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10/05/01 UPDATE: The National Public Policy Education Conference originally scheduled for September 16-19, 2001, WILL NOT be rescheduled. We appreciate all the effort made by speakers and committee members to juggle schedules and reconfigure a program on short notice. In the end, we concluded that the rescheduled conference would not meet the needs of the intended audience.

Farm Foundation will reimburse any expenses you incurred as a consequence of this cancellation.

A special committee has been appointed to explore future alternatives for this annual activity. The report of this committee will be delivered to the National Public Policy Education Committee in November for their consideration.

We trust that a newly structured policy education conference will be held in Reno, September 14-18, 2002, as previously scheduled.

Remember, many speaker presentations are posted to the conference web site. Please use these materials as you wish.

The National Public Policy Education Committee will meet later this fall to plan future activities.

  • The 2001 National Public Policy Education Conference will be held, September 16-19, 2001, Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205, Tel: 800-345-9285 or 210-223-4361, Fax: 210-228-0022. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel and mention you are with the NPPEC to get the special conference rate of $103 single or double. Click here to view a map,

  • This annual conference, sponsored by the National Public Policy Education Committee (NPPEC) and Farm Foundation, provides an opportunity for all extension professionals to gain valuable information on important public issues and improve their public issues educational skills. Sessions will focus on challenges facing rural governments, evaluation and accountability of public issues education programs, economic issues of an aging population, creativity in urban growth management, genetically modified foods, the changing rural workforce, food security and hunger, and the 2002 Farm Bill. A draft program is available  here. There will also be a poster session. Details are available  here.

  • A registration fee of $240 ($275 after August 31) will cover three breakfasts, coffee breaks, two lunches, the Sunday evening reception, and  Tuesday evening tour and dinner at the 7A Ranch in Hondo, Texas. The registration form is available  here.

  • This year's conference features two optional preconference workshops on Sunday, September 16. These events are described  here. A separate registration fee is charged for each of these events. Please refer to the  registration form for details.

  • Farm Foundation and the National Public Policy Education Committee sponsors the R.J. Hildreth Award for Career Achievement in Public Policy Education and the Outstanding Public Issues Education Program Award. These awards are given annually at the National Public Policy Education Conference to honor individuals who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and public service through public policy education programs. Nomination materials for these awards are available here.

  • Farm Foundation has established a $10,000 fund to pay transportation expenses for extension personnel who need financial assistance to attend the conference. An application for transportation assistance can be found  here or requested from our office and should be returned to Farm Foundation by June 30, 2001. Lodging and other conference expenses must be covered by the participants or their sponsoring extension unit.




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