Over 1,300 Agricultural Extension Agents/Educators and their families will be traveling to Cincinnati this month to participate in the 91st Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference for the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA). This conference will be held on July 23-27, 2006 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The 2006 conference theme is “Agriculture-A River of Diverse Opportunities” and is being planned and conducted by the agricultural extension agents/educators from Ohio and Kentucky. This year’s conference will highlight the extension programming and agricultural industry in both of these fine states.
NACAA is the professional organization for County Extension Agents who work with individuals, families, businesses, and communities across the United States to conduct educational programming on issues relating to agriculture, food safety, farm management, water quality, pest management, natural resources, horticulture, community development and forestry. Extension Agents are major players in changing the face of agricultural production and management practices. These practices have and continue to keep American agriculture strong and globally competitive.
NACAA leadership promotes a nationwide effort to facilitate excellence in Extension programming through high standards of professional improvement. NACAA members gather at their annual conference to share ideas, recognize achievements, attend professional workshops and plan future programs.
During the conference, extension personnel will have the opportunity to attend over a hundred professional improvements sessions, an industry trade show, and participate in professional improvement tours across Ohio and Kentucky. These professional improvement sessions are geared to increasing the professional skills of educators in the areas of agronomy, public relations, educational technologies, pest management, agricultural economics, animal sciences, forestry, natural resources, aquaculture, horticulture, public policy and communications.
This conference is pleased that 255 businesses, farm organizations, Extension offices, and individuals have donated money or supplies for this year’s conference. A special thank you is extended to Kroger, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, USDA-SARE, Ohio Extension Agents Association, Ag Credit, Bob Evans Inc, Cargill, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Ohio Beef Council, OSU Extension Agronomics Crops Team, OSU Extension Sustainable Ag Team, The Dannon Company, OSU Extension, and The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for their remarkable support of this conference. A complete list of the supporters of this conference can be found at: