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Gamma Sigma Delta, Nebraska Chapter Newsletter, Issue #55 Fall 2017, 2017 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Gamma Sigma Delta, Nebraska Chapter Newsletter, Issue #55 Fall 2017

Gamma Sigma Delta, Nebraska Chapter, Newsletters

The Nebraska Chapter was selected as a Gold Chapter for the second consecutive year. The Gold Chapter Achievement Award is selected based on the annual chapter report. A maximum of five chapters may receive the award each year.

President’s Message, Dann Husmann

2017 Gamma Sigma Delta International Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship - Alissa Martindale

2017 John Riley Gamma Sigma Delta Service Scholarship - Andrea Gurney

In Memoriam: Albert “Dale” Flowerday, 89; Michael G. Boosalis, 99; Loyd Karl Fischer, 97

NOMINATIONS FOR GAMMA SIGMA DELTA – Due November 17, 2017

Award of Merit Nomination

Extension Award Nomination

Research Award Nomination

Teaching Award Nomination

Outstanding ...


The Influence Of Visual Storytelling On The Occupational Aspirations Of Non-Agricultural Undergraduate Students, Hanan Marie Southard 2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

The Influence Of Visual Storytelling On The Occupational Aspirations Of Non-Agricultural Undergraduate Students, Hanan Marie Southard

Theses and Dissertations

The agricultural industry has been experiencing a shortage in qualified college graduates to fill its numerous open positions in recent years. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of visual storytelling on the occupational aspirations of non-agricultural undergraduate students. Social media channels, virtual storytelling and the higher education classroom provide a unique opportunity to convey information about and recruit students into the agricultural career field. The diffusion of innovation model provides the framework for the introduction of agricultural jobs in a non-agricultural business classroom while the social cognitive theory provides the understanding of the importance of self-efficacy ...


The Role Of Utah Farmers In Farm To School Programming, John L. Hawley 2017 Utah State University

The Role Of Utah Farmers In Farm To School Programming, John L. Hawley

All Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Many studies have observed the involvement of stakeholders in farm to school (FTS) programming to further understand their role, yet no study had previously assessed the role of Utah farmers in FTS programming. As a result, the purpose of this research was to describe Utah farmers' role in FTS programming and their interest in institutional marketing of local foods. The researcher sent an online descriptive survey to 5,470 farmers belonging to the Utah Farm Bureau. The survey used Dillman's Tailored Design Method. Of the 184 survey responses received, 143 surveys were usable.

The theory of planned behavior was ...


Evaluating Utah 4-H Stem Curricula Used To Promote Stem In Utah 4-H Programs, Michelle D. Simmons 2017 Utah State University

Evaluating Utah 4-H Stem Curricula Used To Promote Stem In Utah 4-H Programs, Michelle D. Simmons

All Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Evaluating curricula and resources used by extension professionals and 4-H volunteers to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in Utah is critical to keeping with the 4-H standard of excellence for promoting positive youth development. This study aimed to determine if the Utah 4-H STEM curricula used to promote STEM in 4-H programs across Utah aligned with the 4-H STEM logic model.


Differential Impacts Of Online Delivery Methods On Student Learning: A Case Study In Biorenewables, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman, Thomas J. Brumm, Robert Martin, Scott McLeod 2017 Iowa State University

Differential Impacts Of Online Delivery Methods On Student Learning: A Case Study In Biorenewables, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman, Thomas J. Brumm, Robert Martin, Scott Mcleod

Thomas J. Brumm

In 2007, a Virtual Education Center for Biorenewable Resources was initiated that offered three distance education courses, one being Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) 501 – Fundamentals of Biorenewable Resources and Technology, the subject of this study. The primary objective was to determine if course delivery method (video lecture format and the other in menu-driven auto-tutorial presentations (MDAP) deliv¬ered via Flash format), student major (agricultural and non-agricultural), and gender influence online student learning in BRT 501. We found that BRT 501 student performance was not significantly impacted by module delivery method. Students with agricultural majors were outperformed by students with ...


