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On behalf of the Extension Foundation and our partner NIFA, I want to welcome you to this very exciting time. NextGen will be a game changer for American Agriculture, particularly at eligible institutions.
The Extension Foundation has entered into an agreement with NIFA, and we are the Technical Service Providers for this opportunity. All eligible institutions may utilize Extension Foundation services, your institution does not need to be a member of the Extension Foundation. There is no cost in using the Extension Foundation’s technical services provided to you.
As you peruse the nextgen.extension.org website and become familiar with the resources offered, you will see that we are fully committed to helping you and your organizations experience the success that an opportunity such as this can bring.
We have engagement coordinators, grant development specialists, office hours, a chatbot and our catalysts to assist with your questions and concerns. We even guarantee a response in 24 hours. We’re building an advisory council to assist with the overall guidance of this project and will help you connect with partners from all aspects of American agriculture. The toolkit that we have assembled is a truly interactive experience that I am sure you will enjoy.
I would like to congratulate you on taking this very important first step in preparing your NextGen proposal. NextGen.extension.org is your one stop shop for everything concerning the Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals Grant Program.
Dawn Mellion, Ph.D