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Agricultural Education and Communication

Agricultural Education and Communication

Non-Thesis Projects

Effects of Reflection Type & Abstraction Order on Content Knowledge & Retention

Experiential learning is fundamental to agricultural education. Current literature indicates some methods of pedagogically implementing experiential learning are more effective than others. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of reflection type and abstraction order on content knowledge and content knowledge retention when teaching experientially. This research experiment was conducted with secondary school students enrolled in agriscience courses. The findings of this study indicated neither the method in which students reflected nor the order in which they received abstraction affected students’ ability to attain content knowledge. However, when analyzing student content knowledge retention, a statistically significant interaction effect indicated reflection type and abstraction order were dependent upon one another. It is recommended those who are interested in knowledge retention outcomes should implement purposeful reflection-on-action techniques when delivering abstract conceptualization prior to an experience.
Author: Bradley Coleman
Year: 2019

Hutton Onboarding Tutorial
A common problem for new staff and students is the need to get up-to-speed with a lab’s protocols. In the past, this instruction has been an on-the-job type training, explained by the most senior person working in the specified environment on any given day. In order to maintain consistent training from a single source, the Hutton Onboarding Tutorial has been created. The purpose of this tutorial is to train new staff, students and post-docs in the basic procedures and skills necessary to work in Dr. Hutton’s Tomato Breeding Program at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm FL. The lessons are small chunks of training that cover various tasks that are conducted each season. Participants can complete as many lessons as necessary for their particular job in the lab, although everyone must complete the first lesson- Orientation. A perfect score is required in all lessons to ensure accuracy in future work assignments. In order to monitor the usefulness of the lessons, students complete an evaluation at the end of each lesson. While this tutorial is targeted for Dr. Hutton’s lab and its work needs, it can easily be a model for other labs to replicate with their own training purposes.
Author: Dolly Cummings
Year: 2019

Using Trained Observer Rating to Evaluate Youth Leadership Development
Youth organizations are uniquely positioned to improve the quality of life for their participants and improve community development. If they nurture leadership skills in youth, they make a positive investment in the future of community. Youth who are meaningfully engaged in community programs have the opportunity to improve self-esteem, skills, and leadership capacity. Furthermore, youth who were invested in by community based organizations tend to set on positive trajectories.
The organizations cannot take the risk of steering these programs in the wrong direction. Due to the lasting impact these organizations have, it is imperative to support them to do their job well. Which is why this project focused on developing an evaluation instrument to be utilized in organizations who serve youth participants. The instrument was based off Junior Achievement Work Readiness curriculum.
The instrument measures creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and conflict management. A variety of programs can develop these skills in their participants not dependent on their priorities of curriculum. No matter the content a program is delivering, these skills are essential to develop for leadership development and future employability. For example, the pilot test implementing this instrument measured these skills while the students were learning about gardening and food security.
The instrument proved to be effective to measure changes in behavior through observation. The implementation did not disrupt the learning environment and could be relevant to any youth programs. In order to utilize this tool, evaluation should be a priority of the program administration to ensure there is capacity for trained evaluators. Furthermore, a program must have a consistent and measurable direction. With these factors, the evaluation instrument is suitable for youth programs that want to make a lasting impact. The observational evaluation tool intends to support these programs to improve their program that develops youth leaders and builds a stronger community.
Presentation: Using Trained Observer Rating to Evaluate Youth Leadership Dev.
Author: Taylor Johnson
Year: 2019

CDE Training Manuals
As a new and beginning teacher in agricultural education, I have had to prioritize where I expend my energy when it has come to the FFA Organization. Although FFA is only one third of the total program model it can quickly become overwhelming with the vast number of competitions, awards, and conventions to engage in with students. One of my main energy focuses have been in training CDE teams for our state level competitions, which align to the national competitions. With this this my non-thesis project was the development of two Career Development Team Training manuals, one for the Milk Quality and Products CDE and one for the Poultry Evaluation CDE. Each CDE training manual contains a comprehensive week-by-week lesson plan style-training program in order to successfully prepare teams to compete. With each training overview there are training materials and links to materials that would assist an FFA advisor in preparing teams. Finally each manual includes teacher notes as well as tips and suggestions for advanced team training. A handbook of this nature not only helps preparing teams but also decrease the preparation time it takes of planning a training program each year. These handbooks will be widely shared with the agricultural education teachers across the state, and will provide useful for all new and beginning teachers that need guided training materials for these teams, or for teachers that are new to these CDE’s.
Milk Quality Products CDE Training Manual
Poultry Evaluation CDE Training Manual
Author: Deanna Miller
Year: 2019

