Student interns are a resource that can increase the capacities of Extension professionals. Trained student interns based out of Nebraska Extension offices provided water and energy reduction recommendations to irrigators using center pivot irrigation systems. Follow-up interviews and a survey performed 1 to 3 years after the original assistance indicated impacts at levels similar to those garnered via previous assistance from Extension staff. In almost all cases, irrigators implemented soil water sensors, and the main motivations for doing so were financial. Recommendations for other improvements were infrequently implemented; however, as part of making those recommendations, the student interns collected fuel usage data that allowed for quantifying the energy and greenhouse gas impacts from reduced water use.
Ringenberg, D., Kranz, W., Irmak, S., & Dvorak, B. (2018). Extending Extension's Outreach: Using Student Interns as a Resource for Obtaining Implementation of Irrigation Improvements. Journal of Extension, 56(4), Article 2. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol56/iss4/2