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Extension Leadership Team Meeting June 10, 2019

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes
June 10, 2019
102B Libby Hall – Orono

Facilitator: Fran Sulinski
Note taker: Lisa Phelps

Guests: Toby Ahrens, Amanda Ashe, Jared Whinery

Please note: Due to the confidentiality and sensitivity of some agenda items, these ELT minutes do not represent the full content of each meeting.

 Updates

  • 4-H Camps
    • Dennis, Jared, Jon, Chris Boynton at Bryant Pond Monday, 6/17
    • Fran providing summer camp staff training in EO realm on 6/19 & 6/20
    • Summer camps start Saturday, 6/22
    • HC & Pres. Ferrini-Mundy to visit to Bryant Pond on Wednesday, 6/26
    • HC camps tour Wednesday/Thursday, 7/10-11
    • HC & Pres. Ferrini-Mundy visit to Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove Monday, 7/24
    • Building permits are in place for the new Blueberry Cove Learning Center
  • Maine 4-H Foundation
    • The Press release for the Magic Lantern has been sent out and is being picked up by several media outlets. Susan Jennngs is busy working on the ribbon cutting ceremonies for Greenland Point (June 22) and the new 4-H Science and Engineering Center (June 28).
  • The Maine Food and Agriculture Center – several research projects are underway
  • Marketing 4-H was the featured topic on 2 radio shows the week of June 3 (WGAN Portland Positively Maine, MPR Maine Calling).

The ELT met with Former NIFA Program Leader Dr. Toby Ahrens. Toby grew up in Yarmouth and has returned to Maine with his family.  Since leaving NIFA, he has continued to work in microbial bioproduct development and with the Small Business Innovation Research Program

Toby shared the following:

  • Maine NIFA Rep is Ed Kaleikau (https://nifa.usda.gov/staff-contact/ed-kaleikau). Jon Prichard has already connected with Ed, and Toby is willing to serve as an additional conduit to Ed, as needed.
  • Seed and Equipment Grants through AFRI. It’s also important that when applying for certain grants that if there is an opportunity to “check the box” and indicate that Maine is an EPSCoR we should do that as it increases our potential for successful funding. We do not need to work through Maine EPSCoR to do that.
  • NIFA Aquaculture Connection – Gene Kim https://nifa.usda.gov/staff-contact/gene-w-kim
  • There is funding for aquaculture, and it is very competitive, with perhaps 4 grants funded per year.
  • Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE): The CARE program is less competitive, and addresses local, regional, or national, and problems that often call for work in one or more scientific disciplines; and need immediate attention to meet producer needs. Finding solutions to these critical problems requires partnership and close coordination among researchers, extension experts, and producers. CARE projects are designed to yield solutions or practices that can be rapidly implemented to meet pressing needs limiting agricultural production.
  • Education and Workforce Development EWD and the focus on Workforce Development. Are there EWD funding possibilities for Maine?
  • University Support for Economic Development – Universities can still play an important role in support of economic development – Could Extension focus more on being that go to resource to help answer questions for small businesses?

There are a lot of ideas and enthusiasm for new business ideas in Maine, but sometimes that is not matched by the reality of the entrepreneurs and fledgling businesses that have obvious gaps in their business plans, etc.

As to business support needs, businesses need quick(er) response on some non-technical questions, or businesses will just go to private sources. If Extension could have such business support in the Portland area that would be very valuable. Examples of non-technical support:

  • Barriers to commercialization; IT; regulatory; management; personnel; business support; etc.
  • MOFGA – beginning farmers program.
  • SBDC – Portland office and others around the state.
  • St Joseph’s College is attempting to grow in its infrastructure in this area.
  • Extension’s Role in Helping Ag-based Businesses navigate some of the non-technical aspects of commercialization and entrepreneurship. There are a number of support programs for this in the State, but there seem to be some gaps as well.

Guest:  Amanda Ashe, Export Control Officer, Office of Research Compliance.  Amanda met with the ELT to help us understand the scope of export control regulations. (Amanda was named the Director of Research Compliance starting July 1st. In this role she will be overseeing the operational aspects of the Office of Research Compliance.)

Export Control Regulations (ECR) constitute a body of law enacted by the federal government to protect national and economic security and advance U.S. foreign policy goals by prohibiting the unlicensed transfer of items  that are subject to trade restrictions or have proprietary, military, or economic applications to foreign nationals.

Export Control Regulations (ECR)

Export controls can impact University activities on-campus as well as abroad, including, but not limited to:

  • International travel, fieldwork & conferences
  • International shipping
  • International financial transactions
  • Hosting a foreign visitor/scholar
  • Foreign national participation in research activities
  • International collaboration
  • Using 3rd party proprietary information/restricted materials
  • Teaching courses abroad or online

If any of the above apply to you, please use the resources on this site to learn more about export control regulations and contact the Export Compliance Officer for assistance. When the information from the Office of Research Control is made public as an ELT we will reinforce this information with Extension staff.

Announcements:

  • Hannah and Dennis gave brief updates from the recent Northeast Extension Directors (NEED) meeting they attended in Washington, D.C. Hannah appreciated meeting other Directors/Deans and learning more about NIFA. Dennis and Hannah made a connection with UNH Extension Dean Ken LaValley, and the ELT will plan to meet with UNH Extension Leadership after the summer.
  • Extension is planning a joint staff meeting with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry this fall, to promote and to continue partnerships between the two organizations.
  • Hannah and Dick attended the Board of Pesticides Control meeting on Friday, June 7, 2019.
  • The Mental Health First Aid training took place last week in Augusta. Twenty-two people participated in the day-long training. The ELT may offer another training to accommodate Extension staff who were on the waitlist, and others who are interested.
  • Year-End Approvals – It’s important to review the year-end approvals for PCards and TCards ASAP. And also please pay special attention to the chartfields to be sure they are correct.
  • A Handling Difficult Dialogues workshop will be held June 14th in Augusta. Fran Sulinski and Leslie Forstadt will be the instructors for this workshop.

