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by Lisa Davis - April 18, 2022
In their next stop on the iLEAD journey, Cohort One traveled to the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture (UADA) Southwest Research and Extension Center (SWREC) in Hope. During the April 14-15, 2022 seminar, participants observed the SWREC research
areas and Hempstead County Extension programming.
Participants learned these facts about SWREC.
Day one began with a welcome and tour by SWREC director, Dr. Daniel Rivera. Dr. Dustan
Clark, veterinarian, shared his insights and experiences with the Institutional Animal
Care and Use Committee. District Directors Jerry Clemons, Carla Due, and Kevin Lawson
participated in a panel discussion and led a robust discussion about UADA programming,
bright spots, and issues. Then, Amanda Greer, nematode lab supervisor, showed the
class the Nematology Lab and extraction process. The day culminated with Emily Smith,
a program associate in the Community, Professional and Economic Development unit,
sharing tools and exercises to assist with difficult conversations.
Day two kicked off with a presentation about leadership styles by Dr. Vic Ford, associate
vice president - Agriculture and Natural Resources. Then, Dr. Amanda McWhirt, extension
specialist—horticulture crops and Dr. Aaron Cato, extension specialist—integrated
pest management, provided a tour of the fruit and vegetable research underway at SWREC.
Next, the iLEAD cohort traveled to Historic Washington State Park and learned about
Hempstead County programming from Terrie James, county extension agent (CEA)—staff
chair, Kim Rowe, CEA—agriculture, and Betty Wingfield, CEA—4-H. James conducted a
demonstration on making strawberry freezer jam, and participants took home samples.
The day wrapped up with the sharing of additional information and tools on resolving
conflict led by Dr. Julie Robinson, associate professor and iLEAD director.
The iLEAD program enhances interpersonal skills through virtual and in-person sessions,
providing participants with knowledge, skills, and opportunities for growth. For more
information about the iLEAD program contact Dr. Julie Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Davis, email@example.com.