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. All webinars are scheduled for Eastern Time.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar: Using Q Methodology to Measure Rural Entrepreneurial Perceptions & An Overview of Homegrown: Entrepreneurship in Your Community

Date: September 16, 3 PM-4 PM (ET)

Entrepreneurship is necessary for the economic growth of rural communities, but entrepreneurial activities can be shaped by the different perceptions that community stakeholders hold. To explore such diverse perceptions, Q methodology allows for the emergence of various patterns through participants’ use of a topic-based tool and a sorting process. Three studies using this method will be highlighted during the webinar.

Homegrown is a program focused on building and strengthening your local entrepreneurial network. Homegrown can be tailored to community members or professionals with a shared interest in learning about entrepreneurship. We’ll review program content which include the basics of why entrepreneurship is a good economic development strategy, a description of the local business community, identifying the local entrepreneurial network, and sharing from guest entrepreneurs. We’ll discuss the experience and outcomes from pilots of this new program as well as future directions with youth audiences.


  • Dr. Jennifer Johnson Jorgensen, Assistant Professor, Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Dr. Tessa Conroy, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Webinar: Insights for Rural Healthcare Resilience: A Quantitative Survey Analysis

Date: October 28, 3 PM-4 PM (ET)

Retaining the existing rural health care provider workforce may be an important strategy for maintaining rural health care provision. This webinar will overview research being conducted at University of Missouri and USDA ERS that examines the role of provider, workplace and community characteristics as they impact a provider’s likelihood to consider leaving a rural community. Preliminary results suggest social ties and engaging in entrepreneurship help. Results offer insights to communities and decision-makers seeking to identify ways to maintain their existing rural health care workforce.


  • Dr. Sarah A. Low, Associate Professor of Regional Economics and Heinkel Chair in Agriculture, University of Missouri

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Previous Webinars

Equitable Access to Cooperative Extension Services for Indigenous Communities: Implications for the North Central Region (3/3/21)
Presenters: Katie Hartmann (Colorado State University) and Erin Riley (USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture)

Programs, Partnerships, and Pathways: Opportunities for the North Central Region (4/27/21)
Presenters: Maria Marshall (Purdue University) and Michael Wilcox (Purdue University)

How Communities Can Utilize Financial Data in Planning Their Futures: Strategies and Innovations from Rural Iowa (5/26/21)
Presenters: Biswa Das (Iowa State University) and Kimberly Zarecor (Iowa State University)

How to Get the Most Out of the Community Development Extension Library (6/15/21)
Presenters: NCRCRD, Purdue Extension, University of Illinois Extension