University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


Moving Beyond "traditional" Extension


Many CLD engagement efforts are initiated by faculty and staff with Cooperative Extension appointments. Others are initiated by faculty on teaching/research appointments, the Non-Profit Leadership Initiative, or the Center for Leadership Development. Whether officially Extension or not, much of what we do does not resemble “traditional” Extension specialist programming. We have a diversity of audiences and may do a program/training for or collaborate with Extension and/or non-Extension audiences.  


Community and organizational development

Kentucky: By The Numbers

Resources for Accessing Data in Real Time

Kentucky: By The Numbers is directed by Dr. Julie N. Zimmerman (Professor, Rural Sociology).  The skill-based program is designed to address challenges associated with the changing landscape of publicly available county-level data by enhancing skills, providing resources, and providing assistance in finding and using data for local decision-making. 

 The Kentucky: By The Numbers program includes:

                resources to assist with finding secondary data online;

          web-based resources and quick links to commonly-used websites;

          graphical instructions to help with navigating data websites;

          resources for using and understanding data from the American Community Survey;

          specialized training and analyses on finding and using secondary data, and;

          easy access to commonly used secondary data.

Through Kentucky: By The Numbers, Dr. Zimmerman works with a wide array of audiences from individual requests to statewide organizations.  Resources from the Kentucky: By The Numbers Program are available online at:


The objective of Dr. Lori Garkovich’s Extension program is to build the capacity of local organizations and communities to define a desired future and to design a concrete plan to implement that future. Therefore, her program focuses on the components of strategic community planning. They include (1) a community visioning process which involves a local group organizing and implementing a citizen-based process to obtain residents’ preferences on the future of the community, (2) socio-demographic analyses of local trends, (3) organizational and comprehensive community planning, and (4) leadership development. She has facilitated this process in numerous Kentucky communities and for numerous organizations. 

Dr. Rick Maurer conducts the Business Retention and Expansion with the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK). It is a community-based program that helps communities survey local businesses to determine the local business situation and makes recommendations to help keep existing businesses in the community. Dr. Maurer also works with CEDIK on community economic development planning programs.

CLD faculty are involved in international, as well as domestic, rural community development efforts. At the invitation of the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and USDA, Dr. Hustedde has led two seminars in rural Serbia and he is preparing a manual which will be used to “train the trainer” in Serbia in 2007. He also served as a facilitator for a pan-African meeting of community development professionals in Cameroon in 2005 which led to an African community development manifesto which is being used as a guide for programs throughout the continent. 

Other CLD efforts in the area of community and economic development include Dr. Hustedde’s work on public conflict analysis and resolution. This work extends into such areas as agri-bioterrorism where Dr. Hustedde has conducted workshops focusing on anticipated conflicts associated with natural and human-induced disasters in rural communities and into conflict resolution education where he routinely conducts seminars and workshops for other state Extension systems.  


Community communication  

The Kentucky Citizen Media Project (KCMP): Lexington Commons

 The Kentucky Citizen Media Project (KCMP) builds a citizen journalism model through digital communication technologies, such as Websites, blogs, social media (e.g., YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter), and mobile phones. The KCMP has launched its first citizen news site, the Lexington Commons ( in Lexington, Kentucky. Through the electronic information commons and the virtual public sphere, ordinary citizens deliver news and information regarding their communities, discuss public issues and problems, build social networks, and engage in community activities as good citizens and leaders.  Through the citizen journalism model, theKCMP, in partnership with University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky Agricultural Communication Services, and WUKY public radio among others, targets local communities which have been underrepresented and underserved by new digital technologies.


Agricultural Education



Community-based education

Youth Development

Although Dr. Kenneth Jones no longer has a joint appointment with 4-H Youth Development, his research continues to focus on youth development practices and principles through his work with county Extension agents and graduate students with similar interests. Moreover, his Extension efforts have several dimensions. Since many new agents have limited knowledge of youth development theory, Dr. Jonesís work involves assessing agent needs and then working to enhance their knowledge of youth development theory, research, and trends through in-service trainings and Extension publications. A second dimension of his work involves forming collaborations between Extension and other organizations with priority on children, youth, and families in the Commonwealth. Dr. Jones has conducted seminars at the Kentucky Great Kids Summit, facilitated workshops for African-American males on topics related to dating and sexual health (Project Alpha), presented workshops on understanding teens and teen culture, and consulted with Kentucky Child Now, an Americaís Promise affiliate, to evaluate the experiences of Americorps members working with youth involved in service learning. Dr. Jones also coordinates the Reading Writing Rewards Program at a local elementary school. This program targets students in need of assistance with reading comprehension and writing through a group mentoring model. To date, the program has aided in boosting test scores as well as studentsí interest in reading.  Dr. Jones is also a highly sought-out consultant and trainer at the national level on a number of topics related to youth-adult relationships. Another dimension of Dr. Jonesís work includes building the capacity of county agents across all program areas through new agent trainings.


Other CLD youth development activities include the long-time service of three faculty members (Garkovich, Hansen, Zimmerman) on the Kentucky Kids Count Consortium and Dr. Keiko Tanaka’s participation in the Kentucky 4-H biotechnology education and outreach program and her annual presence on an ethics panel at the 4-H biotechnology camp.


Leadership development  



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Community and Organizational Development

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