Monday, June 29, 2020
Coming Together for Racial Understanding (CTRU) is unfolding and what is needed to support for this effort further. ECOP Chair Mark Latimore (Fort Valley State University) presented potential actions for fellow leaders and ECOP to consider. Stay tuned for more details.
ECOP/eXtension to Host Extension Futures National Action Dialogues, July 13th or 14th, 1 PM - 3 PM ET - The purpose of the Action Dialogue is to imagine near-future possibilities for how Extension can better serve individuals and communities in the face of evolving needs and capabilities. The outcome of this dialogue will support transitional aspects of more digital engagement and community platforms, and inform the need for funding of infrastructure/equipment needed for the envisioned futures. Focus topics include National Community Learning Networks, Digital Cooperatives, Professional/Continuing Ed/Workforce Development, Infrastructure (access/capability to use it), and Living Ecosystem of Professionals. All Cooperative Extension professionals, including Directors/Administrators, Agents, & Educators are invited. Registration available here, Please choose only one day to participate.
A Time Like No Other: 4-H Youth Development and COVID-19 - In this Journal of Extension thought leader commentary is a review of the potential devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people, including trauma, impacts on mental health, socioemotional distress, and changes in academic learning. Stating that 4-H is uniquely positioned to mitigate these effects through intentional positive youth development efforts, there is a call to action for 4-H Educators and Extension Administrators as the nation moves from initial reaction to recovery and beyond. This commentary recommends four research-based strategies to ensure that youths not only survive but thrive in this time like no other. Go to: https://joe.org/joe/2020june/comm1.php
A Request from USDA APHIS to Extension Colleagues - Earlier this month, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) declared eradication of Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 from U.S. greenhouses. APHIS is asking Extension Administrators and Directors and the agents in their coverage areas to help share information about this pathogen with nursery and greenhouse operators, landscape managers, homeowners and gardeners. A fact sheet that describes R. solanacearum symptoms, transmission, and management is on the APHIS web site. For more information about R. solanacearum, please contact Lynn Evans-Goldner, National Policy Manager by phone at (301) 851-2286 or by email at Lynn.Evans-Goldner@usda.gov.
Urban Agriculture Stakeholder Input Gathered for USDA NIFA - In response to a recent call from NIFA for stakeholder input to help inform and set priorities for $40 million of grant funding for research, education and extension around urban, indoor and emerging agriculture, the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research, the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) and a number of local Farm Bureau chapters located in urban counties from across the country, partnered to host four online, interactive listening sessions and an online survey. The listening sessions had 153 participants and the survey had 68 respondents from 38 U.S. states, territories and districts. The summary report provided to NIFA on June 22 is available here.
Monday, June 22, 2020
The eXtension Foundation is seeking early stage, high potential projects from across Extension. - The New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) cooperative agreement with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will enter the second year on September 1st, 2020. Join eXtension's Catalyst team - Scott Reed, Fred Schlutt, and Jimmy Henning - on June 30th, 2020 at 2 PM ET for an overview of the NTAE project nomination process, wrap-around services provided to projects, goals, outcomes, and what projects get from working with the eXtension Foundation. Learn more and register here.
Smart Cities Leading Edge Dialogue - The Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research has released the second white paper in their Leading
Edge Dialogue series: Smart Cities: Technology Equity, Livability, and
Trust. Cities are getting smarter. New technologies help monitor traffic
and enforce parking. First responders use camera systems to explore incident
scenes for potentially hazardous materials or spills. Autonomous vehicles are
being piloted. With these new technologies, governments and communities have
concerns about safety, privacy, and equity. The key to successfully navigating
these issues is trust. So what's the role of Extension in smart cities? We
asked this question of our panel experts and participants at the 2019 National
Urban Extension Conference during the 90-minute interactive Leading Edge
Dialogue, available here.
Elevate and strengthen the role of Cooperative Extension in economic and community engagement. - Forbes Magazine recently ran a feature of APLU's Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities designation program, a cohort-based collaborative effort that helps universities strengthen their strategy and practice in economic engagement. The article spotlighted how APLU's 66 IEP designees leveraged the IEP process to better position themselves to respond to the economic needs of their communities in light of COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article here: https://bit.ly/3bUCf5l. ECOP encourages Cooperative Extension leaders to contribute or lead their institutions' IEP designation process. To learn more, contact APLU's Shalin Jyotishi firstname.lastname@example.org and visit APLU.org/IEP.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Cornell Cooperative Extension (pictured left). Chris has served the System as a national leader on ECOP since 2017, the Search Committee for the Cooperative Extension System/ECOP Executive Director, and ECOP Budget and Legislative Committee since 2019.
All 76 members of the Cooperative Extension Section and System partners are encouraged to save the dates and watch for registration to be released, soon. Timing of the live Sessions, no more than 2 hours each, will accommodate up to 7 time zones to engage the full Section for important decisions to be made and vital dialogue to take place. The next meeting of the of the Planning Committee is set for June 18. Stay tuned for the announcement of a theme and other details with registration.
4-H Pathways Institute Opportunity - ECOP 4-H Leadership Committee congratulates teams from Washington State University, Virginia Tech, the University of Nebraska, West Virginia University, and the University of Missouri for the inaugural 4-H Pathways Leadership Institute on July 14th and 15th. There were so many interested applicants that Council is offering a second Institute in September 2020. This second cohort will include teams from New Mexico State University, the University of Florida, the University of Delaware, and N.C. A&T State University. There is still room for one or two more teams for our September Institute. Institutions interested in applying, may contact Kaitlin McTighe at email@example.com for more details.
eXtension Partners with Farm Journal to Spotlight Cooperative Extension - Last month, eXtension piloted a story lead contest in its Connect Extension platform in partnership with Farm Journal with input from ACE and EDEN. All Cooperative Extension colleagues are invited to submit story leads, not full narratives, to the contest. Winners will have their stories fully produced by Farm Journal and shared across Farm Journal media to bring greater visibility to the work of Cooperative Extension. For the month of May, the topic area was wildlife conservation practices; Jeff Goodwin, Interim Associate Dean for Extension at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, submitted the winning story lead. A runner up was selected from Clemson University and will also have a story published. eXtension invites all Extension Directors and Administrators to encourage faculty and staff to participate. The topic area for June is Food Waste and the deadline is June 25, 2020. Learn more here.
Monday, June 8, 2020
1. Dialogues are vital to understanding, and understanding is vital to healing and meaningful change.
2. CES must do our own work around race before we can effectively engage communities.
3. Administrative support to these teams is vital to their success.
Learn more about CTRU: http://srdc.msstate.edu/civildialogue/index.html.
To view other great resources: https://civildialogue.extension.org/.
Coordinator: Rachel Welborn firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extension’s Leadership on Climate and Extreme Weather - Last Friday, Directors and Administrators from all 5 Regions joined ECOP Chair Mark Latimore for the latest Learning for Leaders session. The eXtension Climate Fellows introduced themselves and described the project using Project Drawdown framework. ECOP's Chuck Ross, University of Vermont, says, "Collectively, by building a database from across the System, the Climate Fellows will tell the story of the efficacy of the Extension System on the issue of climate and extreme weather conditions. We should look forward to the Climate Fellows contacting us and we should reach out to them to make this possible."
* Jennison Kipp, email@example.com
Small Business Online Training is Available - The USDA SBIR Program Office is offering free, online training to learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Training is comprised of 5 weekly one-hour webinars (live or recorded) and a brief activity aimed at discovering previous SBIR awardees and complementary service providers in your area. USDA, Land-grant university, and Cooperative Extension (across ALL program areas) that complete this course will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by leadership at SBA and USDA. To learn more and to register, visit www.usdasbir.com.