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UPDATE: eXtension Strategic Planning Moving Forward with Disruptive E-nnovation

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eXtension Strategic Planning Committee Chair Keith Smith, Ohio State University, reports four targets for the new eXtension:

·Innovation as the engine to move and keep digital Cooperative Extension in the forefront of open access online learning;
·Engagement and retention of new and existing audiences, and digital professional development of Extension educators to bring new opportunities to Extension, enhance use of local resources, and increase institution’s capacities;
·Leadership and management structured as a nonprofit cooperative to support the flexibility, innovation and entrepreneurship needed in fast paced digital environments; and
·Entrepreneurship supporting a new “investment” business model that includes institutional choices to invest, public and private national and global partnerships, fees for services and leveraging revenue streams.

Smith said the eXtension Strategic Planning Committee is taking into account the pace of technology advancements to mobile devices, young and old engaging in digital personal learning networks, and that forty-five percent of those seeking information go to a friend first.

Details will be provided to the Extension Committee on Organization & Policy (ECOP) at its July 22, 2014 meeting in San Diego by Smith, together with Elbert Dickey, eXtension director, and Dennis Calvin, eXtension Governing Committee Chair, Pennsylvania State University, with additional information provided to Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators shortly thereafter.

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ECOP Thanks All Celebrating Centennial Convocation, Carter Honors CES in Video

Frankie Gould, LSU Ag Center introduces the Honorable Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture.

Frankie Gould, LSU Ag Center introduces the Honorable Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture.

The ECOP Extension Centennial Task Force sends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make the Centennial Convocation on May 8, 2014 a success. From speakers to flag bearers to convocation participants in Washington, DC and online, you made celebrating 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives a success.

Original photos from the convocation, including the Parade of States, are available for download at https://aplu.sharefile.com/d/873866241bc64c34. Note: File is nearly 1G in size.

A limited number of program booklets remain from the Convocation. This booklet https://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=5220 includes a history of Cooperative Extension, a list of ECOP chairs over the 100 years, and a welcome letter from ECOP Chair Jimmy Henning. The keepsake may be ordered in lots of 10 copies each while supplies last. To either ask questions about photo download or to order booklets, contact Sandy Ruble, sandy.ruble@extension.org.

Congratulations on Cooperative Extension’s centennial also came from President Jimmy Carter, first aired at the centennial convocation. You can watch the two-minute video message from President Carter here: http://youtu.be/rfBkuMFaZ3o. The 89-year-old is a 4-H’er, peanut farmer, public servant and statesman. He comments on the importance of Cooperative Extension in his family and his life as well as the important role Extension will play in the future to feed the world. The video, made possible by the University of Georgia, is view only. There is an additional charge to use anything other than the produced piece shown at the Convocation.

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eXtension Safety in Agriculture for Youth Project Targets Farm Safety Education Goals

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Reducing the risk of injury or death agriculture production related hazards is the goal of a new project aimed at developing a coordinated national approach to youth farm safety education.

The Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Project will serve as an umbrella for curricula, programs, activities, and expertise across the country, with an eye toward increasing safety and health knowledge and reducing hazard and risk exposure to youth on farms and ranches. The two-year project, led by Penn State, is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

This national clearinghouse of resources will be located at extension.org in conjunction with the Ag Safety and Health Community of Practice. One component of the project is a proof-of-concept 3D farm safety virtual learning environment, developed by Mark Purschwitz of University of Kentucky and LuAnn Phillips, eXtension’s virtual reality specialist.

Read the SAY quarterly report available at http://www.extension.org/sites/default/files/June%202014%20SAY%20Quarterly%20Report.pdf

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Learning Opportunities in June 2014 and Beyond

Please check out the learning events listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org) for June. These are for your own learning or for you to share with your audiences! Extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest. A few are included below.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the events listed at Learn (learn.extension.org) as they match your interests. Please sign in with your eXtensionID to Follow to get notifications and plan to attend. Use each session’s unique URL to share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, and please add web-based sessions you have planned to teach or at your institution.