Hannah’s Broad Goals / Areas of Focus:

  1. Priorities for visits with county offices, programs, people, events, etc.
  2. Organizational Survey/Needs Assessment (Google drive draft by next ELT meeting)
    1. Internal (to be done first)
    2. External (to be done second)
    3. Extension Customer Satisfaction Survey (likely based on UFL survey as a model)
  1. Organizational Plan
  2. Alignment with UMaine strategic plan- Aligning our work where it makes sense with the UMaine Strategic Plan (draft due soon from President F-M)
  3. Programmatic Focus (Is Extension involved in more than two program areas?)
  4. Examination of administrative structure and how to best meet needs of programs/staff/county offices/etc.
  5. Organizational Communications
  6. Monthly zoom
  7. Communications Director
  8. Increased transparency- including with our ELT minutes

Extension Organizational Structure and Plan of Work

The ELT has begun to explore how our organizational structure and Plan of Work align with the UMaine Strategic Vision and Values.  As a first step in that, the ELT is developing internal and external organizational surveys/needs assessments.

Organizational Communications

As a way of connecting with the organization, Hannah will be offering more frequent organizational updates through zoom, and ELT members and other guests will be invited to present on special topics.  We are also committed to increasing the transparency of our ELT meeting minutes.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI Leslie Forstadt who has been awarded $1,133 by the State of Maine Department of Agriculture (pass-through funding from the U.S Food and Drug Administration) for her “How Clear Vision and Communication Can Improve the Inspection Process with Producers” project. The purpose of this training was for inspectors and outreach staff to develop shared vision and purpose for the work, build communication skills, receive instruction about farmer learning stages, and practice cold calls and farm visits.

Search Updates
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Initial search failed,  New search to start soon
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond and Greenland Point – Advertising
4-H Youth Development Professional – Oxford County – Advertising
4-H Youth Development Professional – Waldo County – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 – Libby Hall – Interviewing
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Cumberland – Preparing to interview
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Waldo – Preparing to interview
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Somerset – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL1(Horticulture) – Oxford – Interviewing
Community Education Assistant – Hancock – Search committee being formed

ELT Meeting Dates 2019

Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm –
unless otherwise noted

Dates Facilitator Notes Location
June 27 Phelps Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
July 22 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Room 111, Robinson Hall
August 14 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
August 28 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 16 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Room 111, Robinson Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Meeting May 20, 2019

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes
May 20, 2019
Augusta – Room 111, Robinson Hall

Facilitator: Richard Brzozowski
Notetaker: Jon Prichard

Present: Dennis, Dick, Fran, Jon, Lisa, Hannah

Please note: Due to the confidentiality and sensitivity of some agenda items, these ELT minutes do not represent the full content of each meeting.

Follow Hannah on Her Instagram Account: extensiondean4me
Follow Hannah on Instagram, if you’d like to see what she’s up to in Maine Extension!

Future Agenda Items
June 10th, 2019:
Amanda Ashe Export Control Officer, Office of Research Compliance
will meet with us at 1PM to help the ELT and PAs understand the scope of export control regulations for staff travelling out of state.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI Leslie Forstadt who has been awarded $19,766 by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NESARE) for her “Building Social Sustainability on Farms through Online and In-Person Education” project.  This project is focused on farmer well-being and will involve 2 farmer cohorts.  A social sustainability curriculum will be delivered to each cohort, with on receiving in-person education and the other receiving online education.  Each cohort will create personal sustainability plans after the education is complete and the researchers will validate the indicators of social sustainability comparing between the in-person and online education delivery, while also evaluating the curriculum.

Congratulations to PI Ron Fournier who has been awarded $189,900 by the State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the “2019/2020 Moose Lottery Scholarship” project.  This finding will allow the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond to reach up to 633 Maine Youth to enroll them in a 1-week Conservation Camp program that includes: Hunter, Bow Hunter, Boater, or ATV Safety, as a component of the conservation education program matrix offered at the camp and learning center.

Congratulations to PI Danielle O’Neill and Co-PI Ryder Scott who have been awarded $57,960 by the National 4-H Council (pass-through from the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) for the “National Mentoring Program Year 9 – Tech Wizards” project.  The Mentor ME Tech Wizards program is designed to increase the positive attitudes of youth towards learning, goal setting, social and life skills through service learning, and technology. The project embraces youth involvement and empowerment in program design and delivery through real life community problem solving.  Through applied, STEM-based projects, students are engaged in collecting real-world scientific data that has a direct impact on the communities they live in.

Congratulations to PI Pamela Hargest who has been awarded $2,100 by the Portland Housing Authority (pass-through funding from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development) for the “Portland Housing Authority Garden Days” project.  The purpose of PHA Garden Days is to provide low-income residents at 6 sites with the garden supplies they’ll need to feed themselves and their family for the entire growing season and to educate residents about the basics of good nutrition.  At each housing site, Master Gardener Volunteers help distribute the materials, answer any gardening questions, and assist with bed preparation for sites with community gardens. Eat Well Nutrition Educators provide residents with seasonal recipes and samples.

Search Updates
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Initial search failed, new search to start soon
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Emily Collins hired
Parent Educational Professional – Sagadahoc – Marylou Cook hired
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Gary Proulx hired
Administrative Specialist CL1 Cumberland – Marissa Caminiti hired
4-H Youth Development Professional – Penobscot & Piscataquis – Sheila Norman hired
4-H Youth Development Professional – Oxford County – Search Committee formed
4-H Youth Development Professional – Waldo County – Search Committee forming
Administrative Specialist CL1 – Libby Hall – Search Extended
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Cumberland – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Waldo – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Aroostook – Elizabeth Carroll hired
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Somerset – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Oxford – Interviewing

ELT Meeting Dates 2019

Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm –
unless otherwise noted

Dates Facilitator Notes Location
June 10 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 27 Phelps Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
July 22 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
August 14 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
August 28 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 16 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes March 13, 2019

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting
March 13, 2019
UMA Farmhouse 11, Augusta

Facilitator: Lisa Phelps
Notetaker: Jon Prichard

Please note: Due to the confidentiality and sensitivity of some agenda items, these ELT minutes do not represent the full content of each meeting.

