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Monday, January 29, 2018

Klemme’s Appointment Extended

ECOP Chair Chuck Hibberd is pleased to announce that Rick Klemme has agreed, and the ECOP Executive Committee has unanimously approved, to extend his contract to work as the Executive Director of ECOP through April 2020. "Rick will continue the important work he is doing to advance Cooperative Extension nationally through strengthened relationships and partnerships with federal agencies as well as key organizations such as NC-FAR, NACo and many others. Rick’s ability to stay on top of a large number of conversations with APLU, BAA, BAC, CLP, ECOP BLC as well as Cornerstone and kglobal and insert our reactions, comments or position at the right time is critical to our success," says Hibberd. "Please join me in recognizing Dr. Rick Klemme for his continued commitment to Cooperative Extension in service to all of us."

Next Generation Extension – Learning for Leaders Webinar Series #3 - ECOP Chair Chuck Hibberd’s 3rd Web Conference, designed for Extension leaders across the country, takes place this Friday, February 2. The topic is how Cooperative Extension can contribute to the university-level mission of our Land-grant Universities. The intended audience, Extension Administrators and Directors, will address ways to align with, and contribute to, the university-level mission. Each is asked to come to this conference prepared to share one idea, a practice or a project they are engaged in, to advance the university-level mission of their institution. As a reminder, each Learning For Leaders conference is promptly archived for continued learning and engagement by the Cooperative Extension Section. Previous topics are Making a Difference with the Opioid Epidemic and 10 Big Ideas to Think Differently About Extension. The archive is perpetually available via the ECOP Monday Minute (see Learning Center menu on Right). For more information contact Rick Klemme.

Designathon One Update - A major change is coming to Designathon One. eXtension has been listening to feedback and are re-evaluating the regional location approach. As such, four events are being postponed (San Antonio, TX, Indianapolis, IN, Atlanta, GA, and Pittsburgh, PA) in order to provide more time to craft events around state needs and to consider requests for additional locations that have been received. The events still continuing as scheduled are: Portland, ORPortsmouth, NH, Madison, WI, and Ithaca, NY. For more information on this change and answers to questions that may arise, visit

Promoting an Energy Efficient America with Outreach Education - Consumption of energy affects many things, from food production to human health, and education to socioeconomic status. Global demand for energy is increasing in the face of limited resources, making our energy decisions of growing importance. The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Cooperative Extension System (CES)* support several directed outreach education programs toward energy efficiency in businesses, homes, and farms. Learn more about these programs and much more at Promoting an Energy Efficient America with Outreach Education (Infographic).