New Technologies for Agricultural Extension

About Our 2019-2020 Projects

As part of eXtension’s NTAE Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA, we have selected four existing programs aligned with USDA strategic goals across Cooperative Extension for 2019-2020 to explore new methods & models for program scale & implementation.

Fellows associated with these projects will deliver a series of eFieldbooks to share outcomes and learnings of their work with the entire Cooperative Extension Service. Professional development will also be delivered centered upon these topics and models.

Current Project Listing

Weather Ready Farms

Ashley Mueller, Nebraska Extension
Hans Schmitz, Purdue University
Tyler Williams, Nebraska Extension

Mass Media & Pollinator Stewardship
Tom Smith, Executive Director, National Pesticide Safety Education Center
Kara Maddox, Communication Manager, National Pesticide Safety Education Center
Nathan Hermond, Prairie View A&M University

Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Brian Kowalkowski, Dean of Continuing Education, College of Menominee Nation
Jennifer Gauthier, Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Meg Perry, College of Menominee Nation & University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension

Bridging the GAPS: Approaches for Treating Water On-Farm
Dr. Chris Gunter, Vegetable Production Specialist, North Carolina State University

Nominate a Project for 2020 - 2021!

eXtension invites you to nominate a project that has an impact aligned with objectives identified in the USDA strategic plan for 2018-2022. Identified projects will partner with eXtension to rapidly scale the project, create professional development opportunities based upon the learnings, and help highlight your projects as a national model for the Cooperative Extension Service.

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NTAE Provides Funding for the Next Generation of eXtension Technology

As eXtension looks to 2020 and beyond, it has adopted a new set of tools, technology, and services to better serve the Cooperative Extension System. With the success of our legacy tools and custom coded platforms, eXtension has taken steps to preserve that valuable content and build upon the success of those tools. The new tools, technology, and services provide Extension professionals with greater flexibility, expand access to resources, and enable eXtension to deliver professional development for both its membership base and the Land-Grant university system as a whole.

NTAE Catalyst Team

Scott Reed

Professor Emeritus
Oregon State University

Scott Reed (Scott) is a career Extension educator trained as a forester and economist. He began working in the private sector where he discovered the value of partnerships with university outreach activities. Early in his career, Scott spent ten years at the University of Minnesota where he was initially an extension specialist in timber harvesting and economic development before stepping into leadership positions of program leader and field center coordinator. Moving to Oregon State University in 1990, he served as associate dean in the OSU College of Forestry before becoming dean and director of the OSU Extension Service. Before retiring in 2019, he was vice provost for university outreach and engagement. More than 20 organizations have honored Scott for a variety of accomplishments. His contributions were recognized in 2018 with the coveted Ruby Award from the Joint Council of Extension Professionals. Scott holds BS and MS degrees from Michigan State University and a PhD from University of Minnesota.

Jimmy Henning

Extension Professor & Extension Forage Specialist
University of Kentucky

Jimmy Henning is Extension Professor and Extension Forage Specialist in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Kentucky. His extension program focuses on hay and haylage production and nutritional quality as well as pasture establishment and management. He is a co-founder of the Kentucky Grazing Schools and the UK Forage Variety Testing program.

He has served in Extension administration for 14 years including almost ten years as Associate Dean of Cooperative Extension at the University of Kentucky. He returned to the faculty in 2017.

Dr. Henning is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture.

Fred Schlutt

Retired Director of Cooperative Extension
University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Dr. Fred Schlutt is a career 40 year Extension professional, having worked in Texas, Wyoming, Maine and Alaska. Dr. Schlutt served the past 10 years as the Director of Alaska Cooperative Extension, during which he served as the 2017-2018 ECOP Chair.