Posted on January 18th, 2023



Upcoming Professional Development Webinar

The Professional Development Committee is proud to begin their 2023 Professional Development Webinar series with a Biosecurity webinar presented by Tommy Bass, of Montana Statue University. Tommy, who is the 2023 EDEN Agriculture Committee Chair, is an author and instructor in the EDEN S-CAP program and has delivered this course across the country, including in his home state. His interests are in agriculture and rural community emergency preparedness. Additionally, he is an expert in waste management and animal mortality composting and worked HPAI response in Minnesota.  

“Biosecurity: Farm to Personal” will help Extension professionals understand biosecurity, carcass management, preparedness, disaster response and environmental management.

The webinar will be January 24th at 1:00 PM EST, 12:00 PM CDT, 11:00 AM MDT and 10:00 AM PDT. There will be time for Q&A following the webinar, which is free to all to attend.  Registration is required. 

Register for the webinar here: 


Join an EDEN Standing Committee in 2023

Do you want to support to Extension professionals across the country? Join an EDEN standing committee!

Delegates can join any committee at any time, and can be active on multiple committees. Committee members can share their specific skill sets and ideas with EDEN by joining the committees and supporting EDEN by engaging Extension professionals with outreach opportunities, building and strengthening partnerships with other organizations, designing exercises and creating educational programs, planning workshops and webinars and encouraging best practices for preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation to all disasters. 

As EDEN grows and diversifies, committee members can offer support from any of the eight committees: Agriculture, Community & Economic Development, Exercise & Training for Disasters, Family & Consumer Sciences, Marketing & Membership, Professional Development, Natural Resources and 4-H & Youth Development. Each committee meets once a month for a Zoom call to discuss projects and agendas to encourage and support Extension professionals across the country and promote EDEN. To learn more about the committees, visit EDEN’s website here: 

To join a committee contact the committee’s chair or EDEN’s national Project Associate and communications coordinator, Claire Crum, at



EDEN Ambassador Program

Navigating networks can be intimidating, but EDEN offers a guide with the Ambassador Program. The EDEN Ambassador Program looks to partner new and experienced delegates to encourage relationships, offer advice and support activity as new delegates join EDEN. 

If you have joined EDEN since our 2019 Annual Meeting, then you are invited to join the new Ambassadors Program! Active EDEN delegates with a minimum of three years of activity can volunteer to partner with new delegates. Volunteer Applications must be affiliated with an EDEN Member Institution and should be willing to devote at least one hour monthly to helping new members navigate through becoming an active EDEN Delegate.

EDEN Ambassadors will be assigned (by Marketing Committee) to new delegates. Once assigned, the Ambassador will contact the new delegate and help acclimate them to the following:
1. EDEN History
2. EDEN Structure
3. EDEN Committee Participation
4. EDEN Resources
5. EDEN Professional Development
6. EDEN Community
7. How does EDEN fit into their scope of work and institutional expectations?

These concepts can be delivered in person at Annual Meeting, via Zoom, Skype, or e-mail. The conversations are intended to be informal and friendly, geared to help new Delegates become comfortable and more involved.

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador or joining the program, contact the EDEN Marketing & Membership Committee chair, Elizabeth Kiss, or, Claire Crum, EDEN’s National Project Associate, at


Call for Exercises 

In 2023, EDEN will be adding an Exercise Library to the EDEN website, to house exercises and share amongst Extension professionals. EDEN is currently collecting exercises of all types to add to the library. Please send any exercises you would like to add to the library to Claire Crum, EDEN’s National Project Associate, at


UF/ IFAS Disaster Response Video 


The University of Florida/ Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences shared a new video highlighting the partnership between the Department of Agriculture and the Florida State Agriculture Response Team.

Watch the full video at



Annual Conference 2023

The 29th EDEN Annual Conference will be held September 26th-29th in Savannah, Georgia. The host institution, the University of Georgia, in conjunction with the EDEN Annual Meeting Committee look forward to seeing everyone for a week of professional development and fellowship!

Follow the link to learn more:


Follow EDEN on Social Media

Stay informed with EDEN by following our pages on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter! EDEN is always looking to share our  delegate’s programs, projects and news! Send potential content to share on social media to Claire Crum, EDEN’s National Project Associate, at