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Featured News

Finance Overhaul Casts Long Shadow on the Plains

August 12, 2010

Far from Wall Street, President Barack Obama's financial regulatory overhaul will leave tracks across the wide-open landscape of American industry.

Designed to fix problems that helped cause the financial crisis, the bill will touch storefront check cashiers, city governments, small manufacturers, home buyers and credit bureaus, attesting to the sweeping nature of the legislation, the broadest revamp of finance rules since the 1930s.

In Nebraska farm country, those in the business of bringing beef from hoof to mouth are anxious, specifically about the bill's provisions that tighten rules governing derivatives. Some worry the coming curbs will make it riskier and pricier to do business. Others hope the changes bring competition that will redound to their benefit.

Farmers like Jim Kreutz use derivatives to soften the blow should the price of feed corn drop before harvest. His brother-in-law, feedlot owner Jon Reeson, turns to them to hedge the price of his steer. The local farmers' co-op uses derivatives to finance fixed-price diesel for truckers who carry cattle to slaughter. And the packing plant employs derivatives to stabilize costs from natural gas to foreign currencies.

Derivatives are financial instruments whose value "derives" from something else, such as interest rates or heating-oil prices. The first derivatives were crop futures, which appeared in the U.S. at the end of the Civil War and became a standard facet of business for companies across America.

President Obama and other proponents say the financial overhaul will prevent the kind of reckless lending and borrowing that sank the financial system and left taxpayers with the check. They say non-financial companies are worrying unduly about the derivatives portion of the legislation.

The full impact won't be known for years, but in Nebraska nerves are already on edge.

To read the full story, visit The Wall Street Journal

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SRDC Congratulates Dr. Keith Coble, the Newly Announced Department Head of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State

Coble, a 19-year veteran of Mississippi State, has taken on the role of department head after previously serving as interim head for the last eight months. Coble holds a teaching appointment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a research appointment in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and an outreach appointment in the MSU Extension Service.  Coble earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education from the University of Missouri. He earned a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University and also served as chief economist for Sen. Thad Cochran.

Learn More// September 14th, 2016

Foundations of Practice: Understanding Communities Online Course Offers Tools for Community Development

October 6- November 17, 2016

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics is a Level 1 introduction for the Foundations of Practice Program. It is appropriate for individuals working with community groups in any subject area. The seven-week series begins October 6, 2016 and concludes November 17, 2016. Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics including demographics, economic development, strategic planning and power structures. Supplemental resources and online discussion opportunities will be available on the course website. Participants should plan to log in at their convenience during the week to explore these topics further, pose questions, investigate additional resources and visit with colleagues in similar situations.

Learn More// September 12th, 2016

Rural Business-Cooperative Service Informational Webinars

September is “Rural Development Month” at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is holding a series of informational webinars to share success stories and best practices on how customers and partner organizations have used RBS programs and resources to support businesses in rural and Tribal communities. Customers and stakeholders interested in learning more about RBS programs—and how customers have used our financing tools to support entrepreneurship—are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to engage with diverse partner organizations, ask questions, and learn more. For additional information, or to request special accommodations, please contact rdced@wdc.usda.gov.

Learn More// September 7th, 2016

SRDC Congratulates the National and Regional Winners of the 2016 NACDEP Awards

SRDC would like to congratulate all of the national and regional winners of the 2016 National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Awards. We would like to especially recognize Southern winners, members of the CEDIK Team and the Center for Leadership Development from the University of Kentucky, for receiving several national and regional awards. A special shout-out goes to Marisa Aull who received both the National and Southern Regional Cross-Program Award as well as the National JCEP Professional of the Year Award.

Learn More// August 15th, 2016

Understanding Communities: Online Course Offers Tools for Community Development

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics is a Level 1 introduction for the Foundations of Practice Program. It is appropriate for individuals working with community groups in any subject area. The seven-week series begins October 6, 2016 and concludes November 17, 2016. Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics including demographics, economic development, strategic planning and power structures. Supplemental resources and online discussion opportunities will be available on the course website. Participants should plan to log in at their convenience during the week to explore these topics further, pose questions, investigate additional resources and visit with colleagues in similar situations.

