AEA 2022 Conference "Roll-Call"

AEA-ARD Joint Winter Meeting


Extension and research administrators with the Association of Extension Administrators (AEA) and Association of Research Directors (ARD) recently met in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The meeting included plenary sessions and invited speakers from NIFA, the 1890 Universities Foundation and other agencies to discuss funding opportunities and the 2023 Farm Bill.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

There’s still time to complete your 2022 Census of Agriculture

It’s not too late for farmers and ranchers to complete their 2022 Census of Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will continue to collect completed census questionnaires through the spring to ensure all producers take advantage of the opportunity to be represented in the widely used data. Ag census data are used by all who serve U.S. agriculture. The data help lawmakers, agribusinesses, community planners and more understand the needs of farmers and communities across the country. The stronger the response, the stronger the data. It’s not too late for farmers to be heard through the ag census, which occurs only once every five years. Producers may respond online at or by mail. Follow NASS on Twitter at @usda_nass and on YouTube at

2nd U.S. Precision Livestock Farming Conference

The 2nd U.S. Precision Livestock Farming Conference (USPLF 2023) will be held May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The conference theme is Field Implementation of PLF. In addition to presentations on the latest PLF efforts, the conference will include panel discussions by industry experts and livestock and poultry producers. It will also include a mentoring luncheon for students and young professionals who are interested in working in PLF. National Institute of Food and Agriculture-funded attendance scholarships are available for minority-serving institution educators (researchers/faculty and Extension agents), as well as underserved farmers. Please contact USPLF2023 Conference Chair Robert Burns at with any questions you may have regarding the conference.

Southern SARE releases 2024 Education Grant Call for Proposals

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released its Call for Proposals for the 2024 Education Grants program. The call is available in both English and Spanish. Education Grants are open to academic institutions and organizations, such as nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), who are interested in conducting education and outreach activities for the benefit of the greater sustainable ag community and promoting efforts in farmer innovations, community resilience, business success, agricultural diversification and best management practices. NGOs and 1890 land-grant university faculty/Extension cooperators are especially encouraged to apply for this grant for their education and outreach activities.

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