Produce a series of live interactive training sessions focused on new developments in agricultural technology, climate change impacts, and the importance of conserving natural capital for building sustainable and prosperous rural communities.
Food security is a top concern of policymakers, agriculture professionals, and communities worldwide. Agriculture is undergoing significant change – from new technologies, the impact of climate change on food production, to the need to produce more and healthier food with ever-decreasing acreage. The people responsible for making agriculture work on the ground – farmers, investors, and rural communities – are facing a range of challenges that have real consequences for entire societies.
Working together with USDA’s Climate Hubs office, we reached out to USDA partners in the agriculture extension services and rural community development sectors to create a series of live interactive training and consulting sessions to address the key challenges facing agriculture space and provide an interpersonal forum where users could get straight answers and in-depth knowledge transfer.
In full consultation with our partners, we designed three online sessions, trained presenters in online collaboration technology, led outreach to colleges, universities, extension programs, and the agriculture business community.
We succeeded in reaching agriculture professionals, farmers and students nationwide with in-depth presentations on career opportunities in the agriculture field, the work of USDA’s Climate Hubs and how rural communities can benefit from ongoing programs, and the business case for conservation of natural capital.
Watch the sessions below:
Loren Hurst is a firm believer in personal education as an empowerment tool, and in the nexus of sustainability, education, and online communications technology as a fertile context for enormous innovation. The desire to spread this message drives him to understand, explore, and encourage educational and technological development for the good of individuals, society, and the planet.