Who We Are
The NCRCRD has a small core staff located at Michigan State University. The NCRCRD receives guidance in its rural development efforts from a number of high-level sources. Brief descriptions of the Center’s core advisory groups can be found at left. A short history of the NCRCRD at the time of its 1997 25th anniversary at Iowa State is available.
What We Do
The NCRCRD conducts regular site visits to states in the region to identify major themes for its future work. Four major themes are:
- Innovation Diffusion for Rural Development
- Sustainable Communities
- Leadership Development
- Entrepreneurial Communities
The NCRCRD will work collaboratively with land grant universities and other partners to develop teams to refine and implement these themes. The NCRCRD will provide seed funds and logistical support for research and outreach activities related to the themes.
The NCRCRD‘s key partners provide financial and organizational support to our operations. Through the key partner network, the Center can access a wide array of technical expertise and on-the-ground knowledge.
The United State Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) provides core budget and logistical support for coordination across the four centers.
Michigan State University Extension provides financial support for key staff in the Center.
The Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station provides financial support for key NCRCRD staff.
The Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources provides financial support for key NCRCRD staff.
The MSU Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics provides operating support for the NCRCRD.
The North Central Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors is composed of key Land Grant University research administrators from the twelve state region, and provides operating support for the NCRCRD.
The North Central Cooperative Extension Association (NCCEA) is composed of Extension Directors from the twelve state region, and provides operating support for the NCRCRD.