ANR Spring Training 2018

Facing the Big Questions

Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa

The program for ANR Spring Training has evolved steadily throughout this past year in focus group discussions with ANR specialists and county professionals.  From all over the state there were comments and questions like:

  • What exactly is the status of Iowa’s agriculture and natural resources?  What are the current issues or problems?  Are we making progress?  I know my own subject area, but not sure I can speak about the ‘big picture’
  • Given our goals around water quality, stewardship of habitat, farm profitability, rural community vitality, and a secure food system, where do we stand? How are we doing?
  • As Extension professionals, how can or should we talk to the media about high-priority issues or controversial issues?
  • As Extension professionals, how are we allowed or expected to communicate with elected officials about our work and the issues? Are there ISU policies we need to know?
  • How can we effectively communicate about ANR to those ‘in-house’ – ie to other colleagues and to County Councils?
  • How can we help field and county staff be better prepared to handle the complexities of dealing with clients, and with handling their requests effectively? 
  • Given rising levels of stress in our clientele, and the nature of our work environments, how can we stay safe at work?

The program begins with the broad overview then provides ways to learn more about the specifics, research updates, and technical details through Lightning Talks, the Innovation Café, and breakout sessions.

ANR specialists and staff, county professionals, and regional directors are all welcome to attend. ANR award will be presented both days and provide a chance to express appreciation for work done by individuals (both ANR and county colleagues), teams, and Extension Councils (a new award this year).

The Iowa Agricultural Extension Association (IAEA) meeting will follow Day One of the ANR Spring In-Service. All Extension professionals are welcome to join in the meeting following the social time and dinner. Members and non-members are encouraged to attend and learn more about IAEA. Membership in IAEA/NACAA is open to all Extension county, campus and field specialists with an interest in agriculture.

Stop by the Innovation Café

Grab a cup of coffee and browse the Innovation Café menu for a taste of the many topics, resources, programs and services available at Iowa State University. Learn about what ANR teams are developing and delivering. Browse through resources to help ISU Extension staff do their job healthier and better. Discover programs you didn't even know were available! The Innovation Café provides an opportunity to gain more details to the broad overview information covered in this opening session and Lightning Talks on Monday's program. The Café will be open during breaks and meals on Monday, April 2.

Program overview

The table below provides an overview of the program. For presentation descriptions and speaker information please download/view the PDF version of the complete program. Program is subject to change and adjustment prior to the meeting. All program items take place in 220-240 Scheman and the 2nd floor lobby area.

During online registration you will be asked to select which workshops you are attending on Monday afternoon. Please review the program to determine your selections prior to starting online registration.

View complete program.
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Time Topic
Monday, April 2
8:30 am Registration check-in, refreshments
9:00 am Opening session
10:15 am Break and Innovation Café
10:45 am Program resumes
12:30 pm Lunch (provided)
1:30 pm Concurrent session A - three workshop options
2:30 pm Concurrent session B - three workshop options
3:15 pm Break at the Innovation Café
3:45 pm Afternoon program resumes
4:45 pm Social time - snacks, refreshments, cash bar
5:15 pm BBQ dinner (provided)
6:00 pm Iowa Agricultural Extension Association (IAEA) meeting
Tuesday, April 3
7:30 am Morning refreshments
8:00 am Morning session
9:45 am Break
10:15 am Program continues
11:30 am Inservice adjourns


Spring Training CyBox


Advance registration had closed for this program. The registration deadline was midnight, March 28, 2018.

Cost: FREE. Facility, meal and materials costs for the Spring Professional Development session are covered by ANR Extension administration.

Dates: April 2 and 3, 2018

Location: 2nd floor of the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa

Deadline: midnight, March 28, 2018.

Confirmation: registration confirmations are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.

For assistance with cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or

Planning Committee

Jamie Benning
515-294-6308 |

Susan DeBlieck
515-294-6764 |

Jay Harmon
515-294-7801 |

Adam Janke
515-294-77429 |

Erika Lundy
515-294-9881 |

Chris Mondak
515-294-3197 |