Learn More// August 15th, 2016

SRDC and the State Resource Team are Pleased to Announce the Stronger Economies Together (SET), Phase VI Regions

After reviewing the applications the State Resource Team has announced the regions that will be obtaining technical assistance through Stronger Economies Together, Phase VI: North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council (IN), Ozark Foothills (MO), East Central New Mexico (NM), Central South Carolina SET Collaborative (SC), Glacial Lakes (SD), Texas Forest Country Partnership (TX) and 7 Rivers Alliance-Monroe, Juneau, Jackson (WI). One region, Region 4 Northern Collaboration (MI), will receive pilot training through Leaders in Economic Alliance and Development (LEAD), a technical assistance program.

> Learn More// July 7th, 2016

SRDC is Pleased to Award Dr. Ronald Hustedde with the Bonnie Teater Lifetime Achievement Award

The SRDC is proud to honor Dr. Ronald Hustedde as the 2016 recipient of the Bonnie Teater Community Development Educator Lifetime Achievement Award. Hustedde is an Extension Professor in the Department of Community & Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky. Working in Extension for 25 years, Hustedde has been recognized for his work in community development both nationally and internationally. Throughout his impressive career he has written many publications, the most impactful being his SRDC training manual Public Conflict: Turning Lemons into Lemonade.

Learn More// July 5th, 2016

2016 Breakthrough Solutions Conference to be held Friday, July 8th

The 2016 Breakthrough Solutions Conference will be held on Friday, July 8th by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service with pre-conference workshops on July 7th. Speaking on the theme "What Smart Communities are Doing to Stand Out", we will hear from Greg Tehven, Executive Director of Emerging Prairie, Fargo, ND. You will also hear about community projects and opportunities in eight high priority issue areas. For more information and to register:

Learn More// June 28th, 2016

"The Changing American Diet", a new study by USDA

The USDA's Food Availability Date System has been studying the "Changing American Diet". The program can estimate how much foods are being produced and how much people are eating, dating from 1970 to 2013. In the major food categories we can see a progression of certain food items from year to year. For example, a major increase in the use of cooking oil happened in 2000, and chicken became the most consumed meat in 2004.

Learn More// June 28th, 2016

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:
Using Aging-In-Place to Connect At-Risk Youth and Seniors:

July 20th, 2016 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

The Innovative Dads Program uses local fathers from churches, who are trained by me and a local Pastor (Gerard Duncan) who is a building maintenance superintendent, to perform repairs to homes in underserved areas of Gainesville, FL. The fathers gain access to elderly residents’ homes in the area because they are trusted due to the Pastor's connections to the neighborhoods. Further, the fathers bring local youth into the homes to observe the upgrades so the youth can learn how to repair homes and also learn the trust and bond being created within their neighborhood by working in elderly folks' homes. This program aims to reduce the number of elderly residents who visit the emergency room due to accidental falls in the home and to reduce the number of youth who otherwise would be out on the local streets looking for something to do after school hours, which typically leads to negative behavior.

Learn More// June 10th, 2016

SRDC would like to thank Sheldon Jones for his contribution to the center

Sheldon Jones was honored at the Western Rural Development Center annual board meeting on behalf of all four Regional Rural Development Centers for his outstanding contributions to their collective work. Jones has served on all four RRDC boards as the Farm Foundation Representative for nearly eight years. This honor comes as Jones is stepping down from the Farm Foundation to take on a new position in North Carolina. Reflecting on his time with the RRDC Jones said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed addressing the challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities your regions had addressed individually and collectively.”

June 1st, 2016

Upcoming Conference:

2016 NACDEP/ANREP Annual Conference

June 26-29, 2016 : Burlington, VT

For the first time, NACDEP and ANREP are teaming up for a Joint Annual Conference June 26-29, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in beautiful and vibrant Burlington, Vermont. Between our memberships, we are anticipating over 350 attendees, providing an excellent opportunity to broaden your Extension Network, present and learn from your peers, and learn from an expanded topic menu.

