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2014

New faces at the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
December 15, 2014
This fall marked some exciting changes at the Northeast Center, including the addition of two new staff members, Frank Ge and Stacie Vance.
People in unhappy places are depressed more than a week a month
December 15, 2014
People in the country's unhappiest communities spend about a quarter of the month so far down in the dumps that it can harm their productivity, according to economists.
Understanding Communities: Online course offers tools for community development
December 15, 2014
Would you like to understand how communities work? Are you curious about why good ideas sometimes fall flat? Do you watch groups struggle to make decisions without adequate data? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then consider registering for Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, a unique online course presented jointly by the four Regional Rural Development Centers and a team of nationally recognized Community Development professionals.
"Local food systems and interactions with entrepreneurship" is topic of special journal issue
December 14, 2014
The Journal of Food Distribution Research dedicated its November 2014 issue to exploring how food entreprenuers are affecting their local food systems. The set of six case studies featured was prepared for the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center themed collection on local food systems and interactions with entrepreneurship.
The Faith-Based Food Hubs Program of Cornell University Cooperative Extension: Connecting New York City’s faith-based communities with New York State’s farmers
December 13, 2014
A unique program taps into a robust network of faith-based communities to create a new market for farmers.
New policy brief examines water management institutions and their role in shale gas development
December 11, 2014
The National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center has issued a new policy brief that takes an in-depth look at the multi-state river basin institutions in the Northeast and the North Central U.S. that govern water use for the development of shale gas through unconventional extraction methods.
La Valley selected as next leader of UNH Cooperative Extension
December 2, 2014
Kenneth La Valley has been selected to be the next dean and director of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension effective Dec. 1, 2014, after a national search.
Guide to federal funding for sustainable agriculture published
December 2, 2014
Federal programs can be a helping hand for people who want to develop innovative, sustainable, enterprises in agriculture and forestry. A newly updated publication, "Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities" is a one-stop guide to find the details about sustainable agriculture, forestry, entrepreneurship, conservation, food systems, and community development funding programs and how to apply for them.
Some relevant headlines from around the Northeast: December 2014 edition
December 1, 2014
Help for West Virginia start-ups, Maine's focus on workforce development, and two new farm law resources.
Happy Holidays from the Northeast Center!
December 1, 2014
The Northeast Regional Center would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season and best wishes in the new year!
Stronger Economies Together (SET) launching Phase V, hosting informational webinar
November 13, 2014
Stronger Economies Together (SET) is launching a new Phase (V), and is holding an informational webinar on December 5th at 1:00 p.m. Central/2:00 p.m. Eastern for interested parties to learn more about this opportunity. SET enables communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region.
Changes to the Northeast Center's Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Committee
October 28, 2014
October marks the time that terms end for some members of our Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Committee. We would like to thank those members for their generous service, and welcome those who will be filling their positions.
New research on county-level determinants of mental health
October 27, 2014
A new paper co-authored by Center staff and published in Social Indicators Research examines the effects of socioeconomic and environmental variables on the number of days of poor mental health reported across US counties.
NERCRD to lead AMS grant writing workshops and technical assistance (AMSTA) project
October 26, 2014
The Northeast Center, along with the three other Regional Rural Development Centers, was selected this year by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to develop and help deliver a national curriculum designed to support grant seekers applying for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs (FMLFPP).
Northeast Center implements website improvements
October 26, 2014
In an effort to improve access to the Center’s online resources, we have recently implemented a number of changes to the Northeast Center website that we hope will offer our web visitors an improved experience. While every effort was made to retain original URLs for popular content, visitors may need to update their bookmarks. If you are having trouble finding a resource, or would like to suggest additional improvements, please let us know!
EFSNE team meets for its fourth-year annual meeting
October 25, 2014
The Northeast Center’s signature food system project is now well into the second half of its project timeline, and recently convened for its annual in-person meeting in Greenbelt, MD. Team members reported on the outcomes and impacts they are seeing spill over into the communities in which they are working, and are beginning to make results available to other researchers.
University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension receives NEA funding to address the aging population through design
October 23, 2014
Working closely with the city of Franklin, as well as with partners like Plan NH, Charlie French, Molly Donovan, and Sharon Cowen, members of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension’s community development team, applied for—and won—a highly coveted grant funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to help communities generate conversations and problem-solving workshops to tackle major development problems. The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) awarded only four such grants this year (out of 48 applicants) and this is the first time Cooperative Extension has won an NEA-related grant.