Educating the Public with an Open Gate
The goal of this program is to help bridge the gap between what the farmers know and what the public wants to know; by teaching farmers how to communicate their everyday life effectively, as well as providing guiding resources. Animal rights videos have focused on areas like disbudding, non-ambulatory animals, animal handling and movement, living conditions. By partnering with industry guests and professionals, this program will help teach farms how to open their ‘gates’ (minds) as well as open the lines of communication with the public by converting standard practices in understandable terms to the public. Upon completion, farms will create a complete communication plan to help them in educating the public.
Author: Heather Young
Year: 2019

Master Gardener (MG) volunteers are a crucial part of the UF/IFAS Extension mission to educate the public. Based on anecdotal data from the UF/IFAS State Master Gardener Coordinator and empirical findings from the Walton County Volunteer Management System (VMS) archive, UF/IFAS Extension historically recruits and trains MG volunteers successfully but then realizes many leaving the program. In this publication, we present the results of a study of Walton County MG volunteers designed to understand if differences in demographic characteristics, motivational orientations, and volunteerism preferences between long-term (defined here as four years or more) active and inactive volunteers exist. To identify volunteer motivations, the survey included a version of Mergener’s (1979) Education Participation Scale (M-EPS) adapted by Strong (2011). To describe volunteer demographics, eight questions were asked, including age, occupation, education, income, race, and gender. Two questions were included to determine volunteers’ educational project preferences. The study sampled a population of 169 active and inactive MG volunteers, with a response rate of 42% (n = 60). Participants confirmed a prior study from Strong & Harder stating the primary motivation for MG volunteerism is a desire to learn. The survey also found women are more likely to remain active volunteers long-term than men and that motivational orientations do not appear to have much effect on volunteer tenure within the limited sample. More research is needed to confirm these findings and provide additional insight into MG tenure. Also, given the sample size limitations of this study, future research should repeat the study across county MG volunteer programs throughout the state to further explore relationships between demographics, motivations and volunteerism preferences on MG volunteer tenure. Ultimately, these results can help inform coordinators’ program focuses and provide additional insight as to which MGs might volunteer long-term and why, allowing coordinators to hone recruiting efforts.

Author: Daniel Leonard
Year: 2019

In the early 2000’s when animal rights groups started targeting youth livestock shows, the Florida State Fair and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, with the support from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, determined that a training would be put into place to assist youth exhibitors with these interactions. The overarching goal was to ensure youth knew and practiced proper ethics in their projects, and were prepared to communicate their efforts. The program has been in place since 2005 in Florida, with many trainers and educated youth springing from youth livestock programs using its reinforcement. The downfall of this program lies in its stagnancy. Since its composition, there have been no updates or alterations to the curriculum. In addition, many trainers have several lessons becoming tiresome to youth who have to take the class every three years. The purpose of this project is to: 1) update statistics to the most recent 2017 Ag Census data, 2) create a few suggested lesson layouts with variations, 3) portray a more recent look, and 4) provide a way for trainers to submit fresh ideas for lessons and livestock species expansion beyond the traditional beef cattle, dairy, and swine. Moving forward now that the curricula has been updated, it has been suggested by the graduate student that submissions be entertained in an ongoing improvement system in order to keep the course relevant and improve the teaching methods used. Since the document has been created on Google Drive, sharing with and without editing privileges is an option for trainers, and should lead to the further development of this program.
Author: Katharine McWhorter
Year: 2019

