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National Extension Climate Initiative needs Beta Testers for Climate Curriculum

Have you wanted to learn more about climate change yourself, and how to help your clientele address the impacts it can cause? Since we first came together, members of the National Extension Climate Initiative have seen the need for climate training across the Cooperative Extension system. Our formal NECI objective is to: Promote climate education and research throughout the extension system. We have selected the EcoActUs www.EcoActUs.org certificate curriculum for beta testing among...

Join Us on November 11 for the NUEL Southern and 1890's Regions Quarterly Zoom Meeting

The next Southern and 1890’s Regions Quarterly Zoom meeting is scheduled for November 11 th . You should have received an invite but just in case there is the Zoom connection list - https://uky.zoom.us/j/86847608176 In addition to regional and national NUEL Updates, we are accepting “ Lightning Presentation Proposals” on the theme of “Protecting the Environment ”. I encourage you and your colleagues to submit a proposal and share the great work going on in our regions. Please share with...

NTAE National Needs Assessment Fellow

Position Description: The Extension Foundation is seeking an individual to conduct a needs assessment of the Cooperative Extension system including Faculty, Staff, Directors, and Administrators. The focus of the needs assessment will be to understand daily needs, career support, technology, and professional development needs to inform the Extension Foundation and the Cooperative Extension System. The individual will have support from the Extension Foundation team to provide input into the...

EXCITE Program Shares Regional Impact Stories

We are pleased to share with you a regional compilation of data for the EXCITE project. The EXCITE project was truly a system-wide effort, encompassing institutions from all 6 regions. These infographics are intended to provide an understanding of the regional and national efforts of the institutions that participated in EXCITE. This data originates from the monthly reports submitted by the institution and is inclusive through July, 2022. Each region has a file folder that contains images of...

Here’s the best stuff I heard from the NTAE Showcase...by Catalyst Dr. Scott Reed

On September 22nd, a "showcase" for NTAE year three projects was held to recognize their outstanding work over the past year. The NTAE teams presented an overview of their project f or past and current NTAE teams, Directors & Admin, NTAE grant support staff, Extension Foundation staff, and others. Following the presentation, the Extension Foundation Catalyst Scott Reed sent teams observations from the project showcase and words of inspiration. After hearing from all the project teams Dr.

Why Fatty Liver Disease Matters

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a medical term related to a condition caused by a build-up of fat in liver cells, aka fatty liver. In a healthy body, the liver removes toxins and produces bile, a protein that breaks down fat into fatty acids to be digested. Fatty liver disease causes damage to the liver and prevents it from working. Why is this important? For most people, having fatty liver may not cause an illness but if left untreated and progresses it can cause injury to...

Starting October 3rd! NEXTGEN Grant Support Introduction and Partnership Opportunities

October 3rd, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Eastern Time October 4th, 2022, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Eastern Time October 5th, 2022, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time October 6th, 2022, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time REGISTER HERE The Extension Foundation was selected by USDA-NIFA to serve as the technical service provider for NEXTGEN to raise awareness of the program and provide technical assistance for eligible institutions to develop teams, partners, program strategies and to connect with USDA and other...

Pillars of Successful Transition - Models to help Service Members and their Families Prepare for the Military to Civilian Transition

By Jenny Rea, Ph.D. While many separating Service members successfully adapt to civilian life, 40 to 75% describe some difficulties managing this major transition (Castro & Kintzle, 2017; Zoli, Maury, & Fay, 2015). For instance, within the first year of transitioning to civilian life, Veterans face increased challenges with homelessness, family integration, employment, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance abuse, all of which can increase the risk for suicide ( VA,...

Extension Foundation Selected by USDA-NIFA as Technical Provider for NEXTGEN Funding Opportunity

The primary goal of the From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals Program (NEXTGEN) is to enable 1890 Land-grant institutions, 1994 Land-grant institutions, Alaska Native-serving institutions and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions, Hispanic-serving institutions, and insular area institutions of higher education located in the U.S. territories to engage, recruit, retain, train, and support students to help build and sustain the...

Public Health AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity Announced

AmeriCorps recently announced a new round of funding for Public Health AmeriCorps ! Public Health AmeriCorps, launched in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a $400 million investment to engage new communities and individuals in public health, recruiting and building a new workforce ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs. Last year, over 80 organizations were awarded a total of more than $60 million. Funding is open to nonprofit, faith-based,...

Seaweed is on the Menu with Connecticut’s Sugar Kelp Industry

A team from UConn is using innovative research and community outreach to help make this novel food more accessible for consumers and more profitable for producers. When you crave something tasty, seaweed may not be the first thing that springs to mind. But UConn researchers and extension educators want to change that. A team from UConn Extension within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources , and Connecticut Sea Grant are using innovative research and community outreach to...

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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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