Center for Rural Pennsylvania releases report on growing heroin epidemic
October 22, 2014
On September 23, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania released a report summarizing the findings of four statewide hearings held to examine the growing numbers of heroin and opioid related deaths and arrests across Pennsylvania.
The PROSPER Project: A proven model for delivering prevention programs to communities
October 22, 2014
While evidence-based prevention programs have been shown to decrease high-risk behaviors among young people, effectively delivering and sustaining these programs can be challenging, especially for rural communities. To address these challenges, a team of prevention scientists tapped into Cooperative Extension’s expertise in successfully delivering research-based solutions to rural communities, and cultivated a collaborative approach to program delivery that has proven successful in communities throughout the country.
Call for Proposals: Community Behavioral Health Early Warning Systems
October 22, 2014
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Regional Rural Development Centers are partnering to implement a national program to explore options for community-implemented early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness).
How One Of D.C.’s Worst Heroin Markets Became A Sustainable Food Source (Think Progress)
October 21, 2014
A collaboration between the University of the District of Columbia and non-profit Washington Parks and People combines park revitalization, urban gardening, and community-based classes that teach basic skills in cooking and preparing fresh food. The partnership and their results are featured in this Think Progress article.
W.Va. Agritourism Initiative uses WVU resources to help local farmers profit from new opportunities
October 21, 2014
West Virginia University Extension Service’s new Agritourism Initiative aims to help local farmers create and profit from farm-based tourism opportunities. With the help of a $30,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, WVU and industry experts will engage participants in a series of four, day-long training sessions in areas like risk management, marketing, hospitality management and business collaborations.
Still time to register for NESAWG's "It Takes a Region" conference
October 20, 2014
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's 2014 "It Takes a Region" conference will be held November 11-12 at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY. Pre-conference sessions begin November 10.
WVU Extension Service's Women in Agriculture conference helps women farmers cultivate their farm enterprises
October 20, 2014
West Virginia University Extension Service provides new ways for some of West Virginia’s 9,000 female farmers to network, grow their sustainable agribusiness and learn leadership and marketing skills with its inaugural Women in Agriculture conference, Nov. 14 – 15, at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia.
Urban farming webinar is now available online
August 18, 2014
Urban agriculture — including its economics, successes, and challenges — was the topic of a free web-based seminar hosted by Center Scholar Dr. Doolarie Singh-Knights of West Virginia University on Friday, June 27. Presentation files and a recording of the webinar are now available online. The webinar sparked many additional questions about urban farming that may keep the conversation going among participants.
NERCRD-led project featured on cover of news magazine for agricultural scientists
August 18, 2014
The cover story of the July 2014 issue of CSA News is a six-page feature about the Northeast Center's signature food systems project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE). CSA News is the official magazine for members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.
Presentation on economic development priorities for federal statistical data is now available
August 18, 2014
During the July meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, a symposium was held to provide a platform for AAEA members to identify priorities as input to federal statistical agencies’ funding decisions. Center Director Stephan Goetz served as a symposium panelist, and his presentation, titled "Economic Development Priorities for Federal Statistical Data," is now available.
New Hampshire Sea Grant research identifies opportunities to market "underloved" seafood species
August 18, 2014
A study conducted by researchers at the University of New Hampshire indicates that consumers “overwhelmingly” prefer local seafood over imported seafood and are willing to pay more and drive further to attain it. Northeast Regional Center TAC member Charlie French, who also is a UNH Cooperative Extension associate professor of community development, and Kelly Cullen, associate professor of natural resources and the environment, recently presented the preliminary results of their N.H. Sea Grant-funded study to a small group of local fishermen, seafood retailers, local food organizations and chefs.
University of Maine's "Recipe to Market" program offers cross-disciplinary training to new food entrepreneurs
August 18, 2014
While a passion for food might drive people to launch a food-related business, passion alone isn’t enough to guarantee their success. Business know-how, access to the right equipment, and a reservoir of knowledge about licensing, regulations, and food safety are essential to the success of new food entrepreneurs. In Maine, a multi-disciplinary program helps people develop all the skills they need to get a new food business off the ground.
Attracting immigrants and other minority groups to sustainable agriculture programs is the topic of a new online resource from Delaware State University
August 17, 2014
Two Delaware State University initiatives aimed at expanding risk-management knowledge and agricultural skills within immigrant and other minority communities in the Delmarva Peninsula offered researchers additional insight into approaches that work well to engage immigrant and minority groups with Extension programs. Their findings are presented in a research poster.
