Committees

Professional Improvement Council

The committees that comprise the Professional Improvement Council are charged with the responsibility of providing professional improvement opportunities for members with responsibilities in the various committee areas. This includes the development of professional improvement opportunities, securing resources to fund these activities, and promoting these activities to members. Professional improvement program ideas should come from the total membership to this committee through the various district chairs.  As ideas for professional improvement are brought to the committee, it will be the responsibility of the committee to determine if the idea for professional improvement is feasible and, if so, then determine what course should be taken to offer this opportunity to members. These committees are devoted to enhancing the opportunities for our members to become more knowledgeable and competent in subject matter areas in which they work. Examples of training activities that might be included within this category include: discussion groups, seminars, webinars, refereed papers, demonstration sharing, study tours, and interstate/international exchanges.  The Professional Improvement Council shall be comprised of the State Chairs of the following committees: 

Agricultural Economics & Community Development

Agronomy & Pest Management

Animal Science

Horticulture & Turfgrass

Natural Resources/Aquaculture

Sustainable Agriculture

Extension Development Council

The Extension Development Council strives to enhance the professionalism of our members by providing opportunities for strengthening their leadership and educational delivery skills. One common thread among NCACAA members is the fact that we are all Extension agents/educators. Therefore, it is imperative that our organization strengthen and continue to offer training in the process of how to become better extension professionals. This is the one area that effectively separates NCACAA from other subject specific professional organizations. The sub-areas of the Extension Development Council are not to be subject matter specific, but rather cover broad, general extension related topics. The Extension Development Council shall be comprised of the State Chairs of the following committees: 

Agricultural Issues & Public Relations

  • The Agricultural Issues and Public Relations Committee provides educational opportunities that help NCACAA members identify, define, and educationally address issues in agriculture that impact the sustainability of agriculture operations in their areas. In addition, it encourages and trains members to carry out high impact public relations projects to enhance appreciation for and an overall understanding of agriculture. This charge includes the development of professional improvement opportunities, securing resources to fund these activities, and promoting these activities to members. Professional improvement program ideas should come from the total membership to this committee through the various District Chairs.  As ideas for professional improvement are brought to the Agriculture Issues and Public Relations Committee, it will be the responsibility of the committee to determine if the idea for professional improvement is feasible, and if so, then determine what course should be taken to offer this opportunity to members. The Committee also assists at the state level in coordinating the Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) Program and promotion of the program to the NCACAA membership. 

Early Career Development

  • The Early Career Development Committee develops professional improvement education programs that will assist members who are early in their career to maximize and successfully complete their Extension education experiences. The Committee will also help train members in management positions, or those who are in other positions that might play a role in mentoring new professionals, to assist those who are new to Extension. This charge also includes the securing of resources to fund these activities and the responsibility to promote these activities to members. Professional improvement program ideas should come from the total membership to this committee through the various District Chairs.  As ideas for professional improvement are brought to the Early Career Development Committee, it will be the responsibility of the committee to determine if the idea for professional improvement is feasible, and if so, then determine what course should be taken to offer this opportunity to members. 

Leadership & Administrative Skills

  • The Leadership and Administrative Skills Committee strives to improve and enhance the administrative skills of all NCACAA members regardless of the degree of administrative responsibility. Possible areas of focus could include working with State legislators and other local government officials, general office administration, budgetary skills, personnel management and evaluation, administering volunteers, developing position descriptions and grant writing. This charge includes the development of professional improvement opportunities, securing resources to fund these activities, and promoting these activities to members. Professional improvement program ideas should come from the total membership to this committee through the various District Chairs. As ideas for professional improvement are brought to the Leadership and Administrative Skills Committee, it will be the responsibility of the committee to determine if the idea for professional improvement is feasible, and if so, then determine what course should be taken to offer this opportunity to members. 

Teaching & Educational Technologies

  • The Teaching and Educational Technologies Committee focuses on the development of programs to assist members in learning non-traditional Extension education skills. Possible areas of focus could include electronic multi-media skills, computer networking, compressed video, electronic communications, distance education, and traditional teaching skills. This charge includes the development of professional improvement opportunities, securing resources to fund these activities, and promoting these activities to members. Professional improvement program ideas should come from the total membership to this committee through the various District Chairs. As ideas for professional improvement are brought to the Teaching and Educational Technologies Committee, it will be the responsibility of the committee to determine if the idea for professional improvement is feasible, and if so, then determine what course should be taken to offer this opportunity to members. 
Program Recognition Council

4-H and Youth

Communications

Professional Excellence

  • The Professional Excellence Committee focuses on showcasing excellence in the program efforts of NACAA members.  This will be done by giving members the opportunity to present posters with abstracts at both the NCACAA State Meeting and the NACAA Annual Meeting/Professional Improvement Conference.  Another objective of this committee is to assist members with their career promotion and performance evaluations.  If the member has distinguished himself/herself by becoming a national finalist in an award program, the abstract of their award-winning program will be published.  In addition, abstracts from all accepted poster session entrants will be published as well in the Annual Meeting Proceedings.  Committee chair should encourage and recruit members to submit posters for the Poster Session to their respective District Chair.  Chairs are responsible for providing NACAA guidelines for poster preparation and judging to state members.  Duties also include providing information to members related to poster preparation, writing abstracts, and guidance on the NACAA website poster application submission process.

Public Relations

Scholarship

Search for Excellence

Other Committees

Life Member Committee

Benevolence

Constitution & Bylaws

Internal Communications

Membership Services

Nominating

Trust Fund