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Nice seeing you at Program Conference!

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Several items resonate as I reflect on our day together last Wednesday at Program Conference. I learned many of you are really good team members--and rather competitive--as we did the team building exercise with Nate Meyer. I appreciate all the great feedback I received regarding our Center's vision. Based on your input, I realized how I should alter my view and restate some value chain ideas--thank you. I think everyone had some solid "aha" moments as Stephen Castleberry spoke about pricing, branding, and digital marketing. Finally, the discussion about sharing program business plans among program teams was productive. Look for an upcoming message about how you can access program business plans in the near future.

There is no doubt that Extension Program Conference is the week of the year I look forward to most. I appreciate hearing Dean Durgan describe our goals for the next year while highlighting that we're all ONE Extension. And, most of all, I look forward to seeing each of you. While I get the privilege to give the State of the Center talk, please note that I value the opportunity to listen to you individually--at Conference and all year. Thanks to everyone that made this Conference a priority on their calendars--it was great seeing you.
-Mike Schmitt

PS: View the slides from my State of the Center talk here.

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