Topics coming in June

Ag Energy
June 10, Pyrolysis of Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals at learn.extension.org/events/1608
June 10, E3A Technical Short: “Trunks” for teaching energy at learn.extension.org/events/1613

Backyard Poultry
June 9, Lighting for small and backyard layer flocks at learn.extension.org/events/1485

eOrganic
June 6, Understanding the National Organic Program Seed Rule and Sourcing Organic Seed at https://learn.extension.org/events/1633
eXtension

June 17, Question Wranglers’ Meetup – June 2014 at learn.extension.org/events/1627

Fire Ants
June 6, All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Fire Ant Management at learn.extension.org/events/1372

Floods
June 27, NFIP and Floods at learn.extension.org/events/1505

LPELC
June 20, EPA’s Proposed Waters of the U.S. Regulations at learn.extension.org/events/1624

Marine Fisheries
June 10, Sea Grant Fisheries Extension Network Webinar Series, No 3: The Sea Grant Network Responds to Tourism Opportunities in Fishing and Aquaculture at learn.extension.org/events/1610

Military Families
June 19, Hidden Heroes: America’ s Military Caregivers at learn.extension.org/events/1601

Niche Meat Processing
June 25, The Business of Dry Curing at learn.extension.org/events/1635

Plant Breeding
June 3, Keen on Quinoa Breeding at learn.extension.org/events/1588
June 10, Making Appealing Apples at learn.extension.org/events/1589
June 17, Dry Bean Breeding isn’t a Dry Topic at learn.extension.org/events/1590
June 30, Peppers are the Most Important Part of Salsa at learn.extension.org/events/1591

Regional Food Systems
June 25, Community Gardens at learn.extension.org/events/1629

Volunteer Development
June 23, Creating Role Rescriptions for Today’s Volunteer at learn.extension.org/events/1639
June 24, The Private Logic of Kids Who Outwit Adults at learn.extension.org/events/1638

Popular topics from May

20 Steps to 7 Figures. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1502
All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Are Those Itsy Bitsy Spiders Good or Bad? Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1377
Tips and Tools on Building an Online Community. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1595
4-H Common Measures/Qualtrics Tool — Measuring Impact. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1612
Simple Tricks to Reduce Waste and Increase Veggie & Fruit Consumption in the Lunchroom. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1614
How to Run Meetings that Don’t Leave Introverts Out. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1593
Composting for poultry. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1433
Innovation/Institutional Team Web Conference – May 2014. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1341
Be SMART (Safe, Monitored, and Responsible Texting) with Youth. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1594
Getting the most out of Outlook. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1579
Implementing the Canvas LMS at Univ. of Florida. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts…at learn.extension.org/events/1630
Community Gardens. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1432
Helping Wisconsin Kids Get Covered: Connecting to Health Coverage through Schools. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1606
REACH – Supporting Military Families Through Research and Outreach. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1576
Humane Trapping: A Balancing Act. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1615
Bioaerosols from Feedlots and Dairy Farm Operations. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1596
Remote sensing of lakes: they’re not all just “blue”. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1634
Power of Business – Going Into Business. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1620

More…
Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more learning events in 2014, and to add learning opportunities being offered by you or your institution so you may get more participation and learning!

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web-based events for which you would like more participation, please add them at Learn.extension.org for others to join in!

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eXtension Celebrates Cooperative Extension Centennial

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Today, May 8, 2014, Cooperative Extension officially celebrates the signing of the Smith-Lever Act on this date in 1914. This founding legislation began 100 years of service to Americans in every county.

While the Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration will last throughout 2014, many Extension colleagues will be heading to Washington, DC for the Extension Centennial Convocation being held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The convocation will feature a parade of states and speakers and panels throughout the day addressing Cooperative Extension’s role in changing lives and looking toward the future with speakers from CES leadership, APLU leadership, USDA, and private industry.

If you are not in DC, the convocation can be viewed live and via recording for three months at http://www.windrosemedia.com/windstream/ext100years/.

A Centennial Task Force has worked tirelessly to make these events and activities during 2014 a success: Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Frankie Gould, Louisiana State University AgCenter, co-chairs; Chrystal Checketts, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; Jimmy Henning, University of Kentucky; Judy Rude and Bill Hoffman, USDA-NIFA; Bill Woodrum, contractor, and Sandy Ruble and Jane Schuchardt, ECOP National Office.

Celebrate Cooperative Extension!!!

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eXtension Names Networks and Communities Tapped for Support

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The following Communities of Practice and Learning Networks were awarded support funding for 2014:

HorseQuest
Farm and Ranch Safety
Bee Health
Niche Meat Marketing
Extension Master Gardeners

eOrganic
Goat
DAIReXNET
Wildfire information
Prescribed Fire

Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
Small Backyard Flocks
Map@syst
Home Energy
Companion Animal

Invasive Species
Beef Cattle
Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape
Farm Energy
Urban Integrated Pest Management

Creating Healthy Communities
Extension Alliance for Better Child Care

For more information about this please contact Craig Wood at craig.wood@extension.org.

