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Monday, July 22, 2013

ECOP Monday Minute 1.28.2013

NEDA 2013 Hotel Reservations and Registration Update -- The National Extension Directors and Administrators meeting will be held March 18-20, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio. Registration will be sent directly from the cvent registration software at APLU in the coming days. The following dates and times are offered for travel planning purposes. Please note there are three separate meetings, all held at the Hyatt Regency. 

Hotel Reservations
Hotel reservations need to be made by February 25 in order to receive the discounted room rate. They can be made online at: or by phone at: 1-888-421-1442 using the Group Block Name and Code: G-APLG

Dates and Times
1. Northeast Extension Directors (NEED) Regional Meeting  

    8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013
2. National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) Meeting
    6 p.m. Monday, March 18  - 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013
3. Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) Meeting 
     1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 - Noon Thursday, March 21, 2013

Agricultural Innovation Highlights -- Secretary Vilsack gave a keynote address at the National Chamber Foundation forum on agricultural innovation recently. A transcript of the Secretary’s address – entitled “Rural America: New Markets, New Understanding, Unlimited Opportunity” – is available here.  In addition, conference proceedings may be accessed at the link below.  A key part of the Secretary’s address was about the opportunity to create new markets for production agriculture, local and regional food systems, conservation, and the bio based economy.  In concert with this speech, USDA released a new web site, which highlights new markets and marketing opportunities for producers and businesses.

National SNAP-Ed Report FY2010 -- The national SNAP-Ed report “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) through the Land-Grant University System for FY2010:  A Retrospective Review” is now available. This report was created in response to an identified need to have baseline data for the final year, FY2010, before the changes from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 were enacted. The report was funded by a SNAP-Ed assessment from the Extension Directors/Administrators. It was written by Dr. Julie Sexton of Mississippi State University. Dr. Helen Chipman of NIFA served as the Project Director. The report is valuable in understanding and explaining the Land-Grant University System capacity, commitment, and contribution to SNAP-Ed:  (To obtain a hard copy please send your mailing address to

ECOP Smith-Lever Centennial Celebration Planning Committee Deliverables -- The 100-year anniversary of the signing of Smith-Lever (S-L) Act that officially created the national Cooperative Extension System (CES) will take place in 2014. The S-L Centennial Planning Committee established by ECOP is preparing an S-L Centennial toolkit with the first phase of the kit being presented at the NEDA meeting in March 2013. It will include the centennial graphic identity, messaging, and basic templates to be used on a national regional, state and local level. The toolkit will be housed on a Web site hosted by the LSU AgCenter but will have portals linked through ECOP and other key web sites. Committee members will showcase the toolkit and other centennial activities through webinars, presentations at extension conferences and professional organization meetings this year. Other materials will be added to the toolkit throughout 2013.

2013 APLU Annual Meeting Deadline for Pre-Registration Rate Approaching -- The pre-registration rate of $475 for the 2013 APLU Annual Meeting is available through January 31, 2013 at The meeting is November 10-12 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference room block will be available in March.

National 4-H Council Gets Honor (by Andy Ferrin, Chief Marketing Officer) -- National 4-H Council was named to Social Impact Exchange’s first ever S&I 100.  The S&I 100 recognizes the 100 most effective non-profits in America—and was created to help encourage investment in high-impact, high-performing organizations. Each organization on the list demonstrated high levels of effectiveness validated by third-party studies, as well as significant growth potential. The index is an important indicator that 4-H is a wise investment—and is recognition of the proven impact of Cooperative Extension’s high-quality 4-H positive youth development programs.  Learn more about the index at

Energy Literacy Webinar -- The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting an Energy Literacy webinar February 6, 2013 to describe educational strategies related to the Energy Literacy Framework ( Register at

ECOP Monday Minute will not appear on the Martin Luther King Holiday, January 21, 2013. The next issue is January 28, 2013.