What is NERA?
The Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (NERA) is a formal coalition of Directors of fourteen state agricultural experiment stations (SAES) in the northeast US. The northeastern SAES are primarily located on the campuses of the region’s thirteen Land-grant Universities with the exception of Connecticut, which houses stations in both New Haven and Storrs. All these stations contribute to a nationwide research system dedicated to meeting the global challenges associated with agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and human nutrition by offering the best available science.
Members of NERA are participants in a Federal partnership with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture and receive multistate research funding to support work that advances agriculture-related sciences. Federal and state dollars are matched to carry out these research missions at the member institutions. This sharing of multistate research is a formal process supported with by the Office of the Executive Director, currently located at the University of Rhode Island.