Agriculture economics and rural communities

Strengthening the Creative Economy

One-in-three entrepreneurs in West Virginia makes a living within the creative sector, but faces challenges such as access to affordable office space, internet, equipment, and training.

Dewing Right for Food Storage

​$10,000 a year. That’s the amount of money Chris Callahan, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension agricultural engineer, predicts his invention could save artisanal cheese and meat producers.

Finding New Crops and New Markets

World Farmers of Lancaster, Massachusetts, through connections made by the immigrant and refugee farmers it serves, identified a new, high-demand, high-value, culturally relevant ethnic crop, lalu, and promoted growing the crop.

Giving Thanks to Those Who Help Disaster Victims Get Back on Their Feet

This blog highlights some of the activities of four county Cooperative Extension offices in Florida – only a few of the organizations and countless people who went out of their way to help victims of Hurricane Michael get back on their feet and recover their ways of life.

Cutting through the Barriers of Local Meat Sales for Virginia’s Small Farmers

When a Virginia sheep farmer told small ruminant scientist Dr. Dahlia O’Brien that transporting his livestock to quality, inspected slaughter facilities stressed the animals and caused measurable decreases in meat quality, she took action.

Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans

​The Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE) - Farming for the Future program in Manhattan, Kansas, is developing a 320-acre diversified regional training center.

Bringing Achachairú to Puerto Rico

Achachairú is a tropical fruit native to Bolivia with enormous economic potential for Puerto Rico.

Food Safety in Puerto Rico

Crops and agroenvironmental sciences researchers at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez assessed food safety risks in the fruit, vegetable, and leafy greens of Puerto Rico’s agricultural system.

Helping West Virginia’s Communities Succeed

In West Virginia, over one million acres of land are unable to be farmed due to improper soils and flood-prone locations.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Develop LEADERS

The LEADERS program is a collaborative project between Texas A&M University-Kingsville and New Mexico State University to increase the number of underserved animal science students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.