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Monday, July 22, 2013

ECOP Monday Minute 4.15.2013

ACTION: Meeting with OMB 4.23.13 – Daryl Buchholz, ECOP Chair, invites all Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators attending the PILD conference next week at the Westin Alexandria, VA to attend the 7:45 a.m. Tuesday morning breakfast and discussion with Noah Engelberg of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The purpose will be to highlight impacts resulting from capacity funding. Please bring a summary of state Cooperative Extension impacts to provide to OMB. This office of the White House is instrumental in influencing the President’s budget presented each year to Congress.

FY 2014 USDA-NIFA Budget Update – The USDA portion of the President’s FY 2014 budget, released 4.10.13, is available at (see pp. 94-95 for USDA-NIFA). Further information, including explanatory notes, is expected from USDA-NIFA at Advocacy documents prepared by the BAA Budget and Advocacy Committee can be found at

Post Job Announcements to National Job Bank Site (by Michelle Rodgers, ECOP representative to the JOE Board of Directors) – Each week, at the end of this ECOP Monday Minute, you will see the “jobs” site managed by the Journal of Extension. The site has recently been redesigned to enhance the experience of universities posting and those seeking jobs. The site ( is for all Extension, outreach, research or higher education positions. An advantage of using this site is to cut down on all of the individual emails and attachments that come to the Director’s inbox. Please share this with individuals responsible for posting your position openings. You are encouraged to use this site to post state and local job Cooperative Extension openings.

Cooperative Extension on Capitol Hill – Last week, Elizabeth Andress, the 2012 Excellence in Extension national award winner, provided seminars on Safe Food: Research to Practice for Senate and House staffers and other guests. Organized by the National Coalition on Food and Agriculture Research (NC-FAR) the seminar series is designed to show impacts of research and extension programs. Andress is a professor and food safety extension specialist at the University of Georgia. See

SNAP-Ed Update – See the summary of accomplishments and action items from the LGU SNAP-Ed Program Development Team (PDT) meeting that took place on April 2-4, 2013 in Washington, DC. Paula Peters, Kansas State University, chairs this group which seeks to increase opportunity for Cooperative Extension to engage in SNAP-Ed education, improve programming, and communicate impacts.

First 'Waste to Worth' Conference Deemed Success -- The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC), an eXtension community of practice, brought more than 235 experts, business practitioners, government officials, and university faculty together for the first “Waste to Worth” conference on April 1-5.  Select keynote addresses and sessions were streamed on the Internet and recorded. Event information can be found at