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Monday, June 29, 2015

New eXtension CEO begins July 1; Member Documents Now Available

ECOP Monday Minute will return 7.13.15. 
Happy Independence Day, USA!

New eXtension CEO begins July 1; Member Documents Now Available – On Wednesday July 1, Christine Geith, Ph.D. will officially assume her role as the Chief Executive Officer for the eXtension Foundation, a function of Cooperative Extension nationwide. Chris comes to eXtension from Michigan State University where she has been Assistant Provost and Executive Director of MSU Global since 2001. Prior to that, she served as the Director, Distance Learning and Co-Director, Educational Technology Center, Rochester Institute of Technology from 1991 to 2001. More about Chris can be found here:

Also available now are documents of importance to eXtension Foundation members: The eXtension Foundation Membership Handbook and the eXtension Foundation Bylaws. The Membership Handbook and the eXtension Foundation Bylaws were part of the eXtension Strategic Planning work. They have been approved by the outgoing eXtension Governing Committee and the new eXtension Foundation Board of Directors, which reports through ECOP. Members are Dennis Calvin, Northeast Region, chair; Fred Schlutt, Western Region, Vernon Jones, 1890 Region, Doug Steele, Southern Region, and Jason Henderson, North Central Region; Jane Schuchardt, ECOP and Jane Clary Loveless, USDA/NIFA, ex-officio. Benefits of eXtension Foundation membership can be found in the Membership Handbook.  

Extension Highlighted in Memorial Lecture – Iowa State University President Steven Leath delivered the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture last week in Washington, DC. His comments on the economic importance of pursuing a unifying message to make agriculture a national priority embraced Cooperative Extension’s work of translating science for practical application. Further, he offered full support for the both/and of federal competitive and capacity funds, which is an advocacy priority for ECOP. The lecture proceedings and video will be posted later this summer on the AAAS website at

NACAA to Mark 100 Years – The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) will celebrate a century of Cooperative Extension educational excellence at its annual meeting July 12-16, 2015 in Sioux Falls, SD. Barry Dunn, Director, South Dakota State University Extension, and Karla Trautman, Associate Director, will welcome members. More information is available at

Journal Features Program Development Model – A special issue of the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension (Vol. 3, No. 2) focuses on the Cooperative Extension Program Development Model. This peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal is designed for academicians, educators, and practitioners and bridges research and practice. Topics addressed include human development (e.g., early care and education, youth development); family studies; agricultural education; leadership development; Cooperative Extension; health and wellness; apparel, textiles, and merchandising; agricultural economics; nutrition and dietetics; family resource management; and program planning and evaluation. 

Acknowledge USDA-NIFA Funding – USDA’s Office of the General Council (OGC) approved an acknowledgement statement for USDA-NIFA awards. NIFA’s Office of Grants and Financial Management will add this same statement to the award terms as appropriate. OGC also recommends that the use of NIFA’s identifier is in accordance with standards and guidelines established by USDA’s Office of Communications in Departmental Regulation 1430-002. Contact with any questions.

AGree Releases Research Report – See for the new report on Research & Innovation: Strengthening Agricultural Research. Included are nine recommendations on how to maximize and increase the public research dollar to effectively meet grand challenges related to water, food and economic security. The press release is here.