From the Editor
Greetings from the Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education (JIAEE) and the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE). This summer issue of the JIAEE brings a variety of contributions from the 20th Annual
Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Conference, which was held in Dublin, Ireland at the end of May. Before highlighting these contributions, I want to take a bit of space to congratulate the organizers of our annual conference. Ireland is a beautiful land, replete with gracious, friendly inhabitants. Our collective “thanks” to Jim, Dermot, and their many helpful assistants for planning, coordinating, and sponsoring a wonderful conference experience in Dublin. Personally, I found our meeting venue to be a refreshing change from the usual trappings offered through an impersonal hotel. Jim and Dermot, I truly enjoyed visiting your campus and am hopeful that your initiative provides “out-of-the-box” thinking for future AIAEE conferences.
This issue features a variety of articles ranging in locations from Ireland to Uruguay and Lithuania to the United States and Mexico. It is a truly an international affair of scholarship. Our contributors can be proud of their accomplishments and we are all better off for having these articles in our collective research base. Also, don’t forget to read through the 20th Annual Conference research paper abstracts, carousel abstracts, and poster abstracts located in the latter half of this issue. You may learn something new and/or one of those abstracts may provide the spark needed to conduct similar research in your part of the world. Above all else, take some extra time to promote the JIAEE. How, you ask? Share the contents of this issue with your colleagues and students. Encourage those same colleagues and students to submit manuscripts for peer-review. Promote the JIAEE at your local institution, especially your local library. Tell others to complete the online subscription form today!
Do you realize that we have more than 200 current subscribers to the JIAEE? Many of these subscribers were unable to attend the conference in Dublin, but chose to renew and pay for their subscriptions online using our new PayPal feature. Now, there is nothing easier than filling out the subscription form and completing the process, anytime and anywhere, on the planet earth. So get the word out and get your friends, family, and neighbors to subscribe to the JIAEE today. You might even want to fill out a “gift” subscription for one of your outstanding students or peers. The JIAEE makes a great birthday gift and at only $25/year, there is not a less-expensive scientific resource available!
If you did not have your paper selected as one of the outstanding research conference papers that are contained in this issue, I encourage you to take time to re-write and submit it for review and possible publication in a future issue of the JIAEE. Thank you to all Journal contributors, reviewers, and board members for assisting in the production of this issue. Enjoy your summer issue and continue doing what you can to promote greater understanding of agricultural and extension education worldwide.
Gary J. Wingenbach, Editor
Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education