Upcoming Trainings & Events

2018 Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association: Philadelphia, PA

June 10-12, 2018

The 2018 Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Pre-Conference Workshop, co-sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, will be held on June 9-10, 2018, prior to the main conference on June 10-12. This pre-conference workshop seeks to highlight recent advances in the economic analysis of food systems in the U.S. as well as globally. They seek papers that address individual impacts and causes as well as papers that examine system-wide interactions within the food system, including production, distribution and consumption linkages.

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2018 National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Conference: Cleveland, OH

June 10-13, 2018

"Cultivating a Climate of Civil Dialogue"

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Southern CRD Webinar:
Financial Capability as Community Development

June 20, 2018 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

This webinar invites you to participate in a discussion around building a case for improving financial capability as a method of community development. We will look at current data trends, review research on effective interventions, and provide resources for next steps for communities.

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Community Development Society’s Annual International Conference: Detroit, MI

July 22-25, 2018

The Community Development Society (CDS) is requesting proposals for refereed presentations and posters relating to community development for presentation at the 2018 Community Development Society Conference, July 22-25, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Submissions relating to the conference theme, “Renaissance of Community” are encouraged, but all submissions will be given full consideration.

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2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit: Arlington, VA

September 15-18, 2018

Please save-the-date USDA’s 2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit (“Summit”), conducted in partnership with the Food Distribution Research Society, National Value-Added Agriculture Conference, Farmers Market Coalition, and Farm Credit Council. This Summit, the first of its kind in the United States, will feature topics on new resources intended to assist farmers market managers and direct marketing farmers; recent research and data on direct-to-consumer (DTC) markets; and technical assistance workshops led by USDA staff and FMPP grantees. The Summit will provide technical assistance to ascertain existing business training gaps and identify ways that DTC marketing enterprises can improve the effectiveness of their day-to-day operations. The Summit will include sessions on data collection and communicating impacts; using technology for data visualization and mapping resources; developing business and marketing plans; and sharing value-added agricultural resources available for producers. Best of all, there will be numerous networking opportunities throughout the Summit to form partnerships and solidify all that you learn!

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National Summit for Gateway Communities: Shepherdstown, West Virginia

December 11-13, 2018

This three-day summit will bring together gateway communities, their partners and experts from conservation, community and economic development, recreation and tourism, planning, and other creative fields to highlight success stories and lessons learned while engaging in robust discussions that lead to specific actions for invigorating the future of gateway and rural communities.

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