Help Us Prepare for #NEAFCS2022!

North Carolina is excited to host the next NEAFCS Annual Conference! We want to make sure that your time in NC is fruitful, fun and educational. To help us plan an exciting, pre-conference, please complete the brief survey below by January 3, 2022. If you have questions, please contact Carmen Long at [email protected].

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2022 NEAFCS Awards Program

Good morning, NEAFCS Family! I'm excited to share with you that the 2022 Awards Program guidance documents are now available on the website:

Remember: To be eligible, your National dues must make it to our office by December 31st. So make sure you speak to your state Affiliate Treasurer if you have any questions or concerns about your membership dues.

The Guidance Documents consist of the 2022 Awards Manual and the Awards-at-a-Glance document. The Manual is your one stop guide to all of the awards, criteria, and judging criteria. It lets you know what you have to do to be eligible and should answer any question you have. However! If you find you do have any questions, please reach out to our new VP for Awards & Recognition, Samantha Kennedy! You can also send us an email at National at [email protected].

Remember, the National deadline for awards submission is March 15th. HOWEVER! Your affiliate will have a different due date. Make sure you talk to your Affiliate VP for Awards & Recognition to ensure you have the right dates and information for state level submission.

Invitation to Help Identify Regional and National Priorities for Rural Economic Development

Invitation to Help Identify Regional and National Priorities for Rural Economic Development
Dear Colleagues:
The four Regional Rural Development Centers are leading an effort to identify the issues various rural stakeholders see as top priorities for economic and workforce development. We invite you to participate in this effort by completing an online survey to share more about the challenges and opportunities you see for investing in Rural America. Responses must be submitted no later than October 6th, 2021.
Responses to the survey will be used to formulate a public report, identifying both regional and national priorities. This report will help guide the work of the four RRDCs and will be shared with USDA NIFA and other federal partners as stakeholder feedback. Results of the survey will also be the basis for listening sessions - convenings of selected stakeholders with facilitated dialogue that deepens our understanding of the priorities identified.
Completing the survey takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Its questions allow you to identify what you view as the most important issues for rural communities, rate the capacity of your organization to engage in these areas, offer comments on challenges and opportunities, provide feedback on the kinds of activities and programming you value, and share more about your background. We are inviting a broad range of rural stakeholders who have professional roles supporting the development of rural economies, communities, businesses, and workers.
Your participation in the survey is voluntary and you may choose not to participate and may elect at any time to exit it without providing further responses. We do not collect any personally identifiable information tied to your responses to the questions, but in a separate area you may request to receive a notice when the public report is available. No compensation is offered for participating in the survey.
Before beginning the survey, you will be provided with information so you can make an informed choice to participate. Your voice is important in understanding how we and our partners can invest in building Rural America. To complete the survey, visit:
Regional Rural Development Center National Team
Note: This study has been reviewed by Mississippi State University’s HRPP/IRB and has been granted this Exemption Determination, per MSU IRB study number IRB-21-366, and by Penn State University’s HRPP/IRB per PSU IRB study STUDY00018654.

NEAFCS Members in the News - LaToya O’Neal (FL)

NEAFCS Member LaToya O’Neal (FL) was recently featured in the news from Madison County!

Guest commentary: UF/IFAS scientist devoted to rural health 

LaToya O’Neal cares about your community in part because she’s from a place that’s like it. She knows that although the Department of Health has COVID-19 vaccines, they’re not available 24/7 or within a few minutes’ distance and that you may have questions before deciding what’s best for you and your family.

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Don't Miss Mondays - August 30, 2021

Happy Monday! Another episode of "Don't Miss Mondays" is now available. This week, conference planner Elizabeth Lane talks to us about how you can help us with the planning of the Annual Session.


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Webinar: Diagnosing Online Local Visibility Problems

Diagnosing Online Local Visibility Problems

Thursday, September 16, 2021
2:30 PM Eastern (time converter)

Webinar Overview/Objectives:
Are people able to find you and your programs using THEIR search terms on Google? Do you and your programs show up at the top of the search results or miles below the other search results? Increasing local audiences requires a broad net. No matter what they are looking for or where they search, they need to find your programs and services so they can judge whether you are worth contacting. Join me for an eye-opening look into what your local visibility across websites and social media really looks like. During this interactive presentation you will have the opportunity to take a deep dive into what your audience finds when trying to locate educational services and programs. After you perform a quick self-audit, I will explain technical terms like search engine optimization, social media marketing, and more. Then, I will provide you with a Marketing Prescription that will outline steps for dramatic visibility improvement!

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Don't Lose Out on the AHA Grant!

Healthy For Life® Grant Submission Deadline - August 20th
Grant Reviewer Request Deadline - August 20th

The NEAFCS is excited to announce a grant opportunity supporting the Healthy for Life® community nutrition program, an initiative led by Aramark and the American Heart Association (AHA).  The Healthy for Life® evidence-based nutrition education experiences are supported by American Heart Association science and developed by food and nutrition experts. 

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Don't Miss Mondays - August 9 2021

Don't Miss Mondays - August 2 2021

It's Monday and that means a new episode of "Don't Miss Mondays". This week, we discuss the Silent Auction.
93 days until Annual Session! Have you registered?
New this year: Make a donation to the Silent Auction and receive a special digital badge to display.
Annual Session Information & Registration -
Silent Auction Information -

Don't Miss Mondays - July 26, 2021

Don't Miss Mondays! A new episode is ready for you. We highlight the latest webinar, connecting with colleagues, and the American Heart Association grant. Watch now at

#dontmissmondays #neafcs2021 #grant

Connecting with Colleagues - Working with Underserved Audiences

Working with Underserved Audiences - July 2021

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Don't Miss Mondays - July 19, 2021

Join NEAFCS staff every Monday for a quick breakdown of what's happening this week that you don't want to miss. 