Floridians faced both a severe outbreak of blue-green algae and red tide in the summer months of 2018. The environmental crisis caused the public and the media to have emotional reactions and seek out information to determine and debate the causes for the outbreaks. The agricultural industry, particularly sugarcane growers in the Everglades Agricultural Area, faced accusations and widespread distrust of environmental practices. While no scientific information was presented that directly linked the outbreak to agriculturalists, some members of the public and environmental activist groups blamed local farmers. A content analysis of the United States Sugar Corporation Facebook page was conducted to evaluate the organization’s public posts and responses to public reactions to their posts during the crisis. The analysis followed the ten crisis response postures defined by Coombs (2019) for crisis communication. All data was coded and evaluated according to the response postures and as new codes emerged, they were noted. Results indicated the U.S. Sugar Corporation primarily communicated through messages that shared factual information, links to outside media articles, and statements about their industry’s previous sustainability efforts and successes. Additionally, results indicated the U.S. Sugar Corporation only responded to public comments that were defensive or shared further information regarding the topic. Research recommendations from this study include: 1) public relations practitioners who represent agricultural organizations should have continuing communication with stakeholders at all times and utilize scientific information as a part of a crisis communication strategy and 2) organizations that find themselves at the center of public mistrust during an environmental crisis should focus on publishing messages with themes of transparency, gratitude towards stakeholders, and scientific information.
Author: Katie Morris
Year: 2019

Florida 4-H serves as one of the state’s largest youth development organizations and is founded on the 4-H Essential Elements, which is a set of positive youth development facets that help 4-H professionals and volunteers provide a well-rounded educational experience to youth participants. Belonging is one of the 4-H Essential Elements and is characterized by a positive relationship with a caring adult, a safe environment, and an inclusive environment. In order to receive adequate and effective help in those areas, youth need to trust the adults that surround them, and those adults need to demonstrate acceptance and a level of understanding for the youth in their care. Little research exists within the Extension literature regarding youth development professionals working and engaging with youth members of the LGBTQ community. The purpose of this study was to determine the experiences and professional development needs of Florida 4-H Extension agents working with LGBTQ youth and communities. Results of the study identified that participants displayed a common set of values regarding Belonging, the rural or urban make-up of the county played a role in that county’s ability to accept members of the LGBTQ community, and that little professional development and training had been offered by the organization focused on increasing competency with working with members of the LGBTQ community. Recommendations include providing up-to-date policies and procedures, creating a training program for working with LGBTQ audiences, as well as for more research and formal assessment of professional development and competence needs related to working with the LGBTQ community.
Author: Charles K. Poliseno
Year: 2019

The Florida 4-H youth development program is part of a network of 48 states within the United States that offers shooting sports as part of their 4-H program. While young people participating in 4-H shooting sports gain valuable life skills what has remained unclear are the skills needed by county 4-H agents to manage the risks associated with offering the program. A survey was sent to county 4-H agents and the responses analyzed to determine those needs and to identify the county 4-H agents’ perceived level of competency in program procedural standards and program leadership accountability. The results of the study demonstrated that county 4-H agents recognized the value of having program procedural standards and program leadership accountability but lacked the knowledge and skills to implement them as part of managing the risks associated with providing a shooting sports program. Therefore, the researchers concluded there was a need for in-service trainings and program resources emphasizing program standards and accountability principles related to managing a shooting sports program.
Author: Genevieve A. Mendoza
Year: 2019

This project is to present a leadership development workshop for youth. The main reason for creating this workshop series is to broaden the exposure youth has to leadership development at a young age. Being able you understand multiple aspects of leadership, is necessary in a professional setting as well as for problem solving in your own life. People must learn to work together to accomplish goals. Not all youth understand the importance of leadership and team work. Once introduced to leadership skills, youth are able to see the potential they have to adopt and use these skills. Then they will be able to grasp the concept of leadership within themselves. Seeing yourself as a future leader improves your ability to see how you can be a part of your community and make choices that will help you succeed. This workshop was created to help youth develop their leadership skills early on their path to adulthood. It is the intent of the leadership workshop to not only introduce a foundation and skill set in leadership, but to help youth make the positive choice that they want to grow and participate in their community as a leader. People need to learn to work with people who have different social ideas like politics, religion, and cultures. They also have to learn to work toward a common goal even if someone thinks the way to achieve that goal is different than yours. Helping future leaders use leadership skills like creative and critical thinking as well as problem solving will help youth see how team building skills will help them work with others no matter what their differences may be.
Author: Dallas Deal
Year: 2019

