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NERCRD-led project featured on cover of news magazine for agricultural scientists

Posted: 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.
The cover of the July 2014 issue of CSA News, designed by Pat Scullion, features the EFSNE project.

The cover of the July 2014 issue of CSA News, designed by Pat Scullion, features the EFSNE project.

The story, written by Madeline Fisher, is freely available on the CSA News website and features interviews with several members of the EFSNE project team.

EFSNE is a USDA NIFA-funded Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) project led by the Center that seeks to determine whether greater reliance on regionally produced food could improve food access and affordability in disadvantaged communities, while also benefiting farmers, food supply chain firms and others in the food system. EFSNE brings together researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from a twelve-state region in the Northeast, engaging the entire food chain from production to consumption in a collaborative effort. The project team comprises more than 40 individuals at multiple universities, non-profits and government agencies, including:

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Delaware State University
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for a Livable Future
  • Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
  • Penn State University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Vermont
  • USDA Economic Research Service
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service   
  • West Virginia State University

The CSA News story also features Cornell University research that, although not related to the EFSNE project, is focused on boosting food production in the Northeast. The story reports on the work of Michael Mazourek, a Cornell assistant professor of plant breeding and genetics whose research group is working to improve disease resistance, yields, and shelf-life of vegetable crops cultivated in the Northeast.

A monthly publication with a circulation of 10,000, CSA News provides research and industry news to its members in the agronomy, crop sciences, and soil sciences fields. For more information about the publication and the organizations that it serves, visit: www.agronomy.org/publications/csa-news.