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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.

June 21, 2015

In a paper recently published in the Journal of Extension, authors Jane Haskell (University of Maine) and George Morse (University of Minnesota and member of the Northeast Center TAC) describe an Extension program adapted to help libraries articulate their public value, so as to encourage their public-funding support. The authors, who piloted their approach with 15 libraries, also share strategies for customizing the approach so that any public program can articulate short private and public value statements.

Credit: USDA
June 18, 2015

A toolkit developed by a team of regional economists and food systems specialists is now available to help communities evaluate the economic impacts of their local food-system activities.

June 18, 2015

Shirley Sherrod, longtime civil rights activist and advocate for food justice and independent family farmers, is the keynote speaker for the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) annual conference, scheduled for November 13-14 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Ms. Sherrod will address this year's conference theme, "Putting MOVE in the Movement."

June 17, 2015

University of Vermont's Kathleen Liang recently was honored with a Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation award. The award was presented to Liang at the National Value Added Agriculture Conference, which took place May 18-20 in Austin, TX. Liang received the award for her effort titled "Reinvigorating the MarketMaker Programs through Innovative Theory, Practices, and Collaboration Framework." Congratulations Kathleen!

June 15, 2015

The USDA office of Rural Development will host a webinar on June 30 to highlight the services provided by the USDA Agricultural Manufacturing Service (AMS). Topics to be covered include an overview of grants for farmers markets and other local food efforts and facilities design, and how the food landscape is changing. Attendees also will hear about how the AMS services are being used by others to develop and expand local foods in their areas.

Credit: Purdue University
June 2, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the United States. According to an employment outlook report released in May by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Purdue University, there is an average of 35,400 new U.S. graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher in agriculture related fields, 22,500 short of the jobs available annually.

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.

May 4, 2015

Two grant proposals have been selected to receive funding through the Northeast Center's "Regional Collaboration of Successful CRD Extension Programs Planning Grant." Their selection was based on unanimous recommendation by the Northeast Center's Small Grants Review Committee.

April 28, 2015

Dr. Sabine O'Hara, Northeast Center Board Member and Dean of the University of the District of Columbia College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), describes the role that urban food hubs can play in urban communities in an article recently published in Solutions Journal.

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.