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Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 PILD

 ECOP Monday Minute will return 2.27.17 due to Presidents' Day Holiday

Registration is open at for the 2017 Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) conference scheduled for April 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, VA (early registration ends March 3rd). The theme for 2017 PILD is Relationships, Relevance, Results. The purpose of PILD is for Extension administrators, professionals, and volunteers to improve their skills in telling Extension’s story about local program impacts. In addition participants will get up-to-date information about the Farm Bill, Federal budgets, NIFA focus areas and grants, and how to effectively meet with members of Congress and other decision makers. A pre-conference webinar will be held on March 10 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. Log-in information will be emailed to those registered for PILD. It will also be recorded for later viewing. For additional conference information see: PILD 2017 Promo1.pdf. To view a short promotional video click on this link:

UPDATE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partnership Webinar Series - There is now a way to sign up for the 2-part webinar series introduced last week in the ECOP Monday Minute. To register: CLICK HERE. The dates are:
  • March 9 @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time: focus on the partnership and goals 
  • April 6 @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time: learn more about the request for application process to be a pilot state 
For more information about the partnership, CLICK HERE for a presentation recorded by Dr. Michelle Rodgers, University of Delaware.

Big Data Is Coming to Cooperative Extension - eXtension fellows, Justin Griffis Smith, Washington State University, and Christian Schmieder, University of Wisconsin, are organizing a workshop for Extension professionals to learn more about tools and methods for analyzing qualitative data for climate resilient agriculture. Justin’s fellowship is a joint effort between GODAN (Global Open Data for Ag and Nutrition) and the eXtension Foundation. Both fellows are looking at solutions to use Big Data methods to make available information more meaningful and actionable. Read more on the workshop.  

Southern Region Middle Managers Conference - The Southern Region would like to invite all land-grant universities to send participants to an upcoming Middle Managers Conference, to be held in Asheville NC, March 13-16, 2017. This year's event will feature world-class training from the internationally-acclaimed Center for Creative Leadership ( The Tuesday session will be specifically designed to build critical skills in the areas effective leadership, giving and receiving feedback, and developing a leadership culture for all. In addition, sister institutions will share best practices in the areas of onboarding, County Extension Director competencies, 4-H Agent retention, and more. To learn more and register for the Conference, go to this link: