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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 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.

August 15, 2014

How can planners work to enhance community food systems? How can we design communities in ways that promote health? These are some questions explored in Penn State Extension's webinar series on land-use planning and decision-making this fall. Two of the speakers in this fall's line-up are members of the Northeast Regional Center's signature food-system project team.

August 14, 2014

If our recent urban farming webinar is any indication, interest in urban agriculture is on the rise, and researchers and Extension staff across the Northeast are working to build capacity in this area. One example is the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia. In its most recent newsletter, CAUSES shared information about its Center for Urban Agriculture.

August 8, 2014

Newly published research funded by the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP) shows that broadband is an engine for growth in rural U.S. communities, especially when a large segment of the population adopts the technology. The research team's findings are among the first to provide evidence to support a long-held assumption that rural economies are boosted by broadband.

August 2, 2014

Yellow Wood Associates, Inc., is offering a training designed for professionals engaged in community and/or economic development who would like to become WealthWorks value chain coaches or coordinators. Participants work with value chain intermediary organizations (value chain managers), helping them to identify, explore, construct, and measure the impacts of WealthWorks value chains.

August 1, 2014

Secretary Vilsack visits Cornell for briefing on nutrition, dairy, and climate change; Cornell's Kathryn Boor appointed to Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research board; Vermont Visitor Survey results released.

July 15, 2014

The NERCRD is currently accepting applications for two Postdoctoral researchers in the area of applied microeconomics beginning August 2014.

June 30, 2014

Please join us in welcoming two new staff members to the Northeast Center: Kelly Doyle and Erica Hildabridle.

Urban farms face unique challenges, which will be discussed during the June 27 webinar. Image credit: Linda via Wikimedia Commons
June 21, 2014

Urban agriculture — including its economics, successes, and challenges — is the topic of a free web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 27.

June 20, 2014

Do entrepreneurs catalyze food system development? What does the concept of "regional food" really mean to consumers? How do producer cooperatives work? These are just a few of the questions addressed during last month’s "What Works III" conference, an event co-organized by the Penn State-based Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development and the National Value-Added Agriculture Conference.