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Participants at a Broadband for Municipalities workshop presented by UNH Cooperative Extension. Photo provided.
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.

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.

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.

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.

Credit: West Virginia University
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The AMSTA website provides information about grant-writing workshops and additional resources for grant seekers. http://www.amsta.net
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.

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.

The 2014 NERCRD Annual Report
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.

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!

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.

Credit: USDA
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.

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.

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.

December 15, 2014

This fall marked some exciting changes at the Northeast Center, including the addition of two new staff members, Frank Ge and Stacie Vance.

December 15, 2014

People in the country's unhappiest communities spend about a quarter of the month so far down in the dumps that it can harm their productivity, according to economists.