University of Vermont launches nation’s first food hub management certificate program
August 15, 2014
In January 2015, 25 students will arrive at the University of Vermont to begin the first higher education certificate program in the US focused on food hub management.
Penn State land-use planning webinars continue this fall
August 15, 2014
How can planners work to enhance community food systems? How can we design communities in ways that promote health? These are some questions explored in Penn State Extension's webinar series on land-use planning and decision-making this fall. Two of the speakers in this fall's line-up are members of the Northeast Regional Center's signature food-system project team.
University of the District of Columbia "Just CAUSES" newsletter is a source for urban agriculture information
August 14, 2014
If our recent urban farming webinar is any indication, interest in urban agriculture is on the rise, and researchers and Extension staff across the Northeast are working to build capacity in this area. One example is the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia. In its most recent newsletter, CAUSES shared information about its Center for Urban Agriculture.
Rural economies found to benefit from broadband
August 8, 2014
Newly published research funded by the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP) shows that broadband is an engine for growth in rural U.S. communities, especially when a large segment of the population adopts the technology. The research team's findings are among the first to provide evidence to support a long-held assumption that rural economies are boosted by broadband.
Yellow Wood consulting firm to offer WealthWorks training in October
August 2, 2014
Yellow Wood Associates, Inc., is offering a training designed for professionals engaged in community and/or economic development who would like to become WealthWorks value chain coaches or coordinators. Participants work with value chain intermediary organizations (value chain managers), helping them to identify, explore, construct, and measure the impacts of WealthWorks value chains.
Some relevant headlines from around the Northeast: August 2014 edition
August 1, 2014
Secretary Vilsack visits Cornell for briefing on nutrition, dairy, and climate change; Cornell's Kathryn Boor appointed to Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research board; Vermont Visitor Survey results released.
NIFA Announces Release of 2501 Program Request for Applications
July 25, 2014
NIFA announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to compete for financial assistance through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, the 2501 Program.
Postdoctoral Researchers in Microeconomics Invited to Apply for Open Positions
July 15, 2014
The NERCRD is currently accepting applications for two Postdoctoral researchers in the area of applied microeconomics beginning August 2014.
New faces at the Northeast Center
June 30, 2014
Please join us in welcoming two new staff members to the Northeast Center: Kelly Doyle and Erica Hildabridle.
Urban agriculture is the focus of June 27 webinar
June 21, 2014
Urban agriculture — including its economics, successes, and challenges — is the topic of a free web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 27.
What Works III conference resources now available online
June 20, 2014
Do entrepreneurs catalyze food system development? What does the concept of "regional food" really mean to consumers? How do producer cooperatives work? These are just a few of the questions addressed during last month’s "What Works III" conference, an event co-organized by the Penn State-based Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development and the National Value-Added Agriculture Conference.
Invitation to provide input to Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
June 19, 2014
USDA-NIFA is seeking stakeholder input to the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program for the 2015 planning cycle.
Climate change webinar is now available online
June 19, 2014
Climate change and its implications for local and regional food systems was the topic of this webinar, hosted by Center Scholar Dr. Doolarie Singh-Knights of West Virginia University on April 25, 2014. Presentation files and a recording of the webinar are now available online.
New publication examines region's land link programs
June 19, 2014
As a graduate student in Penn State’s Rural Sociology program, Leslie Pillen studied the activities and outcomes of the Northeast region’s land link programs, and a selection of her research results have just been published in the Northeast Center's Rural Development Working Paper series.
Featured faculty: Matt Kaplan — seeing the silver lining in the "silver tsunami"
June 19, 2014
Communities throughout the region and the nation are bracing themselves for what some are calling the "silver tsunami" — the coming wave of baby boomers who will be entering old age. To Matt Kaplan — a professor of intergenerational programs and aging in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Education, and Sociology at Penn State — the "silver tsunami" can be a golden opportunity for communities.
Rutgers Collaborates on National Farmland Preservation Conference
June 17, 2014
A two-day national conference called "Saving America’s Farms and Farmland: Celebrating 40 Years of Farmland Preservation" was held on May 12-13 in Hershey, PA. The event, attended by 125 representatives from 18 states ranging from Washington to Ohio to Maine, was a collaboration among Brian Schilling, extension specialist at Rutgers University, Deborah Bowers, Carroll County, MD preservation specialist and publisher of the nationally recognized Farmland Preservation Report, and the Farmland Preservation Roundtable Conference Steering Committee.
