Recent News

November 10, 2017

We are pleased to welcome several new scholars to the Northeast Center!

November 10, 2017

The Center's signature food systems research project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE), has issued several research briefs that serve to distill peer-reviewed journal articles authored by one or more project team members into 2-4 page documents intended for a general audience.

November 10, 2017

Three grant proposals have been selected to receive funding through the Northeast Center's 2017-2018 "Impacts of Successful Extension and Outreach Programs" award program, which was designed to help Northeast Land-Grant University faculty and educators document the impacts of their work while also encouraging collaboration across state lines. Twenty-two people from nine states are participating in the projects. Selection of the funded projects was based on the recommendations of a review panel.

November 10, 2017

In 2016, with funding from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), the Northeast Center established an award program that provided three teams with access to a new data set that allowed them to explore ways in which business innovation is happening in rural areas, and its impact on rural communities and regional economies. Now that the program has ended, members from each of the funded teams presented their findings in two special sessions co-organized with ERS at the North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association.

November 9, 2017

At this summer’s NACDEP meeting, University of New Hampshire (UNH) Extension’s Community and Economic Development Program Coordinator Casey Hancock described how she and her colleagues involved undergraduate student members of the UNH Planning Student Organization in First Impressions programming, which turned out to be a winning partnership. We caught up with Hancock to learn more about how the partnership worked.

November 6, 2017

In 2015, the Northeast Center provided funding to West Virginia University (WVU) Extension and partner institutions to expand WVU’s First Impressions (FI) program into other states. We've launched a new web clearinghouse for FI training resources and reports from our partners who have implemented FI in their states.

October 23, 2017

A paper published recently in the Journal of Extension explores Extension's role at the intersection of agriculture and health insurance, focusing on current efforts, needs, and opportunities.

October 17, 2017

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) held several listening sessions this fall, and continues to solicit public input on the emerging needs and opportunities in food and agricultural research, education, and extension through the initiative, “NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives.” To share your input, follow the linked headline to complete a survey, or submit written comments via

October 16, 2017

The USDA Economic Research Service recently released two reports that explore rural innovation and rural manufacturing, respectively. The authors found that innovation is widespread in rural areas, especially in the manufacturing sector, and that manufacturing is very important to the rural economy, providing more jobs and higher earnings than other sectors like farming and mining.

October 16, 2017

A new publication on ripple effects mapping— a "participatory data collection method designed to capture the impact of complex programs and collaborative processes"—was recently released by the University of Minnesota. Edited by Scott Chazdon, Mary Emery, Debra Hansen, Lorie Higgins, and Rebecca Sero, the 16MB PDF is available for download from the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute Program Evaluation Series. released by University of Minnesota Extension

October 1, 2017

Have you used the USDA AMS Economics of Local Food Systems Toolkit? The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is soliciting papers from organizations and agencies that have used the USDA AMS economic impact toolkit explicitly and/or the principles articulated in the toolkit to evaluate local food system initiatives in their community, region, or on a national basis. The abstract submission deadline is November 30, 2017.