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Improving Field Crop Extension Outreach through Enhanced Growing Season Communication Opportunities 2008 - Progress Report

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Project Leaders: J.K. Waldron, NYS IPM Livestock and Field Crops Coordinator, Cornell University; R.R. Hahn, Department Crop and Soil Science, Cornell University

Cooperators: , Cornell Field Crop Protection Faculty; , CCE county and Region based field crop educators

Abstract: Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators are Cornell University's front line in helping New York field crop producer clientele with crop production and pest management issues. Keeping CCE personnel informed on the latest information and developments helps us meet Cornell's high standards for extension outreach and provides clientele with quality, pertinent, timely and user-friendly programs and resources that maximize our educational impacts. Enhancing communication opportunities between CCE county and campus personnel helps strengthen the outreach network, and is an important component of CCE's professional development. A series of twenty-four conference calls were held weekly to improve campus and field staff communication regarding field crop pest and crop management issues during the growing season. Each call averaged approximately 10 participants and lasted forty-five minutes.