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Extension Master Gardeners (MGs) have been trained for nearly 40 years by land grant universities as paraprofessionals to give gardening advice and pesticide recommendations to the public ( Meyer, 2007 ). Extensive time and money is devoted to

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140 ORAL SESSION 39 (Abstr. 651–655) Computer Technology Applications in Extension Horticulture

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characteristics of these clusters and their production and marketing activities are described in this article, with a discussion of the implication of these characterizations for extension programming. While the results of this research are specific to Virginia

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extension agents in each county. Interested Florida residents completed an initial sign-up form. Two-hundred people were selected to participate in the program based on answers to questions on the sign-up form. Specifically, the research team gave priority

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extension staff and faculty to provide research-based gardening information to the public. The EMG training program has spread to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces ( National Master Gardener Committee, 2013 ). Today, most

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plants. In Virginia, Pattison and Wolf (2007) have evaluated protected culture for season extension and report that a 7.3 × 60.9 tobacco greenhouse or high tunnel planted a density of ≈10 plants/m 2 can yield 619 g/plant for an approximate 60-d period

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irrigation practices and technologies in the residential landscape has been identified as an opportunity for water conservation, and therefore, people who use irrigation at home represent an important audience for the Cooperative Extension Service ( Warner et

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One of the greatest challenges for consumer horticulture specialists and extension agents is communicating effectively with their broad audiences. Even when narrowed to home and community food gardening, the target audience is immense. In 2008, 31

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