Can you host an open house for a home in cyberspace? Yes, says the Cooperative Extension System, as it officially launches the eXtension (pronounced E-extension) Web resource Feb. 21-22 during the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington, D.C. eXtension is an educational partnership of more than 70 universities, including Iowa State, to provide online access to objective, research-based information and education. ISU Extension will make the launch ceremony available via video conferencing. It will be downlinked on campus at the Extension 4-H Youth building and at a number of ISU Extension county offices.
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has been invited to “flip the switch” to launch the national eXtension celebration Feb. 21 at 2:15 CST. In addition to the launch ceremony, eXtension will be delivering briefings at the forum all day Feb. 22 on various aspects of the initiative. At 10:30 a.m. CST on Feb. 22, eXtension will feature a “Stump the Expert” event in which national media representatives will question experts from eXtension communities of practice in personal finance, horses, parenting and horticulture.
Promoted as “a new information resource for American consumers,” the eXtension Web resource offers land grant university expertise and reliable answers based upon sound research. eXtension now offers information on consumer horticulture, parenting, entrepreneurship, personal finance, diversity across higher education, geospatial technology, horses, dairy cattle, wildlife damage management, cotton and imported fire ants. Coming soon are beef cattle, family care giving and many more topics.