EXTENSION COMMITTEE ON ORGANIZATION AND POLICY (ECOP)
ECOP Homepage: http://www.extension.org/ecop
ECOP is an elected committee which represents the 57 state and territorial cooperative extension systems in policy decisions, and provides nationwide program and organizational leadership. Structurally, ECOP works through the Association, in concert with the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to initiate strategic planning and identify nationwide issues that lead to program and budget priorities. It represents the states and territories in legislative matters before Congress and develops and maintains linkages and supportive relationships with other national organizations and associations.