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2015

Entrepreneurial spirit can help communities better withstand trade shock
October 29, 2015
Communities with more self-employed workers can better withstand economic shifts caused by imports than communities that have fewer self-employed people, according to Penn State economists.
"Evaluating for Public Value through Impact Narratives" is topic of November 9 webinar
October 27, 2015
The National Community Resource and Economic Development (CRD) Indicators Working Group announces its first webinar in a series to expand measurement of CRD impacts.
New recordings added to First Impressions webinar series
October 27, 2015
"Sharing Scholarship and Innovations in the First Impressions Program" is the topic of one of the projects that received funding this year from the Northeast Center's small grants program. As part of the project team's plan of work, they have recorded several webinars that explore the First Impressions community assessment and improvement program. Four webinars from the series have been added to the Northeast Center website.
Center's Board of Directors, Technical Advisory Committee discussed accomplishments and future plans at annual meeting in October
October 26, 2015
Members of the Northeast Center's Board of Directors (BOD) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met in Washington, DC on October 22-23 to discuss the Center's progress towards its goals and to provide input to its 2016 plan of work.
Mark Skidmore new Director of North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
October 26, 2015
On behalf of Dr. Ray Hammerschmidt, Director, Michigan State University Extension we are delighted to announce that Dr. Mark Skidmore has been named director of the North Central Region Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD). He will take over the duties from Dr. Scott Loveridge effective January 1, 2016. We look forward to him continuing the NCRCRD’s work with Extension professionals, researchers and their partners to enhance rural development outcomes in the 12-state north central region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin).
University of Connecticut's Jiff Martin selected as White House "Champion of Change"
October 26, 2015
Jiff Martin, the Sustainable Food System Associate Educator for University of Connecticut Extension, was one of 12 individuals from across the country recognized by the White House as a "Champion of Change in Sustainable and Climate Smart Agriculture." These individuals were selected by the White House for their achievements and were honored for exemplary leadership and innovation in agricultural production and education.
University of Vermont's Kathleen Liang named National Entrepreneur Educator of the Year
October 25, 2015
Kathleen Liang, UVM Professor in Community Development Applied Economics, was named National Entrepreneur Educator of the Year by the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ASBE). Liang received the award in September for designing, developing, and implementing the first entrepreneurship curriculum within an agriculture and life sciences program in the U.S. and also for her creation of the Dollar Enterprise program, considered one of most innovative service-learning and experiential-learning courses in the nation. Congratulations, Kathleen!
Report offers insights into economic impacts of agriculture in the region
October 25, 2015
"Northeast Economic Engine: Agriculture, Forest Products and Commercial Fishing" is a report recently issued by Farm Credit East and based on 2012 data generated from an independent study completed by Dr. Rigoberto Lopez, Nataliya Plesha and Benjamin Campbell from the University of Connecticut. The purpose of the report is to illustrate the importance of agriculture and related industries to the Northeast economy.
Doing work in climate or food systems? If so, eXtension wants to hear from you by November 6!
October 25, 2015
As part of its new strategy unveiled earlier this month — which focuses on issues, innovation, and impact — eXtension is launching an "i-Three Issue Corps," in which 200 eXtension professionals will work together to make short-term measurable impact on important issues. The first i-Three Issue Corps will focus on climate and food systems, and nominations are now being accepted for individuals whose plans of work include these issues. Nominations can be for individuals or teams. The nomination deadline is November 6, 2015.
Job announcement: WVU Extension seeks Director of Community, Economic and Workforce Development
October 24, 2015
West Virginia University Extension Service is searching for a dynamic Community Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) leader to be the state program leader for Community Development and program unit director for (CWED). CEWD is a diverse unit that includes four program areas: Community Resource and Economic Development (CRED); Safety and Health Extension (SHE); Institute for Labor Studies Research (ILSR); and Fire Service, which provides training for paid and volunteer firefighters. Applications will be accepted through the WVU Jobs website, and screening begins on January 1, 2016.
Have you checked out our Facebook page yet?
October 13, 2015
If you receive our newsletter, you know we try to keep you apprised of what's going on the region, whether we're announcing funding and training opportunities or celebrating the successes of our partners. But the newsletter rolls around only every two months. Facebook, on the other hand, provides us the chance to keep in touch with you every day. If you haven't already, please check out our Facebook page, and if you like what you see...well, you know what to do.
