The plan to develop a GCoP was generated by the Extension and Outreach Education Committee of the NGWI. The NGWI is a national organization which collaborates to prioritize research for grape products. Comprised of leaders from all sectors of the U.S. grape industry, NGWI includes representatives from wine, juice, table grape, and raisin commodity sectors from all U.S. growing regions. Since its inception, one of NGWI’s primary priorities has been extension and education, concentrating on ensuring that industry members are aware of, and have access to, findings from grape and grape product research.
The Extension and Outreach Education Committee of NGWI examined ways to improve Cooperative Extension’s ability to meet clientele needs. At six previous National Viticulture Extension Leadership Conferences (2006–11), discussions focused on potential opportunities for national or regional collaborative projects that could further extension efforts and enhance overall program effectiveness. This committee addressed an overall priority of NGWI to enhance outreach education for grape producers by targeting development of a GCoP for the eXtension system (eXtension, 2012) via the SCRI of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).
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