Student Perspectives On A New Online Biomass Production Module For Fundamentals Of Biorenewable Resources And Technology, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman, Thomas J. Brumm, Robert A. Martin, Scott McLeod 2017 Iowa State University

Student Perspectives On A New Online Biomass Production Module For Fundamentals Of Biorenewable Resources And Technology, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman, Thomas J. Brumm, Robert A. Martin, Scott Mcleod

Thomas J. Brumm

In 2007, a Virtual Education Center for Biorenewable Resources was initiated that offered three online courses, one being Biorenewable Resources and Tech¬nology (BRT) 501 – Fundamentals of BRT. The objective was to assess student perceptions on two delivery methods, course assessments, module material, and student learning. Twenty students completed the survey of qualitative aspects of student experiences in BRT 501. The biomass production module brought non-farm students closer to the knowledge level of farm students as demonstrated by students’ self-assessed knowl¬edge and their BRT 501 assessment scores. Students desired a stronger connection with the course instructor and peers, whether ...


Assessing Soft Skills At The Cal Poly State Agriculture Ambassador Conference, Mary Luann Allen 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Assessing Soft Skills At The Cal Poly State Agriculture Ambassador Conference, Mary Luann Allen

Agricultural Education and Communication

In today’s society, there is a disconnect with the agriculture industry, agriculture schools, and the public. Students need to acquire soft skills to aid in furthering the agriculture industry through their careers. Overall, hiring managers found soft skills such as communication, leadership, ownership, and teamwork were missing in this new crop of workers (Payscale/Future Workplace, 2016).

College Agriculture Ambassadors advocate for agriculture, higher education, and their respective schools all across the United States. The Cal Poly Agriculture Ambassadors club provides leadership, communication, and personal development to its members through meetings, activities and responsibilities.

The Cal Poly Agriculture Ambassador ...


Hanford Ffa Ornamental Horticulture Unit Master Plan, Savanah Diane Rhine, Russell Alan Zimmerman 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Hanford Ffa Ornamental Horticulture Unit Master Plan, Savanah Diane Rhine, Russell Alan Zimmerman

Agricultural Education and Communication

This project is intended to develop a more functional plan for the Ornamental Horticulture (OH) Unit at the Hanford Agriculture Program. The ag program combines all three high schools in Hanford resulting in over 1,000 students; however, a majority of these students are not in the OH Career Pathway due to a lack of a constant, fully functional unit. As a comprehensive agriculture program, it is crucial that it incorporates all aspects of agriculture, not just animal science and agricultural mechanics.

This project will provide the Hanford agriculture program with a plan to be implemented so that they may ...


Working Bodies: A Photo Essay On Tulare County Citrus Workers, Isamar Hernandez-Ramos 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Working Bodies: A Photo Essay On Tulare County Citrus Workers, Isamar Hernandez-Ramos

Agricultural Education and Communication

Many a times, when people think about their food, they think about origins. Where did it come from? Was it hygienic? Were the animals treated humanely? They seldom include the workers in their thought process, though the workers of the Ag industry provide what is arguably a vital part of the Ag industry. They do back-breaking labor in often lethal conditions for little pay (NFWM). The families of these workers often suffer economically, physically, and emotionally. In Tulare County, one of the top Agricultural counties in the country, the agricultural worker is often below the poverty line (Taylor, 2015). They ...


Consumer Agricultural Education: Starting At The High School Level Health Class, Cecilia Teresa Acosta 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Consumer Agricultural Education: Starting At The High School Level Health Class, Cecilia Teresa Acosta

Agricultural Education and Communication

The purpose of this project is to analyze and understand the communication gap between the farmer and consumer in order to create a dialogue about misconceptions in the media. Often rumors in the media worry or mislead the consumer in his or her buying choices. In order for consumers to understand what they are buying, and critically analyze media information, it is necessary to teach agricultural education at the high school level health class. This project will showcase how to start this education in order to bridge the communication gap starting with five crucial and common food-packaging labels. These labels ...


Developing Visual Aids For Ffa Promotion In The Classroom, Audrey Y. Lent 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Developing Visual Aids For Ffa Promotion In The Classroom, Audrey Y. Lent

Agricultural Education and Communication

The purpose of this project is to create visual materials for a classroom that the teacher can use as a supplement for information taught about FFA activities and programs shared with students.

