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Food, Environment, & Renewable Resources : : Board on Agriculture Assembly : : Cooperative Extension Section
Welcome! The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) is the representative leadership and governing body of Cooperative Extension, the nationwide transformational education system operating through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state, and local governments. The primary purpose of this site is to provide information about the activities of ECOP for directors and administrators of state Cooperative Extension programs, and partners, while serving as a repository for ECOP members. The framework of this site has recently changed in an effort to make resources more accessible. If you are looking for a specific piece of information, which may not yet have been transferred to the new framework, or have suggestions of what would be helpful to you, please let us know at email@example.com.
2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of Cooperative Extension. Connect to the toolkit, and other updates at www.extension100years.net. Engage in the Centennial discussion in social media: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest. Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Frankie Gould, Louisiana State University AgCenter, co-chair the Task Force.
One of the goals of the Task Force, co-chaired by Michelle Rodgers, University of Delaware and Cindy Reeves, USDA-NIFA, is to identify priorities for Cooperative Extension health programs for the next 3-5 years. A final report will be made during the 2014 National Extension Directors and Administrators Meeting.
2013 GOAL: 100% participation by all institutions. Learn more about this ECOP supported task force, and how to enter impact statements and data at: www.excellenceinextension.org. Joe Zublena, North Carolina State University, chairs the Implementation Team.
A joint initiative of the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy and ECOP, the CMC guides a coordinated, targeted educational effort to increase awareness of the Agricultural Experiment Stations and the Cooperative Extension System. The CMC is co-chaired by Scott Reed, Oregon State University and Nancy Cox, University of Kentucky.
Early registration deadline for NEDA, offered this year in conjunction with the National eXtension Conference March 24-27 in Sacramento, runs through March 3. See http://muconf.missouri.edu/NeXC-NEDA2014/ for details. This is the one opportunity each year for Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators to engage in a dialogue about national opportunities affecting state and local programming. In addition to joint sessions with eXtension featuring keynote speakers, the NEDA and Cooperative Extension Business Meeting will consider such topics as improving health in America, building Extension’s human capacity, the new 4-H National Leadership Team, resource opportunities, and telling the impact story. The ECOP Executive Committee which plans NEDA under the direction of immediate past ECOP Chair, Daryl Buchholz, encourages representation from all institutions in the Cooperative Extension Section. Join us in Sacramento for Launching Cooperative Extension’s Next 100 Years: Celebrate, Innovate, Engage.
Tweets for every day leading up to the Extension Centennial Convocation May 8, 2014 are underway. See the information at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/administration/about_us/chancellors_office/extension/resources/100-Days-of-Tweeting-the-ext100years.htm and use the hashtag #Ext100Years to begin to connect nationally. This effort will have a unique Twitter # to be used starting on May 8th with a desire to make it trend. For more information, contact Bill Woodrum (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Frankie Gould (email@example.com).
The 2014 Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) conference, an annual effort of the Joint Council on Extension Professionals (JCEP), is April 6-10, 2014 in Alexandria, VA. This conference brings together Extension Directors and Administrators, Extension educators, and volunteers, including youth, to discuss cutting edge issues prior to visits on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies. Plan now to identify your delegation – both volunteers and staff; determine the talking points for your state in order to have effective visits, and confirm registration. A special feature will be the celebration of the Extension Centennial. For details and to register, see http://jcep.org/pild-conference/2014-pild-registration.
Excitement continues to grow for activities across the country related to the Cooperative Extension Centennial. Invitations have been extended for the Capitol Hill Reception Wednesday evening, 3.5.14. Plans are being finalized for the Convocation on May 7-8, 2014 in Washington, DC and registration will soon be announced. Please keep up on all the latest activities by tracking Centennial progress on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Extension100Years You can also follow updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ext100Years Pictures and videos are also being archived on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ext100years/ and a YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9GyqMs0FKlUKBTxtcyg04w/videos. If you have media to add or suggestions, please contact Bill Woodrum for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compared to their peers, 4-H'ers are nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities. This is one of several powerful statistics included in a new report -- The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. For more than a decade, preeminent youth development scholars, Drs. Richard M. Lerner and Jacqueline V. Lerner and the team at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, partnered with faculty at more than 20 land-grant universities and colleges to conduct this ground-breaking research. This scientific research shows that the 4-H approach to high-quality positive youth development works. See http://www.4-h.org/about/youth-development-research/positive-youth-development-study/.
Make plans to join your colleagues and meet new ones at the APLU Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Summer Meeting, June 8-11, 2014, in San Diego. This year, CEO will be meeting jointly with the APLU Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) and the University of California, San Diego. More information is available at http://www.aplu.org/page.aspx?pid=255 (click on 2014 summer meeting).
Register at http://muconf.missouri.edu/NeXC-NEDA2014/ for the National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) Meeting, planned by the ECOP Executive Subcommittee, March 24-27 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento in Sacramento, CA. NEDA will meet jointly with the National eXtension Conference (NeXC). These two events will highlight shared programming and independent business meetings and networking. NEDA will begin Monday evening with a reception and continue through midday Wednesday. An optional session Monday afternoon will provide tips and tools for engaging with social media. ECOP will meet Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Other NEDA participants are welcome to attend additional NeXC programming through Thursday.
Appointments for ECOP and its various committees and task forces have been made by Cooperative Extension regions as shown in the 2014 directory at https://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=4977. ECOP Chair Jimmy Henning, University of Kentucky, together with immediate past chair, Daryl Buchholz, Kansas State University, sincerely thank those who completed terms of service and those who have accepted new responsibilities. ECOP’s key role is representing Cooperative Extension as a national system.
The pre-registration rate for the 2014 APLU Annual Meeting, November 2-4 in Orlando, FL, runs through January 31, 2014. To register, go to http://www.cvent.com/d/t4q93z.
Cornerstone Government Affairs has approved resolution language commemorating the 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension which can be found at the bottom of the Toolkit page at www.extension100years.net. Cornerstone will work to identify sponsors to introduce the resolution in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in 2014. The language can be used as presented or adapted for use with state legislatures. If you have questions, contact Vernie Hubert at Cornerstone, email@example.com.
See http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/SNAPEdWaveII_Summary.pdf for the study released December 2013.
The ECOP Centennial Task Force, chaired by Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Frankie Gould, Louisiana State University AgCenter, asks you to mark your calendars for May 7-8, 2014 for the Cooperative Extension Centennial Convocation, held in Washington, D.C. starting the evening of May 7 and running through the afternoon of May 8. Registration and hotel information will be available soon. Please plan to bring a delegation from your state to honor the Cooperative Extension System.
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