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Monday, November 25, 2013

ECOP Monday Minute 11.25.13



ECOP Monday Minute will return on 12.9.13. Happy Thanksgiving!

Processes in Full Swing for "New" eXtension – The eXtension Governing Committee, chaired by Dennis Calvin, Pennsylvania State University, outlines a plan for re-launching Cooperative Extension’s online initiative. See https://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=4962 for details about establishing a Strategic Planning Working Group, chaired by Keith Smith, Ohio State University. All directors and administrators are encouraged to engage with regional representatives throughout the process. A briefing will occur during the National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) meeting March 24-26, 2014 in Sacramento, CA, with continual updates to ECOP, chaired by Jimmy Henning, University of Kentucky.

Orientation to Feature Cooperative Extension Update – About 15 new Cooperative Extension directors and administrators are registered to attend the new Dean/Director/Administrator/NPL Orientation December 3-5, 2013 in Alexandria, VA. This APLU Board on Agriculture Assembly event is designed to brief new administrators about APLU, USDA-NIFA and the Land-grant University System, how to become involved in national leadership, and provide opportunity to establish strategic networks with colleagues. The Cooperative Extension Section will feature new ECOP Chair Jimmy Henning, University of Kentucky, and USDA-NIFA colleagues Ralph Otto, Muquarrab Qureshi, and Brad Rein. A session on eXtension capabilities also will be included. 

APLU Annual Meeting on YouTube – Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY0cxDoZb_g references Cooperative Extension repeatedly and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_FRpNH6gnE charges universities to focus on rural vitality. Both were among keynote speakers at the November 10-12, 2013 APLU Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

CBO Releases Report on Deficit – See http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44715 for a Congressional Budget Office publication on Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2014 to 2023.

Monday, November 18, 2013

ECOP Monday Minute 11.18.13



ACTION: Submit Impact Statements by 12.15.13 -- Tom Coon, Michigan State University, member of the Measuring Excellence in Extension Implementation Team chaired Joe Zublena, North Carolina State University, urges every director and administrator to submit impact statements to www.excellenceinextension.org by mid-December 2013. Full participation is needed in order to provide national impact statements to be used for advocacy related to federal budget deliberations. For assistance, contact Scott Cummings, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, at s-cummings@tamu.edu.

One Voice Benefits Federal Budget Advocacy – ECOP Budget and Legislative Committee Chair, Rick Klemme, University of Wisconsin, reminds all directors and administrators about the critical need to speak with one voice about Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) federal budget priorities, which include Smith-Lever 3(b)&(c) and 1890 Institutions Extension. Advocacy related to other budget lines without going through the BAA process, which engages Cornerstone Government Affairs, undermines the system’s credibility on Capitol Hill and can have an overall negative effect. Details of BAA Budget priorities are provided at www.land-grant.org along with a best practice guide at http://www.land-grant.org/guides.html that outlines the BAA process.

1890 Institutions Region Names ECOP Chair-elect – Following the regional rotation for ECOP chair, Delbert T. Foster, South Carolina State University, has been named by the 1890 Institutions Region as chair-elect for ECOP. He will assume responsibilities as chair during the APLU Annual Meeting November 2-4, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. 

Steele to Co-chair Extension Centennial Task Force – Doug Steele, former ECOP chair and director, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, has assumed the co-chair responsibility with the ECOP Extension Centennial Task Force, replacing Bill Woodrum, formerly of West Virginia State University. He joins Frankie Gould, Louisiana State University AgCenter, with the co-chair responsibility. Steele and Gould encourage directors and administrators to check www.extension100years.net for updates and a toolkit to plan state and local celebrations.

Banner Year for eXtension Applications – Check out new features added in 2013 for eXtension applications Ask an Expert (http://ask.extension.org), People (http://people.extension.org) and Learn (http://learn.extension.org). Ask an Expert’s new enhancements included the introduction of group collaborative features, improved mobile experience, more powerful search, enhanced reporting capabilities, and built-in customer satisfaction survey technology. The new version of People makes it even easier to find, connect and collaborate with Extension colleagues. Learn was enhanced with a built-in mechanism for custom per-session evaluations, improved editing and commenting, and links to external files such as supplementary fact sheets and slides, and improved learner interactions through an enhanced social commenting feature.

