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Karen Gast, Rolando Flores, Fadi Aramouni, Lisa Abeles-Allison and Elizabeth Boyle

Value-added is the transformation of a raw product, usually an agricultural product, into a product that serves consumer demand better. The value-added product usually has an increased value and a higher return than the raw product. Kansas is one of the lowest ranking midwestern states for the number of value-added industries, although it is one of the greatest producers of raw agricultural products. An interdisciplinary team of Extension Specialists was created to promote and to serve small and medium size value-added businesses in the state. This poster will describe Kansas State University Cooperative Extension's approach to serving this clientele.

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Kathryn Gunderson, Steven A. Sargent, Daniel J. Cantliffe, Steven G. Jacob and George J. Hochmuth

To remain competitive for federal and state funding, state cooperative extension services must proactively incorporate issues programming and performance-based budgeting. State major program (SMP) design teams, which provide linkages between clientele groups and the research base, must conduct needs assessments to adjust to this new atmosphere of accountability. A case study illustrates how one Florida SMP (FL107, vegetable production, harvest, handling and integrated pest management in Florida) restructured its design team to become more flexible and proactive to target a wider range of outcomes. While still in the implementation phase, this model has already resulted in improved communication within the organization, better addressing extension needs at county level while facilitating reporting at the state level.

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Deanna L. Osmond and Jennifer L. Platt

We are extremely grateful to the Student Association of the North Carolina division of the American Water Resources Association for their help as surveyors, as well as Master Gardeners from the Wake County Cooperative Extension Service, who

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J.E. Ells, A.E. McSay, P.N. Soltanpour, F.C. Schweissing, M.E. Bartolo and E.G. Kruse

Funding was provided by Colorado Agriculture Experiment Station (Project 756) and Cooperative Extension Service (Project 6101).

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S. Christopher Marble, Amy Fulcher and John Toman

demonstrations, for both the extension system (delivery) and the intended audience. Nationally, budgets for the Cooperative Extension Service have decreased (1980–2010), leading to a concomitant reduction in extension faculty and field staff as well as reduced

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Robert F. Brzuszek, Richard L. Harkess and Lelia Kelly

volunteer program are a knowledgeable plant consumer group. The program is offered in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces ( Stephens, 2002 ). Supported by state cooperative extension services, volunteers receive extensive

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Michele R. Warmund and Denny Schrock

Master Gardener training was delivered via interactive television (IT) or face to face (FTF) in Missouri in 1997. IT and FTF participants were surveyed on their acceptance of the Master Gardener training method and their perceptions of program quality and technology to evaluate the newly developed multiple site IT training. Demographic characteristics were also recorded to determine if IT format attracted a different clientele than that of FTF training. Those who participated in IT training generally had more years of education than those in the FTF training and lived in suburban rather than rural areas. IT participants missed fewer training sessions than FTF participants. However, IT participants rated the slide quality, sound, and overall training lower than the FTF group. Some problems associated with IT training identified by the participants are correctable, which should improve future acceptance of this technology.

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Stefan Sutherin, Kevin Lombard and Rolston St. Hilaire

. Announcements and flyers, which included a quick response (QR) code linked to the iTunes ® page, were distributed to regional nurseries, posted on NMSU bulletin boards, forwarded through the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service network, and e-mailed to NMSU

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G. Douglas Crater, Michael Colt, B. Rosie Lerner, Wayne McLaurin and Denise Sharp

A list of the consumer horticulture publications available from the cooperative extension service of each state was compiled. This list was prepared under the auspices of the ASHS Extension Consumer Horticulture Working Group and will be available for distribution. This list includes extension publications, leaflets and other extension materials appropriate for continuing education programs in consumer horticulture.

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Joel S. Flagler

Horticultural therapy programs can benefit from the services of Master Gardeners. Trained through the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service, Master Gardeners are skilled in practical plant sciences and committed to volunteerism. A nationwide survey has determined that 374 Master Gardeners in 21 states are helping to bring structured horticultural activities to individuals in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, prisons, and other special service facilities.