• National Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center Established

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  • Latinos in the New South: Inclusive Research & Extension Programming

    October 5-7, 2015 Nashville, TN

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  • SET PHASE V Launching in 13 States

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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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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

Latinos in the New South: Inclusive Research & Extension Programming

October 5-7, 2015 Nashville, TN

Join colleagues from the South for a dynamic conference focused on building partnerships, addressing challenges, sharing resources and research, and engaging the Latino community!

Proposal Submission deadline: June 1 Submit your presentation, poster, or workshop proposal using the attached form to: Lupita Fabregas at lupita.fabregas@okstate.edu See the attachments for complete instructions.

About the Conference: SERA-37, the Latinos in the New South coalition, seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Southern region’s land-grand institutions and other partners to address critical, contemporary issues in response to the growing Hispanic/Latino population in the South.

Objectives • Provide scholars, Extension personnel, other outreach professionals, administrators, and practitioners with a forum to discuss best practices, state or multi-state initiatives, research projects, and Extension programing targeting Hispanics/Latinos in the South. • Stimulate the formation of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.

Proposals Information   Proposal Form |    May 1, 2015

SRDC in Search for New Director

The search for a Director for the Southern Rural Development Center continues. This is a 12-month, tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics. The faculty member in this position serves as Director of the Southern Rural Development Center. As one of four regional centers, the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) works with 13 Southern states, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands to initiate, foster, and facilitate regional research and education efforts that contribute to an increased quality of life for residents of the Southern region. The SRDC is partially federally funded and hosted by Mississippi State University.

Minimum Qualifications: The Director must have a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Community Development, Rural Sociology, or a closely related area. Must qualify for rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure in the Department of Agricultural Economics. PARF Number: 7429

Learn More    |    March 13, 2015

NACDEP Conference Registration Open

May 17 – 20, 2015

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals 2015 conference registration is now opem. Be sure to register by April 17 for the early bird pricing. The conference will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas. The theme for this year is Building a Rock Solid Future. For more infomation on booking a hotel room please visit DoubleTree by Hilton.

Learn More    |    March 13, 2015

NET 2015 Call for Proposals

The NET 2015 Call for Proposals is now open. A 400 word abstract should be submitted through our online form at
http://extensiontourism.net/conference/

tx We are pleased to have Keynote Speakers Carol Patterson of Kalahari Management and Kelly De Schaun of the Galveston Parks Board & CVB confirmed for the conference and are finalizing an exiting and engaging set of field programs for the first day of the conference! Initial information is posted on the conference web site.

Please find the attached information regarding The National Extension Tourism Conference (NET 2015)  http://extensiontourism.net , being held in Galveston, Texas October 27-30, 2015.   This is an outstanding opportunity for both service providers and tourism businesses to share their success stories, programs and research with others who are interested in tourism activities.  Please share with anyone who may be interested

 

Learn More    |    March 2, 2015

SRDC Annual Report

SRDC is constantly moving forward to create a better future for a better South. The 2014 SRDC Annual Report captures how to create communties by the variety of Extension and Research activities spearheaded by the Center over the past year in partnership with its land-grant university colleagues and key external collaborators

The report devotes special attention to SRDC projects that broaden the voices of the people who are working together to make life better for their communities and regions. Our Turning the Tide on Poverty initiative, Stronger Economies Together (SET) program, and ReadyCommunity training all promote citizen engagement and community vitality.

Please take a look and explore the accomplishments and highlights in the 2014 SRDC Annual Report.

Learn More    |    February 18, 2015

Community Behavioral Health Early Warning System - Index Partner Communities - Call for Proposals 2015

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Regional Rural Development Centers are partnering to implement a national program of early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness). Increasing behavioral health issues impose costs on communities via treatment, law enforcement, and long-term impacts on individual and family productivity. The incidence of these issues and how they are expressed varies by place and across time, so local monitoring and intervention techniques are important.

Learn More    |    February 18, 2015