Current Center-Led Projects
Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast (EFSNE)
This USDA-Funded Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) project is studying whether greater reliance on regionally produced foods could improve food access and affordability for disadvantaged communities, while also benefiting farmers and others in the food supply chain. The project brings together researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from a twelve-state region in the Northeast to shed new light on how the food system can better serve all Americans.
National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP)
The National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy Center is organized by the Regional Rural Development Centers to provide information about the increasingly contentious and complex agricultural and rural development U.S. policy issues. Current signature areas are energy and the environment, food systems development, and self-employment and entrepreneurship.
Current Projects with Partners
Enhancing the Viability of Underserved Small Farms and Rural Communities Using Insights from Emerging Network Science
The Northeast Center brought together partners including Delaware State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Tennessee State University for a competitive USDA capacity building grant. This project will provide the opportunity to expand networks for small farmers in Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
eXtension Community of Practice: Local, Regional, and Community Food Systems
The Northeast Center collaborated with faculty and educators across the nation in the development of an eXtension Community of Practice (CoP) in the area of local and regional food systems development. It shares models, findings, best practices, challenges, conceptual frameworks and data. It is increasing awareness about regional food systems, and is enhancing the ability for Extension personnel to contribute to their development.
Impacts of Multifunctional Operations on Long-Term Sustainability and Prosperity of Small and Medium Sized Farms and Rural Communities
The Northeast Center brought together partners including University of Vermont and the USDA Economic Research Service for an AFRI Foundational Grant. The purpose of this project is to study small and medium-sized farms involved in multifunctional operations in the U.S., with an emphasis on the New England region. Multifunctional farm operations are hypothesized to enhance the long term sustainability and prosperity both of farmers and their rural communities.
In 2015, the Northeast Center issued an RFP for "Regional Collaboration of Successful CRD Extension Programs Planning Grant." Two proposals were selected to receive funding:
Train-the-Trainer: Futures Workshops and Emergency Economic Impact Analysis
Demographic Dimensions of Diversity
(Relevant for Extension Educators) This section lists basic demographic variables related to diversity that are relevant for Extension educators, discusses why the variables are important, and provides links to data sources for the different variables at different levels of geographic detail. Data are available at the state, county and sub-county levels, such as the Census tract level. Most of the data are also available at different points in time, allowing basic trends to be identified.
Electronic commerce, commonly known as e-commerce, is a type of industry where buying and selling of product or service is conducted over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks.