Extension emphasizes helping people improve their livelihoods where they live.
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Commodities for Communities is this week’s featured Partnership That Makes a Difference. The partnership allows farmers to support the university by gifting portions of their crop to the UT Foundation.
The university commemorated the 150th anniversary of the establishment of public land-grant universities on Saturday, November 3, during the annual Ag Day celebration. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862, providing federal funds to establish many of America’s public colleges and universities to teach agriculture and the mechanical arts to all.
Teaching children responsibility is key to helping them develop positive habits as they grow into dependable, mature adults. Some parents and teachers might find the task difficult. Matt Devereaux, a child development specialist and associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, offers tips to parents and teachers as they work with children, especially those in elementary and middle school.
Tennesseans who are starting home-based baking businesses are getting some help from the UT Extension Online Learning system. More than 100 entrepreneurs across the state are earning certifications through a state-mandated food safety program.
When freshman Shelby Summarell heard that UT Knoxville was involved in Operation: Military Kids, she knew she wanted to volunteer. Having a dad who took two tours of Kuwait with the Army National Guard, Summarell knows how difficult it can be when parents and children are separated by war. OMK is a program that provides social, educational, and recreational programming for youth of deployed military personnel.
Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods, a partnership between the Tennessee Valley Authority, UT Extension and the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, will host a workshop for homeowners interested in learning the essential steps to a healthy landscape, key strategies to managing soil and turf and how to build a rain garden. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.
Laura Jones, an alumna who now works as an assistant in community health education in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences of UT Extension, shared stories about professors Jay Whelan and Bobbi Clarke.
In late 2009, the UT Extension launched an online learning portal geared to the professional development of its state-wide workforce. This system recently played a major role in helping the latest round of new hires get up-to-speed on major issues impacting their work as effective Extension professionals.
In the course of a year, how many people do we see? How many lives do we touch? Those are numbers Joseph Donaldson wants to know – and he trains others to find that valuable information. Donaldson is now being recognized by his peers nationally for his work with UT Extension in training and evaluation efforts.