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Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 NERAOC Conference Offers Important Sessions for Extension Administrators and Directors

This year’s National Extension and Research Administrative Officers Conference (NERAOC) will feature important presentations and discussion opportunities on various topics including time and effort reporting, Plan of Work/Reeport updates, and many other interesting topics.  Register prior to March 16 for an early discount. Online registration ends on April 15. Conference lodging is at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. The link to the hotel block is: To reserve a room on dates outside of the conference dates (April 23-26), please call 1-800-253-3590.

Next Generation Extension - Learning for Leaders Series #3 - On February 2, ECOP Chair Chuck Hibberd moderated a dialogue with the Cooperative Extension Section focusing on contributions to university-level mission of Land-grant Universities. Directors and Administrators shared examples of mission alignments, methods of engagement with upper administration, rewards/benefits for contributing to higher education mission, engaging students, challenges/barriers to alignment, and trepidation/resistance for transitioning to more comprehensive involvement. It is not too late to be part of this dialogue. The recording is now available at Written contributions are also available. Send more contributions to

2018 Program Development Impact Collaborative Update - As Cooperative Extension professionals are increasingly asked to co-create solutions with partners and communities, a unique approach in program planning emerges. Karen Vines, Virginia Tech, has been selected as the 2018 National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP)/eXtension program design/development fellow. Karen will serve as a key informant for the 2018 Impact Collaborative in Program Development and focus on helping Extension professionals use engagement in their program planning. Read more at

2017 Census of Agriculture Ends TODAY-NASS to Follow-up with Producers - The 2017 Census of Agriculture by mail or online at ends today. Over the next few weeks, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will follow-up with producers who missed the deadline through additional mailings, emails, phone calls, and personal appointments. Please help NASS spread the word that it is not too late to respond! Without being represented in the data, hardworking producers are at risk of being underserved. NASS is required by federal law to keep all information confidential, use the data only for statistical purposes, and only publish in aggregate form to prevent disclosing the identity of any individual producer or farm operation. Data release is scheduled for February 2019. For more information visit For questions or assistance, producers can call toll-free (888) 424-7828.