Northeast Extension Directors Association (NEED)


  • To provide a ready resource for Extension employees to access current and historical documents.
  • To serve as a communication tool for directors, administrators and employees of the Northeast Extension Systems.
  • To provide public access to state specific websites, events and information of interest.

State Highlights

Mary Jane Willis Diversity Memorial Endowment

40 years to eternity: Continuing Mary Jane’s unwavering commitment to serving the underserved, enhancing diversity, and amplifying ideas through national networks

Mary Jane dedicated herself to Rutgers Cooperative Extension for nearly 40 years. She gave her heart and soul to the betterment of our communities on a state and national level, and demonstrated what Cooperative Extension is with her whole being.She became a home economist in 1975, a Foods and Nutrition Program Leader in 1980, and during the early 90’s served as Interim Chair for the Department of 4-H Youth Development and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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Richard Taylor, PhD. from the University of Delaware is the 2016 Northeast Region Award Recipient

Richard would be described by all who know him as a quiet “doer.” He exemplifies one who has successfully improved the effectiveness of plant and soil science professionals within the Northeast by providing avenues of interaction among research, teaching, extension faculty, graduate students and personnel.

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Bringing the Farm to the City: How a Local Land Grant University is Supporting a Different Kind of Agriculture

This year I have had the pleasure of visiting a number of urban agriculture operations. From California to Cleveland, the ability of individuals to realize the multidimensional benefits of agricultural production and leverage them in an urban context has been nothing short of amazing.

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