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eXtension Governing Committee in Place for 2014

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eXtension has an outstanding team of Cooperative Extension leaders and others who make up the Governing Committee as well as the Board of Directors for the eXtension Foundation. This group of individuals represents each region, USDA, and national Cooperative Extension leadership.

Leading the eXtension Governing Committee for 2014 is Dennis Calvin, chair, Penn State University Extension and representing the Northeast Region. Other members of the eXtension Governing Committee are:

Keith Smith, Ohio State University, Vice Chair, North Central Region
Fred Schlutt, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Secretary, Western Region
Ed Buckner, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Treasurer, 1890 Region
Jimmy Henning, University of Kentucky, representing the Southern Region
Jon Boren, New Mexico State University, representing the ECOP Program Subcommittee, ex-officio
Jane Schuchardt, representing ECOP, ex-officio
Greg Crosby, representing USDA/NIFA, ex-officio

For more information on the eXtension Governing Committee contact Elbert Dickey at edickey@extension.org.

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eXtension Offers Online Animal Agriculture & Climate Change Certification Course

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With global population expected to top 9 billion people by 2050, the world faces major challenges providing safe, secure, and healthy food. One implicating factor to the worlds agricultural and production systems is changing weather trends and their impact upon agricultural production.

eXtension’s Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center is offering an online course focused on Animal Agriculture and Climate Change. The course is self –paced and consists of seven lessons requiring approximately 12-15 hours to complete. Details on the course can be found here.

Upon completion of the course students are eligible for 10 Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) continuing education units (CEUs) as well as 8 American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists CEUs.

More information and registration for the course can be found at www.animalagclimatechange.org (click on the AACC course). The course is free of charge through 2015.

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Learning Opportunities in May 2014 and Beyond

Please check out the learning events listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org) for May. These are for your own learning or for you to share with your audiences! Extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest. A few are included below.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the events listed at Learn (learn.extension.org) as they match your interests. Please sign in with your eXtensionID to Follow to get notifications and plan to attend. Use each session’s unique URL to share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account to Follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, or please add web-based sessions you have planned to teach or at your institution.

Selected topics coming in May

May 6, How to Run Meetings that Don’t Leave Introverts Out at learn.extension.org/events/1593

May 6, Innovation/Institutional Team Web Conference – May 2014 at learn.extension.org/events/1341

May 7, 4-H Common Measures/Qualtrics Tool: Measuring Impact at learn.extension.org/events/1612

May 7, Bioenergy Education: A Comprehensive Framework at learn.extension.org/events/1605

May 8, Getting the most out of Outlook at learn.extension.org/events/1579

May 8, Be SMART (Safe, Monitored, and Responsible Texting) with Youth at learn.extension.org/events/1594

May 13, 20 Steps to 7 Figures at learn.extension.org/events/1502

May 15, Composting for poultry at learn.extension.org/events/1433

May 28, Effects of Visible & Invisible Parent Combat Injuries on Military Families at learn.extension.org/events/1575

May 30, Survive or Struggle: Your Choice in a Business Disaster at learn.extension.org/events/1503

Popular topics with Recordings from April & early May

Webinar: Wildlife Control Training for Master Gardeners. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1568

Trauma in Young Children Under 4-Years of Age: Attachment, Neurobiology, and Interventions. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1416

All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Get TickSmart: 10 Things to Know, 5 Things to Do. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1381

Military Home Buying and Selling. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1501

Innovation/Institutional Team Web Conference – April 2014. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1340

Smart Choice Health Insurance. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1435

All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Are Those Itsy Bitsy Spiders Good or Bad? . Watch the recording and Add your thoughts…at learn.extension.org/events/1377

Novel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of Parents. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1459

Preparing Caregivers to Communicate Effectively Using Three Types of Communication Skills. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1467

Tips and Tools on Building an Online Community. Watch the recording and Add your thoughts… at learn.extension.org/events/1595

More…
Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more learning events in 2014, and to add learning opportunities being offered by you or your institution so you may get more participation and learning!

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web-based events for which you would like more participation, please add them at Learn.extension.org for others to join in!

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Take a Tour of eXtension Second Life

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Have you ever wondered what eXtension’s Morrill regions in Second Life look like? Our newly produced video, produced for the Cooperative Extension Centennial showcases ‘HAPPY” avatars enjoying our virtual learning environments. View the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EadsygNwc48.

If you would like a personal tour in Second Life, contact LuAnn Phillips, eXtension’s virtual world specialist at luann.phillips@extension.org.

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