Building a better rural America

The NCRCRD periodically sponsors or facilitates webinars to help connect rural development researchers and Extension professionals with each other and with stakeholder groups. The NCRCRD sponsored webinars are free and can be accessed at:  (To nominate a topic contact Rosa Soliz)

Upcoming Webinars:

Funding and Sustaining Local Food Systems in Eight Midwest Communities
September 16, 2014 (11:00 AM - ET)
Linda Naeve and Christa Hartsook (Iowa State University)

Evaluating Impacts of Natural Resource Development
October 28, 2014 (4:00 PM - ET)
Meredith Redlin and Jeffrey Jacquet (South Dakota State University)

The Opportunities and Challenges of Sustaining Community Food Systems (TBD)
Trudy Rice (Kansas State University) and Michelle Walk (Michigan State University)

Tribal Land Leases under The Hearth Act (TBD)
Gordon Henry, Tim Mrozowski and Nathaniel Lambertson (Michigan State University)

The Soo Locks, Mining and Impacts on Rural Communities (TBD)
Peter Kakela (Michigan State University) and Lisa Szymecko (University of Michigan)

On the Consequences of Four Day School Weeks: Evidence from Minnesota (TBD)
Elton Mykerezi (University of Minnesota)

Alternative Funding of Local and Regional Food Systems in Nebraska (TBD)
Charles Francis (University of Nebraska), John Bailey and Kathie Starkweather (Center for Rural Affairs)

Workforce Development Webinar Series: (Dates TBD)
Globalization is creating increasing skills gap in the US labor market. Rural areas often face disproportionately deep skill shortages due to out migration, an aging workforce, as well as difficulties in training and retaining local area youth to work in local industries and attracting skilled workers from abroad. This workforce development webinar series provides an overview of key issues throughout the US rural heartland and discusses programs and strategies that address rural skills gaps at the federal and local levels.