eXtension Awards Five CoPs Enhancement Funds

eXtension recently awarded five Communities of Practice with $30,000 each to assist them in further development of their CoP and to publish content for their end users. To qualify for Enhancement Funds communities could not have received start up funds from eXtension. In fact, the CoPs awarded were communities that voluntarily formed and started working with what little funds the specific community brought to the table. If you are interested in any of these communities, consider joining them by clicking on the highlighted community of practice name. The five Communities of Practice are:

Agriculture Law
This CoP deals with legal issues surrounding agriculture production, food system participation, natural resources conservation and landownership.

Cooperatives
This national team consists of extension specialists, researchers, teaching faculty, cooperative industry representatives and other who are interested in the cooperative business model and enterprises. The goals of the community are to share research based information, decision aids and other resources with stakeholders involved with the cooperative industry.

Companion Animals
An online resource for companion animal owners and enthusiasts – from dogs and cats to rabbits and guinea pigs – providing unbiased, research-based information and tools.

Evaluation
Professional Development Community of Practice focusing on evaluation of Extension programs.

Public Deliberation
The intent of this PDCoP is to help Extension professionals gain the set of skills, competencies, and experiences needed to effectively employ citizen-centered approaches as a core part of their Extension engagement activities. It is also intended as a place to network with others who share in the challenges of university-community engagement.