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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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April 5, 2013

NERCRD TAC member Charles French of UNH Cooperative Extension examines the Granite State Future project and how they are getting people to open up about the future of their communities, and the state.

April 5, 2013

The first webinar, held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, featured two USDA NIFA-funded Global Food Security projects from different regions of the country working to enhance community and regional food systems.A second webinar on two other projects will be offered on Wednesday, April 17.

April 5, 2013

A new report in the spirit of "demography is destiny" shows those rural counties that are losing and gaining population as a result of natural processes. Over 1,100 U.S. counties had more deaths than births in 2012, representing an historic high.

April 5, 2013

The goal of this new report is to describe the current definition of rural and to recommend better ways of targeting funds devoted to rural development

April 5, 2013

During 2012 the Center's website consistently appeared on the first page (among the top ten) of a Google search on the term "Rural Development." On 12.15.2012 it ranked third, below only USDA RD and the Wikipedia RD entry.

April 5, 2013

The National Agricultural and Rural Development Center is a joint effort of the four Regional Rural Development Centers. Major studies have been commissioned and are available on the subjects of hydraulic Fracking for natural gas and Broadband availability in rural areas. To access these reports and learn more about this Center, visit http://nardep.info

April 5, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Singh-Knights was selected following a competitive process. She will inventory on-going activities in the Northeast on local foods and also organize two webinars as well as provide support to a forthcoming What Works Conference organized by the Center through its Technical Advisory Committee.

April 5, 2013

We are happy to announce that the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development has a new website with the most up-to-date information available. Please check out our new site at http://aese.psu.edu/nercrd

November 6, 2012

We welcome Samantha Sheckler to the Northeast Center. She will be providing staff support to Katey Burke on a part-time basis and is co-funded on a number of different grants, including the National Agricultural and Rural Development (NARDeP) Center and Global Food Security Grants.

November 6, 2012

Congratulations to Kathleen Liang from the University of Vermont! Her proposal "Examining the Role of Regional Food Networks (RFN's) and Their Relationships to Long-Term Resilience in the US Food System through the Linkages of People, Place, and Prosperity" has been awarded funding under the NERA Planning Grant Program.

November 6, 2012

The goal of this newest eXtension CoP, supported in part by The Northeast Center, is to provide resource materials, training opportunities and peer interaction for Extension Educators, community-based practitioners and individuals involved in work related to building sustainable and equitable food systems. We look forward to collaborating with you to build a strong, effective and useful community, and to creating tools, materials and processes that enhance the work we all do daily to build sustainable and just food systems.

November 6, 2012

As the Center's Director, I regret having to report that Pamela A. Hearn will be transitioning into retirement effective June 30, 2012. We look forward to welcoming our new Administrative Support Assistant, Kathleen (Katey) Burke, to the Center.

November 6, 2012

The May 2012 RuralConnections publication from the Western Rural Development Center contains a collection of papers on local and regional foods hubs along with their impacts on local economies. The publication is available at ...

People in rural counties who work for themselves may add a boost to local economies, improving income and job growth, according to economists.
November 6, 2012

A new Center study finds that people in rural counties who work for themselves may add a boost to local economies, improving income and job growth county-wide: The share of self-employed workers in non-metro counties significantly predicts personal income and job growth, as well as reductions in family poverty levels. Co-authored with Dr. Anil Rupasingha, research economist and policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, the study appears in Papers in Regional Science.

November 6, 2012

The RRDC's Stronger Economies Together (SET) program, funded by USDA Rural Development, received regional and national recognition at the 2012 National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) conference recently held in Park City, Utah.

November 6, 2012

The resoundingly successful Annual NACDEP Conference was held in Park City, Utah, from May 20-23, 2012. Congratulations to Kelly Nix of West Virginia University, who is the new Northeast representative to NACDEP. By all accounts the meeting generated many new ideas and exchanges among the participants, and numerous informative presentations were made in parallel sessions organized by natural, human, financial, social and cultural, built and political capital. A dozen educators from around the Northeast attended the regional break-out session.

November 6, 2012

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development collaborated in a successful $50,000 application to launch a new Community, Local and Regional Food Systems Community of Practice.

November 6, 2012

The nation's four Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) were recently chosen by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture/United States Department of Agriculture to establish the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (or NARDeP). NARDeP is funded through NIFA's competitive grants program at a level of $768,000 over 24 months, and it will provide policy makers with timely and unbiased information on a variety of topics, including rural families, households, and economies; farm and agricultural sectors; consumers, food, and nutrition; and environment.

November 6, 2012

Publication. Rural people and communities continue to play important social, economic and environmental roles at a time in which societies are rapidly urbanizing, and the identities of local places are increasingly subsumed by flows of people, information and economic activity across global spaces.

November 6, 2012

The authors argue that achieving sustainable agricultural systems will require transformative changes in markets, policies, and science, rather than just incremental changes in farming practices and technology. Former Northcentral RRDC director, Dr. Cornelia B. Flora, is coauthor of the article. Science, Policy Forum, Volume 332, 670-1, May 6, 2011.