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Monday, February 6, 2017

National Executive Director Announced

Rick Klemme, Executive
Director, Cooperative
ECOP Chair Fred Shlutt is honored to announce that Rick Klemme has agreed to serve as the ‎ECOP Executive Director (ED), beginning February 6th. Rick comes with experience as Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension in Wisconsin (2009-2016). He is a former Chair of ECOP Budget and Legislative Committee and Co-chaired the ECOP/ESCOP Health Implementation Team. Rick earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Illinois State University, and his master’s and PhD degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University. Rick will serve for up to 9 months or until a new ED is selected and conduct the affairs of the ECOP National Office located at the APLU in Washington, DC with Staff Associate Sandy Ruble. The ECOP ED Search committee is regrouping to begin a second application process. ECOP is grateful for Rick's willingness to fill this vital position. Rick may be contacted at or 202-478-6029.

Jason Henderson,
Purdue University
Extension Director on Capitol Hill – Jason Henderson, Purdue University will be featured at a National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research (NC-FAR) Capitol Hill Lunch/Learn event designed for Congressional staffers on Monday, 2.13.17. The "science to application" presentation is called, Pressures on Repayment and Spending: Cooperative Extension translates scientific research to help farmers and ranchers; see Please encourage Congressional staffers to attend.

SAVE THE DATES: Cooperative Extension + Robert Wood Johnson Foundation = Building a Culture of Health - A 2-part webinar series is scheduled for all of Extension to learn more about a new partnership between Cooperative Extension and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purpose of the 10-year partnership is to build a Culture of Health in communities across America in 2017 and beyond. In March, Cooperative Extension Section institutions can apply. Five will be selected as pilots this summer to launch the program. All institutions will have the chance to engage in other ways, including professional development opportunities. Webinar series dates are:
  • Thursday, March 9, 2:00 PM ET Details about the partnership
  • Thursday, April 6, 2:00 PM ET Details about applying
Look for more information through future posts in ECOP Monday Minute for how to register. To learn more about the partnership, CLICK HERE for an 8 minute recorded presentation by ECOP Past-chair Michelle Rodgers, Associate Dean and Director, University of Delaware Extension. The webinar mentioned in the clip refers to the the series listed above. These sessions will be recorded and made available for sharing.  

Extension Resources on Opioid Epidemic - The ECOP Program Committee sought input from Extension directors/administrators on the potential need for a rapid response team to address the opioid epidemic. While the 5-question survey results did not warrant the creation of a rapid response team at this time, resources collected in the survey have been shared on eXtension at