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2018

Weather patterns, farm income, other factors, may be influencing opioid crisis
January 26, 2018
The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, but new research by Northeast Center Director Stephan Goetz and Meri Davlasheridze (Texas A&M) suggests that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens and costing the country billions of dollars.
New collection of papers explores Northeast U.S. food system, community engagement, and citizens’ perceptions of “regional foods”
January 25, 2018
For seven years a multidisciplinary team of more than 40 researchers led by the NERCRD has explored the extent to which a more robust regional food system in the Northeastern U.S. could improve food access in low-income communities and improve the long-term food security of the entire Northeast. Now, in an initial collection of three papers published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, team members have summarized some of their findings.
Save the Date: NAREA Pre-Conference Research Workshop on Advances in the Economic Analysis of Food System Drivers and Effects
January 24, 2018
The 2018 Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Pre-Conference Workshop, co-sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, will be held on June 9-10, 2018, just prior to the NAREA conference taking place June 10-12 in Philadelphia, PA. This pre-conference workshop will highlight recent advances in the economic analysis of food systems in the U.S. as well as globally.
Save the date: National Association of Community Develpment Extension Professionals 2018 conference
January 15, 2018
The National Association for Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) will be holding its annual conference in Cleveland, OH, June 10-13, 2018. This year's conference theme is "Communities that Rock."
"Urban Agriculture: A Guide for Municipalities" is a new resource from University of Pittsburgh
January 13, 2018
"Urban Agriculture: A Guide for Municipalities" was developed through a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics and the Allegheny County Conservation District, with help from several local and regional partners. The guide describes the benefits of urban agriculture and its many activities for healthy, vibrant communities, and walks the reader through how these activities can be properly and legally permitted through changes to local zoning ordinances. (Links to PDF)