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North American Agricultural Advisory Network
Dr. David Gray, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, will serve on the Steering Committee of the North American Agricultural Advisory Network. (NAAAN) This network links existing agricultural extension communities with one another and with stakeholders in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The network serves as a link for the North American communities-of-practice with colleagues across the world through its active membership in the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services headquartered in Switzerland.
The NAAAN will carry out its work through three broad components: 1) knowledge development and management; 2) networking; and 3) policy advocacy. NAAAN will focus its initial efforts in three thematic areas to build from existing programs and activities that include: 1) the role of advisory services in biodefense/biosecurity and the management of natural disasters; 2) climate change and the contribution of advisory services in improving soil and water management; and, 3) agricultural advisory services building skills and career development for youth. Working groups are being established around each of these thematic areas