The National and Regional Weed Science Societies joined over 270 other national, regional and state organizations to urge Congress to provide $380 million to our agricultural research, education, and extension system as it considers the next supplemental appropriations package in response to COVID-19. This request reflects a commitment to agriculture, families, businesses, and communities. It includes $300 million of job-saving support for USDA-NIFA capacity and competitive research and is consistent with the research community’s broader recommendations across the science agencies. Dramatic disruptions to our research talent pipeline, including the facilities and equipment that support it, will require additional support. The request also supports an $80 million request for the Cooperative Extension System to meet the direct needs of the public related to spread of, and recovery from, COVID-19. The synergy between research and extension is essential.