Understanding Ag Research Tool Package for Extension Educators- 2017 NC ANR Academy

Agriculture research is a vital part of an ever-changing industry. As extension professionals, we often present or provide applied research data to audiences who have not been trained in statistics or research interpretation. In an effort to improve basic research interpretation among agriculture producers, a team of extension professionals involved in the 2017 North Central Agriculture and Natural Resources Academy created fact sheets, short video clips, slide show presentations, a resource page, and a post presentation survey that focus on "Understanding Ag Research " using four main topics:
  • Replication and Randomization
  • Setting up On-Farm Trials
  • Understanding the LSD
  • Identifying Quality Research
This tool package includes four fact sheets for producer distribution and video clips (to serve as online resources for farmers or educators). Additionally, long and short PowerPoint slideshows that can be used either prior to presenting research information to an audience, or presented as a stand-alone topic are included. A resource page is also provided that lists additional resources regarding research interpretation and related topics. A follow-up participant survey for the use of anyone presenting any portion of this resource package is included.

This webinar will provide a brief preview of each educational piece and an explanation of its intended purpose and accessibility platform. This project was created as a part of the 2017 North Central ANR Cropping Systems Academy.

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Speaker Information:
John Thomas, UNL

John Thomas has been a crops Extension Educator in the Panhandle of Nebraska for the past 6 years. Prior to this work he worked as an Ag research extension technician for 19 years working in crops entomology and dry bean breeding at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, NE. He got his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State in Forestry and Range Mgt. and his master’s degree in entomology from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. A lot of John’s focus now is on dry edible beans and harvesting systems.

Lizabeth Stahl, U of MN

Liz Stahl has been an Extension Educator in Crops with University of Minnesota Extension since 2004. Prior to this she worked for over 10 years as a Research Agronomist in the seed industry, a Crop Production Specialist at a local farmer’s cooperative and with a non-profit in third crop efforts. She has a B.S. in Agricultural Education with a minor in Agricultural Economics and an M.S. in Agronomy/Weed Science from the University of MN.  

Josh Coltrain, KSU

Josh Coltrain grew up on a vegetable truck farm and purebred hog operation in rural Neodesha, KS. After graduating from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, Josh received his Masters of Science in the Kansas State Wheat Breeding Program. Following a tenure as an Agronomy Instructor at Cloud County Community College, Josh began his K-State Research & Extension career in late 2012 as an Ag and Natural Resources Agent, Crops and Soils in the Wildcat Extension District in southeast Kansas.

Sara Berg, SDSU

Sara Berg has been an SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist at the since August of 2016. She focuses on general agronomy, cover crops, and forages. Previously, she worked as a Soil Fertility Research Assistant at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. In addition to her work at SDSU, she farms row crops with her sister near Baltic, SD. She has a B.S. in Agriculture Education and an M.S. in Plant Science, both from SDSU.


Sara Berg, Josh Coltrain, Lizabeth Stahl, John Thomas

Created by Sara Berg

Primary Audience: Extension Professionals