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Oct 09

The 5 Most Popular Articles About the Maker Movement

2:00 pm EDT

Reviewing five of the most popular articles circulating across the web about the Maker Movement -- defining what it is, stories of impact, and its importance in regards to education and the economy.


Bavarian, T. (2014, May 19) . Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future. Available at: http://goo.gl/K33Qq1

Durban, A. (2015, September 8). Democratizing the Maker Movement. Available at: http://goo.gl/bZjpfy

Morin, B. (2013, May 5). What Is the Maker Movement and Why Should You Care?Available at: http://goo.gl/R5at3q

Obama, B. (2014, June 17). Presidential Proclamation -- National Day of Making, 2014. Available at: https://goo.gl/8kCZn4

Stewart L. (2014, September 8). Maker Movement Reinvents Education. Available at: http://goo.gl/c7hSks



Paul Hill

Oct 13

Industrial Hemp Production in the U.S.: Overview, Update, & Legal Issues

12:00 am EDT

Industrial Hemp Production in the U.S.: Overview, Update, & Legal Issues

Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium


 In recent years, interest in the production of industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity has increased at both the federal and state levels. The Agricultural Act of 2015, commonly referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill, modified longstanding U.S. policy regarding hemp production by allowing certain institutions of higher education and state departments of agriculture to grow industrial hemp so long as the laws of the applicable state allow such production. In addition, hemp production has enjoyed a certain level of protection via language including the annual appropriations process. This webinar will provide an update on the latest developments and legal issues in this arena, including a review of states’ legislation regarding industrial hemp production.

 Time and Date:  Tuesday, October 13, 2015    12:00 – 1:00 (EDT)


This webinar is offered free of charge and is limited to the first 100 registrants.  It is recommended that you test your computer for software compatibility prior to the webinar by clicking here.

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Harrison M. Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center

Harrison received his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, after attending Mississippi State University and graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He then earned an LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law’s Graduate Program in Agricultural Law. Harrison has worked at the Center since 2001. During that time, his title and job duties have spanned the range of graduate assistant, staff attorney, co-director, interim director and currently, director; in which capacity he has served since 2007.

He has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law as part of the Ben J. Altheimer Distinguished Professorship for Agricultural Law, and has also served as a visiting professor at the Drake University Law School. In addition, he has taught Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Introduction to Agricultural Law in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. In that role, he was awarded the2011-2012 Agricultural Business Club Teaching Award.

He is an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA), the nation’s only professional organization focused on the legal needs of the agricultural community, and was the first recipient of the AALA’s Excellence in Agricultural Law award in 2010. Additionally, he is an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association, where he helped found the Agricultural Law Section, later served as interim chair and chair, and currently serves as vice-chair. He is a frequent presenter on a range of topics and issues, including the farm bill, water law, and environmental law. He has authored articles on numerous subjects, including the National Organic Program, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, the constitutionality of corporate farming laws, pesticide regulation and litigation, agritourism, states’ recreational use statutes, the Packers and Stockyards Act, agricultural bankruptcy issues, and environmental laws impacting agriculture.


Harrison Pittman

Oct 13

Military Family Financial Transitions: Handling Changes in Income, Benefits, & Money Management

11:00 am EDT

Military service members and their families encounter numerous transitions throughout their military careers, including entering active duty, deployments, transferring from one duty station to another, leaving active duty to enter the reserve component or making the transition back to civilian life. Each of these transitions impact a military family’s financial situation. This 90 minute interactive webinar will review research on military family financial issues includingfamily transitions on pay, benefits, and money management practices. Spousal financial concerns will be discussed. Resources will be shared.

How to join the Webinar:

    *To connect to this webinar, it is strongly suggested that you use Google Chrome for both PC and Mac connections. If this is not an option, Internet Explorer may be used if connecting via PC. Safari and Firefox have not been successful in accessing this webinar platform.

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    For those who cannot connect to the Adobe site, an alternative viewing of this webinar will be running on Ustream. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/milfamln 


    AFC-credentialed participants can earn 1.5 CEUs. More information about this process is available here.  This webinar is also approved for 1.5 general CEUs for FinCert Certified Personal Finance Counselors (CPFC).

    Certificates of Completion

    Participants interested in earning a Certificate ofCompletion can do so by completing the webinar evaluation, via a link given at the end of the webinar.


    Jenny Rea is in the PhD program at the University of Minnesota in the College of Education and Human Development, Family Social Science Department. Her area of research interest is in financial readiness and financial conflict in military couples.  As a military spouse, Jenny sees herself assisting young military couples in becoming educated about their finances and their future.

    In support of her interests in low-income families, Jenny prepared a research report on families and poverty titled Poverty and Family Finances and was published in AFCPE’s The Standard. In June 2015, Jenny published a journal article in the Contemporary Family Therapy Journal titled The Role of Social Networking Sites in the Lives of Military Spouses. Jenny is currently working on publishing a manuscript on college couples and money with Dr. Virginia Zuiker and Dr. Tai Mendenhall. She is also working on publishing a manuscript on student veterans and social support. Jenny has collaborated with Dr. Joyce Serido and Dr. Virginia Zuiker on a peer-to-peer financial mentoring program titled Financing Post-Secondary Education: The Reality Experience.

    Dr. Barbara O’Neill, financial resource management specialist for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, has been a professor, financial educator, and author for 35 years. She has written over 1,500 consumer newspaper articles and over 125 articles for academic journals, conference proceedings, and other professional publications. She is a certified financial planner (CFP®), chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC®), accredited financial counselor (AFC), certified housing counselor (CHC), and certified financial educator (CFEd). Dr. O’Neill served as president of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and is the author of two trade books, Saving on a Shoestring andInvesting on a Shoestring, and co-author of  Investing For Your Future,Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women, and Small Steps to Health and Wealth.  She earned a Ph.D. in family financial management from Virginia Tech and received over three dozen awards for professional achievements and over $900,000 in funding for financial education programs and research.

    The Cover image Military Saves Week by Langley Air Force Base, Airman 1st Class Areca T. Wilson for this webinar is licensed Creative Commons CC BY 2.0.



    Barbara O'Neill

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