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Northeast Center publishes the bi-monthly newsletter, NETWORK, that focuses primarily on issues and problems of rural areas in the northeast region of the United States.

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October 28, 2014

October marks the time that terms end for some members of our Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Committee. We would like to thank those members for their generous service, and welcome those who will be filling their positions.

October 27, 2014

A new paper co-authored by Center staff and published in Social Indicators Research examines the effects of socioeconomic and environmental variables on the number of days of poor mental health reported across US counties.

October 26, 2014

The Northeast Center, along with the three other Regional Rural Development Centers, was selected this year by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to develop and help deliver a national curriculum designed to support grant seekers applying for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs (FMLFPP).

October 26, 2014

In an effort to improve access to the Center’s online resources, we have recently implemented a number of changes to the Northeast Center website that we hope will offer our web visitors an improved experience. While every effort was made to retain original URLs for popular content, visitors may need to update their bookmarks. If you are having trouble finding a resource, or would like to suggest additional improvements, please let us know!

October 25, 2014

The Northeast Center’s signature food system project is now well into the second half of its project timeline, and recently convened for its annual in-person meeting in Greenbelt, MD. Team members reported on the outcomes and impacts they are seeing spill over into the communities in which they are working, and are beginning to make results available to other researchers.

Franklin, NH, is the site of an innovative new project aimed at helping older residents age in place. Credit: Magicpiano, via Wikimedia Commons
October 23, 2014

Working closely with the city of Franklin, as well as with partners like Plan NH, Charlie French, Molly Donovan, and Sharon Cowen, members of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension’s community development team, applied for—and won—a highly coveted grant funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to help communities generate conversations and problem-solving workshops to tackle major development problems. The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) awarded only four such grants this year (out of 48 applicants) and this is the first time Cooperative Extension has won an NEA-related grant.

October 22, 2014

On September 23, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania released a report summarizing the findings of four statewide hearings held to examine the growing numbers of heroin and opioid related deaths and arrests across Pennsylvania.

October 22, 2014

While evidence-based prevention programs have been shown to decrease high-risk behaviors among young people, effectively delivering and sustaining these programs can be challenging, especially for rural communities. To address these challenges, a team of prevention scientists tapped into Cooperative Extension’s expertise in successfully delivering research-based solutions to rural communities, and cultivated a collaborative approach to program delivery that has proven successful in communities throughout the country.

October 22, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Regional Rural Development Centers are partnering to implement a national program to explore options for community-implemented early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness).

October 21, 2014

A collaboration between the University of the District of Columbia and non-profit Washington Parks and People combines park revitalization, urban gardening, and community-based classes that teach basic skills in cooking and preparing fresh food. The partnership and their results are featured in this Think Progress article.

October 21, 2014

West Virginia University Extension Service’s new Agritourism Initiative aims to help local farmers create and profit from farm-based tourism opportunities. With the help of a $30,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, WVU and industry experts will engage participants in a series of four, day-long training sessions in areas like risk management, marketing, hospitality management and business collaborations.

October 20, 2014

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's 2014 "It Takes a Region" conference will be held November 11-12 at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY. Pre-conference sessions begin November 10.

October 20, 2014

West Virginia University Extension Service provides new ways for some of West Virginia’s 9,000 female farmers to network, grow their sustainable agribusiness and learn leadership and marketing skills with its inaugural Women in Agriculture conference, Nov. 14 – 15, at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia.

August 18, 2014

Urban agriculture — including its economics, successes, and challenges — was the topic of a free web-based seminar hosted by Center Scholar Dr. Doolarie Singh-Knights of West Virginia University on Friday, June 27. Presentation files and a recording of the webinar are now available online. The webinar sparked many additional questions about urban farming that may keep the conversation going among participants.

The cover of the July 2014 issue of CSA News, designed by Pat Scullion, features the EFSNE project.
August 18, 2014

The cover story of the July 2014 issue of CSA News is a six-page feature about the Northeast Center's signature food systems project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE). CSA News is the official magazine for members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

August 18, 2014

During the July meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, a symposium was held to provide a platform for AAEA members to identify priorities as input to federal statistical agencies’ funding decisions. Center Director Stephan Goetz served as a symposium panelist, and his presentation, titled "Economic Development Priorities for Federal Statistical Data," is now available.

August 18, 2014

A study conducted by researchers at the University of New Hampshire indicates that consumers “overwhelmingly” prefer local seafood over imported seafood and are willing to pay more and drive further to attain it. Northeast Regional Center TAC member Charlie French, who also is a UNH Cooperative Extension associate professor of community development, and Kelly Cullen, associate professor of natural resources and the environment, recently presented the preliminary results of their N.H. Sea Grant-funded study to a small group of local fishermen, seafood retailers, local food organizations and chefs.

August 18, 2014

While a passion for food might drive people to launch a food-related business, passion alone isn’t enough to guarantee their success. Business know-how, access to the right equipment, and a reservoir of knowledge about licensing, regulations, and food safety are essential to the success of new food entrepreneurs. In Maine, a multi-disciplinary program helps people develop all the skills they need to get a new food business off the ground.

August 17, 2014

Two Delaware State University initiatives aimed at expanding risk-management knowledge and agricultural skills within immigrant and other minority communities in the Delmarva Peninsula offered researchers additional insight into approaches that work well to engage immigrant and minority groups with Extension programs. Their findings are presented in a research poster.

August 15, 2014

In January 2015, 25 students will arrive at the University of Vermont to begin the first higher education certificate program in the US focused on food hub management.