Activate & Accelerate Early Stage, High Potential Cooperative Extension Projects - Available to All Land-Grant Universities

About New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE)

The New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) cooperative agreement with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through a partnership with Oklahoma State University will enter its third year on September 1, 2021.

A key program in the cooperative agreement is the Program Accelerator. The Program Accelerator is a unique partnership between a project/program team and the resources of the Extension Foundation for a year of rapid growth and progress resulting in expanding the team’s local impact and national potential. Our unique methods and team of catalysts and key informants work uniquely with each team to produce scalable, better resourced, and more effective programs and community-based initiatives through a one-year boost of additional support.

Award Uniqueness

Over the course of one year, the project leader and team are coached to identify new possibilities and strengthen their planned impact. Each team receives additional support to create materials and experiences that engage Extension resources to speed development and generate a change where it is desired. The full value of this program is in the accelerator experience. Awardees can expect robust and productive interaction with a group of catalysts and key informants in a mentoring role to help you and your team grow professionally over the course of a one- year partnership. 

1. Support from key informants is customized to each project’s needs including, but not limited to, team leadership development, communications and marketing/market research, evaluation planning, partnership development, digital engagement, professional development delivery, and publishing of project methodologies and support materials. 

2. Awardees receive $10,000 in the form of a stipend and/or salary and benefits of up to 10K. Indirect costs are not allowed on these funds. Recipients of this funding can be the team leader, team members, or support personnel.

3. All Land Grant Universities are eligible to apply including 1862, 1890, and 1994. 

The one-year journey for the project leader and team will be unique. Please expect the time commitment for the team leader to be as much as 10 to 20 percent (4-8 hours per week) on average over the course of one year. By the end of one year, your program is stronger, better-resourced, and more easily adopted or adapted by others across the Cooperative Extension system to serve the needs of people and communities.  

Program Outcomes - Year 1

Bridging the GAPs
North Carolina State University

  • 125 Growers Trained Nationally
  • 25.8% increase in grower knowledge
  • 79 trainers in 30 states and territories trained
  • 3 Funded projects with more than $500K in funding

Indigenous Food Sovereignty
College of Menominee Nation & University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Shared work with other 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities to provide a roadmap for local food and sustainability practices. 
  • Continue to categorize and prioritize work.


Mass Media & Pollinator Stewardship
Prairie View A&M University and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center

  • Allowed CES to test out the idea of the benefits of mass media.
  • NPSEC and PVAMU continue to work together on delivering digital advertising to Texas communities regarding pollinator stewardship.
  • Effort has now expanded beyond Texas. NPSEC is working with Pawnee Nation College to take guides developed and translating them into the Pawnee language. 
  • Working with other Extension educators interested in pollinators, and modifying guides to be state/regionally specific to their area. 
  • New partnership with private sector digital provider includes Texas 4-H Foundation for youth focus.

Weather Ready Farms
Nebraska Extension

  • Partnership with AmeriCorps began in fall 2020. This partnership was supported by the Extension Foundation. Weather Ready Agriculture VISTA member, started one-year national service term with this program. The focus is on helping the program further develop the Hail Know resource package, and professional development for Extension educators on socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. 
  • Submitted a NC-SARE Research & Education grant application for $129,000 for an expanded pilot of WRF in eastern Nebraska.
  • Developing a “funding pitch” package of resources that can be used as we approach Natural Resource District boards and others regarding sponsoring/funding WRF in their watersheds.
  • WRF was featured in the March issue of Successful Farming


Oregon State University: Prescribed Fire Program

University of Connecticut: Understanding Food Marketing Labels Program

Nebraska Extension: Weather-Ready Farms

Southern University: Disaster Preparedness Program

North Carolina State University: Bridging the GAPs and Juntos Programs

Nebraska Extension: Wellness in Tough Times Toolkit

NTAE Programs & Fellows in the Media

Ashley Mueller, Nebraska Extension
Weather Ready Farms

NTAE Podcast Features