The FFA advisor whose chapter would be the beneficiary of the project was consulted to discuss the best subject material for the posters. One poster was created for Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects, one for Career and Leadership Development Events (CDEs and LDEs), one for the California FFA State Conference, and one for career opportunities in the agricultural industry. These four posters were developed using an online program ...


Incorporating Instruction Into The Huasna Valley 4-H Beef Group, Carly P. Chandless 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Incorporating Instruction Into The Huasna Valley 4-H Beef Group, Carly P. Chandless

Agricultural Education and Communication

The purpose of this project was to design a manual to be used by 4-H leaders and members. The author wants to develop an interesting and intriguing manual that will demonstrate how to raise a market steer. This manual will contain step by step instructions on how fit a steer for show and how to halter break. These illustrations will help guide a 4-H member through the process of handling their steer. The Huasna Valley 4-H Steer Manual will provide beneficial information, to the leader and member, from the moment the project is purchased to sale. More importantly, the manual ...


Ans 490-A: The Use Of Positive Reinforcement Training For A Filly To Accept Husbandry Practices, McKenzie Shaffer, Meredith Puls, Nikki Ferwerda, Anna Johnson 2017 Iowa State University

Ans 490-A: The Use Of Positive Reinforcement Training For A Filly To Accept Husbandry Practices, Mckenzie Shaffer, Meredith Puls, Nikki Ferwerda, Anna Johnson

Anna K. Butters-Johnson

Training and or retraining have an impact on the horses’ physical and psychological well-being. Training can either use positive- (PRT) or negative (NRT) reinforcement. The objective of this experiment was to determine the efficacy of using a clicker with positive reinforcement training on a filly to accept basic husbandry tasks over a 5 week period. One thoroughbred filly was used. One treatment, a PRT schedule, was used. A total of five consecutive weeks, with two 20-minute sessions were conducted. A training session included 10 tasks, with three attempts per task. Positive reinforcement training was defined as the horse successfully completing ...


Ans 490-A: The Use Of Positive Reinforcement Training For A Filly To Accept Husbandry Practices, McKenzie Shaffer, Meredith Puls, Nikki Ferwerda, Anna Johnson 2017 Iowa State University

Ans 490-A: The Use Of Positive Reinforcement Training For A Filly To Accept Husbandry Practices, Mckenzie Shaffer, Meredith Puls, Nikki Ferwerda, Anna Johnson

Anna K. Butters-Johnson

Training and or retraining have an impact on the horses’ physical and psychological well-being. Training can either use positive- (PRT) or negative (NRT) reinforcement. The objective of this experiment was to determine the efficacy of using a clicker with positive reinforcement training on a filly to accept basic husbandry tasks over a 5 week period. One thoroughbred filly was used. One treatment, a PRT schedule, was used. A total of five consecutive weeks, with two 20-minute sessions were conducted. A training session included 10 tasks, with three attempts per task. Positive reinforcement training was defined as the horse successfully completing ...


Effects Of Integrating Mathematical Concepts Into A Nutrition Unit In The Animal Science Curriculum, Andrea R. Gardner, Brian K. Warnick, Rebecca G. Lawver 2017 Utah State University

Effects Of Integrating Mathematical Concepts Into A Nutrition Unit In The Animal Science Curriculum, Andrea R. Gardner, Brian K. Warnick, Rebecca G. Lawver

Journal of Research in Technical Careers

Achievement test scores in mathematics have been a concern among educators for many years. Teaching contextualized mathematics has been found to be effective and includes providing a direct application to real-life scenarios rather than teaching linear equations and algebraic principles in isolation. This study measured the effects of integrating mathematical skills in one instructional unit in an animal science curriculum. Students from eight schools participated in the research study. Students completed a pretest measuring their existing mathematical skills and self-efficacy in math. All students were taught a unit of instruction about animal nutrition and feeding. The control group received a ...


