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Monday, September 16, 2019

2019 Cooperative Extension Section Annual Business Meeting Agenda

The Cooperative Extension Section will convene during the Joint ESS/CES-NEDA Meeting at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University for a full morning of business on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. ECOP Chair Ed Jones, Virginia Tech, will preside. Participants will engage in conversations regarding:
   - 2020 Budget
   - Executive Director Search
   - Opportunities with APLU’s Commission on Economic and Community Engagement
   - 4-H Name and Emblem
   - Well-Connected Communities Wave 2
   - Cooperative Extension as a System
The meeting will conclude with recognitions and the passing of the gavel from Ed Jones to Mark Latimore, Jr., Fort Valley State University. For more information contact Rick Klemme at

2020 Funding Opportunity for Pesticide Safety Education Programs - The eXtension Foundation is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEP) for 2020. This opportunity is made available through a cooperative agreement with the EPA to establish and administer a national sub-award program in support of pesticide applicator education, and training for certified applicators of restricted use pesticides. The National Pesticide Safety Education Center will continue to support as an unfunded collaborator with eXtension to lead the professional development part of the project and to assist PSEPs in enhancing some of the educational products they develop as part of the expectations attached to the funding. All Land-Grant University PSEP programs are encouraged to apply. Learn more here.

Don’t Miss Out on the Opportunity to Save on the New 2019 4-H NYSD Game Changers Kits - For a limited time, receive one free 4-H National Youth Science Day Game Changers kit for every two purchased at Co-developed by West Virginia University and Google, NYSD teaches kids ages 8-14 how to use computer science to create games, solve problems and engage with topics they’re passionate about. The challenge kit activities do not require Internet access. 4-H professionals, volunteers and parents should order now to ensure you have your kits in time for the NYSD celebratory kick-off on October 1st. Coding events will continue to take place throughout the month of October. 4-H National Youth Science Day was created by National 4-H Council, USDA-NIFA and Cooperative Extension to ignite an early interest in STEM learning among young people. Visit to learn more about 4-H National Youth Science Day, download event resources and view additional training materials. Don’t forget to spread the word with the new Game Changers promotional video.

Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband - The digital economy accounted for 6.9 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, or $1.35 trillion, according to a recent survey by the Department of Commerce. Understanding how to measure and communicate the benefits of broadband is critical to building support for efforts to expand connectivity and use. Join BroadbandUSA and leading U.S. researchers to discuss their research into the economic impact of broadband deployment and adoption in the United States in a webinar on September 18 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET. To learn more and pre-register for the webinar go to registration link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Culturally-Grounded Workshop Scheduled for October

1994, 1862 and 1890 institution leaders and staff are invited to attend the workshop, Culturally-Grounded Programming: Sharing and Learning among 1994 and 1862 Land Grant Institutions, October 25, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. This workshop represents continuing dialog between 1994 and 1862 leaders on how both parties can learn from each other, develop trusting relationships, and increase collaboration on programs of mutual interest and benefit. The workshop is a pre-conference session to the FALCON (First Americans Land Grant Consortium) Annual Conference, October 26-28, 2019. FALCON is the professional association of 1994 land-grant administrators, faculty, extension educators and students. The Tribal colleges will also celebrate 25 years as 1994 land-grant institutions. See FALCON 2019 Registration for conference agenda and registration. For more information contact John Phillips, or Ashley Stokes

Strategic Opportunity in Consumer Literacy: Trust in Food - On September 6, 2019, Ed Jones, moderated his last Next Generation Extension Learning for Leaders as ECOP Chair. Nate Birt, Director, Development & Programming, Trust in Food, was featured. Directors and administrators who joined the meeting identified some opportunities to explore, initiate or expand programming through Trust in Food. The recording of the conversation is now available at Learning for Leaders YouTube Channel and the slides may be found here. To answer questions, contact Nate Birt.

Coming Together for Racial Understanding Workshop Update - The second Coming Together for Racial Understanding workshop is scheduled for October 7-11. Due to high demand and a technical difficulty resulting in delayed launch of registration website, the late fee for workshop registration has been waived. All registrations will be charged the early bird rate through September 15, 2019, the cutoff date. Please share this information within your respective networks so that team members who are interested can finalize their registrations.
 • Flyer describing the event: 
 • Event web page: 
 • Project site:
Principal contact is Rachel Welborn,

FREE Virtual Conference Promotes Connections and Collaborations Working with Military Families - The Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) announces a FREE 3-day virtual conference, “Relationships for Readiness,” starting on Tuesday, September 17 - Thursday, September 19 that will focus on the Family Readiness System. MFLN invites educators working with military families across the country to begin rethinking their work with military families by re-aligning themselves as connected & collaborative professionals. Certificates of completion as well as continuing education credits from multiple disciplines will be available throughout the conference. For more information and to RVSP go to: Extension Directors and Administrators are encouraged to participate and share this opportunity with interested colleagues!