Rural Housing and Economic Development Call for Proposals
August 28, 2015
NARDeP (National Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Center) seeks proposals for a book chapter and policy brief describing research and/or outreach programs that address problems associated with housing and economic development in rural areas of the United States.
"Why Local Food Matters" is topic of free webinar on September 10
August 27, 2015
Debra Tropp, USDA Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS), will present a free webinar titled "Why Local Food Matters" on Thursday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The webinar, co-sponsored by the four Regional Rural Development Centers, will provide an overview of what we know about changing consumer demand, some of the drivers behind these changes in demand, and how AMS is trying to help farmers and food marketers take advantage of the recent surge in local food demand through grant assistance, primary data collection, applied research on emerging business models, technical assistance and market facility design.
Center research on labor markets, migration, and food distribution shared at AAEA/WAEA
August 27, 2015
The Northeast Center was well represented at the 2015 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association and Western Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, held on July 26-28 in San Francisco, CA. Center Director Stephan Goetz and postdoctoral scholars Houtian Ge and Yicheol Han each gave presentations at the event, and their research is now available online.
Registration now open for NESAWG's annual conference
August 26, 2015
"Putting MOVE in the Movement!" is the theme of this year's "It Takes a Region" conference sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. The event, which aims to brings together farm and food practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues, will take place on November 13-14 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Discounted "early bird" registration is open until October 2.
With heroin overdoses on the rise, Center for Rural Pennsylvania addresses national epidemic
August 20, 2015
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a bipartisan, bicameral legislative research agency of the General Assembly, concluded its seventh public hearing on Tuesday, August 18, on heroin and opioid addiction, specifically prevention, recovery, treatment and law enforcement efforts. The 11-member Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors (which includes Northeast Center Director Stephan Goetz and Penn State Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics Ted Alter) and area legislators, state officials, law enforcement officials and state and local treatment service providers participated in the five-hour-long hearing at the Yorktowne Hotel in York County.
Registraton still open for UNH Economic Development Academy
August 5, 2015
The Economic Development Academy (EDA) is an intensive, practice-based course designed to build the skills of community and economic development leaders and practitioners. Registration for this opportunity is still open, and the deadline has been extended through August 17, 2015. The course begins August 24.
Stephan J. Goetz recognized for outstanding public service
July 31, 2015
Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Northeast Center, has received the 2015 Outstanding Public Service through Economics Award from the Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.
New ERS resource identifies trends and patterns in foundation funding to rural areas
July 30, 2015
The USDA Economic Research Service has released a new Economic Information Bulletin authored by John Pender titled "Foundation Grants to Rural Areas from 2005 to 2010: Trends and Patterns." The 47-page bulletin and a two-page summary that highlights some of the study's findings are available on the ERS website.
Resource for assisting immigrants and other minority groups in the Mid-Atlantic region
July 28, 2015
A presentation recently added to the Northeast Center website describes a networking approach using Extension Educators, subject matter specialists, USDA and State Departments of Agriculture personnel to successfully assist immigrants and other minority groups in Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region. This resource was developed by NERCRD TAC Member Andy Wetherill of Delaware State University, who presented it on April 2, 2015 at the Extension Risk Management National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
Executive Director sought for Enterprise Center at Plymouth State University
July 7, 2015
The Plymouth State University (PSU) College of Business Administration, an ACBSP accredited program, seeks an experienced business professional who will be responsible for leading and operating the Enterprise Center of Plymouth (ECP), a business incubator partnership between PSU and the Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC).
Webinar recording explains the First Impressions program
June 23, 2015
While the NERCRD small grants program does not officially start until July 1, the two teams that were selected to receive funding have already begun meeting and planning their activities. These activities will result in resources that may be of interest to a wider audience, like a recent webinar which describes the First Impressions program and implementation.
Paper explores 21st century Extension stakeholder engagement
June 22, 2015
In a paper recently published in the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, two case studies serve as a forum for exploring how extension stakeholder engagement is changing in response to societal trends. Authored by Charlie French (University of New Hampshire and Northeast Center Technical Advisory Committee Chair) and George Morse (University of Minnesota and NERCRD TAC member), the paper is titled "Extension Stakeholder Engagement: An Exploration of Two Cases Exemplifying 21st Century Adaptions," and is available as a PDF download.
