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Monday, March 12, 2018

Award Nominations Deadline Only 7 Weeks Away

May 1 is the deadline for nominations for the 2018 National Awards offered in partnership by ECOP and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
  • The ECOP Personnel Committee and Regions seek nominations Cooperative Extension professionals who excel at Extension programming, make a positive impact on constituents served, and provide visionary leadership for the System.
  • The ECOP Program Committee seeks the nominations of either individual Cooperative Extension professionals or teams that are achieving organizational changes that support diversity, pluralism and innovation in programs that impact our Extension audiences.
Worksheets for nominations are designed to assist with preparation. Recipients will receive cash awards and travel reimbursement to the 2018 APLU Annual Meeting in New Orleans when NIFA officials present the awards on the national stage. Go to to learn more and submit nominations on-line. Direct questions about nominations to ECOP Program Assistant Sandy Ruble

In Support of Pesticide Applicator Education - In September 2017, eXtension Foundation (established to received and administer funds to support the work of eXtension and the Cooperative Extension Section) received a grant (#X8-83698001) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish and administer a national subaward program in support of pesticide applicator education, and training for certified applicators of restricted-use pesticides. For fiscal year 2018, eXtension Foundation has awarded $1,073,229.07 for pesticide safety education to 46 institutions. Through collaboration with the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC), eXtension Foundation will be able to provide pesticide safety educational products regionally and nationally. For more information on your institution’s participation, contact Tira Adelman

Farmer-to-Farmer Webinar on March 15 - Please join USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to receive information concerning university opportunities in the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm (eastern) at Zoom Link: F2F provides technical assistance from U.S. volunteers to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses and other agriculture sector institutions in developing and transitional countries with the goal of promoting sustainable improvements in such areas as food security and agricultural processing, production, marketing, and youth development. Average length of assignments is three weeks and the program covers all international travel, in-country costs, visas, immunizations, health insurance, etc. Representatives from USAID and three of the organizations implementing the program (ACDI-VOCA, Winrock and CNFA) will discuss how programs are developed in host countries, what type of individuals they’re seeking, what it’s like to serve in the field, how to apply, and more. The F2F program is especially interested in attracting extension professionals who have both the technical knowledge and the requisite skills to transfer that expertise to others.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Key Insights to Leading an Urban Extension Program

The 4th edition Next Generation Extension - Learning for Leaders, entitled Key Insights to Leading an Urban Extension Program, is released! ECOP Chair Chuck Hibberd says, "Washington State University's Dr. Brad Gaolach offers Extension Administrators and Directors interesting insights to bridge the world of academia with community-based applications in urban communities." Gaolach's Urban Extension story and the dialogue with Leaders across the nation is available on video at Direct comments and questions to Hold the date for the #5 Cooperative Extension Section web conference, Friday, April 6, 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The electronic invitation for all 76 Directors and Administrators to participate will be released soon.

Celebrating Diversity in Extension - “Attitudes for Success” Youth Leadership Program received the 2017 National Extension Diversity Award "for the success and longevity of the coalition-model youth development program and for how the curriculum and evaluation tools can be expanded to other states" (Contact: Patricia Dodson, Extension Agent, 541-278-5403, Oregon State University, In addition to this great work, other examples representing the range of educational programming taking place across the country are featured below, each serving diverse audiences with the transformative power of Cooperative Extension.
  • Helping Standing Rock Youth Succeed – establishing an embroidery and silkscreen business at a local high school has built business skills among students in Sioux County of North Dakota, improved the economy of the county, and increased graduation rates. (Contact: Sue Isbell, Extension Agent/Sioux County, North Dakota State University Extension,
  • Culturally-based Youth Leadership Accelerators – developed to more effectively serve the one in five school age (K-12) youth of color in Iowa (Contact: John-Paul Chaisson-C├írdenas, State 4-H Youth Development Program Leader, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, 515-294-6772,
  • Unidos Se Puede, formerly Juntos – a culturally appropriate substance abuse prevention program for 300 Latino immigrant families in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Contact: Leilana McKindra, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, Oklahoma State University; 405.744.6792;
  • Texas 4-H Mission Possible Camp – a co-educational, inclusive program that provides a residential summer camp experience for youth with medically-diagnosed disabilities, bringing youth together to improve their abilities and to learn from each other. (Contact: B. Darlene Locke, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, (979) 845-6535,
Nominations for the 2018 National Extension Diversity Award are being accepted now through May 1, 2018. Nominees can be an individual Cooperative Extension professional or a team fundamentally composed of professionals. New nominations and those nominated in previous years that did not receive this award are welcome and encouraged. Go to for full details. Contact: ECOP Program Assistant Sandy Ruble

PILD Pre-conference Webinar - A Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) orientation and preparation webinar is scheduled for Thursday, March 8th at 2:00pm Eastern Time. To register for the webinar click this link: Those attending PILD, especially for the first time, are encouraged to participate in the webinar. It will cover what you need to know in advance of coming to Washington DC, including how to make appointments and prepare for Hill visits, and what you can expect while at PILD. Details on the post conference workshop “Civil Dialogue in the Public Arena” will also be shared. New this year is an optional opportunity to coordinate Hill visits and state’s night out activities with the youth and adults attending National 4-H Conference. On Tuesday afternoon April 10th the PILD and 4-H Conference delegations will meet jointly by institution to share plans and messages. It may also be helpful to view the “Making Hill Visits” webinar held for 4-H Conference delegates which is archived at:

