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Monday, September 28, 2020

Annual Passing of Gavel and 2020 Report!

At the 2020 NEDA Cooperative Extension Section meeting on September 24th, the ECOP Chair gavel was officially passed from Mark Latimore, Jr., Associate Dean for Extension at Fort Valley State University to Christopher Watkins, Professor and Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Dr. Watkins’ vision as ECOP Chair is to ensure that the ECOP Strategic Directions is a living document that guides the Committee in a fashion that enhances relevance to its membership, and provides outcomes for the Cooperative Extension System that advance the goals of delivering evidence-based education to all U.S. citizens. Our sincere appreciation for the outstanding leadership and commitment to the mission of Extension by Dr. Latimore over the past year. 

A year in review was provided by Dr. Latimore. The complete 4-page 2020 Cooperative Extension Section Annual Report is available here to view and download. Watch for progress of the detailed 2021 Action Plan by Dr. Watkins here in the ECOP Monday Minute throughout the year.

Carolyn Williams, Prairie View A&M University, and Ed Jones, Virginia Tech, were recognized for their service to ECOP, the body of decision makers for the Cooperative Extension System. Please welcome 3 new members of ECOP. Left - Right below are Rosalind Dale, North Carolina A&T State University, Brent Hales, Penn State, and Laura Perry Johnson, University of Georgia:

The complete list of ECOP members is located here

Invitation to the Mental/Behavioral Health - A National Summit and Resource Gathering Opportunity for CFERR Members and their Stakeholders: In this unprecedented time, we are witnessing mental health challenges playing out across our nation, impacting all communities and creating stress and hardship across all sectors of society. Making available science-based mental health resources to our communities and institutions has never been more important. On behalf of Noelle Cockett, President, Utah State University and Commission on Food, Environment and Renewable Resources Executive Committee Chair, you are invited to attend the CFERR National Virtual Mental Health Summit on Oct. 1 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET with a focus on what the five CFERR Boards are doing within their disciplines to address concerns about mental health and well-being across their sectors. Please register and join us for this important and timely event.

Association of Extension Administrators (AEA) Executive Committee Launches Newsletter - Extension Today is a monthly newsletter that highlights Cooperative Extension and provides updates across the 1890 land-grant system. It is published by the Association of Extension Administrators and the Marketing and Communications Committee. Contact for more information, or to join the mailing list.