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Monday, July 16, 2018

Extension Opioid Crisis Response Workgroup Update—New Information on Extension Opioid Programming Available

The Extension Opioid Crisis Response Workgroup has completed its goal of providing information about Extension substance abuse programming that can be quickly shared across state lines to help address the opioid crisis. The new Opioid Response website provides content on eight existing opioid-related programs. The following summary information is available for each of the programs: 1) brief description; 2) format, duration, and approach, 3) target audience; 4) degree to which the program is research-based/evidence-based; and 5) costs of adoption and use. Contact information, links to key resources and webinar recordings offer more detailed descriptions of the programs. ECOP and Workgroup members believe these resources are useful to those seeking opportunities to address the opioid crisis in their states. Over time, new content will be added. Directors and Administrators may access details on this initiative and others in the "Learning and Initiatives" section of this blog - see menu, right found on the full view of this blog.

LGU SNAP-Ed Marketing Brochure Published - A newly developed tri-fold brochure is available featuring results of the most recent Land-grant University (LGU) SNAP-Ed report designed to share the collective successes of the nationwide system in limited-resource nutrition education. The LGU SNAP-Ed Program Development Team created the handout highlighting the impacts of LGU SNAP-Ed outreach. The one-page legal-size trifold document lists quick facts about the program, behavior and health outcomes, and how partnerships and collaboration enhance the work. Copies have been sent to each of the LGU coordinators. The document can be viewed and printed on the Community Nutrition Education community of practice on at Additional printed copies are available by contacting Sandra Jensen at

Breakthroughs 2030 Report to be Released on July 18 - The National Academies of Science-Engineering-Medicine (NASEM) are pleased to announce that Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030 (Breakthroughs 2030) - a study to identify the greatest research opportunities in food and agricultural science for the next 10 years - will be released on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. This unprecedented report communicates a compelling vision and rationale for additional investment in Food and Ag research for Congress and other research funders to consider. In June 2017 ECOP and ESCOP each provided support funding for the study due to the broad definition of Ag research and the element of applied science (Extension). An in-depth, live public webinar with members of the report’s authoring committee will be hosted by NASEM on July 18, 1-2:00 PM EDT. For a list of presenters, other details, and to register, Click Here.

Supporting Economic Diversification in Coal-Reliant Communities - The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the NADO Research Foundation (NADO RF) are collaborating on a multi-year project funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Denver Regional Office to support economic resilience and diversification in coal-reliant communities in Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. This project delivers a mix of in-person workshops, conference calls, webinars, and a bi-weekly newsletter, “Growing Stronger Economies in Our Nation’s Coal Communities.” Learn more about this project at Sign-up for the free newsletter (relevant for coal communities across the country) that has news, funding information, and other resources at: Questions or ideas? Contact NADO RF Associate Director Brett Schwartz at

Monday, July 9, 2018

2018 Science-informed Decision Making and Policy Mid-term Update from ECOP Chair Chuck Hibberd

Robust Meeting Agenda in Mexico - ECOP will address a number of important topics during its meeting on July 16-17 in Guadalajara, Mexico as part of the Joint COPs meeting. Four Big Ideas are on the agenda, Land-grant University Mission Alignment, Plan of Work Reporting Themes, Extension Resource and Partnership Development and International Extension Work, as well as the kglobal contract, revisions to the ECOP operating guidelines and CES Rules of Operation, consideration of a number of issues from the 4-H Leadership Committee, a review of eXtension’s role with the Cooperative Extension Section, and a conversation with Doug Steele (incoming Vice President for Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources). This agenda and the associated conversations will form the basis for the upcoming national dialogue scheduled to take place during the CES Business Meeting at NEDA on October 2 in Portland, Oregon. Remember to register for NEDA at

NC-FAR Cooperative Extension Seminar - Invitation - Jason Henderson, Purdue University, Extension Director, and former Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will present a National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research  (NC-FAR) seminar titled: Ag Workforce Development – the Role of Land GrantsWith historically low unemployment rates, employers are scrambling to find workers with entry-level and advanced skills. Jason will address how Land Grant Universities are innovating and partnering to expand the technical, professional, and life skills training opportunities for America’s agricultural workforce. Directors and Administrator are encouraged to share the following details with staff members of their respective Congressional delegations:

NASS Thanks Extension for Contributing Data - The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) produces a weekly crop progress report during the growing season (April-November). Every Thursday and Sunday night NASS Regional Field Offices sends emails to about 4,000 respondents. Extension agents/educators are the biggest group of respondents to the weekly survey due to making visual observations and frequent contacts with farmers in their counties! All reports are reviewed and processed by mid-day Monday. State-level estimates are then compiled into a national report that is released at 4 p.m. E.T. the same day. In addition to the national report, each NASS Regional Field Office publishes a report specific to the states within their region. The results are highly anticipated by data users (e.g. farmers, agribusinesses, commodity traders, insurance agents, etc.) with these reports getting some of NASS’ highest web traffic. The reports as well as graphical products can be found on the NASS website. Response rates are high, but it’s important to maintain momentum! The better the response, the stronger the data. The stronger the data, the better it is for American agriculture. Thank you for your participation, and for helping to spread the word about the importance of this survey and survey response.

Seeding Success: Tools, Technology and Techniques for a Successful Extension Natural Resources Career - New Extension forestry and natural resource specialists, agents and associates are part of a national network of diverse, knowledgeable colleagues. This course will provide our new colleagues with a grounding in Extension theory and practice. Early career Extension employees will be able to connect with peers from across the nation and learn the ins and outs of how to get started on their work and how to navigate the particular challenges associated with these positions. For complete details go to A core theme of the CES Strategic Agenda is to enhance leadership and professional development.

Monday, July 2, 2018

National Leadership Update

L-R: Jason Henderson, Purdue, Tom Melton, NC State University,
and Brian Schilling, Rutgers
Beginning this month, Jason Henderson, Purdue University, appointed by the North Central Region becomes a voting member of ECOP. Chris Boerboom, North Dakota State University is retiring and has served since 2016. Chris's retirement also leaves a vacancy to by filled by Tom Melton, North Carolina State University, appointed by ECOP to represent the Cooperative Extension Section on the National Integrated Pest Management Coordinating Committee (NIPMCC). For the retiring Larry Katz, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, the Northeast Region has named Rutgers' new Director Brian Schilling to ECOP Extension Resource and Partnership Development Committee (formerly Private Resource Development) and ECOP Budget and Legislative Committee. Congratulations to appointees and retirees and thank you for your national leadership!

Civil Rights Poster Update - The NIFA website that instructs Land-grant partners on guidelines and use of the And Justice for All poster was recently updated to provide clarification. The EFNEP Justice for All Civil Rights poster found at was updated last week.

eXtension Impact Collaborative Opportunities - The Impact Collaborative, powered by eXtension, is offering a 20-60 seat Innovation Kit Workshop or Designathon One for Premium Member Institutions at no charge. The deadline for scheduling one of these events is August 1, 2018, and Premium Member Institutions must have a Facilitator trained prior to this date. More information about this Premium Member benefit can be found here. The one-day Innovation Kit Workshop demonstrates how design thinking and lean experimentation through the Innovation Kit Process can help generate innovative ideas, test those ideas, and move ideas forward with potential for successful implementation. Designathon One is a two-day workshop that helps participants turn an idea into a compelling & innovative project that attracts and catalyzes key stakeholders and strategic partners. Premium Members have access to the Impact Collaborative for local events in conjunction with having their own members trained in the innovation process as facilitators for these events. Basic members will enjoy the benefit of accessing the Impact Collaborative at the October 2018 Summit. To learn more about becoming an eXtension Member Institution, please contact Beverly Coberly at

