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Monday, May 21, 2018

Resources Shared on Inclusivity in 4-H Programs

ECOP Monday Minute will return on June 4, 2018. Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend!

On May 18 ECOP Chair Chuck Hibberd and Chair-elect Ed Jones moderated a conversation with Extension Directors and Administrators with a panel of Land-grant experts.
  • Joining Ed Jones, Kay Heidbreder, University Legal Counsel, Virginia Tech
  • Glenda Humiston, Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, and joining Glenda was Katherine Soule, Extension Director for SLO & SB Counties & Youth, Families & Communities Advisor
  • ECOP 4-H Leadership Committee Co-chair Andy Turner, State Leader for the 4-H Youth Development Program, Cornell University, and joining Andy was Melissa Schroeder, Youth and Family Leader, Schuyler County, and Eduardo Gonzalez, Jr. Statewide Diversity Specialist
Click Here to download resources from the conversation.
The link to the recorded presentation is provided below. Comments and questions are welcome at

Act Promptly: Extension System Addresses the Opioid Crisis - The Extension Opioid Crisis Response Workgroup is charged by ECOP to develop a nationwide strategic framework to help position the Land-grant system to address the opioid crisis. There are 2 sets of activities in motion:
  1. Develop a broader strategic framework for Extension activities in the behavioral health arena. Last week Directors and Administrators were invited to either complete the 15-minute “Extension Behavioral Health Survey” or share the survey link with the most knowledgeable behavioral health person in their organization. This survey is due by close of business on Wednesday, May 30.
  2. Provide Extension substance abuse program resources that can be quickly expanded across state lines. From May 24 through June 1, a series of webinars have been designed to share information about these programs. To learn more about either joining the webinars live, viewing the recordings, or offering assessment of the programs go to
Direct questions/concerns to Workgroup Coordinator Mark Skidmore, or Cooperative Extension/ECOP Executive Director Rick Klemme

Culture of Health Opportunities in 2019 Webinar June 6 - National 4-H Council, in partnership with the groundbreaking health initiatives of the America's Cooperative Extension System, is helping to drive transformational change to create a Culture of Health across 1,000 communities in America over the next 10 years. The overarching strategy of the Well-Connected Communities initiative is governed by a combination of sustainable structure, leadership tools and training intended to emphasize the power of communities organizing to lead change. Learn more about the Well-Connected Communities initiative and future funding opportunities by participating in the following webinar.  
   Readiness for Well-Connected Communities -
   June 6, 2018 Time: 1-2 pm EST
   Audience: Land-grant institutions interested in Wave 2 of change makers (2019)

Economic Research Service Highlighted - USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) anticipates trends and emerging issues in agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America and conducts high-quality, objective economic research to inform and enhance public and private decision making. ERS research and statistics serve those who routinely make or influence these decisions – White House and USDA policy officials, the U.S. Congress, program administrators/managers, Federal agencies, State and local governments, private agribusinesses, and farm and industry groups. All ERS information can be found at, including ERS research and outlook reports, Amber Waves magazine, data visualizations and data products. For recent research highlights, see ERS’s FY 2017 Annual Report: Illuminating the Issues: How ERS Research Informs Decisions. Stakeholders can stay apprised of what’s new at ERS by signing up for weekly e-mail updates or by following @USDA_ERS on Twitter.