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Module 4: Extension for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Dr. Kent Mullinix, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Extension is a time-proven mechanism widely used to link industry and university-based researchers and guide research activities so that they effectively address industry challenges, and facilitate calculated, strategic programming to advance the agriculture sector. Dr. Mullinix discusses the important role of extension linked to research, in regard to climate change mitigation and adaptation by the agriculture sector in BC. The discussion includes an examination of the reciprocal relationships between knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination, knowledge integration, and sector advancement. Various methods for effective extensive programming are presented. Mullinix also shares examples of organizations that are currently providing extension services in the province and highlights current gaps and opportunities for professionals in this field. The live webcast features a regional panel discussion with extension specialists and farmers who will share their experience with extension programming.

Presenter bio

Dr. Kent Mullinix is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC. He attended the University of Missouri earning a B.S. in Agriculture, an M.S. in Horticulture, and a Ph.D. in Agriculture Education. He also earned a Ph.D. in Plant Science from UBC. His research focuses on ecologically sound crop production, agriculture education programming, sustainable agriculture and food systems, and family-based agriculture revitalization as a foundational and integral element of a sustainable society.