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Dr. Dawn Mellion
Program Director

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.

My Best,

Dawn Mellion, Ph.D
Program Director
Extension Foundation

Your success is our success. This website and related materials and support have been developed by the Extension Foundation for the benefit of all eligible institutions in their development, preparation, and application of their proposal for “From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals Program (NEXTGEN)” USDA-NIFA-ARPAED-009362 funding opportunity. 
The Extension Foundation is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2006 by Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators. The service we are providing eligible institutions in this role aligns with our support of the Extension System’s priority programs in workforce development and diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Membership in the Extension Foundation is not required for utilization of Technical Advising Services for NEXTGEN.
This work is supported through a cooperative agreement between the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Extension Foundation who is providing technical assistance for “From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals (NEXTGEN).” Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication/website and consultative support are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation.