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Program Conference is coming

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Extension Program Conference in Duluth is just over a month away. My philosophy is—and has been in my various roles—to encourage attendance with the quality of the agenda. I want to call attention to the Wednesday program, which will be specific to our ag, horticulture, and natural resources area. The agenda includes big-picture thinking and operational (think marketing) offerings, and it is primarily based on input from the advisory committee, who represent you. We will have both active and passive learning. In contrast to past years, we are emphasizing a full-group session for the day.

Thanks much to everyone who completed the survey last month about our work in the College/Center. You shared great information that will steer decisions and allow us to better serve you and your teams.

I also want to acknowledge the effort teams are investing in their program business plans. I have met with many teams during staff development sessions this summer, and your level of engagement and the growth in this effort is appreciated.

I hope to see you in Duluth!

-Mike Schmitt

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