Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

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The project, led by NERCRD Faculty Affiliate Claudia Schmidt, is aimed at helping farmers benefit from the growing consumer interest in on-farm experiences. Photo by Julian Jemison on Unsplash
Researchers to create a roadmap for fostering successful agritourism enterprises
A team of researchers led by a Penn State agricultural economist will receive $500,000 over three years to study agritourism in the United States and to develop research-based information and guidance for farmers looking to diversify their incomes through agritourism activities.
NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Briefs explore pandemic in multiple contexts
The NERCRD has produced a series of issues briefs in response to the COVID-19 crisis, designed to provide information quickly or stimulate discussion. The briefs released so far explore the virus in the context of direct farm sales, the fruit and vegetable industry, consumer spending and sourcing, network science, and regional science. More briefs are planned, and will be shared as they are published.

Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development News

Researchers to create a roadmap for fostering successful agritourism enterprises
July 10, 2020
A team of researchers led by a Penn State agricultural economist will receive $500,000 over three years to study agritourism in the United States and to develop research-based information and guidance for farmers looking to diversify their incomes through agritourism activities.
NERCRD is hiring an Associate Director
June 3, 2020
The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development is hiring an Associate Director. This position will be responsible for leading the Center’s outreach oriented activities in consultation with the Director. Review of candidates will begin on June 15, 2020 and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.
For small and minority farmers, networks influence the bottom line
June 3, 2020
In a study looking at the social networks of small-scale and minority specialty-crop farmers in Tennessee, Maryland, and Delaware, farmers who played a more prominent role in their network reported greater sales. The findings can help farming groups and agricultural support organizations leverage networks to enhance the farmers’ success.