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Monday, May 19, 2014

ECOP Monday Minute 5.19.14

In observance of Memorial Day, ECOP Monday Minute will return on 6.2.14. 

Extension Centennial Convocation Video and Photos – The ECOP Extension Centennial Force, Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Frankie Gould, Louisiana State University AgCenter, encourage you to continue the celebration by: 
• Viewing key segments of the May 8th convocation in Washington, DC at http://www.windrosemedia.com/windstream/ext100years/ and photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHsjY2FQZW
• Watching the 4-H Clovers & Company from Georgia perform at the reception May 7th in Washington, DC at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVPKAIhslyY&list=UUjNa4QiDEehsw74V0pMfQMQ and viewing the reception photos at www.Facebook.com/aplunews.
• Checking the video prepared by the University of Missouri at http://youtu.be/MDwv5JOVQYU

Search the Monday Minute – The ECOP Monday Minute is designed to be a quick communications summary for Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators on key actions and announcements of interest. In addition to the direct mailing to your e-box, the Monday Minute is posted to a searchable blog at http://ecopmondayminute.blogspot.com/. The search function is located in the upper right. 

USDA-ERS Focuses on Extension CentennialChoices, an on-line magazine produced by USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) posted an article to mark the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act. See http://www.choicesmagazine.org/choices-magazine/submitted-articles/cooperative-extension-system-trends-and-economic-impacts-on-us-agriculture. Additional articles are planned in the next couple of weeks related to land-grant universities and rural issues. To subscribe to the free publication, use the tab at the top at the web site. 

Extension Volunteerism Conference – Doug Swanson, USDA-NIFA National Program Leader for Professional Development for Staff and Volunteers, asks you to save the date for the 2015 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism May 4-7, 2015 in Portland, ME. This conference is for any Extension professional that works with volunteers or manages volunteer programs. A call for proposals will come out later this year. 

Natural Resources RoadmapSee www.aplu.org/NaturalResourcesRoadmap for the new release of six grand challenges facing the United States for sustainability, water, climate change, agriculture, energy and education. A team of 35 scientists authored the roadmap after receiving significant feedback from researchers at public and land-grant institutions across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture sponsored the report through a grant to Oregon State University, working in partnership with APLU.

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