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Monday, February 10, 2014

ECOP Monday Minute 2.10.14



In recognition of Presidents’ Day, ECOP Monday Minute will return on 2.24.14.
Centennial Celebration Details Extension Centennial Celebration Task Force co-chairs, Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Frankie Gould, LSU AgCenter, would like to share details about the upcoming Centennial celebrations.  There are many exciting opportunities for your University to engage in the celebration of our 100 years of work to improve the lives of people across the United States. They would especially like to point out the 100 Days of Tweets that are currently occurring as well as draw your attention to the Poster Competition and Giving Opportunities in support of the Convocation on May 7-8, 2014.   Please find their letter with details at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/MCMS/RelatedFiles/%7B60CF33C5-6EBF-4798-BD00-4C2E20E2FE71%7D/Centennial-Status-Update--2014-02-07-FINAL.pdf.

See the Smith-Lever Act With thanks to the APLU Council on Government Affairs, the original Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System, will be on display at the National Archives www.archives.gov/ from April 17 to May 8, 2014, seven days a week, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5:30 pm. Happy 100th, Cooperative Extension!

“I Believe” – Extension Centennial Celebration Task Force Co-chair, Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension shares this video on Texas Extension professionals reciting the Extension Professionals Creed.  Check it out at http://agvideo.tamu.edu/Creed-ITW/Creed100-YouTube.mov and see www.extension100years.net for a toolkit of communications tools to tell the story of Cooperative Extension’s past, present, and, most importantly, future.
USDA Announces Climate Change Hubs – See http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2014/02/0016.xml for locations of regional climate change hubs. University partners, including Cooperative Extension, will help to provide technical support, assessments and forecasts, and outreach and education. For additional information, see http://www.usda.gov/oce/climate_change/regional_hubs.htm.
USDA StrikeForce See www.usda.gov/strikeforce regarding to the USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity. USDA’s vision is to increase efforts in high-poverty rural areas. Cooperative Extension is encouraged to get involved.

Host Volunteerism Conference The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism on alternate years. The focus is to advance the knowledge and practice of working with Extension volunteer programs. The 8th National Extension Conference on Volunteerism will be in April or May, 2015. Land-grant universities interested in hosting the conference can submit a proposal by 3.2.14. Request instructions from Doug Swanson, USDA-NIFA National Program Leader, 202.690.1227, dswanson@nifa.usda.gov.