Upcoming NARDeP webinar focuses on Farm Bill
The National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP) is offering a free webinar, "If Congress Passes It, Will Farmers Sign Up? Farmer Conservation Program Participation and the 2012 Farm Bill," on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at noon (Eastern). Led by NARDeP postdoctoral fellow Adam Reimer, the session will explore how changes to Farm Bill conservation programs might affect farmers' willingness to participate.
Currently, Farm Bill conservation programs rely on farmer participation to achieve environmental goals. New proposals in the Senate and House of Representatives include changes to the conservation title that could impact farmers and their participation.
To access the free webinar, go to http://connect.msu.edu/nardep, and "enter as a guest," the default setting. Please type your name, and click "enter room."
NARDeP was formed by the Regional Rural Development Centers in response to the increasingly contentious and complex agricultural and rural development policy issues. The new Center is funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture under a competitive grant, and works with the land-grant college and university systems and other national organizations, agencies, and experts to develop and deliver timely policy-relevant information around the following broad thematic areas: 1) farm and agriculture sectors; 2) the environment; 3) rural families, households, and economies; and 4) consumers, food, and nutrition.
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
Bonnie Teater Award Nominations are Due April 1
The Southern Rural Development Center is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award for 2015. This award honors the work of a "rising star" who has already achieved great things in his/her early career in community development.
Learn More | January 26, 2015
Phase V of SET Launching in January 2015
Stronger Economies Together, a partnership between Cooperative Extension Service, USDA RD, the four Regional Rural Development Centers, NIFA, and Purdue Center for Regional Development, is launching Phase V. SET V is taking a brand new approach based on an extensive review of the program. Significant improvements to engage participants has been made; a civic engagement module added which will increase stakeholder involvement and buy-in; and a more streamlined approach which reduces the number of modules and gives greater flexibility to adapt to the capacity of that region. Most importantly, significant time will be devoted to launching the plan into implementation.
Learn More | December 11, 2014
Understanding Communities: Online course offers tools for community development
Would you like to understand how communities work? Are you curious about why good ideas sometimes fall flat? Do you watch groups struggle to make decisions without adequate data? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions we invite you to register now for Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics.
Learn More | December 1, 2014