Extension Foundation Announces Year 4 (2022-2023) New Technologies for Ag Extension Projects

Fifty-seven applications were submitted by 36 Land-grant universities in response to the RFA shared by the Extension Foundation in April, 2022, for New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE). The Extension Foundation will be supporting 39 projects across Cooperative Extension as part of its fourth year of the 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, grant no. 2020-41595-30123. This program serves all Land-Grant Universities in the United States. 

The 39 projects represent 27 Land-grant universities including:

  • 1994 Region: 1 project
  • 1890 Region: 5 projects
  • Northeastern Region: 8 projects
  • North Central Region: 11 projects
  • Southern Region: 8 projects 
  • Western Region: 6 projects

All projects receive support from Extension Foundation Catalysts, Coaches, and Key Informants. Catalysts are experienced Cooperative Extension System (CES) Directors and Administrators that provide mentorship and guidance to projects, and Key Informants have subject matter expertise across areas such as publishing, evaluation, partner development, leadership and team development, project management, marketing, and more. Projects have access to these resources to advance their projects.

Through NTAE, the Extension Foundation provides a set of services most projects rarely have access to. The services that create deeper impact, greater leverage for impact and greater sustainability for the project. These services in collaboration with the great ideas and planned projects make for extended successes and sustainability of projects.

2022-2023 New Technologies for Ag Extension Program Awards:

Projects selected for NTAE participate in one of three phases of development and support:

Incubation projects. These projects are still in the idea stage and pre-planning stage.  Work on these projects will take project leaders through an innovation process designed to help them think through their project ideas, audiences, outcomes, and plans. These projects will plan, test, and create a pilot. The Fellowship amount is $5000.

  • Kansas State University, Development of an Application States Can Use to Provide Info. on Food Safety Regulations for Direct to Consumer Food Sales
  • Langston University, Reimagining InterConnectivity Between Langston University and Selected OK Historical Black Towns: Model for Expanding Diversity and Opportunities in Food and Agriculture
  • Lincoln University, Show Me How Resource Library
  • North Carolina State University, A Program Team for Multimedia IPM Outreach
  • North Carolina State University, Building Capacity to Address Broadband Access and Digital Skills in NC Cooperative Extension
  • Oklahoma State University, High Plain Alternative Crops Conference
  • Tuskegee University, Creating a Multi-State Meat Consortium for Producers
  • University of Florida, Climate Smart Landscaping
  • University of Illinois, Developing Climate Relevant Content for Extension Programs
  • University of Illinois, Interoperability Challenges in AgTech
  • University of Kentucky, Female Equestrian Health and Wellness Network
  • University of Maryland, Intergenerational Digital Support for Maryland Growers
  • University of Minnesota, Nourish and Flourish
  • University of Missouri, Home Internet Adoption: Digital Ambassador Program
  • University of Missouri, The Future of Mentorship: Creating Pathways for Professional Mentorship within Cooperative Extension
  • Utah State University, Box Elder Jr Livestock Course
  • Utah State University, Wildlife Across America (WAA): Supporting Stakeholder and Community Connections and Needs
  • West Virginia University, Cultural Competency for Municipalities
  • West Virginia University, Seeing Yourself in the Future – Career Readiness Program.

Acceleration Projects. These projects are in the pre-planning stage and may have been piloted, developed a curriculum, or are in another stage of early implementation. Project Fellows receive $10K to support their project. Acceleration projects will share their content and learning processes with CES through digital engagement and publishing.

  • Auburn University, Alabama Master Naturalist and Underserved Communities
  • Cornell University, The African American Experience: Cultural Competency and Capacity in Extension Executive Leadership
  • Delaware State University, Pollution Prevention and Wastewater Phytoremediation Using an Algal Turf Platform for Improving Sustainable Agriculture Practices in Delaware.
  • Iowa State University, Building Sustainability for ¡Salir Adelante! Caminos a Nuestro Futuro
  • Mississippi State University, Building Grantsmanship Capacity in Underserved Communities
  • North Carolina State University, Creating a Food Safety Consortium: A Multi-State Effort to Support Customers, Home-based Businesses and Retailers
  • Pennsylvania State University, Promotion of Penn State Extension: Utilizing Cooking Demonstrations to Encourage Healthy Dietary Practices
  • University of California-Davis, Increasing Equity-driven Approaches to Food Preservation Programming in California
  • University of Illinois, Developing a Sustainable Model for Community Engaged Dissemination of Health Research to Benefit the Public
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Coordination, Capacity Building and Community Engagement to Expand Extension in Springfield, MA
  • University of Minnesota, Minnesota Well and Septic Class
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pesticide Safety Training for Nebraska Online
  • University of Nevada, Heart and Hope Family Violence Prevention Program
  • Utah State University, Developing and Testing Confidence-building Challenge Activities for Youth in After-School Settings
  • West Virginia State University, WV Coalfields Trail Town Program
  • West Virginia University, WVU Financial Literacy Education Program

Expansion Projects. These are already-implemented projects that need support to expand into state, regional, or national projects. Each selected project will receive $60,000.

  • Nebraska Indian Community College, Using Animated Pollinator Video to Educate Underserved Populations
  • New Mexico State University, A New Ninja Kitchen: Food Safety for Youth
  • University of Illinois, Building a Culture of Composting in Greater Chicagoland
  • West Virginia University, My Hometown is Cool

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. 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 extension.org/ntae or connect with the NTAE Project Director, Beverly Coberly, at beverlycoberly@extension.org. Cooperative Extension professionals from all Land-grant universities are invited to join Connect Extension at connect.extension.org/join to stay up to date with the progress of NTAE projects. 

About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. 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 Land-grant university System, 100% of funds are used to support Land-grant university initiatives.