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Reflections from 2018 JCEP Leadership Conference

By Kelly Kunkel  February 23, 2018

Thank you for the opportunity to attend the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) Leadership Conference on February 14-15, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The theme for the event was, “Balancing Tradition with Innovation.  Below I highlight key learning and takeaways from speakers presenting at the conference.

University of Florida Extension Director Nick Place asked the question, "What are the vexing issues right now?" He talked about Florida’s concern around water, a growing population, and one new pest or plant disease discovered each month. He challenged us to create the biggest impacts with our programming. 
Chuck Hibberd, Dean and Director of Extension at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, provided an Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) report. His message on advocacy centered around five key messages: 1) Science is action (better to state science than research); 2)National reach with meaningful local impact; 3). Pro…

Legislative Update

By Gwen Gmeinder, ESP Legislative Chair
Government Relations Associate, St. Paul Campus g-gmei@umn.edu

Minnesota State Legislative Status In January of the even number calendar years, the governor is required by statute to submit a list of capital infrastructure recommendations to the legislature for consideration in the upcoming legislative session. These recommended capital projects reflect infrastructure needs across the state, from state agencies to local governments to higher education facilities. 
The University of Minnesota’s request to the MN State Legislature is summarized here.
Governor Dayton recommendationis for full funding of the University’s capital request. The 2018 bonding request is among the largest in the past five years and the Governor proposes full funding for the University’s request, plus an additional $60 million.
On February 22, President Kaler hosts a legislative briefing to layout more details of the University’s proposal.  Extension administration, governmen…