New Technologies for Agricultural Extension

About Our 2020-2021 Projects

As part of eXtension’s NTAE Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA, we have selected eight existing programs aligned with USDA strategic goals across Cooperative Extension for 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 Projects

Community Learning Through Data Driven Discovery: Barriers to Rural Health
Virginia Tech

This project seeks to expand a Community Learning through Data Driven Discovery (CLD3)-based approach, bringing together Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Patrick County Department of Health. It builds local capacity to better understand county residents’ health care access, identify equity and health disparities across the county, and address social determinants of health factors contributing to inequity.

Equipping Western Rangeland Managers to Create Land Management Plans
Oregon State University

The goal of this project is to generate regional impact by increasing the number of western rangeland managers using geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) tools to develop land management plans promoting functionally healthy sagebrush steppe. Efforts will enhance and complete a piloted Google Earth Pro-GIS (GEP-GIS) Hybrid Extension Course – taught to 33 rangeland managers in Idaho and Oregon.

Navigating the Grocery Store Aisle: Understanding Non-GMO Labels
University of Connecticut

This project will build an online game to help consumers identify GMO and non-GMO products, and therefore reduce confusion surrounding food labels.

Oregon State University Extension Fire Program
Oregon State University

Oregon State University’s Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program was established to bring meaningful change to Oregon’s communities and surrounding rural landscapes by facilitating the implementation of landscape-scale, cross-boundary projects that enhance community safety, ecosystem resilience, and economic well-being. This project will focus on assisting the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other
public and private entities in building a Certified Burn Manager (CBM) program that includes a training curriculum.

Strengthening Health, Resilience, and Farm Vitality through Online Forums
University of Delaware

The project will:

  • Enable on-line forum participants to increase their understanding of farm audiences and identify strategic actions that address specific risks faced by farms and their communities
  • Engage a wide range of agriculture, Extension, health and finance professionals in learning about forums for action and as a tool for public issues education; and
  • Increase confidence and capability of
    Extension professionals to host on-line forums.

SU JAGriculture – Emergency Preparedness
Southern University

This project is for emergency preparedness in Louisiana’s most vulnerable communities. It aims to help communities through education and resources, fostering and improving their resilience and sustainability in the wake of an emergency.

The Juntos Program: Building Common Measures for National Sustainability
North Carolina State University

The Juntos Program was born at NC State Extension in 2007 with a mission to help Latinx students achieve high school graduation and attend higher education. This project will work with the eXtension Foundation to assess the needs of:

  • Closing the achievement gap between Latinx students and White
  • Increasing on-time high school graduation rates for Latinx students
  • Increasing the percentage of Latinx students enrolling in AP courses, and,
  • Increasing college enrollment and degree

Wellness in Tough Times Toolkit
University of Nebraska – Lincoln

The Wellness in Tough Times project focuses on rural Nebraska communities impacted by disaster(s) with limited resources for recovery. The project strives to empower and strengthen the resiliency of individuals and families in communities by promoting opportunities to start the conversation around mental health and wellness.

Past 2019-2020 Projects

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 2021 - 2022!

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.

Nomination Form Will Be Posted Here in Spring 2021

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.

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.

Rick Klemme

Former Executive Director
Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP)

Bio coming soon.

Chuck Hibberd

Former Dean & Director of Cooperative Extension
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Bio coming soon.