• Dr. Alan Barefield as the 2014 recipient of the Bonnie Teater Community Development Educator Lifetime Achievement Award

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  • SRDC Director Search

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  • New Videos Showcase Civic Engagement Successes

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  • National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP) Releases New Policy Resources

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  • Reflecting On The Past Looking To The Future SRDC's 2013 Annual Report

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Gallardo compares median household incomes in rural and urban areas

The recession of the late 2000s didn't help anyone, but median household incomes fell less in rural counties than in the cities, narrowing the gap between urban counties and those in the countryside.

Median family income in rural counties fell by $1,906, to $38,715 in 2010. That was a decline of 4.9 percent. Urban counties saw a decrease of $4,099, falling to $49,847 — a decline of 8.2%. The U.S. average fell $2,971, to $43,068. That's a 6.9 percent decline.

The smaller decrease in rural counties allowed them to catch up slightly with income in the cities. In 2000, the median family income in rural counties was 75.3 percent of that in urban counties. By 2010, the average median family income in rural counties was 77.7% of the cities.

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Community Behavioral Health Early Warning Systems

Call for Proposals 2014

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 to explore options for community-implemented early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness).

Individuals may participate in both competitions, but the intent of the project is to distribute the projects across different communities. An informational webinar is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Learn More    |    October 1, 2014

Community, Local and Regional Food Systems eCoP announces its public launch

The national eXtension Community of Practice (eCoP) around Community, Local and Regional Food Systems (CLRFS), which the Outreach Team was instrumental in establishing, has just announced its public launch. The eCoP is designed to provide information and networking opportunities for educators, community-based practitioners, policy makers, farmers/growers, families, and those individuals involved in building equitable, health-promoting, resilient, and economically balanced food systems.

Learn More    |    July 15, 2014

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Alan Barefield

The Southern Rural Development Center is proud to honor Dr. Alan Barefield as the 2014 recipient of the Bonnie Teater Community Development Educator Lifetime Achievement Award. Barefield accepted the award at the 2014 NACDEP conference in Grand Rapids Michigan earlier this month. With 20 years of rural economic development service, Barefield is currently serving as an Extension professor at Mississippi State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics.

Learn More    |    June 26, 2014