University of Vermont's "Dollar Enterprise" course receives national recognition
June 16, 2014
UVM's Dollar Enterprise program recently was named one of the best entrepreneurship courses in America by Inc. Magazine. The course is taught by Kathleen Liang, a professor of Community Development and Applied Economics.
NH Agricultural Experiment Station research: Health issues, relationship changes trigger economic spirals for low-income rural families
June 16, 2014
When it comes to the factors that can send low-income rural families into a downward spiral, health issues and relationship changes appear to be major trigger events. Fortunately, support networks – in particular, extended families – can help ease these poverty spells, according to new research from the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.
"Local Foods, Local Places" is a new federal initiative announced this month
June 15, 2014
This month, the White House Rural Council Chairman USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Local Food, Local Places, a federal initiative providing direct technical support to rural communities to help them build strong local food systems as part of their community’s economic action plans.
SARE topic room offers local and regional food system resources
June 7, 2014
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has launched a new topic room titled "Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems." The topic room is a free, online collection of practical tools and educational resources gleaned from SARE-funded research by real farmers, entrepreneurs, researchers and educators.
White House to Host Forum on Regional Food Economies
June 5, 2014
The White House Rural Council will be hosting a virtual Stakeholder Forum on Regional Food Economies: Building Market Opportunities for Rural America on June 9th, 2014 at 12:45PM and will be lived-streamed.
USDA awards grants to spur economic development in rural communities across US, Northeast
April 30, 2014
In April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced more than $12 million in grants to support research, education and Extension activities aimed at increasing prosperity and economic security for farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs and consumers across the nation. Grant recipients include a number of our partners in the Northeast.
New Community Development Specialist at WVSU: Sarah Halstead
April 29, 2014
We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Sarah Halstead, who recently joined West Virginia State University as an Extension specialist for sustainable community and economic development. Halstead focuses on workforce and community needs assessment, training-program development and innovation-based, entrepreneurial and sustainable community development.
Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Funding Opportunity
April 29, 2014
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released a request for applications (RFA) for its Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program. The RFA due date is May 30, 2014
USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers
April 24, 2014
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on April 11 the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).
AgrAbility Funding Opportunity Announced
April 24, 2014
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released the 2014 Request for Applications for the AgrAbility Program, an assistive technology program for farmers with disabilities. Applications are due June 4.
Local Area Personal Income Statistics Restored by U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
April 18, 2014
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has restored the Local Area Personal Income data sets that had previously been eliminated as a result of the 2013 sequester and funding cuts. The BEA announced the restoration of the data on its blog and credited "improved production efficiency" for the revival of these statistics.
Join us for another webinar in the Northeast Center's occasional series - Topic: Climate Change
April 16, 2014
A webinar on "Climate Change - Implications for Local and Regional Food Systems" will be held on April 25th at 2PM. This webinar is designed for research, teaching and extension professionals and practitioners engaged in work related to the Northeast regional food system.
John Pike to Retire From University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
April 16, 2014
John Pike will retire as dean and director of UNH Cooperative Extension after nearly 40 years with the organization that has served the people, businesses, and communities of the Granite State for a century.
Deborah Sheely Selected to Lead University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension
April 16, 2014
URI hired Deborah Sheely as the new director of Cooperative Extension in February. Sheely formerly served as a senior administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
University of Vermont Annual Food Systems Summit Slated for June 17-18
March 25, 2014
The UVM Food Systems Summit is an annual event drawing scholars, practitioners, and food systems leaders to Burlington, VT, to engage in dialogue on the pressing food systems issues facing our world.
"The Art of Reinvention" is the Theme of NACDEP's 10th Anniversary Conference
March 24, 2014
The National Association of Community Development Professionals (NACDEP) is holding its 10th Anniversary conference on June 22-25, 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI. The early bird registration window closes on May 16th.
NERCRD's Kathleen Burke Recognized with University Promotion
March 4, 2014
Dollar Enterprise Wins Best Practices Award
March 4, 2014
Dollar Enterprise program at the University of Vermont won the Best Practices Award at the 2014 Small Business Institute (SBI) Conference, Feb 13-15 in Las Vages, Nevada. The SBI Best Practices Award recognizes New entrepreneurial curriculum; New or innovative classroom delivery; Innovations in attracting and maintaining clients; Promoting entrepreneurship across the curriculum; Superior outcomes from existing programs, etc..
University of Vermont Research May Revolutionize Maple Syrup Production
March 4, 2014
Scientists at the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center have discovered a new way of harvesting maple syrup. Their findings may give way to a new kind of tree farm in the Northeast.
Improving the Use of Behavioral Health Metrics is the Goal of New National Program
March 3, 2014
Grappling with behavioral health problems, especially substance abuse and mental health issues, is a continual struggle for many communities across the country. A new national program has been developed to provide resources for local decision makers to get a better understanding of the behavioral health concerns in their regions.
National Study of Economic Mobility Uses Northeast Center’s Social Capital Data
March 2, 2014
The Northeast Center’s social capital data collection continues to be a valuable resource for the research community. Most recently, it was used in work by the Equality of Opportunity Project, a research team led by economists from Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Post-Oil City Workshops Held at the University of the District of Columbia
February 25, 2014
How will the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy affect the process of urban planning and the city? How can we envision the post-oil city of the future? What does such a city look like? These were some of the questions explored in “Post-Oil City: The History of the City’s Future,” an international planning and landscape architecture exhibition presented by the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia and the Goethe-Institut Washington.
Self-employment growth does not bank on access to capital
February 19, 2014
An entrepreneurial climate is more important than access to financing and banks in encouraging self-employment growth, according to rural economists.
Local foods offer tangible economic benefits in some regions
February 19, 2014
Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products locally may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists.
EFSNE project newsletter off to a successful start
February 17, 2014
Since the Northeast Center's signature food systems research project, "Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems," formally launched its newsletter in January, more than 300 interested consumers, producers, researchers, cooperative extension staff, students, and others have subscribed. The newsletter, which is emailed to subscribers on a quarterly basis, will provide updates from each of the project's research groups and also will offer a look at the project's education and outreach activities.
Consumer and Retailer Demand for Local Seafood: Opportunities in the N.H. Marketplace
February 3, 2014
TAC Member Charlie French, of the University of New Hampshire, along with a team from UNH's Cooperative Extension and UNH's Department of Natural Resources recently conducted a study to explore consumer and retailer demand for locally caught seafood.
Study: Food hubs' support for local economy is mixed
January 30, 2014
As the consumer appetite for locally sourced food products increases, so has interest in “food hubs” that facilitate the purchase, marketing and distribution of agricultural products within a region. But what is their economic value? A three-year study by Cornell researchers suggests that growth in these local farm aggregation and distribution businesses may provide economic benefits to local communities, but that some other businesses may suffer.
Carsey Institute: 39 percent of unemployed Americans are seeking work for more than six months
January 22, 2014
Thirty-nine percent of unemployed Americans are experiencing long-term unemployment in the wake of the 2008 recession, which is more than double the percent unemployed more than six months but actively seeking work in 2007, according to new research about trends in long-term unemployment since the recession from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.
UConn’s Dr. Nancy Bull Appointed New NEED Executive Director
January 20, 2014
We welcome Dr. Nancy Bull as the new Executive Director for the Northeast Extension Directors (NEED)! Dr. Bull follows Linda Kay Benning, who is retiring as the NEED Executive Director.
Watkins named Cornell Cooperative Extension director
January 19, 2014
Cornell Professor of Horticulture Christopher Watkins has been named director of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). Formerly associate director of CCE, Watkins is appointed through Oct. 1, 2017, completing the term of former director Helene Dillard, who recently stepped down to become dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis.
More news from our land-grant partners
January 18, 2014
Post-Oil City workshops held at UDC; Dollar Enterprise wins Best Practices award; New York-based 'Farm Hub' to train new crop of local growers; New UNH outreach program helps unemployed find work; UVM hosts two-day food system "hackathon"; WVU partners with Bob's Market to offer diversified agriculture training.
Some relevant headlines from around the Northeast: January 2014 edition
January 18, 2014
Maine's economic development programs are evaluated, Vermont's food and farm sector adds 2,200 new jobs, and locally sourced foods are among hottest restaurant trends for 2014.
"Rural America at a Glance, 2013" focuses on employment, poverty, and population trends
January 15, 2014
The USDA Economic Research Service has released a six-page economic brief, titled "Rural America at a Glance, 2013."
2014 Grant Opportunities from USDA
January 9, 2014
USDA has recently posted new requests for proposals for grant opportunities.
News from USDA's Organic Resource Center
January 9, 2014
Here are a few noteworthy news announcements.
Energy and Its Implications for Rural America is the Focus of a New Series of Policy Briefs
January 9, 2014
The National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP) has issued a series of seven policy briefs focusing on energy in the U.S. Each brief examines a different aspect of energy production or consumption and provides analysis of the associated policy implications for rural communities.