Hannah Carter joined the ELT meeting by Zoom from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Extension’s Mental Health First Aid Training/NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
The Mental Health First Aid workshop which is planned for Thursday, May 30 in Augusta (UMA – Fireside Lounge) is full at 35 participants. Extension staff and AgrAbility partners will be attending. If you would like to attend this workshop and found it was full, please contact Fran.

Changes to New Employee Training
New employee training has been comprised of a series of zoom sessions that include: 1. HR Things to Know, 2. Getting to Know the Communications and Marketing Group, 3. Customer Service Excellence and Civil Rights Requirements and Values. While the zoom approach is convenient, Fran believes new staff oriented via the zoom approach are less connected with the organization (especially those off-campus) than those who have attended on-campus training in the past. For those reasons, Fran is now going to offer a combination of zoom sessions plus one face-to-face campus offering. The face-to-face offering will take place on Thursday, May 16 in Orono. That session will replace the civil rights zoom session and will include other opportunities not possible via zoom.

UMaine Extension Faculty Awards for 2019
The ELT approved continued funding for three annual faculty awards, described by the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) as follows:

Extension Faculty Awards for 2019
The Policy Advisory Committee encourages all staff to consider nominating a faculty member for an award. You do not have to be a faculty member nominate someone for an award. The categories are:

  • Organizational or Program Leadership
  • Creative Programming
  • Applied Research

 In addition to recognition and appreciation, each category award winner will receive $500 for their Flexible Staff Development funds. Please note: THE TIMELINE HAS CHANGED FOR 2019. Nominations are due Friday April 19 and winners will be announced at the May faculty meeting. Here are the details (https://extension.umaine.edu/plugged-in/hr/faculty/). We encourage you to self-nominate or nominate others for these awards.

President Ferrini-Mundy Zoom Meeting with Cooperative Extension
President Ferrini-Mundy will meet with Cooperative Extension via zoom on Friday, May 3rd from 2:00-3:30.  This will be a time for her to learn about Extension and for our organization to learn more about her.  The ELT will share more details as plans develop.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI Kerry Bernard who has been awarded $18,925 by the eXtension Foundation for her “Respirator: Pesticide Safety” project.  The eXtension Foundation has received a grant through the EPA and is providing smaller grants in the form of Pesticide Safety Education funds to Land Grant Universities.  The purpose of this project is to provide pesticide users in Maine with an accessible, educational resource for understanding the type of respirator they need, who can wear one, and respirator fit and maintenance, so they can protect themselves from pesticide-related illness and injury.

Congratulations to PI Leslie Forstadt who has been awarded $64,400 by the Farm Service Agency (USDA) for her “Agricultural Mediation” project.  The Maine Agricultural Mediation Program (“MAMP”) will be newly certified by the USDA as the mediation service provider for the State of Maine. MAMP is transitioning from operation at Volunteers of America Northern New England to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMaine Extension).  MAMP’s primary role is to assist in the resolution of disputes between participating USDA agencies and their program participants.

Congratulations to PI Matthew Wallhead who has been awarded $15,000 by the Horticulture Research Institute for his “Increasing Inventory Management Efficiency with Automation for Ornamental Nurseries and Christmas Tree Farms Using Unmanned Aerial Systems” project.  Labor is the primary component of the green industry cost structure that has increased the most, therefore it demands the most attention. Increasing production efficiency through automation offers growers the ability to reduce labor and production costs. Ornamental nursery and Christmas tree production contributes significantly to Maine’s economy and could benefit from labor-saving tactics.

Search Updates
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Job offered
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Interviewing
Parent Educational Professional (Sagadahoc) – Advertising
Temp CEA CL2 – Maine 4-H Community Central – Advertising
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 (Cumberland) – Marissa Caminiti hired
4-H Youth Development Professional (Penobscot & Piscataquis) – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Horticulture (Oxford) – Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates 2019

Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted

Dates Facilitator Notes Location
April 12 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 2 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 20 Brzozowski Sulinski Augusta – Farmhouse 11
June 10 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 27 Phelps Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
July 22 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
August 14 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
August 28 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 16 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes February 15, 2019

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting
February 15, 2019
102B Libby Hall – Orono

Facilitator: Fran Sulinski
Notetaker: Lisa Phelps

Please note: Due to the confidentiality and sensitivity of some agenda items, these ELT minutes do not represent the full content of each meeting.

Hannah Carter joined the ELT by Zoom from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Lafayette and Rawcliffe 4-H Science and Engineering Learning Center
On February 15,  Orono-based 4-H staff moved from the 4-H suite in Libby Hall to 491 College Avenue (formerly Extension’s Pest Management Office). The building has been remodeled to meet the needs of a vibrant state-wide 4-H office and includes a technology-equipped classroom and teaching lab, group workspace, workrooms, offices, and a technology-equipped conference room. The facility was funded with a number of generous gifts and will be known as the Lafayette and Rawcliffe 4-H Science and Engineering Learning Center.  While the building is ready for use by the 4-H program, there is still some work left to do. A grand opening and dedication will be planned for the spring or early summer.

NIFA Report and 2020 POW
UM Extension’s annual report of accomplishments will be submitted to NIFA on Monday, April 1, 2019.  The ELT thanks all staff who reported their 2018 programming and impact statements on the MPRS.  Staff reporting is essential for Extension’s reporting to NIFA, and also is invaluable for our communications with stakeholders.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI Ellen Mallory who has been awarded $9,362 by The Brewer’s Association (via North Dakota State University) for her “Spring Malting Varieties – E. US”” project.  This is the 4th year of funding for this research.  The funding will support the evaluation of 25 barley varieties in the Eastern Spring Barley Nursery (ESBN) in 2018 in nine states in the Eastern US.  The goal of the research is to determine if varieties developed outside of the region may be adapted for local production.

