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Hamideh Etemadnia and her colleagues developed a new mathematical model that will help identify the optimal locations of wholesale food distributors.
December 5, 2013

In all but the shortest supply chains, food travels through wholesale distribution centers on its way from farm to consumer, and the location of these distributors can have a big impact on the efficiency of a food system. Now, a new mathematical model can help business owners and policy makers determine the optimal locations for such distributors, thanks to a research team led by an engineer in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

November 7, 2013

The leaders of six of Vermont's higher education institutions recently pledged to create a premier destination for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students who want to learn how to advance sustainable and robust food systems. By pledging to use Vermont as a shared food systems campus, the founding members of this new consortium will offer students a rich array of cross-institutional experiences and strengthen the state’s reputation as the national educational leader in innovative food systems implementation.

October 31, 2013

“Coordinating U.S. Water Policy” is the topic of a policy brief issued this month by the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP). The two-page brief explores the challenges facing U.S. water policy and the countless agencies that govern it.

“National Trends in Income Inequality” is the topic of a policy brief issued this month by the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP).
October 28, 2013

“National Trends in Income Inequality” is the topic of a policy brief issued this month by the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP). The two-page brief explores the growing gap between rich and poor, and examines differences in income inequality between rural and urban populations.

October 24, 2013

New York further secures its reputation as the leader in Greek yogurt with a $1.5 million donation from Chobani, Inc. to create a dairy quality research program at Cornell University. The donation will be used to establish a research and training program that will support graduate-student research along with workforce development in dairy quality. Dairy Herd

October 9, 2013

A new online training program helps to ensure that the faces of the state’s tourism industry — hospitality employees — are able to provide the services essential to visitors. “This program’s success is a testament to what WVU can do through collaborations,” said Doug Arbogast, WVU Extension Rural Tourism Development specialist. “We have the capability to connect our resources within the University to departments across West Virginia to service the state’s needs.” Known as West Virginia Welcome, the course is available on West Virginia University Extension Service’s online learning system.

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October 8, 2013

Small farms and businesses may be the unintended victims of legislation aimed at cutting the federal budget by eliminating certain sets of local and county-based economic data, according to a group of economists.

October 8, 2013

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County recently released a market demand study on local foods. This study offers a snapshot of regional agriculture and some of its local food patterns, including consumption and production, as well as current interest in farmers markets and its food products.

October 2, 2013

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development's What Works Conference Series will be hosting a joint regional conference with the National Value Added Agriculture Conference on "Enhancing Food Security and Rural Viability through Innovative Food System Practices and Opportunities" May 13-15, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland

September 27, 2013

A new commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor, NY, is the result of a partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County and a commercial developer, reports North Country Public Radio. The shared-use facility was developed to help growers and processors expand their businesses.

September 26, 2013

"Linking Sustainability, Food, Health and the Environment: Research, Outreach and Education"

September 26, 2013

We are sad to see one of our staff members go, but we celebrate her promotion within the University. We are also pleased to welcome two new staff members to our team.

September 26, 2013

An article entitled "Why We Need Federal Statistical Data for States and Counties" has been prepared for the current issue of AAEA's Choices Magazine. The article reviews implications of cutting data collection and reporting efforts under the federal sequester.

September 26, 2013

Providing hands-on business development and coaching services, the Value Chain Cluster Initiative strives to strengthen local food and farm businesses throughout West Virginia.

September 26, 2013

Congratulations to former TAC Chair Dr. Kathleen Liang, who was awarded a new grant, released a new publication, and was featured in AAA Magazine.

September 26, 2013

Cornell University is hosting two lectures in October that will examine the impacts of local foods.

September 26, 2013

Charlie French was recently appointed as a Carsey Institute Faculty Fellow at the University of New Hampshire. Congratulations Charlie!

September 26, 2013

The impact of agriculture on Maryland's economy amounts to $8.25 annually, according to a recent study published by the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland.