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August 25, 2016

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program aims to increase awareness and understanding of USDA's SBIR grant program by providing informational and training webinars for Cooperative Extension and other agency personnel to successfully guide SBIR applicants through the proposal writing and submission process. The first webinar was recorded and is archived online. The next webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and will focus on the theme of idea development.

Woman and child using binoculars in natural area. Credit: Hagerty Ryan, USFWS
August 25, 2016

We are collecting success stories that highlight emerging and best practices in recreation economy for use in a forthcoming resource guide. Do you have experience in this area? We'd love to hear from you!

The cover of the Impact Indicators Tips Booklet. Links to a printer-friendly PDF.
August 24, 2016

In case you missed the announcement in our June newsletter, here's a reminder that the "Impact Indicators Tips Booklet" is now available on the Northeast Center website. Written by George Morse, Charles French, and Scott Chazdon, the 40-page booklet explores practical and credible methods for using the "but for" rule to document Extension Community Development Impacts.

August 23, 2016

With funding from the Northeast Regional Center's small grants program, several Extension staff in the region learned from colleagues at West Virginia University Extension about how to implement the First Impressions program in their respective states. Casey Hancock (University of New Hampshire Extension) blogged about what she learned and how she and her colleagues are incorporating technology into their own implementation of the program. Read all about it at the UNH Extension blog.

NACDEP honored several Community Development Extension professionals during its 2016 annual meeting. To download the program, visit
August 22, 2016

Several of our regional colleagues were recently honored by the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP). Please join us in congratulating them!

August 22, 2016

Early bird registration is now open for the annual conference of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG). Slated for November 10-12 in Hartford, CT, the conference aims to "bring together farm and food systems practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues."

August 14, 2016

A new training opportunity is available to Extension professionals who want to improve their impact reporting skills. “Impact Statement Reporting” is an online course that includes reading, quizzes, and a video-based case study of an Oregon-based non-profit working to document its own impact. NERCRD staff member Kristen Devlin took the course and offers this summary.

August 12, 2016

Learn how the arts and culture can enrich your community and diversify your economy at a two-day training offered by University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program. The event takes place September 26-27 in Excelsior Springs, MO.

August 11, 2016

If you haven't followed the Northeast Center on social media yet, you may have missed stories we've shared recently. Here is a sampling from our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

June 28, 2016

The Northeast Center was well-represented at the annual conference of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, which was held jointly this year with the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals. The two teams that received funding through the Center's multi-state Extension program each held pre-conference workshops. In addition, the Center presented two posters during the poster session. Copies of the posters are archived on our website.

June 28, 2016

A paper authored by Center Director Stephan Goetz and published in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review describes the ways in which agricultural and regional economists can apply their expertise to food systems analyses.

Dr. Richard C. Rhodes III
June 28, 2016

The Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (NERA) recently announced that Dr. Richard C. Rhodes III of the Rhode Island Agricultural Experiment Station is its new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2016. As we welcome Dr. Rhodes, we bid farewell to Dr. Daniel Rossi, who will retire after serving over nine years with NERA, and over 37 years in the land-grant system, and to Rubie Mize, who has served as the Assistant to the Executive Director over the past 20 years.

June 28, 2016

An outstanding candidate is sought to work on an original research project supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture entitled, “Overcoming Supply Chain Barriers to Expanding Northeast Ruminant Meat Production.” The incumbent will work with the Principal Investigator to examine whether current infrastructure limits the expansion of small and medium-scale meat production in New York and New England.

Credit: APLU
June 28, 2016

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities has released a publication called "Healthy Food Systems, Healthy People," which aims to "help secure funding to improve human health and reduce chronic disease by integrating food, environment and agricultural systems through alignment of science, education, community engagement, and strategic partnerships."

Image courtesy of University of Iowa Press
June 28, 2016

Researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Ohio University have co-authored a new book that examines a recent cultural shift in agriculture, marked by an unprecedented number of women who have entered into farming. In "The Rise of Women Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture," the authors explore the societal changes that have empowered women to claim the farmer identity, describe barriers that are broadly encountered by women farmers, and posit that their innovative responses to these barriers are helping to redefine agriculture.

 Credit: Ken Johnson/UNH
June 27, 2016

The economic shocks of the housing market crisis and Great Recession were associated with striking changes in net migration patterns in both rural and urban America, with rural farming communities experiencing different migration trends than other rural areas, according to new research funded by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire.

June 26, 2016

How do we measure human well-being? Do GDP and other frameworks adequately capture social welfare and progress? A new research and policy brief written by Yunji Kim of Cornell University's Community and Regional Development Institute explores these questions and other ways of measuring well-being.

June 6, 2016

The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) offers a look at the US nonmetro population change from 2010 to 2015 in a recently released map. The map is based on an ERS topic page on rural Population and Migration and on the June 2016 Amber Waves finding, "Five Years of Population Loss in Rural and Small-Town America May Be Ending

Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Vital Statistics System, mortality data
May 2, 2016

As opioid abuse has escalated to a full-blown national crisis, many wonder why people start using these drugs, how they become addicted, and which communities are most at risk. Shannon Monnat, a Penn State rural sociologist and demographer, has studied these questions in depth, and shared some of her findings at a recent event at Penn State.

USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
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.