Congratulations to PI Kristy Ouellette and Co-PI Jen Lobley who have been awarded an additional $6,000 by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) for their “Afterschool Coaching for Rural Educators in STEM (ACRES)” project.  This is the 4th year of funding and will support Kristy’s and Jen’s travel to Billings, Montana to present the results of the ACRES project at the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism.

Announcements
Greenland Point 4-H Camp and Learning Center
ribbon-cutting will take place on June 22.
Maine 4-H Foundation’s 2019 Annual Meeting will be held Monday, May 13 in Augusta.

Search Updates
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Interviewing
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Interviewing
Parent Educational Professional (Sagadahoc) – Advertising
Temp CEA CL2 – Maine 4-H Community Central – Advertising
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 (Cumberland) – Advertising
4-H Youth Development Professional (Penobscot & Piscataquis) – Preparing to Advertise
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Horticulture (Oxford) – Preparing to Advertise

ELT Meeting Dates 2019 Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted
Dates Facilitator Notes Location
March 13 Phelps Prichard Augusta  – Farmhouse 11
April 12 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 2 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes January 25, 2019

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting

January 25, 2019
102B Libby Hall

Facilitator: Richard Brzozowski
Notetaker: Fran Sulinski

Please note: Due to the confidentiality and sensitivity of some agenda items, these ELT minutes do not represent the full content of each meeting.

  • The webinar “New Competencies for the 21st Century Educator” is planned for next Monday, January 28, 2019.
  • A day-long seminar titled “Mental Health First Aid” is scheduled for Thursday, May 30 in Augusta (8:30 am to 4:30 pm). All Extension staff who interact directly with the public are encouraged to register for this workshop. Space is limited.

Update: 4-H staff will be moving to 491 College Avenue on February 15th. Grand opening will be scheduled after the exterior work is completed in the spring/early summer.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI Wesley Neff who has been awarded $267,937 by The Maine Children’s Trust (by way of the Maine Department for Health and Human Services) for the continued support of the Maine Families Program.   Maine Families is a Home Visiting program with a focus on family strengths and uses an evidence based, internationally certified Home Visiting model (Parents as Teachers) designed to promote child and family well-being.  Maine Families believes that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers.

Congratulations to PI Gary Anderson who has been awarded $8,720 by the George Walker Fund/Appleton Partners, Inc. for his “Improving Milk Quality Diagnostics on Maine Dairy Farms” project.  The funding for this project will primarily support the purchase of new lab equipment. This equipment will enable the development of culture procedures for dairy farm samples which will aid in the investigations on milk quality issues.

Congratulations to PI Ryder Scott who has been awarded $10,000 by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) for his “SCC STEMports: Community Workforce Development through Augmented Reality STEM Learning Experiences” project sub award funded by the National Science Foundation (Year 1 of 3).  The funding for this project will primarily support Ryder’s participation in an advisory group for MMSA’s project and focus on the development process of STEMports in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Search Updates

Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Interviews scheduled for early February
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Interviewing
EFNEP CEA (2 positions) – Rita Stephenson – hired (Washington County)
Parent Educational Professional (Sagadahoc) – Advertising
Temp CEA CL2 – Maine 4-H Community Central – Advertising
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 (Cumberland) – Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates 2019 Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted
Dates Facilitator Notes Location
February 15 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
March 13 Phelps Prichard Augusta  – Farmhouse 11
April 12 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 2 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes December 19, 2018

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting
December 19, 2018
UMA Randall Center, Room 218

Facilitator: Jon Prichard
Notetaker: Dennis Harrington

Independent Funding Proposal
The ELT reviewed the format for submitting one-time funding proposals to the ELT. The new format will be posted on Plugged-In.

One-time Funding Proposal
Developed December 19, 2018

The Extension Leadership Team will consider one-time funding proposals from individuals or teams in support of your work related to UMaine Extension’s mission and/or the organization, (although the preferred channel for funding new program initiatives is through program-generated revenue).

Proposals should be made for unique, one-time efforts or needs, and should not be developed as a new source of continuous funding or for institutionalizing a program. Proposals are appropriate for educational programs and needs that cannot be funded from the county budget or any other sources.

Independent proposals from a team should be developed and approved by the team. Independent proposals from individuals should be developed with the involvement of your supervisor.

Proposals should be submitted to the appropriate supervisor, who will present the request to the Extension Leadership Team and notify the proposer as to the outcome.

The following information should be provided on all proposals:

  1. Date of submission to supervisor
  2. Starting and ending dates
  3. Title & description of request
  4. Description of issue in terms of clientele, and how the need was determined.
  5. Objectives — expected results in specific, measurable terms and their relationship to UMaine Extension’s mission
  6. Partners/collaborators
  7. Budget – document funding needs by PeopleSoft account code
  8. Work to be cancelled or deferred in favor of this request
  9. POW reporting responsibility (if relevant)
  10. Evaluation plan for this effort (if relevant)
  11. Any other relevant information

Extension Participation in UMaine Strategic Plan
Cooperative Extension will be asked to provide input regarding the UMaine Strategic Plan specifically on the value statements. The ELT is exploring ways to get feedback from staff and potentially stakeholders.

Organizational Meeting November 13-14
All staff are asked to hold the dates of November 13-14, 2019 for an Extension organizational meeting in Orono.  Fran will be convening a planning committee.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI Ellen Mallory who has been awarded $46,662 from USDA NESARE for the continuation of her “Strengthen Soil Security in Maine” project. This project continues to conduct soil health professional development opportunities for farmers in New England. Project learning outcomes include: economics of soil health strategies, crop rotation strategies, cover crop species traits and uses, reduced tillage strategies, equipment, and soil health for high tunnels and urban agriculture.