Developing Sustainable Rice Production Through Image Classification, Parker R. Fitzgerald 2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Developing Sustainable Rice Production Through Image Classification, Parker R. Fitzgerald

Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Honors Theses

The agricultural industry’s continued success is critical to our future. However, many agricultural practices—specifically rice farming—are currently based on unsustainable methods. The processes used in rice farming consume water at an unsupportable rate, and, consequently, are serious contributors to rising emission levels. Several alternative growing methods have been introduced, and one of the most promising candidates is Alternative Wetting and Drying (AWD). An obstacle encountered by proponents of these methods comes in implementation. Studies have shown AWD is more successful in fields with higher leveling precision. The research in this study works to create a stepping stone ...


Assessment Of The Arkansas Horse 4-H Program: Perspectives From Multiple Stakeholders, Fawn Lee Kurtzo 2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Assessment Of The Arkansas Horse 4-H Program: Perspectives From Multiple Stakeholders, Fawn Lee Kurtzo

Theses and Dissertations

Assessment of the Arkansas horse 4-H program utilized stakeholders’ perceptions to describe inputs, outcomes, preferences and impacts provided by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Stakeholders’ perceptions were captured through three studies. Studies included the following: a pre- and post-test evaluation of the 2016 summer horse camp, purposive interviews with county agents (n = 6), volunteer leaders (n = 4), and parents (n = 4) of horse 4-H clubs, and a statewide survey provided to Extension staff (n =26) and volunteer leaders (n = 28) affiliated with horse 4-H clubs.

The 2016 summer camp evaluation found the goals to improve horsemanship, safety, and interest in ...


Identifying Professional Development Needs Of Secondary Education Professionals, Denton Perkins, Kelsey Hall, Tyson Sorensen, Joshua Dallin, Dave Francis 2017 Utah State University

Identifying Professional Development Needs Of Secondary Education Professionals, Denton Perkins, Kelsey Hall, Tyson Sorensen, Joshua Dallin, Dave Francis

Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education Student Research

The increasingly important issues and top U.S. priorities of food security, sustainable energy, and environmental quality demand highly qualified graduates with expertise in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR). Despite demand, a recent study found 32% of U.S. employers report difficulties filling job vacancies due to a lack of skills and training among potential employees (ManPower, 2015). Between 2015 and 2020, an average of 57,900 annual job openings are expected in careers related to AFNR areas. With an average of 35,400 new U.S. graduates annually with expertise in these areas, a large gap exists between ...


Engaging Educational Professionals And Students On The Viability Of Afnr Careers, Denton Perkins, Tyson Sorensen, Kelsey Hall, Joshua Dallin, Dave Francis 2017 Utah State University

Engaging Educational Professionals And Students On The Viability Of Afnr Careers, Denton Perkins, Tyson Sorensen, Kelsey Hall, Joshua Dallin, Dave Francis

Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education Student Research

Between 2015 and 2020, an average of 57,900 annual job openings are expected in careers related to agriculture, food, and natural resource (AFNR) areas. With an average of 35,400 new U.S. graduates annually that have expertise in these areas, a large gap is present between the number of expected job openings and the number of well-qualified graduates to fill those positions (Goeker, Smith, Fernandez, Ali, & Theller, 2015). Due to this shortage, employers will have to look elsewhere to fill the remaining thirty-nine percent of job openings. Parents and counselors are often more willing to support agriculture than people believe; yet many lack the knowledge about the vast career opportunities available in AFNR areas (Thompson & Russell, 1993; Smith & Baggett, 2012). Some career areas in AFNR, such as water quality and local food sustainability, have ...


Transformative Learning And The 4-H Camp Counselor Experience, Donna Leff, Michael S. Retallick, Nancy K. Franz 2017 University of Minnesota

Transformative Learning And The 4-H Camp Counselor Experience, Donna Leff, Michael S. Retallick, Nancy K. Franz

Nancy K. Franz

While many studies about the 4-H camping experience focus on youth who are campers, few studies examine the outcomes of the experience for counselors. This study examines the extent to which 4-H camp results in transformative learning for 4-H members who serve as camp counselors, examines the perceived changes that occur within counselors, and describes the factors and characteristics of camp that result in personal transformation. The population for this study was 2012 Minnesota 4-H camp counselors. Using the Transformative Learning and the Camp Experience Staff Member Survey, the results indicated that camp counselors experienced transformative learning. Major personal changes ...


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