Published in Journal of Extension

Several CALS faculty members had articles published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Extension:

• Assessing the Culture of Fresh Produce Safety Within A Leafy Green Producing Community by Kurt Nolte, Yuma County Cooperative Extension; Charles Sanchez and Jorge Fonseca, Yuma Agricultural Center

Abstract
 The 2006 Escherichia coli outbreak in spinach prompted the implementation of unprecedented production strategies (Arizona Leafy Green Products Shipper Marketing Agreement) to minimize microbial risk in leafy greens. As the new procedures require assessments of physical intrusion and excrement in fields, outreach was initiated to educate adult (20-35, 35-50, and > 50 years) Yuma, Arizona residents about these guidelines and animal (e.g., pets, horses) stewardship. Pre- and post-assessments revealed that while sensitivity to fresh produce safety improved, adults over 35 years were more industry responsive. Citizen-based outreach programs, in communities where fresh produce is grown, could benefit field-level safety mitigation.

See http://www.joe.org/joe/2011december/iw4.php


• Social Network Analysis:  A Tool to Improve Understanding of Collaborative Management Groups by Adam Springer and J. E. de Steiguer, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Abstract
 Social network analysis (SNA) is a tool used to analyze the connections between people and organizations. However, despite its usefulness to the study of these relations, there have been relatively few applications to situations in agriculture and natural resources. SNA was applied to the study of a watershed collaborative group in southern Arizona. We found that even a fundamental application of SNA was valuable to a watershed initiative and, furthermore, believe that U.S. Extension professionals are positioned to advance the effectiveness of participatory resource management groups through more widespread use of this methodology.

See http://www.joe.org/joe/2011december/rb7.php

Released date: 
Jan 26 2012