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From Earth Day to Everyday Action: Extension Tackles Climate Challenges

The History of Earth Day Earth Day was launched in 1970. Many factors contributed to the call for a national day focusing on environmental stewardship, including the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring - serialized in the New Yorker - and the catastrophic oil spill that occurred off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969. The Santa Barbara oil spill galvanized U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) to call for a national day of locally inspired and organized "teach-ins" on the...

OSU Seeks Extension Specialist in Silviculture & Director of Research Forests

Oregon State University invites applications for a combination position as Research Forest Director of Research & Community Relations & Associate/Full Professor Extension Specialist in Silviculture . The Research Forest Director of Research & Community Relations will provide critical leadership and oversight to the 9 OSU Research and Demonstration Forests that serve as living laboratories for learners of all types to gain insight into all aspects of forest management. As...

National Extension Technology Community (NETC) Conference early registration ends April 16th!

Register Online Early registration for the National Extension Technology Community (NETC) Conference ends April 16th! We're a month away from the conference, May 13–16th, and registration closes May 10th. The conference will be held in State College, PA on the campus of PennState Extension! This year we are partnering with the Extension Foundation to provide an AI track, revolving around topics including: Applications of AI in Cooperative Extension Practical use of AI in your day-to-day...

2024 National Urban Extension Conference

WOW! Where has the time gone; we are less than 50 days away from our National Urban Extension Conference. If you have not registered or booked your room, it's NOT TOO LATE! May 3, 2024, is the cutoff date for booking your discounted room. You can book the discounted rooms two days before and two after the conference. Click Here to Reserve your Room at the Renaissance Nashville Register Now

Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Program Action Team Fellow and Workforce Development Coordinator Position Available

Summary: One individual is needed to fill an Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Coordinator role across the LGU system with the Urban Ag and Food Systems PAT and AgriProspects. As Urban programs are active across the country, the incumbent will serve as a lead with assistance in program execution from other AgriProspect coordinators, specifically those where CES regions overlap. This critical position will help build and engage our national network of partners working to provide access to...

Extension Foundation Selects Thirteen Coordinators from Land-grant Universities for AgriProspects Workforce Development Network

The Extension Foundation (EXF) in collaboration with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) Economic & Workforce Development Program Action Team are collaborating with USDA-NIFA staff to form a robust network of public and private entities across every U.S. region to build the nation’s capacity to respond to the changing needs in the food and agriculture sector. The effort, called AgriProspects, aims to foster regional cooperation, identify workforce ecosystem gaps,...

Calendar Invitation Issues When Registering for Extension Foundation Events

We would like to thank everyone who reached out to us recently to let us that you are not receiving calendar invitations from our professional, team, and leadership development events. We have identified an issue with our Google Calendar system that is causing several calendar invitations to not be sent to those individuals registering for events. In many cases, individuals register for multiple events and have received only some of their calendar invitations. We have been in contact with...

Navigating Mentorship: Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders

April 24th, May 1st, and May 8th 2024 12:00 - 12:45 PM ET Open to Everyone REGISTER HERE The Missouri Mentorship Project Team is hosting a webinar series featuring leaders from across Extension to learn from their mentorship experience. April 24th: Culturally Responsive Mentorship Join us as we host Dr. Dawn Mellion as she shares her pearls of wisdom, her approach to mentorship as a leader within the 1890 land grant system, and how she inspires her mentees through the Extension Foundation.

Advancing Disaster Education in America: EDEN Request for Applications Announced

When disaster strikes, knowledge is power. Disaster education builds resilient communities ready to respond and recover. Cooperative Extension plays a critical role in the nation’s disaster education efforts, and a new Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Development Grants Program will enable the Cooperative Extension System to do even more. Applications for the EDEN Development Grants Program – Advancing Disaster Education America – is now open. You can review the RFA here . The...

New Research Publication Explores Technology Acceptance and CRM Technologies in Extension

The Extension Foundation released a new research publication titled " A Qualitative Investigation of the Technology Acceptance Model in the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service on the Adoption of Customer Relationship Management Systems ." Authored by Dr. Aaron Weibe, Extension Foundation's communication and engagement manager for his recently awarded PhD, the study delves into the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and its role in Extension adopting Customer Relationship Management (CRM)...

Extension Foundation Selects 22 Projects for New Technologies for Ag Extension Funding

The Extension Foundation reviewed 60 applications from all six regions of Cooperative Extension for Year 1 of the New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) funding opportunity. Twenty-four projects representing 18 Land-grant universities were selected by an external review panel for the award. This includes funding for four levels of projects: Incubation ($10,000), Acceleration ($20,000), Expansion ($40,000), and Scaling ($100,000). A complete listing of awarded projects can be found on the...

2024 NACDEP Conference

Join us in person for the 2024 NACDEP Annual Conference on June 17-20, 2024, in Houston, TX. Hosted by Prairie View A&M University Extension in collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, this conference offers a unique opportunity for community development extension professionals to collaborate, grow professionally, and network. Held in downtown Houston at the prestigious Marriott Marquis-Houston, TX , attendees can expect engaging sessions and discussions focused on leveraging...

Partnering opportunities with cities

The National Urban Research & Extension Center (NUREC) invites you to participate in this Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to determine where there are opportunities for partnership and collaboration amongst research and Extension and the National League of Cities. Please forward this throughout your University system as we are interested in potential partnerships across all academic disciplines. When considering how your expertise might connect to these topics, think about...

How Innovative Leadership Keeps Cooperative Extension Strong: An Interview with Karl Bradley

Introduction In a rapidly changing world, innovative leadership is critical for Cooperative Extension's success. Leadership development equips Extension professionals with the skills to navigate complex issues, build collaborative teams, consistently adapt, and create programs to meet emerging needs. This ensures Cooperative Extension remains a relevant and impactful force. The Extension Foundation actively supports this goal through the expertise of Karl Bradley, its Leadership and Team...

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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. 

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 extension.org. You can view the terms of useat extension.org/terms.

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