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Headlines from around the Northeast: June 2015 edition

Posted: 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.

Rural grocers closing stores as customers drive to bigger locales

This Charleston Gazette story reports a growing trend in West Virginia: rural grocery stores are closing, and residents must drive long distances to acquire groceries.

Newly launched community supported fisheries offer biweekly shares of Jersey seafood (Rutgers University)

A growing number of New Jersey farms are offering community supported agriculture programs (CSAs) which allow customers to become a member or shareholder, providing them with a season’s worth of produce that they pay for in advance, and then pick up on a weekly or biweekly basis. A similar strategy to boost an allied industry, Jersey Seafood, has been in development in New Jersey since 2012. Through the efforts of the marine program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Ocean County, a community supported fishery (CSF) has operated for the past three years as part of Sea Salt CSA at B&B Farms in Galloway Township in Atlantic County. Learn how the pilot program has spawned several new CSFs this year.

Seacoast towns contemplate climate change (New Hampshire Business Review)

The University of New Hampshire's regional climate assessments are being used by communities to anticipate how climate change will affect them, according to this  this article, which was a collaboration between UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Business Review.

Bringing the farm to the city: How a local land grant university is supporting a different kind of agriculture (USDA)

In this USDA blog post, Dr. Ann Bartuska (Deputy Undersecretary of Research, Education, and Economics) describes her recent visit to the University of the District of Columbia's Muirkirk Agricultural Experiment Station.

Urban farmers say it's time they got their own research farms (NPR)

As urban agriculture becomes more common, land grant colleges and universities are giving more consideration to their urban audiences, according to this May 18 NPR story.

Cloud hovers over Maine’s fertile farming future (Portland Press Herald)

Maine's food industry leaders say a lack of supply chain infrastructure, like processing plants and aggregation centers, are hurting Maine's potential to become "the food basket of the Northeast," according to this Portland Press Herald news story.

Vermont Roots Migration Survey: The Stayers, The Leavers And The Returnees (Vermont Public Radio)

University of Vermont released its "Roots Migration Survey" results recently, revealing why some Vermonters have stayed in the state and why others have not. Read or listen to the Vermont Public Radio interview with the researchers here.

Inside New Hampshire's 'Preschool Poverty Gap' (New Hampshire Public Radio)

New Hampshire Public Radio explores the struggle that the state's low-income families face in their search for child care. The story describes research conducted at UNH's Carsey School of Public Policy that showed low-income families bear a greater burden than wealthier families when it comes to paying for child care. Listen to the story here.