Congratulations to PI Richard Brzozowski who has been awarded $15,000 by the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety for his “Determining the Occupational Health & Safety Needs of Farmers 60 Years and Older” project. This research project aims to determine the age-related problems experienced by farmers who want to continue farming careers; what home-grown solution farmers have developed to remediate problems; what needs are unmet; and what type of relief assistance, interventions, and collaborations would best serve this farmer population.

Congratulations to PI Griffin Dill and Co-PI James Dwyer who have been awarded $99,571 by the State of Maine Specialty Crop Block Grant program for their “Maine Potato Integrated Pest Management 2019” project. This funding supports the ongoing work to help ensure adequate response to pest-related hazards confronting potato growers. The program will provide support through field monitoring, disease forecasting, and distribution of educational materials.

Congratulations to PI Lakesh Sharma and Co-PI Sukhwinder Bali who have been awarded $70,539 by the State of Maine Specialty Crop Block Grant program for their “Development of sulfur recommendations for potatoes and grains” project. The objective of this study is to create and provide robust Sulfur recommendations for potato and grain growers in the State of Maine.  One expected outcome is the preparation of a mobile application that can be used by growers to access the required sulfur rate for their field based on maximum yield potential, soil type, and the closest weather station.

Congratulations to PI Ryder Scott who has been awarded $5,000 by the Betterment Fund for his continued participation in the “Maine West” initiative. Maine West is a partnership of local and regional organizations dedicated to addressing systemic rural challenges and enhancing community well‐being in western Maine through increased collaboration across the economic, education, health and conservation sectors. This new initiative grows directly from the successful collaboration among conservation and community organizations to advance land conservation and related development efforts across the Maine‐New Hampshire border through the Mahoosuc Initiative.

Search Updates
Dean of Extension – Dr. Hannah Carter hired
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist –  Interviewing
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Interviewing
4-H CEA – Lisbon Falls – Advertising
EFNEP CEA (Washington & Somerset) – Rita Stephenson – hired (Washington County)
Parent Educational Professional (Knox & Sagadahoc) – Offer pending for one position
Assistant Director Bryant Pond – Jeffrey Colpitts hired
Administrative Specialist CL3 Andro/Sag – Offer pending
Temp CEA CL2 – Maine 4-H Community Central – Advertising

 

ELT Meeting Dates 2019

Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted

Dates Facilitator Notes Location
January 7 Harrington Brzozowski Augusta – Farmhouse 11
January 25 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
February 15 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
March 13 Phelps Prichard Augusta  – Farmhouse 11
April TBD Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May TBD Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes June 28, 2018

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
June 28, 2018
Augusta – Farmhouse 11

Facilitator: Fran Sulinski
Note-taker: Lisa Phelps

Updates:

Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory: The grand opening of the new Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory on June 21, was a huge success with over 100 in attendance.  The next day the Open House attracted more that 200 people to visit the facility. A huge thank you to everyone for your work in support of this important event.

Support Staff Conference: The recent support staff Conference was held in Augusta on June 15th. Thanks to everyone who attended and to the planning committee comprised of: Sue Baez, Donna Flint, Melissa Libby, Angela Martin and Theresa Tilton for your work in making this conference a huge success.

Professional Association Conferences Support: The ELT has revised how we support staff attending professional association conferences. Hereafter, the ELT will allocate $2,000 per association (NAE4HA, NAEFCS, NACAA) per year to attend the annual professional conference with an additional $1,500 for other requests such as the Extension Conference on Volunteerism and Master Gardener Conference. It will be up to each state association to determine how the $2,000 is allocated to faculty and staff wanting to attend the conference.

Maine Emergency Preparedness: We discussed UMaine Extension’s connection and role to Maine’s emergency preparedness system. A key coordinator of emergency preparedness in Maine is the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

Outcome: The ELT discussed how Extension staff might become more involved and promote emergency preparedness with our client groups. We believe that we can provide information and support related to Food Safety and Sustainable Ag issues. Dick will also share a MEMA contact name with Lisa so she can share that with 4-H staff because they also do outreach education with youth. We would also encourage staff to have discussions in their staff meetings about emergency preparedness. Fran will connect with UMaine Public Safety to see if they can provide an outline that staff can use for local discussions regarding emergency and crisis preparedness at county/unit offices/properties.

Federal Export Control – There are serious federal regulations regarding the protection of classified information, intellectual property, and technology hardware when dealing with foreign nations. This issue applies to grant submissions, international travel, or other activities by faculty and staff that will engage foreign nations. If faculty and staff will be involved with international projects/travel related to a grant/contract, please consult Jared Whinery. If it is something else then please consult with is Amanda Ashe, Senior Research Compliance Officer III. Her contact information is 581-1480 amanda.l.ashe@maine.edu  Please keep the administrator of your unit informed about these issues and communications. For more information regarding the Federal Export Control Regulations please refer to this link:  https://umaine.edu/research-compliance/export-control/

Unrestricted Gifts received for some type of work: For many years, some faculty & professional staff have received funding that has been identified as an “unrestricted gift” but there was some type of work, often field research, expected. It is important to understand that the requirement to do specific research and/or produce reports means that the funds cannot be considered a gift, but must be defined as a grant, service, or DIC (Department of Industrial Cooperation) project. It is important for each person to know the difference prior to making commitments to a potential funder. Please contact the Operations office (Jared Whinery or Dennis Harrington) with the specifics of what you are being asked to do – they will help to clarify which UMaine policies apply.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to PI Richard Brzozowski who has been awarded $11,600 by Cultivating Community (sub award on their USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant) for his “Incubator Farm” project. Through AgrAbility, Richard and Cooperative Extensions AgrAbility Professional, Leilani Carlson, will help make veterans aware of the education, agricultural rehabilitation and business development opportunities available through Cultivating Community’s Incubator Farm training programs.

