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NEW: National Extension Tourism (NET) Conference Proceedings Available

The Extension Foundation has added a new title to its library that documents a wide array of tourism-related applied research and outreach programs. The National Extension Tourism 2021 Conference Proceedings - published with support from the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development Center (NERCRD) - is now available online.

The mission of the National Extension Tourism network (NET) is to integrate research, education, and outreach within Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant to support sustainable tourism. This work contributes in meaningful ways to the long-term economic development, environmental stewardship, and socio-cultural well-being of communities and regions.

The goal of the publication is to increase access to the impactful work presented at  NET’s 2021 Conference: Navigating the Uncharted. It covers three categories of information: data, training, and marketing. In addition, it provides an overview of the U.S. recreation economy (including the impacts of COVID-19), results of a national agritourism survey, and case studies that will prove helpful for Extension and other organizations.

The publication was edited by Lisa Chase, University of Vermont; Natalie Chin, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant; and Xinyi Qian, University of Minnesota Tourism Center. Administrative support was provided by NERCRD employees Kim Boonie, Kristen Devlin, and Jason Entsminger.

NET receives administrative support from the Regional Rural Development Centers, which receive core funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The New Technologies for Agriculture Extension (NTAE) program provided additional support. The NET team was one of the Year Three NTAE projects; an additional publication featuring NET’s work will be available in October.

The Extension Foundation has recently added new titles to its library. Topics include creating digital dashboards and resource hubs, Indigenous food sovereignty, DEI, mass media campaigns, game-based education, innovating curriculum, prescribed fire, emergency preparation and response, understanding food labels, and building resilience of farm and farm families. You can find the entire library of publications here.

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This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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