Webinars

Webinars provide a convenient and free professional development option for people who want to learn new strategies and tools without taking time off work and paying travel expenses. Each hour-long session will be recorded and available on our website to view whenever you'd like.

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You'll find a list of past webinars and related resources below.

Upcoming Webinars

June 8, 2017 » The Perceptions of Home Irrigation Users on Water Quality and Quantity

Dr. Alexa Lamm, Dr. Laura Warner, Dr. Joy Rumble, Matthew Orwat

Home landscaping practices, such as fertilization and irrigation, can positively or negatively influence both water quality and quantity. Residents need to perceive that their landscape practices do influence both water quality and quantity in order to choose good techniques. This webinar will provide an overview of the research on home irrigation users and describe their perceptions about both water quality and quantity. The webinar will also discuss the effect of short videos on water quality and conservation behaviors. The speakers will highlight some of the differences and similarities identified and discuss the influence of video message design. They will also discuss practical implications and opportunities for researchers and Extension to promote good landscaping practices that will protect both water quality and quantity.​​


 

Past Webinars

January 26, 2017 » Measuring Outcomes and Impacts of UF/IFAS Urban Water Conservation Extension Programming: 2017 Update

Laura Warner and Michael Dukes, Tatiana Borisova, Lincoln Zotarelli, Esen Momol

As a part of the UF/IFAS Extension Initiative II "Enhancing and Protecting Water Quality, Quantity, and Supply," a team of Florida Extension agents and specialists have been collaborating to ensure UF/IFAS is documenting progress on this part of the roadmap. The evaluation strategy is based on University of Florida research on water-saving technologies (such as rain sensors) and practices (such as reduction of irrigation frequency). The purpose of this in-service training was to update participants on the statewide progress toward the UF/IFAS urban water conservation element of the UF/IFAS roadmap, engage them in measuring water savings as a result of their programming, and provide opportunities to become more involved in the project going forward.

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October 27, 10-11:30am » Extension Behavior Change: Introduction to Social Marketing Principles for Extension In-Service Training 2017 (IST #31257)

Laura WarnerPaul Monaghan Laura Warner, Paul Monaghan

Social marketing is a research-based approach to bringing about change, and while it holds a lot of value for UF/IFAS Extension, we have only minimally explored the potential of this approach to programming. Social marketing applies principles of traditional marketing to address complex issues and bring about change that benefits the extension client, their community, and/or the environment. For many, this is an important strategy to incorporate into existing educational activities, because many social marketing tools can increase our impact, and can be developed at no cost to the organization.

This training will present social marketing as an approach to creating behavior change in Extension programming. The speakers will present participants with an overview of this approach, followed by a discussion of the role of this strategy within the Extension system. Tools from the "social marketing toolbox" will be discussed. Participants will play a role in planning for future trainings on this topic.The goal is to increase awareness of an underused approach, encourage agents to incorporate the tools/principles of social marketing into their programs, and pursue some of our more in-depth trainings on social marketing.

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March 16, 10:30-11:30am » Extension Behavior Change: Evaluating Individual Contact Teaching

Laura Warner Laura Warner

Many horticultural Extension professionals conduct numerous consulting phone calls, emails, office visits, and site visits to solve landscape-related problems and concerns. These individual teaching methods are valuable to clients, but can be challenging to evaluate. The goal of this webinar is to present strategies for measuring behavior change as a result of landscape site visits and individual consultations in Extension programming.

The speaker, Dr. Laura Warner will present participants with an overview of suggested strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to share additional methods used in their individual programs and will play a role in planning for future trainings on this topic.

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January 13, 11am-Noon » Introduction to Trees and Tree Selection

Andrew Koeser Andrew Koeser

Dr. Andrew Koeser will present an introduction to trees and how to select trees.

Dr. Koeser is an assistant professor of landscape management. His lab is is located at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Hillsborough County. He is also a Master Arborist, board-certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.


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December 9, 11am-Noon » Landscape Weeds and Mulch

Chris Marble Chris Marble

Dr. Marble will present updated research on managing weeds in the Florida landscape and updated mulch information.


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October 22, 10:30-11:30am » Extension Behavior Change: Introduction to Social Marketing

Laura WarnerPaul Monaghan Laura Warner, Paul Monaghan

The goal of this webinar is to present social marketing as an approach to creating behavior change in Extension programming. Dr. Laura Warner and Dr. Paul Monaghan will present an overview of this approach, followed by a discussion of the role of this strategy within the Extension system. Participants will discuss aspects of social marketing including behavior identification, audience analysis, strategies for behavior change, and implementation and evaluation.


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October 13, 10–11am» MG Coordinator Series: Volunteer Retention, Detention, and Dismissal

Wendy WilberWendy Wilber

Statewide program manager Wendy Wilber discusses the intricacies of working with volunteers.