Congratulations to PI Lily Calderwood who has been awarded $2,500 the USDA-NIFA via the University of Vermont for her role in the “Climate Adaptation Fellowship Program”. As a part of this program, Lily is in a supporting role in the development of a climate change adaptation curriculum for fruit and vegetable growers. As a member of the Fruit and Vegetable Subgroup, she is providing her expertise on small and large-scale fruit production with the goal of making sure that the curriculum developed is in a form that specifically addresses the needs of fruit and vegetable growers.

Congratulations to PI Ronald Fournier who has been awarded $35,650 by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the “4-H Shooting Sports YR7” project. These funds will allow the UMaine Cooperative Extension via the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center to grow the 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor base and specifically, will allow us to target central Maine in an attempt to reach a greater population of new instructors. Funding will also support youth and adult participation through various activities at Bryant Pond, as well as many programs that will be held around the state.

Congratulations to PI Jason Bolton and Co-PI Robson Machado who have been awarded $207,873 by the State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) for their “On Farm Readiness Review” 3-year project. During this project, Jason, Rob, and staff will provide 60 On Farm Readiness Reviews which will help in training farmers to set specific parameters to prevent foodborne illness as it relates to the farm’s growing, harvesting and packing of produce. This project is an integral part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Training that is currently being offered.

Congratulations to PI Rick Kersbergen and Co-PI Caragh Fitzgerald who have been awarded $53,513 by NESARE for their “Developing Corn Silage Systems to Meet the Needs of Cover Crops” project. Many of the standard practices recommended for optimum corn silage production often reduce the potential for interseeded cover crops to be successful. This project seeks to evaluate options for interseeded cover crops to be more successful in improving soil cover and quality. In addition to research trials, Rick and Caragh will conduct on-farm workshops and demonstrations along with presenting results at grower meetings and in-service training for other educators and service providers.

Congratulations to PI Jason Lilley who has been awarded $15,361 by the University of New Hampshire as a sub-award for their NESARE project titled “Expanding no-till vegetable production through the combination of high-residue cover crops and solarizing tarps”. For this project, Jason will be conducting on-farm, tarped, no-till vegetable production research at four small-scale organic vegetable farms throughout Maine. Field days will be held in both year one and two at these field sites to demonstrate the technique to other growers.

Congratulations to PI James Dill who has been awarded $65,000 by the Maine Board of Pesticide Control (Maine Department of Ag) for the “Pesticide Editor 2018-2019” project. This award provides funding for the Pesticide Safety Education Program Professional whose main focus is writing and editing the Pesticide Safety Education Program educational training manuals.

Congratulations to PI Mitchell Mason who has been awarded $500 by the National 4-H Council for the “#empoweringMEandyou 4-H Healthy Relationships for Teens” project. Led by Sara Conant (Cumberland County CEA) and Alisha Targonski (Kennebec County 4-H Professional), Maine teenagers who attended the 4-H Healthy Living Summit will bring their acquired knowledge back to design and deliver programming to other Middle and High School teens about healthy relationships with their peers, family, and others.

Search Updates
Dean of Extension – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Lewiston) – Re-posted
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Diagnostic Lab/Orono – Paula Sereyko hired
Pesticide Safety Education Program Professional – Kerry Bernard hired
Molecular Diagnostic Professional – Thomas Rounsville hired
Produce Safety Professional – Preparing to Advertise
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Oxford County – Tayla Mann hired
Agriculture and Food Systems Professional – Oxford County – Becca Long hired
Administrative Specialist CL2 – York County – Elizabeth Clock hired
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Jeffrey Colpitts hired
Administrative Specialist CL3 – Andro/Sag County – Nicholas Fraunfelter hired
Web Professional – Orono Communications – Interviewing
4-H CEA – Somerset County – Advertising
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates –2017–18. Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
July 23 Phelps Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
August 20 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 14 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
October 3 Brzozowski Sulinski Augusta – Farmhouse 11
October 25 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
November 14 Phelps New Dean Orono – 102B Libby Hall
December 7th New Dean Prichard Augusta – Farmhouse 11

 

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes May 10, 2018

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Orono – 102B Libby Hall

Facilitator: Dennis Harrington
Note-taker: Richard Brzozowski

Present: John Rebar, Lisa Phelps, Jon Prichard, Dennis Harrington, Fran Sulinski, and Richard Brzozowski

Gayle Zydlewski, incoming Director of Maine Sea Grant, attended as a guest at 10:30 am. The ELT members met with Gayle for a conversation about the Extension-Sea Grant partnership.  We discussed ways to further our partnership and committed to communicate regularly.  Reporting by Sea Grant Extension personnel was discussed.  Regarding reporting, we’d like to have at least one success story per year by Extension Sea Grant personnel.   We also discussed a possible partnership in applying for a new funding opportunity from NIFA on sustainable agricultural systems.  Brzozowski emailed information on this opportunity to Gayle.  Another potential partnership with Extension is with Native American studies department and our proposed split appointment of a faculty member focusing on food sovereignty.  We also discussed possible connections with 4-H like Follow a Researcher®, camp and learning centers, STEM Ambassadors and the STEM Tool Kits. Jon Prichard will continue to engage with Gayle and the Extension Sea Grant team on a regular basis.

Updates:

  • 4-H Foundation – The annual meeting is scheduled for May 16, 2018 on campus in the Wells Commons. National 4-H Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer, Hazel Goodwin, is planning to attend the 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting.
  • Diagnostic & Research Lab – The open house is planned for Friday, June 22, 2018. Invitations will be sent out this week.
  • The Maine Food and Agriculture Center – We are working on a new website with a searchable data base of members and expertise areas.
  • Extension Dean Search – The Extension Dean position has been posted.

Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator Conference Proposal – Kate Garland submitted an independent proposal to the ELT to attend the Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator National Conference August 6-9, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. The ELT agreed to provide partial funding ($800) for her participation.

Refilling the Somerset CEA – The 4-H CEA in Somerset County, Kirsten Hallowell, has resigned. The ELT agreed to fill the vacant Somerset County 4-H position at .2 FTE level (8 hours/week).