Learn More// May 18th, 2016

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues: Tourism in Extension:

How We Assist Landowners, Communities and the Public at Large

June 22nd, 2016 11:00am CT/Noon ET

Miles Phillips and Stephen Brueggerhoff of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will discuss their Extension work in Tourism. If you would like a background on this material follow the links below for a short video from both of them. https://youtu.be/eqJ7omyRB00 and https://youtu.be/_JyGlaa-8Kk

Learn More// May 16th, 2016

Land Grant University Programs Helped Keep Farmers on the Farm

Land grant university programs helped keep farmers on the farm: Federal cooperative extension programs have helped more than 137,000 farmers stay in business since 1985, according to economists.

In a study, the researchers said that 137,700 farmers would have left the industry without the federal program, which uses research from the country's land grant universities to provide education and learning opportunities to farmers and other citizens. Without cooperative extension, and the underlying research, the researchers estimated that the country would have lost 28 percent more farmers than actually left agriculture.

Learn More// April 28th, 2016

Value- Added Producer Grant Webinar Recording Available

The Southern Rural Development Center hosted the Value-Added Producer Grant Webinar on March 10th, 2016. Rural Development staff provided an overview of the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, including purpose, basic program requirements, and resources, preparing participants for introductory outreach to potential applicants and stakeholder groups. The recording of the webinar is listed below.

Presenters:
Tracey Kennedy, VAPG Program Lead, Rural Business Cooperative Service. Tracey has been involved with the RBS Grants Division since 2006. Prior to that she served as an Agricultural Economist specializing in international trade and horticultural and specialty crop marketing in the Agricultural Cooperative Service. 

Shantelle Gordon, Management Analyst, Rural Business Cooperative Service. Shantelle has been with the VAPG program since 2014. Prior to that she served as a Program Analyst for Rural Development Single Family Housing Programs including Section 502 Loans, 504 Grants and 523 Technical Assistance Grants. 

Link to Webinar Recording

SRDC is pleased to be a partner with University of Kentucky and CEDIK - Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky on this project:

USDA Announces Grants to Support Strategies to Reduce Child Food Insecurity in Rural Communities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky awarded $1.3 million in grants to help reduce child food insecurity in 17 rural communities. The funding, ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, will help these rural communities implement creative strategies to improve access to federal nutrition assistance for families and children. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement during a panel discussion on the current state of food and nutrition in America hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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Bonnie Teater Award Nominations Due March 31st

The Southern Rural Development Center is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the Bonnie Teater Community Development Educator Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016. The following provides specific information regarding this important award and the deadline date for nominations to be received. The award is for superior lifetime work by an individual (not a team) who has made an important contribution to the Extension Community Development (CD) area. The award comes with a $500 stipend.

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Upcoming Webinars

How to Start Diaster Planning for Your Region - Thursday, January 28th, 2016 - Noon CT/ 1 p.m. ET

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Shoestring Evaluation: New Hampshire’s Experience Measuring CRED Impacts with Limited Resources and Expertise -Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 - 2:00 p.m. CT/ 3:00 p.m. ET

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You've got the Position Now, Make Sure you Have the Talent - Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 - 10: a.m. CT/ 11 a.m. ET

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January 25th, 2016

SRDC is Pleased to Award Dr. Susan Jakes with the Bonnie Teater Award

jakesThe Southern Rural Development Center is proud to honor Dr. Susan Jakes as the 2015 recipient of the Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award. Jakes is a member of the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Jakes is the Associate State Program Leader of Community and Rural Development for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University. In this capacity, she provides the strategic direction for community and economic programming for Extension and is the university’s point person for integration of economic development programming with Extension’s flagship initiatives of Agriculture, Local Foods, and Youth Development.

Learn More    |    June 3, 2015


Community Leadership Article Series

Effective community leaders know their community inside and out. They are confident, bringing residents together and passing on that same sense of empowerment. These leaders encourage diversity, different types of people working toward the same end goal, as the solution to solving community problems. A community is a group of people who need each other to survive and succeed, and effective leaders can be the catalyst to initiate change and guide community members to success. Kenneth Pigg outlines these topics in his community leadership articles.

Learn More    |    March 13, 2015