Bill Hoffman
Executive Director, Cooperative Extension System/ECOP

Sandy Ruble
Assistant Director, Cooperative Extension System/ECOP

Roger Rennekamp
Extension Health Director
Cooperative Extension/ECOP

National Cooperative Extension Awards


The following awards are offered by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) in partnership with USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The call for nominations begin February 1 and deadline for nominations is May 1, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Honorees are selected by the end of July and will travel to the APLU Annual Meeting in November to receive their awards.

For more information on the awards, please visit awards.extension.org

  • The Individual Awards for Excellence in Extension, recognizes Cooperative Extension professionals who excel at Extension programming, make a positive impact on constituents served, and provide visionary leadership for the System. It is designed to focus national attention on the role of Extension – one that is fundamental to the lifelong education and development of residents in communities around the nation.
  • The Team Award for Excellence in Extension, recognizes excellence of an Extension team in performing the work of Extension research, technical assistance, and outreach education.
  • The Award for Diversity is designed to focus national attention on innovative models and techniques that ensure that Extension programs equitably engage all appropriate audiences in an effective manner. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge accomplishments of Cooperative Extension Professionals in achieving organizational changes that support diversity, pluralism and innovation in programs that impact our Extension audiences.

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