Issue identification is a critical first step in developing program for Extension faculty. The involvement of local leaders, either in person or electronically, is essential to maintain the relevance that Extension is known for. Expanding the scope to include commodity organizations, partners, and stakeholders on a district or regional level strengthens the process even more, creating a more comprehensive approach to needs assessment.
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Ripley, J. (2011). A Comprehensive Process to Identify Issues in Extension. The Journal of Extension, 49(3), Article 22. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss3/22