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Northeast Center publishes the bi-monthly newsletter, NETWORK, that focuses primarily on issues and problems of rural areas in the northeast region of the United States.

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Conducting an analysis of the network within which each individual is embedded considers farmers’ multidimensional relationships with other farmers. Credit: USDA
April 3, 2017

A new publication in the Northeast Center's Rural Development Working Paper series provides guidance to Extension educators on analyzing existing farmer networks. Economic and social networks organized around local and regional food systems or value chains have the potential to increase traditionally underserved farmers’ access to the resources, skills and scale of logistical or distribution assets that are prerequisites for profitable expansion into urban markets.

March 30, 2017

Registration is open for the Northeast Center's acclaimed What Works workshop, scheduled for May 15-17, 2017. This year's conference theme is Rural Business Innovation and Economic Development, and the event will be held in conjunction with the annual conferences of Create West Virginia and Universal Design Today, at the Civic Center in Charleston, WV. Early bird pricing is available until Friday, April 7, 2017.

The share of college graduates and the quality of life in a community were found to significantly contribute to economic growth. Credit: Sara Brennan, Penn State
March 30, 2017

Attracting college graduates and boosting natural amenities may give communities a double shot of economic growth potential, according to economists.

March 17, 2017

With thanks to our proposal reviewers and conference co-organizers, the Northeast Center is pleased to announce the speaker line-up for the fourth conference in our What Works series, taking place May 15-17, 2017 in Charleston, WV.

March 6, 2017

In our 2016 Annual Report, we report on the early impacts resulting from Center-funded interstate Extension collaborations; on the work of our Impact Indicators Learning Circle; on our research aimed at measuring impacts of Extension programs; and much more! Read all about it in our 18-page annual report, or explore the links embedded in our 2-page overview.

March 6, 2017

The Northeast Center is part of a multi-state research and Extension team studying health insurance, farm and ranching families and operations. The project is seeking farmers and ranchers to complete a 20-minute survey aimed at understanding their experiences with health insurance and how those experiences affect both their farm's economic development and their family’s quality of life.

March 6, 2017

The University of New Hampshire seeks to identify the types of training and educational opportunities that would be of most interest to economic development practitioners who work with small- to medium-sized towns. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your input will help UNH develop training and educational resources for economic development practitioners, including planners, local officials, agency staff, and local volunteers. The findings from the survey will be shared publicly.

Image credit: Amayzun via Flickr
March 6, 2017

Shannon M. Monnat, Penn State, will present a webinar on April 11, 2017 titled "Deaths of Despair in Pennsylvania and Beyond: A Demographer’s Take on Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Mortality in Small City and Rural America." The webinar, taking place at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, is sponsored by the Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) project.

March 4, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 joint national conference of the Community Development Society (CDS) and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) is scheduled for June 11-14, 2017 in Big Sky, Montana.

March 3, 2017

“Tourism in the 21st Century: Connecting Communities, Places and People” is the theme of the 2017 National Extension Tourism conference, taking place August 8 – 10, 2017 in Princeton, NJ. Registration is now open, and presentation proposals will be accepted until March 27, 2017.

March 2, 2017

Our Technical Advisory Committee Chair, Paul Gottlieb, brought to our attention a hot topic currently being debated by economists: whether economic development incentives designed to attract businesses are worth their costs to taxpayers.

Credit: USDA
January 31, 2017

Farmers in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Vermont who participate in an upcoming survey will help researchers understand how health-insurance policy affects farmers’ decisions to invest, expand, and grow their enterprises. Potential participants will be notified by mail if they are among those selected for the survey in early February 2017.

The EFSNE team has held annual in-person meetings since 2011.
January 6, 2017

The Northeast Center's signature food system project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast (EFSNE), was recently granted a seventh-year no-cost extension by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Having achieved a number of objectives already, team members remain fully engaged as they collaborate on many concurrent writing projects.

Image: USDA
January 5, 2017

New research by the Northeast Center-led EFSNE project reveals how well the Northeast US is able to meet the feed and forage needs of the food animals raised in the region. The team's findings build on earlier work to provide a more complete picture of how self-reliant the region is in meeting its population’s demand for meat, dairy, and eggs.

January 5, 2017

Communities need the expertise of community development professionals now more than ever. Whether your expertise is in agriculture, natural resources, youth, family or economic development you will be asked to help guide a stakeholder group through a difficult decision making process. The Foundations of Practice course, Sustainable Communities, offers you the tools, skills and knowledge to be the trusted resource community groups need in the emerging dialogs around local foods, energy and natural resources. The online course, facilitated by University of Vermont's Mary Peabody, begins February 2, 2017.

January 4, 2017

A webinar series focusing on various aspects of placemaking is being offered by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD). The next webinar, "Stakeholder Centered Community Marketing," will be presented by the University of Wisconsin's Kristin Runge on January 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET. For more information, including all the titles in the series and links to archived recordings, follow the link to the NCRCRD website.

Image source: SRDC
January 3, 2017

"Community-Centered Design: How to Empower Residents to Shape the Development of their Communities," is the topic of a webinar being offered by the Southern Rural Development Center on January 25th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Community-centered design is a method that invites a community to imagine and build places that reflect what matters most to them – both as a community and as individuals.

January 2, 2017

The National Community and Economic Resource Development Indicators Team is hosting a webinar on February 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET, titled "Documenting Community Outcomes with Surveys: A how-to on designing questions and collecting data."

Image: USDA
January 2, 2017

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service today announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. Two webinars scheduled for February will introduce potential applicants to the grant programs, which include the Farmers Market Promotion Program, the Local Food Promotion Program, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program.

January 2, 2017

The relationship between agrarian structure and agricultural productivity will be the subject of an international conference planned Feb. 2-3 in Washington, D.C. The conference—Farm Size and Productivity: A Global Look—is a collaboration of USDA's Economic Research Service and Farm Foundation, NFP. Researchers and economists from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the United States will discuss new research findings on agricultural development.