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Extension Foundation Announces 2021-2022 New Technologies for Ag Extension Projects


The Extension Foundation will be supporting 20 projects across Cooperative Extension as part of its third year of the New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) program. This program is made possible by funding from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through a partnership with Oklahoma State University and the Extension Foundation. This program serves all Land-Grant Universities in the United States. The combined award going directly to all projects is approximately $1.26M.

Projects selected for NTAE participate in the Extension Foundation’s Program Accelerator. The Program Accelerator is a unique partnership between a project/program team and the resources of the Extension Foundation for a year of rapid growth and progress resulting in expanding the team’s local impact and national potential. Our unique methods and team of Catalysts and Key Informants work uniquely with each team to produce scalable, better resourced, and more effective programs and community-based initiatives through a one-year boost of additional support.

2021-2022 New Technologies for Ag Extension Program Acceleration Awards:

  • All Rural Development Centers, Fall Listening Sessions
  • Cornell University, The 4-H Pathways Project and ECOP 4-H Program Action Team
  • ECOP, Health Program Action Team
  • ECOP, Urban Program Action Team
  • ECOP, Workforce Program Action Team
  • North Carolina State University, The Juntos Program
  • Northeastern Regional Center for Rural Development, National Extension Tourism Network
  • Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Master Irrigator Program
  • Southern Rural Development Center, Coming Together for Racial Understanding (CTRU) and ECOP DEI Program Action Team
  • Southern Rural Development Center, National Digital Education Extension Team (NDEET) and ECOP Broadband Program Action Team
  • University of Arizona, An Extension Implementation Toolkit for the Diabetes Prevention Program
  • University of California Integrated Pest Management Center, Artificial Intelligence Chatbot
  • University of Georgia, The National Center for Home Food Preservation and Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Search
  • University of Kentucky, The New American Farmer - Equipping Urbanites for Food Production
  • University of Minnesota, Watershed Education Planning (WEP) Hub
  • University of Missouri, Program Evaluation for Farm and Ranch Stress and Suicide Prevention
  • University of New Hampshire, UNH Engagement Hub
  • University of the District of Columbia, Project Demeter
  • Utah State University, Remote Online Initiative
  • Western Rural Development Center, The National Extension Climate Initiative and ECOP Climate Program Action Team

To help lead the NTAE Program Accelerator, the Extension Foundation leverages a team of Catalysts that help mentor and guide Extension projects and best connect those projects with the Extension Foundation’s Key Informant resources. Catalysts for 2021-2022 include:

  • Dr. Barbara Board, District Extension Director Emeritus, Virginia Tech; Retired Eastern Region Extension Director and Interim Associate Administrator, North Carolina A&T State University.
  • Dr. Chuck Hibberd, Retired Dean of Cooperative Extension, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Dr. Chuck Ross, Retired Director of Extension, University of Vermont
  • Dr. Dawn Mellion, Retired Vice-Chancellor for Southern University Cooperative Extension.
  • Dr. Dyremple Marsh, Retired College Dean, Research Director, and Extension Administrator, Delaware State University
  • Dr. Fred Schlutt, Retired Vice Provost for Extension and Outreach at University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dr. Jimmy Henning, Extension Professor, Former Director of Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky
  • Dr. Rick Klemme, Former Executive Director, ECOP, Former Dean & Director, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension
  • Dr. Scott Reed, Emeritus Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Oregon State University

The Extension Foundation’s Key Informants work directly with teams to provide on-demand professional expertise to support scaling and programming efforts. Key Informant services include support in digital engagement, partnership development, leadership development, marketing, evaluation, and more.

To learn more about NTAE, please visit Cooperative Extension professionals from all Land-grant universities are invited to join Connect Extension at to stay up to date with the progress of NTAE projects.

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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