It has been argued that to remain relevant in today's society, Extension must expand its role to provide public issues education. We conducted a web-based survey to determine whether Extension agents in Florida were prepared to deal with contentious issues. Survey respondents identified issues affecting their clientele, levels of frequency with which they addressed the issues, and self-perceived levels of knowledge related to the issues. Results were analyzed by agent type (i.e., programmatic area). Results revealed that the issues of immigration, crop diseases, and food security held particular potential for improvement.
Gay, K. D., Owens, C. T., Lamm, A. J., & Rumble, J. N. (2017). Assessing Public Issues Knowledge and Needs of Extension Agents in Florida. The Journal of Extension, 55(1), Article 24. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol55/iss1/24