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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 and photos at
• Watching the 4-H Clovers & Company from Georgia perform at the reception May 7th in Washington, DC at and viewing the reception photos at
• Checking the video prepared by the University of Missouri at

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 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 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 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.