Building a better rural America

NCRCRD Policy Projects

Call for Proposals FY 14/15

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development is pleased to announce a call for FY 14-15 policy projects. These are single- or multiple-investigator projects, and must be led by personnel from a land grant institution within the 12 North Central States. Land grant graduate students and others not employed by land-grants may join a project led by an eligible land grant employee. List of eligible institutions.

All FY 14-15 projects should plan on starting in November 2014 and submitting a first draft by March 1, 2015. Webinars will be scheduled upon final approval of the other outputs.

Project Types: (one per proposal, multiple proposals from the same individual are permitted), maximum of $15K budget per proposal:

1. Managing the Boom and Bust in Fracking Communities. The Center is interested in strategies to help communities plan ahead during the boom times. Required outputs: 10-20 page document; 2 page policy brief; webinar. The final document should reference fracking resources on the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center web site.

2. Rural Labor Shortages and Immigration Reform in the upper Midwest. The Center seeks a report on community-level strategies for coping with labor shortages (ag and non-ag) as well as recommendations for state and federal reform. Outputs: 10-20 page document; 2 page policy brief; webinar.

3. Opportunities for North Central Land Grant College and University Involvement in Rural Development Under the New Farm Bill. A new farm bill was recently signed. The study should analyze the farm bill for new ways in which LGUs can operate under the new law to strengthen rural America. The Center is interested in new rural development roles for 1862, 1890, and 1994 institutions in the region. Outputs: 10-20 page document 2-page summary; webinar.

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