New APLU Position, Director of Congressional & Government Affairs, Agriculture & International Development - This new position and partnership was recently discussed in July at the Joint COPs meeting. The primary focus for this position is to work within APLU Offices of Congressional & Governmental Affairs, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and International Programs. The Director will be responsible for advancing the association’s priorities to enhance higher education’s role in agricultural development, both domestically and globally, through the annual budget and appropriations process, appropriate authorization legislation, and with key agencies such as USDA and USAID. To learn more CLICK HERE. Preference will be given to applicants responding by September 13.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Joint ESS/CES-NEDA Meeting is Just Around the Corner

The ECOP Monday Minute returns on Monday, September 9, 2019. 
Have a safe Labor Day weekend!

The Joint ESS/CES-NEDA meeting begins 4 weeks from today! Land-grant Extension and Experiment Station Administrators and Directors will convene in Nashville, TN on September 23-26. Joint sessions topics include design thinking, NIFA partnership, personnel management best practices, and value proposition-creating client loyalty. The ECOP and ESCOP Budget and Legislative Committees will meet for a noon luncheon meeting on the 24th. For partners or loved ones traveling with faculty to Nashville, Guest Registration ($175; individual's personal email address and emergency contact required) is available to attend evening events. Click Here to learn what is included and to register. To view the most recent draft agenda, please go to Mark calendars now for next year - 2020 NEDA is September 22-25!

Learning for Leaders Update - Stay tuned to email for more details on next conversation topic, Trust in Food: rebuilding public confidence in the U.S. agri-food value chain, on Friday, September 6, 2019, 3-4:00 p.m. ET.
Connection details:
      Dial by your location
            646-876-9923 (New York)
            669-900-6833 (San Jose)
      Meeting ID: 129 450 710#

eXtension Seeking Partner & Development Specialist - On behalf of the eXtension Board of Directors, the eXtension Foundation is seeking an individual to design and implement strategies for external and internal partnerships and fund-development relationships. Outside of a longstanding and meaningful contact list of their own, the candidate will be able to identify and execute on unique business opportunities that exist in collaboration among Corporations, Foundations, and nonprofit organizations. In partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, this position is responsible for partnership development and the development of additional funding for eXtension and the Cooperative Extension System (CES). Learn more and apply here.

Farm Foundation Catalyst Newsletter - The Farm Foundation's mission is to connect leaders in farming, business, academia, organizations and government through proactive, rigorous debate and objective issue analysis. The Farm Foundation produces a newsletter that highlights forums and conferences on various agricultural topics. Go here for the most recent newsletter and/or to sign up.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Cooperative Extension System/ECOP Seeks Executive Director

The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) is accepting applications for the Cooperative Extension System/ECOP Executive Director. The complete announcement is found at The full-time position will be based in Washington, DC. Applications will be reviewed by the Executive Director Search Advisory Committee when received and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by September 27, 2019.

Opportunity to Host the National Health Outreach Conference - The call for proposals to host the 2020 National Health Outreach Conference (NHOC) is open! The National Health Outreach Conference (formerly Priester Conference) was established after ECOP adopted the Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health and Wellness in 2014. The NHOC was first held in 2015 and has been hosted annually since its inception by a land-grant partner. The conference was renamed for the “purpose of greater integration of health stakeholders and current cultural change.” Please contact Ahlishia Shipley for the proposal application and additional information. Applications are due September 9, 2019.

Ask Extension, Applying Artificial Intelligence to Extension - An initial landscape investigation and overview was completed by eXtension's 2019 Artificial Intelligence Fellow, David Warren, Oklahoma State University. This investigation looks at one solution to the problem of information fragmentation and “findability” of research-based answers with local relevance: the creation of a distributed Ask Extension data registry and search interfaces. Learn more and read the full report here. Direct questions regarding the report to David Warren at

Cooperative Extension and Data Science: A Strategy for Boosting Rural Economic Prosperity - In June 2018, the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded a workshop at North Carolina State University in partnership with Research Triangle Institute to explore leveraging Cooperative Extension’s structure to bring Data Science capability to rural areas to enhance economic prosperity. The workshop report identifies concrete next steps, follow-on efforts and recommendations on how to leverage land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension to transfer data science education, activities and literacy to the nation. The report is available at