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NEW: National Extension Tourism network e-zine highlights successes, presents case studies

NEW: National Extension Tourism network e-zine highlights successes, presents case studies

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 NET Effect: Members of the National Extension Tourism network help raise the bar in sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation is now available online.

The 57-page publication contains eight case studies that explore innovative Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant work in sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation. It features work being done in Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.

The magazine is an outcome of a partnership of the National Extension Tourism (NET) design team, the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD), and the New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) grant program. The NET design team, in collaboration with the NERCRD, was one of more than 20 teams awarded a 2022 NTAE grant, which gave NET critical funding and support to scale up the network’s activities.

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.

Recently, the NET team also published the National Extension Tourism 2021 Conference Proceedings, increasing access to the impactful work presented at  NET’s 2021 Conference: Navigating the Uncharted. That publication 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.

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 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.

Related Reading:

Extension Climate and Extreme Weather Programming: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities

Clearinghouse for Cleaner Water: Watershed Education Hub (University of Minnesota)

Ecosystems Services in Working Lands Practice and Policy of the U.S. Northeast

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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. 

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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