Audio Recording

Jessica Swapp
Extension 4-H/Ag Agent
New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service
Grant County

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1 Extension Ag Agent, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, Silver City, NM, 88061

The objective of the podcast is to provide local as well as global clientele research based, up to date agriculture information and education. The podcast features both local grassroots agriculture organizations as well as featured Extension specialists. This podcast began as an outreach tool for the public to provide accurate research based information and education. The podcast is also able to reach clientele where they are, without clientele having to attend a program. The podcast also utilizes published agriculture statistics and Extension publications from Land Grant Universities. The episodes vary in time and topic. There is not a set schedule for the release of new episodes. Episodes are released when the information is relevant to the time of year and topic. Episodes are available for unlimited plays on the host website as well as through several podcast “apps.” The County Agent conducts the interviews with minimal equipment and can conduct an interview anywhere. The County Agent also edits recordings for content and publishes the episodes. The agent researched all steps to produce the podcast and is self-taught. Episodes are recorded on an iPhone, transferred to iTunes, converted to a WAV file, moved to Audacity where they are edited for content and royalty free music and sound effects are added. Once finished, episodes are uploaded to the host website and published for listening. Episodes are advertised through broadcast email, links on our Facebook page, as well as links on several grassroots agriculture organizations Facebook pages. The podcast began in December of 2019 and currently has seven episodes. The podcast episodes have been downloaded 396 times listened to in 16 states and 5 countries. Listeners are provided contact information for the Extension office as well as any specialists that are on the podcast episodes. The submitted program aired January 24, 2020.