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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.

December 15, 2014

Would you like to understand how communities work? Are you curious about why good ideas sometimes fall flat? Do you watch groups struggle to make decisions without adequate data? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then consider registering for Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, a unique online course presented jointly by the four Regional Rural Development Centers and a team of nationally recognized Community Development professionals.

December 14, 2014

The Journal of Food Distribution Research dedicated its November 2014 issue to exploring how food entreprenuers are affecting their local food systems. The set of six case studies featured was prepared for the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center themed collection on local food systems and interactions with entrepreneurship.

December 11, 2014

The National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center has issued a new policy brief that takes an in-depth look at the multi-state river basin institutions in the Northeast and the North Central U.S. that govern water use for the development of shale gas through unconventional extraction methods.

December 2, 2014

Kenneth La Valley has been selected to be the next dean and director of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension effective Dec. 1, 2014, after a national search.

December 2, 2014

Federal programs can be a helping hand for people who want to develop innovative, sustainable, enterprises in agriculture and forestry. A newly updated publication, "Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities" is a one-stop guide to find the details about sustainable agriculture, forestry, entrepreneurship, conservation, food systems, and community development funding programs and how to apply for them.

Credit: Daniel R. Blume via wikimedia commons
December 1, 2014

Help for West Virginia start-ups, Maine's focus on workforce development, and two new farm law resources.

December 1, 2014

The Northeast Regional Center would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season and best wishes in the new year!

November 13, 2014

Stronger Economies Together (SET) is launching a new Phase (V), and is holding an informational webinar on December 5th at 1:00 p.m. Central/2:00 p.m. Eastern for interested parties to learn more about this opportunity. SET enables communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region.

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.