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2016

Local events engage communities and share project findings—part one
November 21, 2016
During the past 18 months, several Consumption Team members hosted events that shared some of the results of the EFSNE project to engage community members on food and agriculture issues in their particular locations. The events, funded by a separate NIFA conference grant, were as diverse as the communities themselves. In some cases they resulted in new on-the-ground efforts to promote food access. These activities sought to stimulate thinking around taking regional level data on food and agricultural sectors and applying it to the local context.
Feeding food animals: How self-reliant is the Northeast?
November 20, 2016
Although more than half of the food-producing farmland in the Northeast U.S. is devoted to producing animal feeds and forages, the region still relies on additional imports to meet the needs of its livestock operations, according to several members of the Production Team. Their findings build on earlier work to provide a more complete picture of how self-reliant the region is in meeting its population’s demand for animal-based foods like meat, dairy, and eggs.
Eshleman receives doctoral degree, joins World Food Policy Center at Duke University
November 18, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. John Eshleman, who received his doctoral degree from Penn State earlier this year. While conducting his dissertation research, Eshleman also was a student member of the EFSNE project’s Consumption team for more than three years and served as a member of its administrative team as well.
Community, Local and Regional Food Systems eXtension Community of Practice transitions leadership
November 18, 2016
After five years co-leading this eCoP, Brian Raison handed over the reins to Kathleen Liang who moved from UVM to assume the Kellogg Endowed Professor for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at NC A&T. With support from an AFRI grant, Katie Wright at the University of Arkansas, serves as part-time staff until mid-2017. This eCoP has over 400 members, making it the second largest community of practice of the 70 that eXtension hosts.
Tichenor receives doctoral degree, joins University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute
November 17, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Tichenor, who received her doctoral degree from Tufts University earlier this year. While conducting her dissertation research, she also was a student member of the Production Team.
From strangers to business partners in 10 weeks: Internship provides fertile ground for seeds of collaboration
November 15, 2016
Interdisciplinarity is a hallmark of the EFSNE project, so it’s fitting that the project’s most recent interns—two Penn State students from very different majors—found learning from each other to be an important part of the internship experience.
Conference materials now available online
January 20, 2016
Most of the presentations that were delivered during the project's December 2015 conference are now available online in PDF format.