The role of land-grant university Extension specialist originates in a community of place, enters into communities of interest to leverage resources or partnership opportunities, and returns to the local level with more effective outcomes than possible by operating solely within the community of place. A case study describes synergistic specialist programming roles that moved Wisconsin farmers and communities of interest toward a common goal of protecting corn fields from sandhill crane damage. Outcomes reinforce the concept that specialists are most effective when they forge seamless relationships between communities of place and interest, as "honest brokers," to solve unique practical local problems.
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Cullen, E. M. (2010). Extension Specialist Roles in Communities of Interest and Place: An Example from the Agriculture-Wildlife Interface. The Journal of Extension, 48(1), Article 3. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss1/3