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January 23, 11am–Noon» Sustainable Roses: Chili Thrip Research (Part 4 of 4-part Series)

Steven ArthursSteven Arthurs

Join UF/IFAS Entomologist Dr. Steven Arthurs as he presents about roses and chili thrips. He will discuss current research on chili thrips and possible management techniques.


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November 12, 11–Noon» Sustainable Roses: IPM and Emerging Pests & Diseases (Part 3 of 4-part Series)

Matt OrwatMatt Orwat

Join Horticulture Agent Matt Orwat as he presents information on sustainable roses. They will discuss Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices for roses as well as emerging pests and diseases, such as rose rosette virus, and how you can manage them. This webinar is the third in a 4-part series. Dr. Steven Arthurs will discuss chili thrip research in January.

Download the Sustainable Roses Webinar Agenda and Prep Guide (PDF)

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September 25, 11am–Noon» How can we lower the barriers to adoption of smart irrigation technologies?

Paul MonaghanPaul Monaghan


Join Dr. Paul Monaghan as he provides research results and recommendations on practices to lower adoption barriers of smart irrigation technologies among extension clientele. He'll be joined by UF/IFAS economists, Drs. Hayk Khachatryan and Tatiana Borisova.


September 10, 11–Noon» Sustainable Roses: Cultivar Selection (Part 2 of 3-part Series)

Matt OrwatSydney Park BrownMatt Orwat, Sydney Park Brown

Join Horticulture Agent Matt Orwat and Consumer Horticulture Specialist Dr. Sydney Park Brown as they present about sustainable roses. They will discuss cultivars that do well in Florida and show results from some of the research trials that have been conducted around the state. This webinar is the second in a 3-part series: they'll cover "IPM and Emerging Pests & Diseases" on November 12.

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August 21, 11 am–Noon» Are homeowners willing to pay a premium price for eco-friendly lawn fertilizer?

Dr. KhachatryanHayk Khachatryan

Join Dr. Hayk Khachatryan as he presents the results to the research question, "Are homeowners willing to pay a premium price for eco-friendly lawn fertilizer?" Discussion time will be available as well as possible recommendations for marketing fertilizer.


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July 16 » Sustainable Roses: General Care (Part 1 of 3-part Series)

Matt OrwatSydney Park BrownMatt Orwat, Sydney Park Brown

Join Horticulture Agent Matt Orwat and Consumer Horticulture Specialist Dr. Sydney Park Brown as they present about sustainable roses. They will discuss Florida rose care and give you expert tips on how to have a beautiful roses. This webinar is the first in a 3-part series: they'll cover "Cultivar Selection" on September 10 and "IPM and Emerging Pests & Diseases" on November 12.

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June 18 » Pest Diagnostic Websites and Mobile Applications

Dr. Steven ArthursSteven Arthurs, Amanda Hodges

In this webinar we will review "Landscape Pest" and other mobile friendly websites and applications for diagnosing common pest problems on ornamental and citrus plants.


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May 14 » Economic Outlook for the Florida Horticulture Industry

Dr. Hayk KhachatryanHayk Khachatryan

Join Dr. Hayk Khachatryan as he presents the current economic outlook for Florida's horticulture industry. The presentation will be followed by an FNGLA-moderated question time.

Log in to the webinar 10 minutes ahead of time at http://ufifas.adobeconnect.com/clce/ to check your connection and speakers.

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April 16 » Extension Behavior Change: Measuring Outcomes of Landscape Site Visits and Individual Teachings

Dr. Laura WarnerLaura Warner

Many horticultural Extension professionals conduct numerous consulting phone calls, emails, office visits, and site visits to solve landscape-related problems and concerns. These individual teaching methods are valuable to clients, but can be challenging to evaluate. The goal of this webinar is to present strategies for measuring behavior change as a result of landscape site visits and individual consultations in Extension programming.

The speaker will present participants with an overview of suggested strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to share additional methods used in their individual programs and will play a role in planning for future trainings on this topic.


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Dr. Warner has made her notes and presentation materials for this webinar available:


March 12 » State of the Florida Master Gardener Program

Tom WichmanTom Wichman

Review the 2013 Florida Master Gardener program year and hear the results of the 2013 annual report. Then, look forward to 2014 and beyond to see what exciting things are in store for the nearly 5,000 Master Gardeners in Florida.


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February 25 » Extension Behavior Change: Introduction to Social Marketing Principles for Extension In-Service Training 2014 (IST #30815)

Paul Monaghan Laura WarnerLaura Warner, Paul Monaghan


The intended audience is Extension professionals working in any discipline. The goal of this webinar is to present social marketing as an approach to creating behavior change in Extension programming. The speakers will present participants with an overview of this approach, followed by a discussion of the role of this strategy within the Extension system. Participants will play a role in planning for future trainings on this topic.


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