Cooperative Extension Equine Program conducts needs assessment survey

December 15, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

The University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension Equine Program is conducting a statewide “Equine Needs Assessment Survey” with the purpose of identifying the educational needs of the local equine community.

Carissa Wickens, Cooperative Extension equine specialist and assistant professor of animal science, says, “Participants in the Delaware Equine Educational Needs Assessment Survey will be asked to identify topics with which they need assistance and/or would like to learn more about.

“Additional questions will focus on the types of program formats and resources in which the equine community is most interested. Participants will also be asked to report on management practices currently implemented on their farms/with their horses.”

The UD Cooperative Extension faculty and staff will use the gathered information to “facilitate the development of effective, science-based, equine education programs and resources aimed at improving the management and enjoyment of equine,” Wickens says.

Participation in the survey will be voluntary and anonymous.

For more information on the Equine Program or for an on-line version of the survey, visit the UD Cooperative Extension equine blog.

This article can also be viewed online on UDaily.


UD Requesting Farmer/Grower Input

February 2, 2010 under CANR News

The Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) at the University of Delaware is conducting a policy analysis of the potential benefits of enhancing the local food system in Delaware. The objective of this survey is to improve the understanding of the current local food system in Delaware and the barriers and opportunities for its enhancement as perceived by different stakeholders in the local food system. Participants in this survey include farmers and growers, restaurants, retailers, and institutions in Delaware.

Results of this survey will be included in a final report to the Delaware state legislature.

If you fall into one of the catagories above, or have received a direct email regarding this survey, please take a few moments to complete this survey.  The questionnaire will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Individual responses will be collected on a secure web server. These data will remain confidential and viewed only by the study team. No personally identifiable information is collected in this survey. Your participation is entirely voluntary. To leave the study at any time, close the web browser before you press the final submission button at the end of the survey. Any responses you previously made will not be saved.

If you have any questions concerning the study, please contact Kate Kuholski, CEEP, University of Delaware at

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