What is your library worth? New paper highlights Extension public-value workshops for libraries
June 21, 2015
In a paper recently published in the Journal of Extension, authors Jane Haskell (University of Maine) and George Morse (University of Minnesota and member of the Northeast Center TAC) describe an Extension program adapted to help libraries articulate their public value, so as to encourage their public-funding support. The authors, who piloted their approach with 15 libraries, also share strategies for customizing the approach so that any public program can articulate short private and public value statements.
New toolkit to help communities understand the economic impacts of local food system initiatives
June 18, 2015
A toolkit developed by a team of regional economists and food systems specialists is now available to help communities evaluate the economic impacts of their local food-system activities.
Shirley Sherrod to headline NESAWG's "It Takes a Region" conference
June 18, 2015
Shirley Sherrod, longtime civil rights activist and advocate for food justice and independent family farmers, is the keynote speaker for the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) annual conference, scheduled for November 13-14 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Ms. Sherrod will address this year's conference theme, "Putting MOVE in the Movement."
Liang awarded for her innovative efforts to improve MarketMaker programs
June 17, 2015
University of Vermont's Kathleen Liang recently was honored with a Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation award. The award was presented to Liang at the National Value Added Agriculture Conference, which took place May 18-20 in Austin, TX. Liang received the award for her effort titled "Reinvigorating the MarketMaker Programs through Innovative Theory, Practices, and Collaboration Framework." Congratulations Kathleen!
June 30 webinar to look at USDA local foods programming
June 15, 2015
The USDA office of Rural Development will host a webinar on June 30 to highlight the services provided by the USDA Agricultural Manufacturing Service (AMS). Topics to be covered include an overview of grants for farmers markets and other local food efforts and facilities design, and how the food landscape is changing. Attendees also will hear about how the AMS services are being used by others to develop and expand local foods in their areas.
One of the best fields for new college graduates? Agriculture.
June 2, 2015
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the United States. According to an employment outlook report released in May by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Purdue University, there is an average of 35,400 new U.S. graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher in agriculture related fields, 22,500 short of the jobs available annually.
Headlines from around the Northeast: June 2015 edition
June 1, 2015
West Virginia's disappearing grocery stores; community-supported fisheries take off in New Jersey; the land-grant role in urban agriculture; why some Vermonters are migrating out-of-state; and more relevant headlines from around the region.
Recipients of Northeast Center small grants program announced
May 4, 2015
Two grant proposals have been selected to receive funding through the Northeast Center's "Regional Collaboration of Successful CRD Extension Programs Planning Grant." Their selection was based on unanimous recommendation by the Northeast Center's Small Grants Review Committee.
Research on urban food hubs by UDC Dean Sabine O'Hara published in Solutions Journal
April 28, 2015
Dr. Sabine O'Hara, Northeast Center Board Member and Dean of the University of the District of Columbia College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), describes the role that urban food hubs can play in urban communities in an article recently published in Solutions Journal.
New broadband resources available from UNH Cooperative Extension
April 27, 2015
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension’s Broadband Technical Assistance and Training Team has recently completed a four-year project focused on building awareness and capacity around broadband access and utilization in New Hampshire. In addition to providing training and technical assistance throughout the state, the team developed products that may be useful to other states.
Economic Development Academy offered by UNH Cooperative Extension
April 27, 2015
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is now accepting applications for its 2015 Economic Development Academy (EDA), an intensive, practice-based course designed to build the skills of community and economic development leaders and practitioners.
Webinar: Basics for Helping Organizations Identify and Promote Their Public (and Private) Value
April 25, 2015
A webinar presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension will share how Laura Kalamb​okidis’ (University of Minnesota Economist and Minnesota State Economist) ground-breaking model for demonstrating the public value of Extension programs has been used in Maine with non-Extension public services. The one-hour webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9 at 2:00 pm EDT, and registration is required.