Mentoring Handbook – UMaine Extension has a Faculty Mentoring Handbook adapted for our use by Louise Franck Cyr who served as our Special Project PA for faculty orientation years ago. That handbook remains available to our faculty and includes information specific to faculty evaluation processes. Fran further adapted that handbook for use by hourly and professional staff. The ELT reviewed and approved the handbook.  It will soon be posted to the website and linked to our new employee orientation checklists.   Fran will announce this new handbook via email.

Orientation of the Dean of Cooperative Extension – The ELT is beginning to discuss a strategy for orienting the new dean.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to PI John Jemison who has been awarded $6,200 by the Maine Potato Board for his “Evaluating High Glucosinolate Mustard as an Alternative to Cholopicrin to Control Verticillium” project.  This project will compare the effectiveness of verticillium wilt (VW) control with high glucosinolate mustard as opposed to using a soil fumigant, Cholorpicrin.  The results of the research will be presented at the annual Maine Potato Board Conference and will assist growers in the decision-making process for controlling VW.

Future Agenda Items:
Guests: On May 31st, Ryder Scott will join the ELT to provide his annual Camp and Learning Centers update at 11 AM. *This meeting will take place in Augusta.

Early September. What should the focus of the next Hall of Flags be? Do we have a date yet? The 4-H Page component is very visible and beneficial. Possible features for the next Hall of Flags include the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Search Updates
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Lewiston) – Re-posted
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Diagnostic Lab/Orono – Offer made and accepted
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Cooperative Extension/EFNEP/Wild BB – Orono – Colby Darling hired
Pesticide Safety Education Program Professional – Advertising
Molecular Diagnostic Professional – Interviewing
Produce Safety Professional – Preparing to Advertise
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Oxford County – Advertising
Assistant Director – Bryant Pond – Nicolette Gagnon hired
Agriculture and Food Systems Professional – Oxford County – Interviewing
Administrative Specialist CL2 – York County – Advertising (re-posted)
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL3 – Andro/Sag County – Screening applicants
Web Professional – Orono Communications – Preparing to advertise

ELT Meeting Dates –2017–18. Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
May 31 Brzozowski Sulinski Augusta – Farmhouse 11
June 28 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11
July 23 Phelps Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
August 20 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 14 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
October 3 Brzozowski Sulinski Augusta – Farmhouse 11
October 25 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
November 14 Phelps New Dean Orono – 102B Libby Hall
December 7th New Dean Prichard Augusta – Farmhouse 11


 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes March 28, 2018

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
March 28, 2018
Orono – 102B Libby Hall

Facilitator: John Rebar
Note-taker: Jon Prichard

University of Maine Diagnostic & Research Laboratory
The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the University of Maine Diagnostic & Research Laboratory is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2018.  The laboratory was formerly referred to as the Plant, Animal, and Insect Laboratory (PAIL).

Work and Personal Balance Workshop
The Work and Personal Life Balance workshop held on March 15 in Bangor went very well, with a great turnout, and lots of positive energy from the day.

HR and Job Search Processes
Fran is working with Brian Drisko from HR so that we can be as efficient and accurate as possible with our job searches.

Extension and Native American Studies
The ELT visited with Dr. Darren Ranco, Chair of Native American Programs, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Coordinator of Native American Research at UMaine to explore ways that Extension might collaborate with him and his programs.

Extension Graduate Assistant
Dan Cox is the current Grad Assistant working with Cooperative Extension to support some of our instructional design needs. Dan will finish his first-year GA position with us in May and he is interested in returning to a GA position for next year and working with us this summer. The ELT approved offering a GA position to Dan for the 2018-2019 academic year to continue to support our instructional design needs.

Supervisory changes in Washington, Hancock, and York counties
With John Rebar’s approaching retirement, the ELT is making some changes to our county assignment of responsibilities as the next Dean of Extension will not expect to be supervising county based faculty and professional staff.  As of July 1, Washington and Hancock Counties will be working with Lisa Phelps. To balance the workload, Lisa will be relinquishing working with York County and Jon Prichard will become the PA for York County.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to PI Kate Yerxa and Co-PI Kathy Savoie who have been awarded $7,000 by Utah State University for their “ASA24 Field Test Pilot Study” project.  The prime award is a USDA NIFA AFRI award.  In this project, Kate and Kathy will train 4 UMaine EFNEP staff members to deliver the online, Automated, Self-administered 24-hour Dietary Assessment (ASA24) to a minimum of 10 program participants.  This trial will help to develop study instruments and protocols for future assessment and study.

Congratulations to PI Danielle O’Neill who has been awarded $45,000 by The Betterment Fund for her “4H Camper Financial Assistance” initiative.  This is a 3-year award with $15,000 available per year.  This initiative provides financial assistance to campers who will be attending programs at the 4H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond.  These programs offer a rich, year-round curriculum that supports larger educational goals and are closely tied to Maine’s Learning Results outcomes.  The campers support will be primarily from the Oxford and Franklin County areas.

Congratulations to PI Ellen Mallory who has been awarded $8,993 by The Brewer’s Association for her “Spring Barley Varieties – Beer” project.  This is the 3rd year of funding for this research.  The funding will support the evaluation of 25 barley varieties in the Eastern Spring Barley Nursery (ESBN) in 2018 in nine states in the Eastern US.  The goal of the research is to determine if varieties developed outside of the region may be adapted for local production.

Future Agenda Items:

May 9th ELT: Brian Drisko, HRP and Chris Lindstrom, VP of Human Resources at 10:30.

