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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.

June 19, 2014

USDA-NIFA is seeking stakeholder input to the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program for the 2015 planning cycle.

June 19, 2014

Climate change and its implications for local and regional food systems was the topic of this webinar, hosted by Center Scholar Dr. Doolarie Singh-Knights of West Virginia University on April 25, 2014. Presentation files and a recording of the webinar are now available online.

June 19, 2014

As a graduate student in Penn State’s Rural Sociology program, Leslie Pillen studied the activities and outcomes of the Northeast region’s land link programs, and a selection of her research results have just been published in the Northeast Center's Rural Development Working Paper series.

Matt Kaplan
June 19, 2014

Communities throughout the region and the nation are bracing themselves for what some are calling the "silver tsunami" — the coming wave of baby boomers who will be entering old age. To Matt Kaplan — a professor of intergenerational programs and aging in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Education, and Sociology at Penn State — the "silver tsunami" can be a golden opportunity for communities.

Credit: USDA
June 17, 2014

A two-day national conference called "Saving America’s Farms and Farmland: Celebrating 40 Years of Farmland Preservation" was held on May 12-13 in Hershey, PA. The event, attended by 125 representatives from 18 states ranging from Washington to Ohio to Maine, was a collaboration among Brian Schilling, extension specialist at Rutgers University, Deborah Bowers, Carroll County, MD preservation specialist and publisher of the nationally recognized Farmland Preservation Report, and the Farmland Preservation Roundtable Conference Steering Committee.

June 16, 2014

UVM's Dollar Enterprise program recently was named one of the best entrepreneurship courses in America by Inc. Magazine. The course is taught by Kathleen Liang, a professor of Community Development and Applied Economics.

June 16, 2014

When it comes to the factors that can send low-income rural families into a downward spiral, health issues and relationship changes appear to be major trigger events. Fortunately, support networks – in particular, extended families – can help ease these poverty spells, according to new research from the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

The White House Rural Council held its first live-streamed meeting earlier this month, during which they announced the "Local Foods, Local Places" initiative. Credit: USDA
June 15, 2014

This month, the White House Rural Council Chairman USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Local Food, Local Places, a federal initiative providing direct technical support to rural communities to help them build strong local food systems as part of their community’s economic action plans.

June 7, 2014

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has launched a new topic room titled "Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems." The topic room is a free, online collection of practical tools and educational resources gleaned from SARE-funded research by real farmers, entrepreneurs, researchers and educators.

April 30, 2014

In April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced more than $12 million in grants to support research, education and Extension activities aimed at increasing prosperity and economic security for farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs and consumers across the nation. Grant recipients include a number of our partners in the Northeast.

April 29, 2014

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Sarah Halstead, who recently joined West Virginia State University as an Extension specialist for sustainable community and economic development. Halstead focuses on workforce and community needs assessment, training-program development and innovation-based, entrepreneurial and sustainable community development.