The #thisiscals social media campaign aimed to better inform publics on the opportunities within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The campaign provided a virtual tour for students, via social media platforms, taking the college to them. The campaign targeted four locations representative of CALS. There were three styles of content produced at each location - an edited video, kinetic typography video, and photograph - giving insight to which type of content is most effective. Locations were determined based on input from leaders within CALS and according to the college’s vision: “We will be the destination of choice for students seeking academic programs in agriculturenatural resources and related sciences…”. The campaign covered key locations representing each of the three academic program areas. Locations included the Field and Fork Farm and Gardens, the Plant Micropropagation Laboratory, the Austin Cary Forest, and an off-site internship at the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. The content was aimed at showcasing the wide range of opportunities students have within CALS. The results of the campaign showed that there was not a substantial difference in engagement between each of the three varying styles of content. Based on this, it is recommended that content creators produce content relative to the effort required to produce. It was found that the person or source featured in the piece of content boosted engagement. The content should highlight influencers with a high number of followers and an active presence on social media. It was found that by engaging with the content early in its lifespan, through liking, commenting and sharing, increased its post visibility and engagement rates. The content should also revolve around topics of follower interests, which can be based on the platforms engagement data, like Facebook Insights or Twitter Analytics. Further research should be conducted on engagement techniques, influential sources, and targeted messaging to determine greater effectiveness. Using video as a means to increase knowledge and awareness should also be researched in the future.
Author: Gordon Yoder
Year: 2018

Camp Counselors (ages 13-18) are the first responders in the cabins during 4-H residential camp week.   They take responsibility of eight youth ages twelve and under for nearly one hundred hours during camp.  Therefore, to be effective at crisis management, these teens need to be educated, trained, and well equipped to handle any circumstance that arises.  In this study, twenty-two counselors from two counties were exposed to bullying prevention lessons, learned intervention strategies, and were given the hands-on experiential learning opportunity of implementing what they had learned at county camp. Teens are required to participate in a minimum of six hours of training to become a 4-H Camp Counselor.  This training involves multiple focus areas including:  camp policies and procedures, 4-H policies and procedures, best management practices, camp scenarios, ages and stages of youth, and bullying prevention.  This study focused on evaluation of the implementation of the BE SAFE curriculum by Michigan State University Extension within a Camp Counselor Training setting.  Be SAFE focuses on education and prevention of bullying, bias, harassment and other hurtful behaviors – as well as providing suggestions for intervening when young people are affected by these issues. (Michigan State University Extension. 2013) 
Objectives of the study were: (1) Camp Counselors will identify bullying behavior as measured by a pre/post counselor training survey.  (2) Camp Counselors will successfully intervene in bullying situations by utilizing strategies from the BE SAFE curriculum as measured by post camp skills application surveys.  Results from this study supported that implementing a bully prevention element into training efforts is a strong defense for 4-H Camp Counselors to identify bullying and safely intervene to provide a safe, affirming, fair environment as describe in the BE SAFE curriculum. 

Author: Jena Gilmore
Year: 2017

The purpose of the guide is to provide a resource for archery leaders that includes reflection, application and evaluation with the activities.  The primary objectives were: (1) To improve accuracy by performing proper shooting form; (2) Practice safety in all aspects of archery, and; (3) Develop life skills while learning archery. There are 14 lessons; seven basic lessons and seven advanced lessons.  The sections are divided up by both skill level and age.  All beginning archers, regardless of age should be learning the lessons from the Basic Section, especially 1-3.  The Advanced Section is for more experienced archers (shot for at least a year) who have mastered the lessons in the Basic Section and are also age 11 or above. 
Author: Julia Kelly
Year: 2018

This project was a revision of the UF/IFAS Exotic Citrus Disease website. The objective was to increase knowledge and awareness of the diseases which pose a serious threat to Florida citrus, complete with current information, countries the diseases are found, regulations, links to resources, etc. 
Author: Ajia Paolillo
Year: 2017

