Happy Holidays from NERCRD!
December 20, 2013
The Northeast Regional Center would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season and best wishes in the new year! ~Stephan, Katey and Amber
Call for Proposals: Behavioral Health Information Pilot Communities
December 19, 2013
The Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) project is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and facilitated by the USDA. The CAPE project will fund eight pilot communities to participate in a joint exploration of what communities are now using to gauge community behavioral health and how these methods can be improved. This includes an online survey of local health decision makers (broadly defined) aimed at developing a better understanding of where local leaders draw their information about community behavioral health trends as well as a joint shaping and testing of new tools to make the process more accurate and efficient. Proposals are due January 21, 2014. Community selections are expected to be announced at the end of January.
Call for Proposals: Regional Community Behavioral Health Specialist
December 19, 2013
Four Regional Community Behavioral Health Specialists are sought for an initiative led by the four Regional Rural Development Centers in conjunction with the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Call for Proposals: Community Behavioral Health Technical Committee Members
December 19, 2013
Community Behavioral Health technical committee members are sought for an initiative led by the four Regional Rural Development Centers in conjunction with the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Center Transitions
December 19, 2013
The Northeast Regional Center would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the members of our Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) who have recently completed their terms on their respective committees as of October 2013.
Save the Date: Farmland Preservation National Conference 2013
December 18, 2013
Rutgers University Cooperative Extension and The Farmland Preservation Roundtable Conference Steering Committee present a two-day national conference celebrating 40 years of farmland preservation, scheduled for May 12-13, 2014 in Hershey, PA.
NERCRD 2013 Annual Report Now Available
December 18, 2013
The Northeast Center has issued its 2013 annual report, which includes a summary of major Center activities, an update on the progress of Center-supported grants, a list of 2013 publications and presentations by Center staff, and perspectives on the Center's funding.
New Collection of Resources on Addressing "Brain Drain" from Rural Communities
December 17, 2013
Information on rural youth migration and retention, including links to published research and online resources, is now being compiled on the NERCRD website, with thanks to Steve Deller, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin, for highlighting the need for such information to be compiled in one place.
"Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast" -- An Invitation to Subscribe to the EFSNE Newsletter
December 16, 2013
The Northeast Center's signature food systems project, "Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems" (EFSNE), is a USDA-funded Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) project that seeks to determine whether greater reliance on regionally produced food could improve food access and affordability in disadvantaged communities, while also benefiting farmers, food supply chain firms and others in the food system.
New Impact Assessment from Northeast Multistate Project on Rural Change and Quality of Life
December 12, 2013
Over the past five years, NE-1029 researchers have learned how various amenities shape rural development and how social and economic changes affect the quality of rural life. In particular, NE-1029 researchers have analyzed ongoing and potential changes in rural labor markets and the impacts of migration, commuting, and workforce development programs.
Penn State Economists: Loss of Middle-Wage Jobs Widens Income Gap in Pa.
December 12, 2013
From 2001 to 2011, the Pennsylvania workforce underwent a marked shift from higher-paying to lower-paying jobs, a trend that could have serious implications for the state's economy, according to a new report by economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
In the Case of Wholesale Food Distributors, It's All About Location
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.
New Consortium Aims To Make Vermont a Global Center of Food Systems Education
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.
Policy Brief, Webinar Address Need for Coordination Between Nation’s Water Agencies
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.
Policy Brief Explores Nation’s Growing Divide Between Rich and Poor
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.
Chobani Promotes Dairy Innovation with $1.5 Million Donation
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
WVU Extension Partners with State to Offer Online Hospitality Training Course in Support of State Tourism Industry
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.
Legislation May Cause Data Deficit for Researchers, Small Businesses
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.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County Has Released the Results of a Recent Local Food Market Demand Study
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
Cornell Cooperative Extension Partners with Developers to Help Small Food Producers Grow Their Businesses
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.
Another Successful Webinar Hosted by Center Scholar Singh-Knights
September 26, 2013
"Linking Sustainability, Food, Health and the Environment: Research, Outreach and Education"
National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center Releases New Publications
September 26, 2013
Center Staff Transitions
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.
New Article Highlights Need for Federal Data Collection
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.
The Southern Rural Development Center is Searching for a New Director
September 26, 2013
West Virginia University Collaborates on Value Chain Cluster Initiative with Conservation Fund and Other Partners
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.
New Grant and Publication at the University of Vermont
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.
Two Cornell University Events To Examine the Impacts of Local Food Systems
September 26, 2013
Cornell University is hosting two lectures in October that will examine the impacts of local foods.
TAC Member Charlie French Appointed as Carsey Faculty Fellow
September 26, 2013
Charlie French was recently appointed as a Carsey Institute Faculty Fellow at the University of New Hampshire. Congratulations Charlie!
Maryland Agriculture is $8.25 Billion Industry, University of Maryland Study Shows
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.
