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Monday, March 17, 2014

ECOP Monday Minute 3.17.14

See You in Sacramento! – Nearly 100 representatives from most of the 75 institutions of the Cooperative Extension Section have registered for the NeXConf/NEDA meeting next week in Sacramento. Plan to join the pre-session on social networking at Monday afternoon, check out the Extension Centennial exhibit at the reception Monday evening, and engage with colleagues on robust discussions of national interest to Cooperative Extension throughout the week. Daryl Buchholz, ECOP immediate past chair, Kansas State University, and the ECOP Executive Committee, have framed a program that encourages Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators to participate with the National eXtension Conference main events while retaining the focus of the National Extension Directors and Administrators meeting. In addition, Jimmy Henning, ECOP Chair, University of Kentucky, will conduct the annual Cooperative Extension Section business meeting. For any details, see

JOE Extension Centennial Series – ECOP liaison to the Journal of Extension, Michelle Rodgers, University of Delaware, announces the first in a series of articles celebrating the Extension Centennial. The article Cooperative Extension: A Century of Innovation appeared in the February 2014 issue of the Journal of Extension (JOE) and was authored by ECOP Centennial Task Force co-chairs Frankie Gould and Doug Steele, and task force member Bill Woodrum.

Videos Celebrate 100 Years -- The Cooperative Extension Centennial team has established a YouTube Channel to display and publicly archive videos related to the Centennial. Videos from institutions across the country can be shared here in one place. The newest post is the video that was used at Ag Outlook in February.  It is a montage of celebration videos across the country including a special happy birthday wish from Reba McEntire.   Check it out here:  If you have videos that you would like to be posted, please contact the Centennial team at

Extension Directors/Administrators to Meet with OMB – Impacts of federal funds obtained by Cooperative Extension with a special emphasis on capacity lines will be the focus of a one-hour meeting at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, 4.8.14 with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the PILD hotel in Alexandria, Virginia. Check the PILD program for location. Participants are encouraged to bring impact reports.

4-H Congressional Breakfast --In alignment with PILD, National 4-H Council is hosting a Congressional Breakfast on Wednesday, 4.9.14 from 8:30-9:30am in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.  Extension Directors and 1890 Extension Administrators received email invitations to attend and are asked to invite one or more of your members of Congress to attend the breakfast with you. In addition Directors and Administrators are encouraged to invite one 4-H youth who will be attending National 4-H Conference in DC that week to accompany you and your member of Congress to the breakfast. The purpose is to thank Congress for their support for 4-H and recognize 4-H alumni on the Hill. Due to space limitations, we must limit attendance by Cooperative Extension to those who have a Representative or Senator from their state attending the event. Please RSVP your participation at  If you have any questions, you may contact Kelly Baird at or 301-961-2852. Additional information was emailed to Extension Directors and Administrators as well as State 4-H Program Leaders.

FY 2015 Budget Proposals – For USDA Budget Summary, see; NIFA Congressional Budget Justifications see, and for the US Government Budget Material – posted by OMB -  Agriculture Chapter, see

CARET Names Liaison to ECOP – The Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET) has named Susan Crowell as the new liaison to ECOP. Crowell, editor of Farm and Dairy, Salem, OH, replaces Madeline Mellinger whose term expired.
New Climate Communications Initiative -- Climate Voices Science Speakers Network launches this spring as an initiative of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the United Nations Foundation. The goal is to bring scientists and their local communities together for dialogue on climate science. Materials for context-setting presentations will be offered as will coaching regarding how to begin conversations about climate change with fellow citizens. Volunteers can go to and create a profile. Once you create a profile, you will be kept up to date on Climate Voices progress including construction of the full web site, availability of presentation materials, webinar coaching, and plans for project launch. Questions can be directed to Cindy Schmidt