Early September. What should the focus of the next Hall of Flags be? Do we have a date yet? The 4-H Page component is very visible and beneficial. Possible features for the next Hall of Flags include the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Search Updates
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – Orono – Matthew Wallhead hired
Wild Blueberry Specialist – Orono – Lily Calderwood hired
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Lewiston) – Offer made
Administrative Specialist CL1 – Cumberland County – Nicole Lennart hired
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Diagnostic Lab/Orono – Interviewing
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Cooperative Extension/EFNEP/Wild BB – Orono – Interviewing
Administrative Specialist CL3 – Bryant Pond – Joyce Donnaruma hired
Pesticide Safety Education Program Professional – Advertising
Molecular Diagnostic Professional – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Oxford County – Advertising
Assistant Director – Bryant Pond – Preparing to advertise
Agriculture and Food Systems Professional – Oxford County – Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates –2017–18. Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
April 19 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
May 10 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 31 Brzozowski Sulinski Augusta – TBD
June 28 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes March 5, 2018

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
March 5, 2018
102B Libby Hall

Facilitator: Fran Sulinski
Note-taker: John Rebar

General Updates:

  • Lisa attended the National 4-H Program Leaders meeting in Las Vegas last week.
  • 4-H Animal Science Committee Meeting was held on Saturday, March 3. The ELT thanks the many staff with 4-H responsibilities that attended to work with and support the 4-H volunteers who conduct animal science programming.
  • There is a new travel Administrative Practices Letter (APL) that applies to all employees. The amended APL will initiate consequences for those employees who travel out-of-state without prior approval.  The APL further clarifies that in-state travel meals are not reimbursable, however this policy continues to be reviewed for exemptions for specific job categories. Everyone is encouraged to review the APL and ask UMS Procurement questions or raise concerns. Information on the changes and the APL were sent to all employees by Amanda Miles via email on Feb. 9.
  • The USDA-NIFA Annual Report of Activities and Accomplishments for FY 2017 is due by April 1, 2018. Jon and Dennis are working diligently on UMaine Extension’s report.
  • The National AgrAbility Conference will be occurring March 19-22 in Portland. The ELT commends Leilani Carlson for her outstanding efforts for her role in organizing the conference.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Frank Drummond who has been named UMaine’s Distinguished Maine Professor for 2018. The award is made by the UMaine Alumni Association and is considered the most prestigious faculty award. Frank holds a joint appointment with the School of Biology & Ecology and Cooperative Extension.
  • The ELT thanks Kate Yerxa for her leadership in the development and submission of the SNAP-Ed proposal that was submitted to the state in February. This grant application was the largest single proposal ever submitted in Extension’s history and represents a huge potential to bring quality education to SNAP recipients.  The ELT also is very grateful for the way that our entire organization has embraced the potential of bringing SNAP-Ed back into Extension’s portfolio.
  • John Jemison has been nominated for the Steve Gould Award for his work with the Orono Community Garden. This award recognizes outstanding public service and has been awarded to Extension in the past with the Harvest for Hunger program.
  • A new director has been appointed to Maine Sea Grant. Gayle Zydlewski, Associate Professor of Marine Science at UMaine will begin her new position on July 1.  Jon Prichard will lead an orientation to Extension for Gayle.

York County Administrative Specialist Vacancy
Rebecca Gowdy is retiring on May 10th and the York County Extension office has requested approval for fill the anticipated vacancy.  The ELT is very grateful for the work that Becky has done for Extension in York County and beyond.  The ELT approved initiating the search for a successor to Becky.

Maine 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting
The date for this year’s Maine 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting will be on May 16th at the Wells Conference Center.  The focus will be on 4-H science.  This is a premier event for the 4-H Foundation and will have a different format for this year.

Revisions and Updates to Volunteer Training Modules
Jennifer Lobley and Dan Cox, Graduate Assistant in Instructional Design, who is funded through Extension (Doris Ladd Fund) are updating four modules that help orient new volunteers to UMaine Cooperative Extension.  Lisa shared the progress that is being made to date. The new modules will have active links to programming resources and additional information on Extension.   The ELT appreciates Jen’s leadership in the creation and management of education information for volunteers, and the ELT is excited with the technical enhancements that Dan has introduced to the modules.

MOU between UMaine Cooperative Extension and the Maine 4-H Foundation
There is no formal agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) between the Maine 4-H Foundation and UMaine Cooperative Extension.  John is suggesting that an agreement be developed and approved by both organizations.  An agreement would protect the interests of both entities and clearly delineate the working relationship between the organizations.  John will work with Lisa and Susan Jennings on an initial draft.  The tentative goal is to complete the MOU by the May 16th Annual Meeting of the Maine 4-H Foundation.

Request to Support Incentives for Faculty Awards
The Policy Advisory Committee of the faculty is seeking ELT support for incentives for awards to Cooperative Extension faculty.  The PAC has three annual awards.  The ELT has decided to allocate up to $1,500 in additional professional development for award to deserving faculty members by the PAC each fiscal year (October – September) The awards will be available until September 30; of the year the award is made.  This allocation is contingent upon the availability of professional development funding and may not be available in difficult budget years.  These additional funds will be available for the first time in FY 2019

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to PI Lakesh Sharma and Co-PIs Sukhwinder Bali and James Dwyer who have been awarded $91,432 by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Specialty Crop Block Grant program for their “Development of Advance Phosphorous Recommendations for Maine Potato Growers” 3-year project.  Objectives of this study are to create robust grower specific Phosphorous recommendations utilizing multiple sites that will include varied soil textures, soil moisture, and weather conditions.

Search Updates

Home Horticulture Professional – Cumberland County – Pamela Hargest hired
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – Orono
Offer made and accepted
Wild Blueberry Specialist – OronoOffer made and accepted
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Lewiston) – Offer made
Administrative Specialist CL1 – Cumberland County – Re-posted
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Diagnostic Lab/Orono – Screening applicants
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Cooperative Extension/EFNEP/Wild BB – Orono – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL3 – Bryant Pond – Joyce Donnaruma hired
Pesticide Safety Education Program Professional – Preparing to Advertise
Molecular Diagnostic Professional – Preparing to Advertise
Food Science and Safety Specialist – Preparing to Advertise

ELT Meeting Dates –2017–18. Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
March 28 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
April 19 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
May 9 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 31 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 28 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11