From Farm to Table
The From Farm to Table 4-H Program is a six-lesson youth workshop that provides tools for the education, experience, and awareness of Florida agriculture. Specific emphasis is placed on the Experiential Learning Method, the Life Skills Model and the 4-H slogan, learn-by-doing. To achieve this goal, a project book guideline that youth can have to keep and help guide themselves and their families in smart consumerism, will be included. The project book guideline is designed to be used in any Florida county with emphasis on product knowledge, ingredient identification, cooking basics, recipe reading and configuring, beef product knowledge and by-product knowledge, and exposure to a farm visit/ farmer visit.
From Farm to Table Leader Book
From Farm to Table Youth Program
Author: Lana Cardwell
Year: 2017

4-H Marine Aquarium Project Book
4-H youth currently enrolled in the 4-H aquarium projects had only freshwater aquarium options.  These youth could participate in breeding either live-bearing fish or egg-laying fish. A saltwater or marine aquarium project book was unavailable for youth to experience aquarium keeping at a more advanced level.  The opportunity to cultivate and propagate corals was not a 4-H project. While maintaining both a 14-gallon and 29-gallon marine aquarium for over two years and reading over 15 books on the subject, as well as interviewing over 10 experts, the 4-H Marine Aquarium Project Book was created over a period of three years.  Information from personal experience and as a result of attending the Marine Aquarium Conferences of North America in Washington, DC allowed the author to create a needed resource. The result is an extensive resource available for youth to utilize during the initial set up and continued maintenance, care and upkeep of a new marine aquarium system.  The 4-H Marine Aquarium Project Book is accompanied by a comprehensive adult leader guide to provide club and project leaders with additional guidance and trouble-shooting options. With the 4-H Marine Aquarium Project book, youth will learn to successfully perform water changes and properly plan for coral and other animals that will be incorporated into the aquarium system.
4H Marine Aquarium Adult Partner Guide
4H Marine Project Book
Author: Prudence Caskey
Year: 2016

An EDIS series was created to help explain (1) What is Social Media? (2) Creating a Social Media Plan, (3) How to Successfully Use Social Media, and (4) Good Practices When Using Social Media. All documents include images and links that will hopefully help and assist agriculturalist get the most out of social media.
Author: Jessica Fernandez
Year: 2015

How to Develop Leadership Skills Within Your Basketball/Sports Team
A training program specifically designed to mold young athletes into exceptional leaders and in turn create the cohesion, respect and drive which is required by a group of people to succeed at the highest level.
Author: Daniel Barber
Year: 2015

Public Opinion Poll of Polk County Officials Regarding Water Issues in Florida
To measure Floridians’ opinions and attitudes regarding water issues in Florida, the University of Florida/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education, or PIE Center, surveys the general public annually.  This research aims to compare the opinions of Polk County Florida’s elected officials to those collected by the PIE Center’s research.  Like much of Florida, Polk County’s economy strongly depends on healthy ecosystems for agriculture production and tourism dollars. This research seeks to develop understanding regarding knowledge gaps, differences in opinions between elected officials and general residents, and recommend educational strategies to reach elected officials on water issues they are interested in learning about. 
Author: Shannon Carnevale
Year: 2015

Peace River Citrus Growers Association Communication Audit
Project that managed the change in the communications for the Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association (PRVCGA), a citrus grower association that represents commercial citrus growers in DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota County in Florida. Supporting documents
Author: LeAnna Himrod
Year: 2015

Financial Literacy for Women
A financial literacy curriculum developed for young women. This course is designed based on the principles of discovery learning and with leadership values. Every person in the class will have an opportunity to share their personal goals so that the class can be shaped to fit their individual needs. 
Author: Rachel Silver
Year: 2015

Students' Engagement in School Based Agricultural Education
This study was conducted in six schools across the State of Florida to assess the engagement of students in rural and urban programs, that of boys in urban and boys in rural programs, and to determine any correlations between the students' psychological and cognitive engagement. The results of the study show similar levels of student engagement between rural and urban students, between that of girls and boys, and a high level of correlation of rural students between their perceived Control/Relevance of School Work and Future Aspirations and Goals. Factors showing high correlation are being examined further. This is necessary in order to provide suggestions for teachers in the classroom. Presentation
Author: Anna Taff
Year: 2015

