The Current is a speed networking webinar series for professionals engaged in water-related extension, research, and conservation activities. The North Central Region Water Network and Extension Directors from all 12 North Central states are sponsoring this series to highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming in the region. Webinars will run for 60 minutes, with three 10-minute project snapshots and 30 minutes of QA/peer-to-peer interaction.

Upcoming Webinar:

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 2PM CST/3PM EST: Water Use Efficiency

More information coming soon!


Most Recent Webinar: 

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, 2-3pm CST: Evaluating Outreach Programs: Topics and Trends
Whether you’re leading outreach and leadership programs or technological programming and support, evaluation is key to understanding impact and cultivating improvement. This month’s The Current webinar reviewed successful mixed methods evaluation techniques that integrate participants and community stakeholders to better meet audience needs.

  • Amber Saylor Mase, University of Wisconsin-Extension: Evaluating Wisconsin’s Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast (RRAF)- Decision support for manure application in “America’s Dairyland”
  • Scott Chazdon, University of Minnesota Extension: Documenting the Impacts of Collaborative Efforts: Ripple Effects Mapping


This webinar reviewed reports recently developed by the Soil Health Nexus team summarizing outputs and drawing conclusions from soil health research and existing soil health databases. Discussion also focused on the resources in place through the Soil Health Nexus and what resources and tools the team is working on developing in the coming year.
  • Amy Schmidt, Assistant Professor and Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Linda Schott, PhD candidate in Biological Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Short- and Long-term Effects of Manure and Biosolids on Soil Quality
  • Teng Teeh Lim, Associate Professor of the University of Missouri Extension: Can Manure Affect Soil Health?
  • Steven Safferman, Associate Professor in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University and Jason Smith, PhD candidate in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University: Fate of Winter Applied Nutrients
  • Leslie Johnson, Research Technologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Next Steps for the North Central Soil Health Team 
For more information on all our past webinars visit our webinar archive page.