2017 Northeast Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leaders Meeting

boiled lobster in pot with corn on the cob; photo by Edwin RemsbergOctober 19-20, 2017
Merrill Farmhouse
75 Merrill Road, Gray, Maine

Cost: $130 for overnight guests, $25 for those not staying overnight

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Participants will learn about regionalizing Northeast Extension fee-based products for mutual financial benefit and resource management gain, what land grant institutions can do to encourage innovation in today’s political and economic environment, grant opportunities available to Extension and University personnel, farmers, and graduate students in the region, how to connect and stay connected with the USDA-NIFA Federal Office, and the successful onboarding of new staff.


Innovative Program Ideas Presentations

We are seeking one 10-minute presentation from each participating institution that shares information on an innovative program that is being offered to new or underserved audiences on unique or emerging topics by your institution. See details.


Agenda (Tentative)

Thursday, October 19

11:00 AM – Noon: Check in

Noon – 1:00 PM: Lunch Together

1:00 – 3:00 PM: Feasibility of Regionalizing Northeast Extension projects/publications/educational programs that generate “funds” after actual cost recovery. Facilitated discussion of the “stand out” products and the feasibility for regionalizing any fee-based products for mutual financial benefit and resource management gain. An inventory of Northeast fee based products, harvested from website info, is being compiled by Kathleen Carroll, UMass, and Program leaders will be contacted with the draft list to determine if actual cost recovery occurred and whether “excess funds” were generated.

3:00 – 3:30 PM: Three 10-minute presentations of successful Extension programs from Northeast states.

3:30 – 3:45 PM: Break

3:45 – 4:45 PM: Book discussion — Creativity, Inc. by Edward Catmull. Everyone received a copy of this book in July and a facilitated discussion will explore what land grant institutions can do to encourage innovation in today’s political and economic environment. Please bring three ideas that could be implemented in your respective institution and how you would implement their adoption.

4:45 – 5:45 PM: Overview of SARE. Vern Grubinger, SARE Northeast Regional Coordinator, based at the University of Vermont, will give an overview on grant opportunities available to Extension and University personnel, farmers, and graduate students in the region.

6:00 PM: Dinner Together. Program leaders will prepare dinner in the large country kitchen where we are meeting. Please feel free to bring food/drink/product or ingredient to share for which your state is famous. Lobsters are confirmed. Bring your own apron.

Friday, October 20

Breakfast Together

8:00 – 8:30 AM: Three 10-minute presentations of successful Extension programs from Northeast states.

8:30 – 9:30 AM: USDA-NIFA Federal Office Staff via zoom. Bill Hoffman’s office at NIFA will give us information on how to connect and stay connected to this office. They will also discuss the Farm Bill, the FY18 budget, and how best to learn about grant opportunities.

9:30 – 10:00 AM: Three 10-minute presentations of successful Extension programs from Northeast states.

10:00 – Noon: Mentoring and Onboarding Procedures for New Educators and Faculty. Andy Lazur will present the work done at the University of Maryland for successful onboarding of new staff, followed by a discussion including the recent onboarding efforts in other states.

Lunch at the Farmhouse or to take on the road.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Angela Hart at 207.581.2811 or 800.287.0274 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.