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April 25, 2016

Nearly 30 percent of New England's farmers are likely to exit farming in the next 10+ years, and nine out of ten are farming without a young farmer alongside them. This is according to new analysis of U.S. Census of Agriculture data that was part of a study released recentlly by American Farmland Trust (AFT) and Land For Good (LFG). The year-long study—that also included farmer focus groups—sheds new light on what will be needed to facilitate the transition of farms and farmland in New England to a next generation of farmers. At no point is a farm's future more at risk than during this transition.

Cooperative extension and agricultural research translate into higher farm profits, allowing farmers to stay in agriculture, said Goetz. Image: USDA
April 19, 2016

Federal cooperative extension programs have helped more than 137,000 farmers stay in business since 1985, according to economists.

April 19, 2016

This chart illustrates findings from a Northeast Center study on the effects of public investment in Land Grant University programs. The researchers found that agricultural research and Cooperative Extension programs helped more than 137,000 farmers stay on the farm between 1984 and 2010.

April 18, 2016

Three grant proposals have been selected to receive funding through the Northeast Center's "Drivers of Rural Innovation and Implications for Community and Regional Economic Development" award program, which was established to support data access and research in rural business innovation and economic development. Their selection was based on the unanimous recommendation of a review committee.

April 16, 2016

The Northeast Center has released its 2015 annual report. The report highlights the Center's 2015 research and programming and provides an overview of its funding outlook.

Image: USDA, via Flickr
April 15, 2016

When Cindy Barry and her colleagues learned that the Centers for Disease Control recommend farmers markets as a community strategy to promote cardiovascular health, a light bulb came on.

April 12, 2016

The National Association of Community Development Professionals (NACDEP) and the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) are teaming up for a Joint Annual Conference, scheduled for June 26-29, 2016 in Burlington, VT. Early registration rates end May 9!

April 1, 2016

Established and early career professionals (including Ph.D. students) with a strong interest in rural transportation and / or elderly issues are invited participate in a subconference on the economics of transportation for the rural elderly which is part of the 2016 National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation (RIBT). Organizers will cover travel and conference expenses for selected participants, who will be expected to subsequently collaborate on a white paper and other published materials related to transportation for the rural elderly and disadvantaged populations. Applications are due May 16, 2016.

March 29, 2016

The March 2016 issue of Rural Voices, the publication of the Housing Assistance Council, was devoted to the topic of rural homelessness. It includes articles on innovative housing solutions, farm worker homelessness, schools' approaches to working with homeless youth, and more.

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February 22, 2016

High-growth companies are not just found in California's tech-rich Silicon Valley. According to a team of economists, these fast-growing firms are found across the U.S. and in a variety of industries.

February 22, 2016

Congratulations to Jiaochen Liang, a Penn State doctoral candidate who recently defended his dissertation in Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics. Liang's dissertation research focused on U.S. regional development and economic resilience.

February 19, 2016

The National Community Resource and Economic Development (CRED) Indicators Working Group presented a webinar on February 2, 2016 that highlighted how a small CRED program in New Hampshire has been able to develop its evaluation capacity over time in spite of several challenges. If you missed the webinar, you can still access it online.

Elanor Starmer, USDA, delivered opening remarks for the event, which attracted more than 100 food systems practioners, researchers, and stakeholders.
February 16, 2016

On December 10-11, 2015, more than 100 people gathered for a conference in Greenbelt, MD, to mark the last phase of the Northeast Center-led transdisciplinary food systems project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast (EFSNE). Attendees learned about EFSNE project findings and engaged in conversation and collaboration with other food system researchers, practitioners, advocates, and funders.

Dr. Steven Turner (courtesy of Mississippi State U.)
February 16, 2016

A longtime department head at Mississippi State University has been named the new director of the Southern Rural Development Center. Steven Turner, who previously had served as head of the Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural Economics for 12 years, officially began as the center’s director on January 1. We look forward to future collaborations with Dr. Turner and SRDC staff.

February 15, 2016

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension invites applications for a Community & Economic Development Field Specialist based in Newport, New Hampshire.

February 2, 2016

There is growing interest in local food systems, but is local enough? Contextualizing “local” within a regional food system approach may enable us to make smarter decisions about transportation and infrastructure support, as well as the management of water and other natural resources. On February 9, food systems consultant Kate Clancy will explore these issues in a one-hour webinar sponsored by the Chesapeake Food Network.

January 6, 2016

Andy Wetherill, small farms educator at Delaware State University and a member of the NERCRD Technical Advisory Committee, was recognized by the Antigua and Barbuda Association of Philadelphia as their 2015 Citizen of the Year. In addition to his service to the Antiguan and Barbudan community of the greater Philadelphia area, Wetherill was selected for his contributions to science education and agriculture in the US and the Caribbean. Wetherill received the award at the Association's Annual Gala, held in Philadelphia on October 31, 2015.

January 3, 2016

Mark your calendars for the 2016 annual meeting of the Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA), scheduled for June 19-22. Meeting events will take place in Bar Harbor, Maine.

January 2, 2016

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October 29, 2015

Communities with more self-employed workers can better withstand economic shifts caused by imports than communities that have fewer self-employed people, according to Penn State economists.