113th Congress, 2nd Session Schedules
– For the House schedule, see http://majorityleader.gov/Calendar/. The Senate calendar is at http://democrats.senate.gov/2013/11/07/2014-senate-calendar-113th-congress-2nd-session/.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

ECOP Monday Minute 11.11.13



SAVE THE DATE: Centennial Convocation – The ECOP Centennial Task Force, chaired by Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Frankie Gould, Louisiana State University AgCenter, asks you to mark your calendars for May 7-8, 2014 for the Cooperative Extension Centennial Convocation.  The event will be in Washington, D.C. starting the evening of May 7 and running through the afternoon of May 8. This event provides a unique opportunity to gather in our Nation's Capitol to celebrate the impact of Cooperative Extension's first hundred years and to set the stage for another century of excellence. Registration and hotel information will be available soon. Please plan to bring a delegation from your state to honor the Cooperative Extension System.

ECOP Releases 2013 Accomplishments – ECOP Chair Daryl Buchholz, Kansas State University, presents the ECOP 2013 Report http://www.aplu.org/CESannualreport today at the Cooperative Extension dinner meeting at the APLU Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Daryl expresses his thanks for the opportunity to serve the Cooperative Extension Section as chair and extends his appreciation for working with him on national leadership of benefit to state and local Cooperative Extension programming. The report also is highlighted as part of the APLU report to the Board of Directors http://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=4933.

ECOP Gavel Passes to Henning – Today Jimmy Henning, University of Kentucky, assumes the role of chair of ECOP, the representative leadership and governing body of Cooperative Extension. Goals for ECOP’s work for the next year are at https://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=4949.

ACTION: Comment on USDA-NIFA Plan of Work/Annual Report Process – Proposed revised guidelines for the USDA-NIFA Plan of Work and Annual Report data collection were published in the Federal Register on November 1, 2013  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-01/pdf/2013-25990.pdf. Comments are due December 31, 2013. For more information, contact Katelyn Sellers, USDA-NIFA Planning, Accountability & Reporting Staff, 202-401-5482, ksellers@nifa.usda.gov.

Congratulations to Award Winners – Seven exemplary Cooperative Extension professionals were recognized at the APLU Annual Meeting in Washington, DC yesterday. The awards are sponsored by USDA-NIFA and ECOP. See https://www.aplu.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=2828 for the press release.

REMINDER: Early Orientation Registration Ends This Week – Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators who have been in their positions less than three years are encouraged to attend the New Deans/Directors/Administrators/NPLs Orientation Workshop December 3-5, 2013 in Alexandria, VA. Early registration ends November 15. The Cooperative Extension Section will have a breakout session to answer any questions about ECOP and its functions. Click here for schedule, registration, and hotel information.

Monday, November 4, 2013

ECOP Monday Minute 11.4.13



ACTION: Send Centennial Message with Every E-Mail – The ECOP Extension Centennial Celebration Task Force encourages you to celebrate Extension’s 100 years with every e-mail message you send. See www.extension100years.net for details on how to add the centennial logo on your e-mail signature line and connect to the toolkit. Also encourage Extension colleagues and others to engage in the Centennial discussion on social media: Twitter (twitter.com/ext100years), Facebook (facebook.com/Extension100Years), Pinterest (pinterest.com/ext100years/pins).

ACTION: Need Program Impacts – To date, 43 institutions have entered data in the Measuring Excellence system at www.excellenceinextension.org and 31 institutions have entered impact statements. Joe Zublena, North Carolina State University, chair of the ECOP Measuring Excellence in Extension Implementation Team, and Mary Jane Willis, Rutgers University, chair of the ECOP Program Subcommittee, encourage 100 percent participation in both systems in order to provide the most complete picture of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System. Impact statements are especially important now as Cooperative Extension gears up for advocacy related to federal budget deliberations. For assistance, contact Scott Cummings, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, at s-cummings@tamu.edu.

USDA Ag Outlook Forum Features Centennial – “Launching Cooperative Extension’s Next Century” is the theme of a session accepted for presentation at the 2014 USDA Ag Outlook Forum http://www.usda.gov/oce/forum/ February 20-21 near Washington, DC. Working with USDA-NIFA, the Cooperative Extension centennial also will be featured in the display area.

ESCOP Update – Steve Slack, Ohio State University, chair of the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP), encourages Cooperative Extension colleagues to view presentations at http://escop.ncsu.edu/ from the recent Experiment Station System meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Amongst topics addressed are water quality, global climate change, and budget management strategies.

National Student Competition – Student team entries are due February 28, 2014 for the National Agricultural Innovation Prize. The competition encourages the development of real-world plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s population. For details, see http://agprize.com and http://www.40Chances.com.