Behavioral Health Impact Collaborative - Behavioral Health (including opioid abuse) was identified by ECOP and Extension Directors as a high priority and was chosen as one of the focus areas for the 2018 eXtension Impact Collaborative (along with Food Systems and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion). Jami Dellifield, The Ohio State University and Courtney Cuthbertson, Michigan State University have been named Program Fellows for the Behavioral Health Impact Collaborative. They are currently identifying potential organizing committee members as well as participants. Directors and administrators with an interest in this area should reach out to Jami and Courtney and encourage their extension faculty/staff in this topic area to contact them. CLICK HERE to learn more about the fellows.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Extension Opioid Crisis Response Workgroup Being Formed

The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) has entered into an agreement in partnership with US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) (National Program Leaders, Ahlishia Shipley and Brent Elrod) to help coordinate the Land-grant University system's response to the opioid crisis. Several institutions have already identified evidence-based curriculum for replication nationally in response to the first ever Cooperative Extension Section Next Generation Extension - Learning for Leaders Web Conference. In this new agreement a set of 9 activities will culminate in the writing of a report for ECOP within a six-month period. The formation of the Extension Opioid Crisis Response Workgroup, a group of opioid experts from the Land-grant system will serve as a resource and provide input. Those with expertise and interest in serving on this workgroup are urged to contact Mark Skidmore ( Director of the North Central Regional Rural Development Center, the lead coordinator for this effort. Last week, USDA launched a webpage highlighting resources to help rural communities address the opioid crisis:

Register for the APLU CEO-CICEP Summer Meeting - Extension Directors and Administrators are cordially invited to join university economic development, community engagement, public service and outreach officers in Richmond, VA from June 25-28 for the 2018 CEO-CICEP Joint Summer Meeting. The theme is Creative Placemaking for Healthy Communities. The meeting will explore creative placemaking in action via university partnerships in the arts, health and innovation. Through presentations, interactive sessions, and field experiences, participants will gain new insights into how public research universities as key “anchor institutions” leverage innovative and interdisciplinary strategies to address complex social and economic challenges facing our communities. The meeting will also feature APLU’s 5th annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities Program workshop. Note that early registration rates end in early March.

There’s Still Time to Respond to the 2017 Census of Agriculture - As of today, the return rate on the 3 million 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaires mailed last fall is just over 40 percent. Though making progress every day, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) needs to hear from the rest of the producers. More details of the obligation to complete the census may be found in the February 5th edition of the ECOP Monday Minute. For questions about or assistance filling out the census, producers can call toll-free (888) 424-7828. Please help NASS spread the word that farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

Climate Change Papers Available For Review - Extension Directors and Administrators are encouraged to review materials shared by Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of USDA-NIFA, last week, Climate Change Papers from NIFA-Funded Colleagues. This is good background for an upcoming Next Generation Extension - Learning for Leaders Web Conference which occurs on the first Friday of the month, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Please stay tuned for more information and contact Executive Director Rick Klemme for more information.

Monday, February 12, 2018

2018 National Awards Nominations Are Now Being Accepted

ECOP Monday Minute will return on February 26, 2018 following the observance of Presidents' Day.

The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) announces the call for nominations for the 2018 National Excellence in Extension and Diversity awards. The due date for on-line nominations is May 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Complete details, helpful worksheets, and access to the online nomination forms are available at Awards are selected by the end of July. Recipients receive cash awards and travel to the APLU Annual Meeting in New Orleans to accept a plaque or trophy on November 11, 2018. Extension Directors and Administrators from every 1890 and 1862 land-grant institution are encouraged to share this announcement broadly. Contact: ECOP Program Assistant Sandy Ruble,, 202-478-6088.

Spring ECOP Meeting Agenda Features Several Important Conversations - The Spring ECOP meeting will soon take place in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The agenda will include facilitated, in-depth conversations on how Cooperative Extension can add value to the Land-grant Campus mission (building on the Next Generation Extension - Learning for Leaders, February 2018), identifying the Cooperative Extension Section's return on investment with kglobal, developing themes (with Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy [ESCOP] and USDA-NIFA) for reporting and communicating value purposes, identifying short-term investments in the ECOP budget for private resource mobilization. Stay tuned to future editions of the ECOP Monday Minute when updates on these 4 topics are released after March 15 when the meeting adjourns. Questions may be directed to ECOP Executive Director Rick Klemme,, 202-478-6029.

National Experiment Station Section Diversity and Inclusion Award - ESCOP is seeking nominations for the new National Experiment Station Section Diversity and Inclusion Award. Extension Directors and Administrators are encouraged to share this announcement widely. The award recognizes experiment station research initiatives that support the creation of diverse and inclusive efforts and is dedicated to individuals, teams or organizations that go beyond meeting EEO/AA program requirements. The request for nominations is posted on the ESCOP website at 2018 Call for Nominations. The award comes with paid travel to the Annual ESS/SAES/ARD meeting, recognition with a commemorative plaque and a $1,000 cash award. Questions about the nomination should be forwarded to Jeff Jacobsen, Executive Vice Chair, ESCOP Diversity Catalyst Committee ( or 517-884-7965). Jeff is accepting nominations by 8:00 PM EDT on March 30, 2018 at the email address provided.

2019 Volunteerism Conference Dates Announced - The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism (NECV) planning committee is pleased to announce the 2019 conference will be held May 14-16 in Billings, Montana. NECV is designed for Extension professionals, faculty, and staff that work with volunteers and features workshops, keynote presentations, poster displays, and lightening talks that provide strategies for volunteer development within Extension. To stay informed about calls for proposals, registration, and other conference notices visit the Facebook page or contact Doug Swanson, National Program Leader, 4-H National Headquarters, (202) 690-1227 or