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January 20, 2014

We welcome Dr. Nancy Bull as the new Executive Director for the Northeast Extension Directors (NEED)! Dr. Bull follows Linda Kay Benning, who is retiring as the NEED Executive Director.

January 19, 2014

Cornell Professor of Horticulture Christopher Watkins has been named director of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). Formerly associate director of CCE, Watkins is appointed through Oct. 1, 2017, completing the term of former director Helene Dillard, who recently stepped down to become dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

January 18, 2014

Post-Oil City workshops held at UDC; Dollar Enterprise wins Best Practices award; New York-based 'Farm Hub' to train new crop of local growers; New UNH outreach program helps unemployed find work; UVM hosts two-day food system "hackathon"; WVU partners with Bob's Market to offer diversified agriculture training.

January 18, 2014

Maine's economic development programs are evaluated, Vermont's food and farm sector adds 2,200 new jobs, and locally sourced foods are among hottest restaurant trends for 2014.

January 15, 2014

The USDA Economic Research Service has released a six-page economic brief, titled "Rural America at a Glance, 2013."

January 9, 2014

USDA has recently posted new requests for proposals for grant opportunities.

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January 9, 2014

The National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP) has issued a series of seven policy briefs focusing on energy in the U.S. Each brief examines a different aspect of energy production or consumption and provides analysis of the associated policy implications for rural communities.

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

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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

The EFSNE newsletter reports on the research, education, and outreach efforts of the project.
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.

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.

The loss of manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania between 2001 and 2011 is a prime factor in a shift in the state's labor force toward lower-wage industries, according to economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Credit: Penn State
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.

Hamideh Etemadnia and her colleagues developed a new mathematical model that will help identify the optimal locations of wholesale food distributors.
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.