A diagnostic walkabout (DW) is an in-field diagnostic training program for professionals in the green industry (greenhouse, landscape, nursery, and turf businesses). DWs have been scheduled annually since 2002 and are easily replicable, fee-based programs that provide cost recovery. DWs also serve as a mentoring program for new Extension educators. Four generations of Extension Educators have participated. Recently, the annual program has been sponsored by state and regional trade associations. What began as an educational outreach program has become a bridge spanning Extension, trade associations, businesses, and generations of Extension educators.
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Malinich, T. J., Kowalski, J., & Behnke, C. (2021). Diagnostic Walkabouts: Seventeen Years of Specialized Training for Horticultural Professionals. Journal of Extension, 59(1), Article 2. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.59.01.02