Don't Miss Mondays - July 5, 2021

Join NEAFCS staff every Monday for a quick breakdown of what's happening this week that you don't want to miss.


Contrary with what many think, Latino/x population in the US is not a monolith, far from fitting the one-size-fits-all formula, the 60 million Americans of Latino/Hispanic origin represent over 20 Latin American countries, and a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, education levels, geographic locations, histories, political affiliations. See the full article and resources at the Extension Foundation by clicking here.

Extension Foundation Update for April 2021

The following information was shared with NEAFCS members during our Association Meeting following the 2021 Virtual PILD conference on April 14, 2021.


We look forward to serving Cooperative Extension in 2021. Below is information for both our member and non-members programs, and some basic information on how we can work together as your partner:

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Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

University of Central Arkansas is offering a MS in FCS. The master’s program in family and consumer sciences is designed to serve the needs of qualified students preparing for family and consumer sciences careers in business, education, hospitals, industry, government, community agencies, or for entering a doctoral program in family and consumer sciences or a related discipline. For full details on this program, please click here.

Helpful Links:
Graduate School Graduate School – UCA
How to Register for Classes:
How to find/use DegreeWorks:

FCS News Update - April 5 2021

Conveying Land-grant Mission Impact

Current stories and talking points that document and demonstrate the value and collective impact of the national system of land-grant universities mission areas, teaching, research and Extension, were released in the National Impact Database (NIDB) last month. ECOP thanks the Communications Writing team for the numerous products - stories, summary factsheets, and a video - that highlight impacts that entered into the database by many of the 76 institutions. Use the Areas of Impact and Associated Impacts menus to browse the product titles. Two summaries related to COVID-19 response are found here and here. To begin using the Search dashboard, pause 20-30 seconds to load. The "Resources" menu is helpful for knowing best practices for entering data. The NIDB is an enterprise of ECOP, ESCOP and USDA-NIFA.
2021 County Health Rankings - The annual update to County Health Rankings is available at The information is based on more than 30 factors which influence health and show that where people live influences how well and how long they live. An easy-to-use snapshot, the Rankings compare the health of all counties within states and call attention to the differences in opportunity to live long and well from one county to the next. In addition to the county-level data, the Rankings also features What Works for Health, a database of more than 400 evidence-informed strategies to support local changemakers as they take steps toward expanding opportunities. The Take Action Center also provides valuable guidance for communities who want to move to action with data . The data is released every year by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute with Extension's funding partner on health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Globalizing Extension Innovation Network (GEIN) - GEIN connects professionals interested in Extension innovation in a global context. The network shares and develops best practices for augmenting Extension programs through cross-cultural and international experiences and supports the engagement of Extension professionals through international programs emphasizing global dynamics and cultural knowledge. GEIN can be followed on Connect Extension, a service of the Extension Foundation and is an open sub-group accessible to anyone within the Cooperative Extension System. Visit GEIN for more information. A Connect Extension Account is required. 

Community Engagement Scholarship Awards - APLU’s Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) invites all CECE members, Extension professionals, and the broader APLU membership to apply for the 2021 Community Engagement Scholarship Awards cycle. Both the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Awards provide recognition for the outstanding community-university engagement work of public universities. Prizes range from $5,000 to the grand prize of $20,000 for the national C. Peter Magrath Award. The deadline for applications is April 30th.

FCS News Update - March 29, 2021

Chair Chris Watkins, Cornell University, presided at the virtual ECOP Spring Meeting last week. Annual Work Plans by all ECOP standing committees were ratified. The 15-member, national policy-making body endorsed the work of the ECOP 4-H Leadership Committee's National Crisis Communications Playbook for the 4-H System. After reviewing the most recent draft, ECOP voted to have the ECOP Health Innovation Task Force proceed to vet the Cooperative Extension Framework for Health and Well-being at the National Health Outreach Conference (NHOC) in May. At its core, the new framework establishes "Health Equity". Speaking of NHOC...


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FCS News Update - March 9, 2021

Leaders Encouraging Collaborations with Diverse Communities

Last Friday, ECOP hosted a third in a series of Learning for Leaders conversations with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion theme. Katie Hartmann, who recently completed her PhD in Education, Equity, and Transformation at Colorado State University, identified what excellence looks like to collaborate with diverse communities. The structures include but are not limited to a Relations Liaison, Inside Collaborator, and a community-specific sense of timing. What can be implemented in the short and long term?

To review Leaders Encouraging Collaborations with Diverse Communities, from March 5:

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FCS News Update - March 1, 2021

The next meeting of Extension Directors and Administrators widely known as Learning for Leaders, will take place on Friday, March 5, 2021, 3-4:00 PM Eastern Time. Leaders Encouraging Collaborations with Diverse Communities: Consider the Experiences of Extension Educators, will feature findings from the field and latest literature, and exploration of the characteristics that enable Extension educators and their programs to be successful by looking carefully at challenges that they face. There will be ample time during the hour to discuss what support structures are needed at the institutional and systemic levels. Invitations with Zoom connection details were sent by Sandy Ruble, Assistant Director, Cooperative Extension System/ECOP, on February 18. Email Sandy at [email protected] for more information.


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