In This Issue
Extension Professionals Train Boy Scouts with Volunteer Service
Treebrowser.org Wins First Place in Website Competition
Utah Extension Agents Win Communications Awards
USU Extension Implementing Agrosecurity Plan
Who's New in Extension
Tech Tip: What Is a "Widget" and Why You Should Know
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August 2010
Extension Professionals Train Boy Scouts with Volunteer Service  
 
Extension specialist Ralph Whitesides and agents Dennis  Worwood and Ron Patterson teamed with the  Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest  Service and the Boy Scouts of America to remove  salt cedar (also called Tamarisk) from the  Buckhorn Wash in Emery County. 

Boy Scouts and other volunteers were trained in plant identification and herbicide calibration, in the project which reduced Tamarisk in the Buckhorn Wash by 95 percent.

 
Treebrowser.org Wins First Place in Website Competition 

The Utah TreeBrowser website reached 20,300 visits from January 2009 to June 2010, and is currently being visited by 1,100 viewers per month. 

In 2009, TreeBrowser received the Epsilon Sigma Phi Iota Chapter Technology Team Award and the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals Silver Webpage Award.  Its most recent award is first place in the 2010 webpage category from the National Association of Agricultural Agents. 

Congratulations to Mike Kuhns and Lyle Holmgren for their first place finishes.  

Utah Extension Agents Win Communication Awards
 
Congratulations to  Utah  agents who won National Association of Agricultural Agents Communication Awards for 2010. 

In 14 categories, Utah brought home two national awards, two national finalist recognitions, five regional finalist recognitions and ten state awards.

USU Extension Implementing Agrosecurity Plan

Utah State University Cooperative Extension is collaborating with state agencies to protect
Utah's agriculture and food. Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Planning (S-CAP) workshops were developed to provide two-day training for community planners and first responders so that food and agriculture are protected in the event of a natural, intentional or accidental disaster.

In collaboration with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) and the Utah Division of Homeland Security (UDHS), USU Cooperative Extension plans to present the workshops to every county in the state over the next two years, and UDAF and UDHS will implement field exercises to test the county's plans. Cache, Sevier, Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties have received the training, and workshops in San Juan County are planned for August 24 and 25.

Who's New in Extension

Extension welcomes Karin Allen to the staff as she continues her career at Utah State University in her newly appointed position of Extension food products specialist. 
 
Tech Tip: What Is a "Widget" and Why You Should Know
From Dennis Hinkamp, USU Extension Communications

A widget is an application or tool that can be customized and embedded on a webpage, blog or social media page. They can be used for fun, like a YouTube playlist or countdown clock, or for more useful purposes. Many websites create helpful widgets that people can use for free.

Taking advantage of eXtension.org and adding useful widgets to your website is a simple, easy way to improve your content and provide additional helpful information.

Recent Extension Publications  
Please take a look at these recently posted Extension publications.

Handling Baby Poultry
Diabetes Facts
Top Ten Abiotic Disorders and Cultural Problems of Woody Ornamentals
Top Ten Insect Pests of Woody Ornamentals
Top Ten Pathogenic Diseases of Woody Ornamentals
High Tunnel Tomato Production

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Professional positions within Utah State Extension are currently open, and we would like your help in spreading the word. Below is a list of open positions which changes each month as positions are added or filled. Please forward this list to anyone you know who might be interested in applying.


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