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Monday, December 17, 2018

ECOP Monday Minute - New Farm Bill

The ECOP Monday Minute will return January 7, 2019.
Enjoy a thirty-second video celebrating the work of ECOP in 2018. 

By overwhelming margins, the farm bill passed was passed by Congress last week. Many are looking for language regarding the House nutrition education provision moving Cooperative Extension into the lead role in providing nutrition education (combining EFNEP and SNAP-Ed). The short answer is that the conference committee included the essentially status quo Senate provision, leaving these programs as they are administered, with increased accountability for reporting and coordination across nutrition education programs. ECOP Chair Ed Jones notes, “Although the farm bill did not include the House’s Nutrition Education Provision, it contains much of what we sought for the 1890s and the inclusion of the 1994s in CYFAR and FRTEP. We look forward to working with NIFA on the Farm Bill implementation.”
     CLICK HERE for summary provided by consultant Cornerstone Government Affairs
     CLICK HERE for media release by APLU.

SAVE THE DATE: Next Generation Extension - Learning for Leaders 1/4/19 - Growing Reach and Relevance Through a Strong 4-H Brand is the title of the first Learning for Leaders session for 2019. On Friday, January 4, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, Extension Directors and Administrators receive the opportunity to renew their appreciation for 4-H Grows as well as share comments and questions on the value of a unified 4-H brand and national marketing program. Please join ECOP Chair Ed Jones and Jen McIver, Vice President, Field Marketing and Partnerships, National 4-H Council, and other colleagues from the Section. Stay tuned to email for Zoom connection detail.

National Experiment Station Section Diversity and Inclusion Award - ESCOP is seeking nominations for the National Experiment Station Section Diversity and Inclusion Award. Extension Directors and Administrators are encouraged to share this announcement widely. The award recognizes experiment station research initiatives that support the creation of diverse and inclusive efforts and is dedicated to individuals, teams or organizations that go beyond meeting EEO/AA program requirements. CLICK HERE to view/download nomination detail. The award comes with paid travel to the Annual ESS/SAES/ARD meeting, recognition with a commemorative plaque and a $1,000 cash award. Questions about the nomination should be forwarded to Rick Rhodes, Executive Vice Chair, ESCOP Diversity Catalyst Committee ( or 401-874-2468). Rick is accepting nominations by 8:00 PM EDT on March 29, 2019 at the email address provided.

CYFAR Annual Report Available - The Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) Program is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to support collaborative programming with the nation’s land-grant college and university system. Although 1862 and 1890 land-grant colleges and universities are eligible, the institutions within the land-grant system collaborated with some 1994 land-grant colleges. This collaborative programming provided positive outcomes for children, youth, and families placed at risk and served by those institutions. The 2017 CYFAR Annual Report features the highlights of these programmatic activities, outcomes, and impacts.