Tennessee State University hosted FEMA Train-the-Trainer on Emergency Preparedness for 1890 Land-Grants in EDEN
Land-grant Universities Receive FEMA Disasters Train-the-Trainer Course - On May 20-22, 2018, twenty participants from ten 1890 Land-grant Universities (LGUs) and one 1862 LGU assembled at Tennessee State University for the second 1890-Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Advisory Group (AG) Face-to-Face Workshop. The two-day workshop was hosted by the 1890 EDEN AG and featured the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Religious and Cultural Competency in Disasters Train-the-Trainer Course, including new guidance Engaging Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Preparedness Considerations for Emergency Managers. The training equipped participants to deliver the course to audiences including other university personnel, faith-based and community based organizations (CBOs) and disaster officials. For more information, contact Marcus Coleman,

Monday, June 25, 2018

Register for 2018 NEDA

Last week Extension Directors and Administrators and key partners received an invitation to register and attend the 2018 National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) and Cooperative Extension Section (CES) Business Meeting. "The City of Roses", Portland, Oregon, is the backdrop for the meeting to be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown. The early-bird registration rate of $350 includes round-trip transportation to Ecotrust on Tuesday, October 2 for a CES Celebration and Passing of the Gavel. Register using CVent and with hotel (Code:APL) by September 10 to avoid consequences of offsite lodging or higher fees. Complete details, including theme, goals and FAQs, are available to

NEW DATE Next Generation Extension - Learning for Leaders 8/3 - Unraveling the Mysteries of CES and ECOP - On May 29-30 a group of newer leaders of the Cooperative Extension Section (3 years or less) joined ECOP Chair Chuck Hibberd in Washington, DC for 2018 Capital Quest. A survey of participants revealed there is a great deal to learn about the Cooperative Extension Section and the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy! Go figure when nearly half of all Extension Administrators and Directors have 3 years or less of experience leading their respective extension institutions. In response to this feedback, Chuck has decided to focus his next conversation with colleagues on unraveling the mysteries of CES and ECOP. The Next Generation Extension - Learning for Leaders that was scheduled for July 6 is postponed until Friday, August 3, 3-4:00 p.m. Please hold the date and stay tuned for more details to follow! Missed earlier opportunities for one of these sessions? Listen to recordings and feedback is always welcome!

Artis Stevens, CMO,
National 4-H Council
National Recognition for 4-H Grows Campaign - The 4-H Grows Campaign is a collaborative effort to increase access to and enrollment in 4-H across the country. This strategic efforts to raise awareness of and grow 4-H has received significant recognition from the American Marketing Association. AMA's National Non-Profit Marketer of the Year Award will be presented to National 4-H Council Chief Marketing Officer Artis Stevens in July for leading 4-H's innovative alumni marketing strategy -- resulting in a significant increase in 4-H’s brand relevancy, revenue and reach. The award recognizes the vision and leadership efforts of the 4-H System to unite Cooperative Extension, USDA and National 4-H Council under one cohesive brand strategy across the country, ultimately laying the groundwork for the successful adoption of the 4-H Grows campaign.

USDA Rural Development Resources Available in Every State - Rural Development (RD) has many programs that complement the work of Extension across the country. Field staff work closely with the ag community and other rural leaders to ensure that communities have affordable housing, and essential community services such as schools, libraries, hospitals; and vital infrastructure such as broadband, water, and reliable electricity. RD provides capital for lenders, agricultural producers and rural businesses through programs like the Value-Added Producer Grant program, which can help transform commodities into higher-value products – such as grapes into specialty jellies. The Rural Energy for America Program helps reduce energy costs by installing renewable energy systems such as solar, wind, and anaerobic digesters; and energy efficiency projects such as new HVAC systems, lighting, and irrigation systems. USDA micro lending programs provide capital to start or grow a small rural business. Existing USDA borrowers, such as local utilities, create revolving loan funds that relend to rural businesses. Our Cooperative Service programs help strengthen existing co-ops and start new ones. Finally, at Rural Development our work is driven by three key principles: Innovation, Partnerships and Infrastructure. Secretary Perdue created an Innovation Center to help transform rural areas. Modernizing infrastructure and building new partnerships – such as with the Extension community – will strengthen our rural communities. Bette Brand, Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Services encourages Extension Administrators and Directors to reach out to USDA Rural Development offices.