Why I Lead
The purpose of this project was to document the stories of graduates from the Wedgworth Leadership Institute, demonstrating the development of their leadership philosophy from personal life experiences. I produced seven videos by interviewing eight Wedgworth graduates who represent different leadership positions in agriculture in the state of Florida. I learned that my initial hypothesis was correct: one's leadership philosophy is directly tied to personal growth experiences and their ability to synthesize and internalize those life events
Author: Brandon Telg
Year: 2015

Student Recruitment Strategies for Agricultural Education and Communication
The purpose of this study was to investigate agricultural education and communication (AEC) undergraduate and graduate students' reasons for selecting the AEC major, and to identify students' preferred communication channels to receive information about the AEC major. An online survey was conducted with current AEC undergraduate and graduate students. Results indicate that the AEC department website is highly utilized and valued by students as a preferred and effective communication channel for students. The findings suggest that other communication channels, such as social media, could be better utilized to communicate about the department, including sharing events and other timely information. This study also identifies students' preferences for visually branding the AEC department. 
Author: Carly Barnes
Year: 2014

Evaluation of Ornamental Grasses for Use as Golf Course Plantings
A field trial of twenty-two different ornamental grasses was established on a one-acre simulated golf course. Each was evaluated annually for performance and aesthetics by golf course superintendents and maintenance employees over a seven-year period. By being able to demonstrate which ornamental grasses are of interest to golf course personnel, this Extension research project will be able to direct producers toward the development and marketing of those particular ornamental grass species. Additionally, Extension educators can develop curriculum and training programs for golf course superintendents and maintenance employees on the aesthetic design and use of these plants, as well as, the proper maintenance techniques and requirements. 
Author: Sheila Dunning
Year: 2014

Aquaponics for Teaching and Demonstration
Recirculating aquaponic systems use much less water than traditional in-ground farming. Experiential learning opportunities lead to increased knowledge retention and positive behavior change. Experience with aquaponics will lead to awareness of environmentally-friendly practices, fresh, locally-grown food, and food security. This workshop was designed to educate teachers, and youth advisors techniques to build their own aquaponic system. For more information visit
Author: Maxine Floyd
Year: 2014

Cultural Leadership Case Study
The average Marine is a kinesthetic learner. As an organization, the Marine Corps is often confined to formal teaching in a classroom setting. By implementing case studies in formal professional military education, Marines will be allowed to engage their ability to learn through their tactile senses while remaining in a classroom setting. This research paper examines several key components including how the Marine Corps currently instructs leadership followed by an analysis of how this process is flawed. It examines the need for the Marine Corps to adopt case study methods in their leadership curriculum and ultimately aims to identify a current problem and present a solution through the implementation of the case study method.
Author: Matthew Lake
Year: 2014

Florida 4-H Science Inquiry Training Modules
This AEC Masters Project encompasses the development of an online 4-H science inquiry training module for Florida 4-H adult volunteers who wish to enhance their awareness, knowledge, and skills in Florida 4-H science, the science inquiry method, and integration of science inquiry into existing 4-H project areas. The module consists of three parts designed to be accessed as a whole or by section depending upon learner preference.

Author: Jonathan Mayer
Year: 2014

AEC 4905: Business and Industry Leadership in Agriculture
The purpose of this project was to develop an undergraduate level course that emphasizes leadership styles and business concepts of successful farmers, producers, and industries in Florida agriculture. In order to adequately prepare students for the workforce upon graduation, it is imperative students have a well-rounded educational offering, which includes courses in theory, application, and experiential settings. This Business and Industry Leadership in Agriculture course focuses on the application and is designed to help students recognize leadership in their direct field of study. This course will provide students an opportunity to learn about a diversity of industries in one course, while applying the skills and knowledge that were acquired in the prerequisite coursework. .
Author: Erin Nessmith
Year: 2014

