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L-R: Timothy Phipps, Timothy Wojan, Sarah Halstead, Paul Gottlieb, George Morse, James McConnon, Charlie French, Stephan Goetz, Sabine O'Hara, Gary Thompson, Andy Wetherill, and Brent Elrod. In attandance but not pictured: Steve Bonanno, Dyremple Marsh.*
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
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).

Image: University of Connecticut Extension
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.

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!

Image: Farm Credit East
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Credit: USDA
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Left to right: University of Maine Professor and Director of Economics Mario Teisl, Northeast Center Director Stephan Goetz, and NAREA President and Penn State Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics Edward Jaenicke
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.

A new report issued by the USDA Economic Research Service describes trends and patterns in foundation grants 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.