The University of Delaware and Delaware State Cooperative Extension Create "Ask An Expert" Website
September 26, 2013
Unveiled during the Delaware State Fair in July, the Ask an Expert website will allow Delawareans to submit questions or problems with family, health, community development, food and agriculture, programs for young people and gardening. Responses will be based entirely on university research available throughout the country.
Jemison Talks to Maine Public Broadcasting Network About Health Care for Migrant Workers
September 25, 2013
Maine's blueberry industry depends on the labor of migrant workers, who travel to Maine from Mexico and Haiti each year.
Dairy: Supporting New York's Leading Agricultural Industry
September 25, 2013
Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has provided critical research in every aspect of dairy production in the state of New York. This research has helped to create a $9 billion industry for the state generating jobs and income in the local communities.
Desire for Locally Grown Produce Helping to Drive Farm Growth
September 25, 2013
In western New York, interest in locally grown foods has soared during the last five years. The growing interest is due, in part, to the realization that local food cuts down on cost and air pollution while also keeping money within the community.
University of Vermont Hosts Food Systems Summit
September 25, 2013
Chef and cookbook author Tamar Adler was one of several speakers to participate in the second annual Food Systems Summit sponsored by the University of Vermont this July.
Garden Vision Comes True for McDowell County Food Bank
September 25, 2013
Partnering with the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank, the West Virginia State University Extension Service has created an adaptive garden in McDowell County. The food bank's unique vision includes greenhouses, a garden oasis, and potential interactive outdoor opportunities.
2013 Community Leadership Academy
September 25, 2013
The 2013 Community Leadership Academy will be hosted by West Virginia University October 3-4, 2013.
University of New Hampshire Extension Brings Drama to Group Dialogues
September 25, 2013
Facilitation experts from UNH Cooperative Extension and the Carsey Institute's NH Listens worked with actors to practice new strategies for navigating difficult or contentious community conversations.
West Virginia University Researchers Explore the Use of Wood Biomass to Spur Appalachian Economy
September 25, 2013
A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from West Virginia University was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to explore economic and environmental impacts of wood biomass utilization in rural central Appalachia.
New Agricultural Research Center Highlighted at Penn State's Ag Progress Days
September 25, 2013
In mid-August during Penn State University's Ag Progress Days, three new agricultural resource centers were unveiled to the public. These Centers, which stem from a collaborative effort between Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, will "address the hot button issues of food safety, animal care, and plant health."
Save the Date for a Farm-Based Education Forum
August 27, 2013
Save the date for the Farm-Based Education Forum: Agritourism, Education and Economics on Your Farm at Shelburne Farms in Vermont October 22 - 23, 2013.
2013 Organic and Local Food and Farm Guide
June 6, 2013
New York State's most comprehensive listing of organic and sustainable farms and producers. More than 700 farm listings.
Using Data to Test and Tell
June 6, 2013
Presentations from the Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities Conference related to community and rural development
Conservation on farms is highly underestimated
April 25, 2013
ANNAPOLIS - According to a study by soil conservation experts released in March, farmers in Queen Anne's, Kent and Howard counties have been implementing environmentally conscious practices on their own to the extent that the Watershed Implementation Plan will need to be re-evaluated.
Invitation to AAEA Post Conference
April 18, 2013
The Best Practices of the USDA NIFA Projects: Food System and Food Security post-conference Workshop will be held August 4-6, 2013 in Washington, DC. This workshop will showcase best practices in integrated and multidisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach of food system and food security projects that have been funded by USDA NIFA.
2013 CDS Conference Focuses on Regional Collaboration
April 18, 2013
The 2013 CDS Conference will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina July 20-24, 2013. This years conference theme is Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation through Regional Collaboration.
NACDEP Set to meet at Galaxy Conference in Pittsburgh
April 18, 2013
The Galaxy IV Conference will be held September 16-20, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA. About 2,000 Extension Educators are expected to attend the conference, so early registration is recommended. Early bird registration opens May 1, 2013.
Congratulations to Mildred Warner, Winner of CaRDI's 2012/13 David J. Allee and Paul R. Eberts Community and Economic Vitality Award.
April 5, 2013
Professor Warner won the award "for her years of innovative research on issues impacting families, communities and regions."
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers at a Glance
April 5, 2013
The 2013 Edition released by USDA's Economic Research Service
USDA NIFA releases call for foundational grant applications.
April 5, 2013
Granite State Futures: People Envisioning the Future of their Communities
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.
Community, Local and Regional Food System (CLRFS) eXtension Community of Practice (CoP) Launches Webinar Series
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.
Report Highlights Counties in Natural Decline
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.
USDA Releases New Definition of "Rural"
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
NERCRD Website Ranks Near Top on "Rural Development" Google Search
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.
NARDeP Center Publishes First Commissioned Reports
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
Doolarie (Dee) Singh-Knights Selected as NERCRD Scholar on Local and Regional Foods.
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.
NERCRD Launches New Website
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