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Monday, July 18, 2016

TRUST: Are You Registered?

Author, business strategist
David Horsager
What’s the economic value of trust in the workplace? During the joint meeting of the Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Sections September 19-21, 2016 at Jackson Lake Lodge, WY, those focusing on Extension are invited to an exciting professional development opportunity 10:00- Noon, Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Co-sponsored by ECOP and the eXtension Foundation, David Horsager, renowned speaker, business strategist and author of the popular book The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line will engage Extension professionals in a fast-paced, interactive professional development opportunity. Registrants will be provided pre-work for the session, including a self-assessment, plus encouragement to read the book and view a video at All details about registration and lodging for the total meeting are at Early bird registration ends July 31, 2016. There is no separate registration for The Trust Edge professional development opportunity. 

National Leadership in San Antonio This Week – The APLU Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA), together with the Board on Human Sciences, meets this week in San Antonio, TX. The BAA includes committees on organization and policy (COP) for Extension, Experiment Station, Academic Programs and International Programs, plus the Administrative Heads (primarily deans of agriculture). The BAA is part of the APLU Commission on Food, Environment and Renewable Resources. Through a facilitated process, the BAA will continue its work to develop a public value statement, which is expected to be finalized by communicators before use with targeted partners, the public, and others early in the new year. ECOP meets in conjunction with Joint COPs. ECOP has a robust agenda including discussions on Extension as a national system, private resource mobilization, efforts with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and structure of the National 4-H Council Board of Trustees. Wrapping up Joint COPs is a meeting of the APLU Board on Agriculture Assembly Policy Board of Directors (PBD). Extension is represented by Daryl Buchholz, Kansas State University. For the Extension report to the PBD, see

Competency in the City Webinar 7.21.16 – Register at for a 3:00 p.m. ET webinar this week, July 21st, to learn results of a study on the unique aspects of serving the Extension mission in urban communities. Using competency identification, Extension can improve its ability to attract, develop, retain, and structure competent talent. The webinar also will include an update on the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Professional Development action committee as it works to establish best practices for developing the capacity and competency of urban Extension educators, specialists, and administrators working with multi-stakeholder agendas. Bringing increased attention to Extension urban programming, while maintaining a strong rural presence, is a 2016 ECOP goal. 

National 4-H Council Summer Update Check out the National 4-H Council Summer Update It includes timely information specific to the Grow True Leaders Campaign, results of the spring Paper Clover Promotion, 2016 4-H National Youth Science Day design challenge: Drone Discovery and more. Please share with others including county Extension educators/agents. For more information or questions, contact Kate Caskin at

USDA-NIFA Capacity Funds Study – USDA-NIFA invites partners to view webinar recordings on the evaluation of its Capacity Programs portfolio, which represents nearly half of NIFA’s budget. In process is an evidence-based analysis of the value and return on investment of these programs. It is expected the project will result in a showcase of the impacts these programs make on food, agriculture, natural resource, and human sciences issues facing the Nation. TEConomy, a contractor, is conducting the evaluation in collaboration with APLU. To view the webinars, go to Send comments to