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Monday, October 7, 2013

ECOP Monday Minute 10.7.13

ECOP Monday Minute

In recognition of Columbus Day, ECOP Monday Minute will return on 10.21.13. 

Cooperative Extension at APLU Annual Meeting – Madeline Mellinger, CARET liaison to ECOP and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Glades Crop Care, Inc., will speak about Extension Advocacy: Perspectives of Cowboys and Dragons at the Monday evening 11.11.13 Cooperative Extension dinner as part of the APLU Annual Meeting November 10-12, 2013 in Washington, DC. ECOP Chair Daryl Buchholz, Kansas State University, is on a Monday morning panel on Agriculture Preparedness: How Important Is the PCAST Report? For details about BAA activities during the meeting, see Regular registration and the deadline to make hotel reservations at the conference rate for the 2013 APLU Annual Meeting ends 10.11.13. Click here for more information. 

World Food Prize Letter – Cooperative Extension was one of 100 organizations and institutions of higher education that signed on to the letter ( to Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn of the World Food Prize Foundation. APLU and CARET also signed the letter. Chuck Hibberd, University of Nebraska, and Tim Cross, University of Tennessee, ECOP representatives to the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture, led ECOP decision-making for sign-on.

ECOP Appoints National Leaders – During action at the September 2013 ECOP face-to-face meeting in Pittsburgh, the following appointments were approved: Rick Klemme, University of Wisconsin, to continue as chair of the ECOP Budget and Legislative Committee and representative to the BAA Budget and Advocacy Committee; Tom Coon, Michigan State University, to continue as ECOP representative to the BAA Committee on Legislation and Policy, and Daryl Buchholz, Kansas State University, as ECOP liaison to ESCOP, replacing Doug Lantagne, University of Vermont.

ECOP Representation to EDEN – Nick Place, University of Florida, is ECOP liaison to EDEN and will be attending the Extension Disaster Education Network Annual Meeting this week in Madison, WS. He will provide this ECOP report ( and comment on how EDEN aligns with the Cooperative Extension strategic opportunity ( of “preparing for and responding to economic and natural disasters.”