NETWORK 12
A Quarterly Newsletter for Northeast Rural Development, Vol. 28, no. 1, 2012 
In This Issue
NERCRD Annual Report 2011
2012 NACDEP Conference
2012 National Value Added Conference
Call for Papers
NE Program Leaders Meeting
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NERCRD Annual Report 20112011 Annual Report
The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development has published its 2011 Annual Report, which is now available on the NERCRD's website Click here to view the report.
2012 NACDEP Conference -
Capitalizing on our Assets
The 2012 NACDEP conference, in beautiful Park City, Utah from May 20-23, 2012 will highlight the role of Extension Community Development professionals in helping address community and economic development issues with a focus on assets within the community capitals framework. Ultimately, the conference provides a forum for Extension educators, scholars, researchers, partners and government officials to explore the breadth of topics related to community development.


The 2012 Conference will feature nearly one hundred workshops, presentations, field trips and posters along six tracks which follow the community capitals framework.  Click here for conference information and registration.

Food Environment Symposium
The Effects of Context on Food Choice

The purpose of this conference is to provide a platform for research on the economics related to the role of consumers' food environments on their choices and health outcomes. The conference is aimed at providing insights into the influence of the food environment on the quality, price, and availability of food, associated health or environmental impacts, and to uncover the impact of policies aimed at influencing the food production and choice.  May 30-31, 2012, Tufts University, Boston, MA.  For registration information and the Schedule of Events please visit the conference page

Save the Date! 

Multi-State Marcellus Shale Academic Research Conference, May 30-31, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA.  Updates on the conference can be found on Penn State's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) website.


NAREA Meeting 

The Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) will hold its 2012 annual meeting at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Conference Center, in historic Lowell, Massachusetts (located 25 miles from Boston) from June 10 to June 12, 2012. NAREA will sponsor selected paper sessions, symposia, and workshop papers (for a post-conference workshop on Ecosystem Services). Selected paper sessions are an opportunity for NAREA members to share their current research. Symposium sessions allow members to organize a group of papers on a specific area that is of interest to the membership. Papers and symposia are invited in the following subject categories: Consumer, Environment, Marketing, Natural Resources, Trade, Rural/Regional Development, International Development, Policy, Innovation, Industrial Organization, Production/Management, Health and Nutrition, and Energy.

2012 National Value Added Conference

The 2012 National Value Added Conference, hosted by the Michigan State University Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources and co-sponsored by the NERCRD, will be held June 24-26, 2012 in Traverse City, Michigan.  The Conference will investigate how partnerships between economic development agencies, communities and businesses enhance the quality of life for rural residents by fostering civic infrastructure,Value-Added Conference strengthening the sustainability of agricultural production, promoting value added products, and improving economic opportunities consistent with the scale and capacity of the community.


For additional details on registration, programs, hotel reservations, and tour, please see the conference website, or contact Planning Committee Member Kathleen Liang (

Call for Papers

The 74th International Atlantic Economic Conference will be held in Montréal, Canada, 4-7 October 2012.  Mark your calendars now!  Abstract submissions open 15 March 2012 and close 30 April 2012.  Click here for additional information on the conference. 

Northeast Program Leadership Network Meeting

Hosted by APLU (Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities), the Northeast Program Leaders Meeting was held February 15-17, 2012, at the Churchill Hotel in Washington, DC.  The meeting provided an opportunity for all directors and administrators to meet jointly with USDA-NIFA program leaders in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H, and Community Resource Development to determine how to work in collaboration to help resolve problems facing the Northeast region.

Metrofarming and Roof-vented High Tunnels for Local Markets

The Small Farm Training Institute at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has expanded their educational and training support to new and beginning farmers in the urban centers of Maryland and DC. Funded by the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach (Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Maryland State Office). Berran Rogers and Thomas Handwerker from the 1890 Extension Program have designed and supervised construction of a new generation of high tunnels for seven non-profit organizations and interested private companies. Please click here to continue reading.

Sea Grant Research Project Funded

Charles French, Extension Associate Professor of Economic Development, UNH, and colleagues Alberto Manalo and Kelly Cullen from UNH's Nat. Resources Dept. recently received funding for the project "Matching alternative market opportunities with the Sea Grant Project ImageN.H. Commercial Fishing Industry's Alternative Marketing Capacity." Please click here for a brief description.





Stronger Economies Together (SET) enables communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region.  Launched in 2010 by USDA Rural Development and the nation's four Regional Rural Development Centers and their land-grant university partners, the exciting initiative is now in place in nearly 40 regions in 19 states.  Phase III, which begins this year, will include regional teams in seven additional states: Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia.  Please click here for additional information.


Congratulations to Pamela Hileman, who accepted a new position at Penn State's Education Technology Services in early February.  Pam has been a dedicated and highly-valued Administrative Support Assistant at the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development for over a decade.  She will be sorely missed and we wish all the best in her new position.


Dunn, P. and Liang, C. (2012). Debt Finance and Performance among Small Businesses Owners' Age and Experience, Gender, Ethnicity and Younger Businesses, presented and published in the Proceedings, Small Business Institute Annual Meeting, Feb. 15-19, San Antonio, TX.

Liang, C.; Goetz, S.; Ahearn, M. and Brown, J. (2012). Multifunctional Farm Enterprises and Implications on Improving Long term Sustainability and Prosperity for Small and Medium-Sized Farms, Vermont Farms Association Annual Meeting, Feb. 16, Pittsfield, Vermont.

Stephan Goetz presented an invited paper, "The Economic Impacts of Self-Employment," at the 109th annual meeting of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists, on Feb. 6, 2012, in Birmingham, AL. The invited paper session on Economic Opportunities in Rural Communities was organized by C-FARE's (Council on Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics) Blue Ribbon Panel. The paper will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Stephan Goetz was invited to present "Building Effective Interdisciplinary Teams" at the Northeast Forum on a Competitive Future for Invasive Plant Species Research in the Northeast, held March 22, 2012 at the USDA-ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center Campus in Beltsville, Maryland. The forum is one in a series organized by the Northeast Research Association (NERA) and Northeast Extension Directors (NEED). The goal of these meetings is to increase collaborations across the region and to encourage competitive grant applications by bringing together research faculty and extension educators around topics of high priority in the Northeast.

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