The Indian Country Extension Commission (ICEC) was formed in January 2022 to assess the current state of Indian Country Extension (ICE). The work of ICEC focused on two programs; The Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP) and the Tribal Colleges Extension Grant Program, commonly known as “1994 Extension.”

These programs pursue Congressionally articulated priorities including advancing plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production and animal products; food safety, nutrition, and health; bioenergy, natural resources, and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agriculture economics and rural communities. Additionally, they pursue current articulated priorities of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), including creating climate-smart agriculture and forestry; improving nutrition security; building new and better markets; building the workforce for the future; and ensuring diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

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Published April 2022