New Community and Economic Development Educator at University of Connecticut: Laura Brown
April 21, 2015
We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Laura Brown, who recently joined the University of Connecticut as a Community and Economic Development Educator. Brown, originally from Massachusetts, returned to the Northeast after nearly a decade in Wisconsin where she worked at the state and county levels on food systems and community development projects. We caught up with Brown to find out how her experiences in the Midwest will shape her work in Connecticut, and what issues she’ll be working on in the months to come.
Bonanno named dean and director for WVU Extension Service
April 20, 2015
NERCRD Board Member and long-time West Virginia University leader Steven C. Bonanno has been named the dean and director of the West Virginia University Extension Service. Bonanno has served as interim director of the WVU Extension Service since July 2011. He has spent his career working for Extension, beginning as a faculty Extension agent in Pleasants County in 1982 and as a member of the Extension Service administration since 2005.
Calvin elected to eXtension Board of Governors
April 18, 2015
Dennis Calvin, Director of Penn State Extension and past NERCRD Board Chair, recently was elected by members of the eXtension Foundation to represent them on the eXtension Board of Governors.
Howe honored with award before stepping down from Cornell's CaRDI
April 16, 2015
The Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) at Cornell University announced last month that its Executive Director Rod Howe has stepped down from his role there to become the new Executive Director of the History Center of Tompkins County, NY.
Cornell researchers to study impacts of rural-urban food links
April 8, 2015
To grasp if rural towns benefit from selling local farm products to urban consumers, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded a $500,000 grant to a team of Cornell researchers led by economist Todd Schmit. The two-year case study will be based on GrowNYC’s Greenmarket, which runs 54 farmers’ markets in the New York City area, supplied by more than 240 fishermen and farmers from across the Northeast.
RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies announces its 2015 Call for Research Proposals
April 4, 2015
The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies is pleased to announce its 2015 Call for Research Proposals. The RIDGE Center is hosted by the Purdue Center for Regional Development and works in collaboration with the nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers. Funding for the RIDGE Center is provided by the Economic Research Service, USDA.
Headlines from around the Northeast: April 2015 edition
April 1, 2015
Vermont food system study tour slated for this summer, impacts of land-grant universities studied, and new leadership at the New Hampshire SBDC.
NERCRD leads nationwide grant-writing workshops in support of local foods
February 26, 2015
Grant-writing workshops designed to help potential applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program are being offered in every US state this spring. This effort, known as the Agricultural Marketing and Technical Assistance (AMSTA) project, is the result of a unique collaboration between federal, state, and regional partners.
RFP: Regional Collaboration of Successful CRD Extension Program Planning Grant
February 26, 2015
The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, on the advice of its Technical Advisory Committee and with approval from its Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the following RFP: “Regional Delivery of Successful Extension Program Planning Grant.” These competitive grants are designed to support Northeast state Extension Services and Land Grand University (LGU) researchers pursuing engaged scholarship to expand the breadth and depth of their rural development outreach programming/engaged scholarship by facilitating collaboration between Northeast states.
2014 Annual Report is now available online
February 26, 2015
The NERCRD has issued its 2014 annual report. The report hightlights the Center's 2014 research and programming efforts, and provides an overview of its funding outlook.
NERCRD is social!
February 26, 2015
The Northeast Center is now on Facebook and Twitter, and we'd love it if you'd "like" us or "follow" us!
EFSNE project context documents paint picture of Northeast food system, food security
February 22, 2015
The Northeast Center's signature food system project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems, has issued two context documents that may be of interest to those studying and working in the Northeast food system.
UNH research finds rural students have less access to advanced placement courses
February 19, 2015
Nearly one half of rural school districts have no secondary students enrolled in advanced placement (AP) courses, compared to only 20 percent of town, 5 percent of suburban and less than 3 percent of urban districts, according to new research at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.
2016 National Value Added Conference registration open
February 18, 2015
The 17th Annual National Value Added Agriculture Conference is slated to take place in Austin, Texas on May 18-20, 2015. The conference will address food security, rural development, and value added agriculture.
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance featured in NESAWG newsletter
February 14, 2015
The Northeast is home to thousands of miles of shoreline, and thousands of fishermen. In its most recent newsletter, the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) features the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, a network that works to protect biodiversity while supporting healthy local fishing economies in the Northeast region.