4-H SPIN Club Curriculum
In the panhandle of Florida, several UF Extension offices have collaborated to pilot 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs. Currently, 4-H SPIN Clubs exist in several states and they are designed to provide youth development activities through a non-traditional time frame. In order to provide both youth and volunteers greater flexibility, SPIN clubs are formed around a shared interest and meet for a minimum of six times for an hour each. For this project, I developed two sets of SPIN Club curricula for potential volunteer leaders to use. The 4-H Agents requested that I develop a SPIN Club set of gardening lessons for elementary school students, and a SPIN club set of sewing lessons for middle school students. In addition, I worked with the extension offices to develop a short marketing video for the SPIN clubs. The gardening lessons are entitled "Seeds for Thought" The sewing lessons are entitled "Sew Grateful," and through this project, youth transform old t-shirts into new items, while learning basic sewing skills. 
Author: Becky Pengelley
Year: 2014

Ray Consulting, Inc.
A common term that coincides with manager is leadership, but these two characteristics are not always seen together. It can be noted that some of the better managers work to improve their leadership skills to become better managers. This is no different in the world of restaurant management. This project is based on the need for training in leadership for restaurant managers. The project is a website that is designed as if it were going to be used for a consulting company called Ray Consulting Inc. so there is the typical corporate information that would be expected of a company included on the website such as contact information and other clients that have been served. The four types of leadership that are addressed are Authentic, Contingency, Servant and Transformational Leadership. 
Author: Lonnette Ray
Year: 2014

The Impact of an Agriscience Course on Student FCAT Scores
Data collection tool The purpose was to create a handout that could be used to compile data about a specific group of students in an agriscience course. The goal was that it could be utilized to support as well as maintain a secondary agricultural education program. It should show the positive impact that an agriscience course can have on student standardized test scores. 
Author: Nicole Alberts
Year: 2014

School Enrichment Chicken Embryology: An Intracurricular Approach
This guide has lessons to incorporate into a daily plan to make the chicken embryology experience intra-curricular. The study was conducted with 3rd grade students in Baker County.  Youth were given both a pretest and posttest for the experience. 5 classes had the curriculum and 5 did not receive the curriculum to see what knowledge retention was gained.
Author: Shaina Bennett
Year: 2014

Issues in Agricultural and Life Sciences Video Series
The purpose of this project was to develop Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) to be used for an online section of AEC4065, Issues in Agricultural and Life Sciences. A series of leading global agricultural issues were identified, as well as industry experts with knowledge of these issues. Industry experts were then interviewed on the issue they were representing and recorded for 5-7 minute videos. Videos were then produced in Final Cut Pro X for each of the seven agricultural issues covered. Additional learning materials were created to complement the videos, including evaluation tools to go along with each individual video.

Biomass/ Alternative Energy
The Agricultural Policy Process 
The Florida Strawberry Industry/Immigration
Water Quality & Quantity 
Climate Change
Food Safety
Sustainability/Food Security 

Video Evaluation Tools
Author: Andrea Davis
Year: 2013

Assessing the Effectiveness of Restricted Use Pesticide Trainings in Florida
The purpose of this study was to determine if Private Applicator trainings are effectively educating participants. Two basic questions will be answered: 1) are pesticide applicator trainings properly preparing participants to pass the RUP test? And 2) are participants who attend training for CEU's gaining new knowledge needed to apply pesticides correctly?
Author: Daniel Fenneman
Year: 2013

Teach Ag with a Tag Campaign Plan Book
The plan book is a complete package of the campaign materials and an implementation guide for the campaign entitled, Teach Ag with a Tag. The plan book includes 1) goals, objectives, strategies and tactics 2) supporting materials, such as a campaign logo, slogan, and other publications 3) the budget or estimated cost, and 4) implementation timeline.
Author: Laura Gorham
Year: 2013

Influence of Peanut Commodity Meetings on Selection and Fungicide Use
The purpose of this study was to determine what influences peanut producers to plant the cultivars they select to plant each year and which peanut fungicide program they choose to incorporate.  This study will help county extension agents prepare for future programs and determine if the information presented in Hamilton County Peanut Production Meetings is beneficial to peanut producers.  This study will provide the information needed to help extension agents create materials needed to present peanut producers with information on cultivar and fungicide selection.
Author: Keith Wynn
Year: 2013