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 (NIFA). Nominations begin February 1. For competitive edge, begin the process of nominating well before the deadline for online submission May 1. Winning Cooperative Extension professionals from these land-grant colleges and universities are selected by the end of July and will travel to the APLU Annual Meeting in November to receive their awards.

ECOP Program Committee Project

  • The purpose of National Extension Diversity 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. The Award for Diversity is designed to focus national attention on innovative models and techniques that ensure that Extension programs equitably engage all learning audiences effectively. READ MORE HERE

ECOP Professional Development Committee Project

  • The Individual Awards for Excellence in Extension recognize 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. READ MORE…
  • The Team Award for Excellence in Extension recognizes excellence of a team of Cooperative Extension Professionals in performing the work of Extension research, technical assistance, and outreach education. READ MORE

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