recognize the issues that are at the top of the list with Nebraskans.  The ability to put together dynamic multidisciplinary teams to actually start thinking through the process of how to address these issues, and where the “Win-Win” exists.  And the multidisciplinary nature that allows us to network and collaborate with those individuals outside of Nebraska Extension that can help us really make a difference for Nebraskans. And, as sentient beings, we have the ability to make subtle course corrections thousands/millions of time a day.

Come on Nebraska Extension….be enablers and collaborators!  Help Nebraskans create something great!!!!

We Think, Therefore, We Can!

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Bringing the Maker Movement to Extension

Our speaker for the February 14th at 10:00 CT Next Generation Extension Webinar will be Paul Hill from Utah State University Extension. Paul is a leader in developing and delivering maker-based programming in Washington County, Utah.  Since 2012, hundreds of youth across Utah have participated in summer camp and after school programs in photography and filmmaking, geology, cooking, upcycling, robotics, sewing, rocketry, coding and entrepreneurship. Paul often uses pop culture media as themes on which to base maker programming including recent Ghostbusters and Pokemon-themed classes.

After participating in these maker opportunities, youth have reported an increase in belonging, confidence, and problem solving ability. Making is gaining traction as a strategy to engage young people in building science abilities. Joining the Maker Movement has accelerated their ability to meet 4-H’s national STEM goals and initiatives while enhancing the abilities of youth as they make innovative breakthroughs.


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Building Apps Using AppMkr

“Building Apps Using AppMkr” February 22nd, 9:00 a.m., at UNL East Campus Union, Columbine Room

Next Generation Extension will be hosting Jacie Milius in a hands-on boot camp for building an app using AppMkr.  We will be in the Columbine room in the East Campus Union from 9:00 to 3:30 on Wednesday, February 22nd.

Jaci will begin with a brief overview of AppMkr, then lead a discussion around how you might develop an app that would enhance your Extension programming, then we will begin our individual app development.  To be successful BYOD (bring your own device), pre-register your laptop for use with campus WiFi (http://its.unl.edu/services/wi-fi), and bring your calendar/stuff for your app.  If you aren’t entirely sure what app you want to build, jump on a team and help someone else, or just experiment with the AppMkr interface.

There is no fee to attend, however, please send an email to Deb Weitzenkamp if you plan on attending so we can make sure we have adequate space.  Lunch will be on your own.  You can choose to eat downstairs, or we’ll order Valentino’s and have it delivered!

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Number 1 Way to Write Blog Title to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog

image of the word blog on a highway

Do you agree with this following article on the number one way to drive more traffic to your blog? Have you tried it?

Check the charts and information in this article and see if it works for you …

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