• Why Local Food Matters:  Views from the National Landscape” webinar draws national audience

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  • National Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center Established

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  • Lessons Learned from the Minnesota Most Significant Change evaluation project

    November 9th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. CT/ 2:00 p.m. ET

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  • SET PHASE V Launching in 13 States

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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.


Presenter:  Scott Chazdon, Ph.D., Evaluation and Research Specialist, Extension Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota

Description: How do we articulate our impact? Quantitative evaluation data informs, but does not necessarily inspire.  A good story evokes strong feelings, and often endures in memory. This webinar highlights a qualitative evaluation method that combines a public value framework with storytelling.

The presentation will review key lessons learned from the Most Significant Change project, implemented in the Fall 2014 in University of Minnesota Extension's Central region. This project collected, reviewed and selected the stories from across Extension that demonstrated the most public value -- the direct and indirect, deep impact Extension programs have on individuals, families, groups, communities and ultimately the common good.

At this session, you will hear about the process used to collect impact stories, see examples of stories, and learn about the "public value impact story rubric," a tool for writing and evaluating the public value components of an impact narrative.

Learn More    |  Link To Webinar  |   October 8, 2015

A New Season of the Friday Chat at Power of Business Begins

November 6, 2015 11:15am CT/ 12:15 ET on Cybersecurity

Join us at 11: 15 CT every first Friday of the month.
Upcoming events are December and January on Marketing.

Register here for Novembers Live Chat

For more information on upcoming Friday Webinars please register http://powerofbusiness.net to get on the mailing list for notifications, newsletter or both.

Learn More    |    October 5, 2015

Community Resource Development Webinar Series - Youth Engagement Leadership Program (YELP)

October 16th, 2015
10:00am Central/ 11:00am Eastern

The Youth Engagement Leadership Program (YELP) is a Kentucky youth leadership program that builds partnerships with local Cooperative Extension agents, the local school district, elected officials and the business community.  The program began in 2013 as a pilot project with Appalachian Regional Commission and has now expanded to 5 counties as of August 2015 with 5 additional counties scheduled to being in the fall of 2016. 

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Learn More About Yelp    |    September 22, 2015

“Why Local Food Matters: Views from the National Landscape” webinar draws national audience

Debra Tropp, USDA Ag Marketing Services, presented a wealth of information on the subject of local foods.  Among the topics explored were:  (1) What do we mean by local foods, (2) Relationship of local foods to U.S. food system, (3) What does the future of local food look like, and (4) How do Ag Marketing Services programs facilitate market access for local foods.  If you missed this phenomenal webinar, you can still access this rich information through the recorded webinar or you can access the PowerPoint to explore at your own pace.

Learn More    |    September 10, 2015

Rural Housing and Economic Development Call for Proposals

NARDeP (National Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Center) seeks proposals for a book chapter and policy brief describing research and/or outreach programs that address problems associated with housing and economic development in rural areas of the United States. Inadequate housing in many rural areas tends to impair opportunities for healthy living and suppresses economic development. We have special interest on work from the disciplines of economics, family and consumer science, planning, sociology or related fields.

Learn More    |    September 2, 2015

Funding Available for Programs in Nutrition Assistance Programs

SRDC partners with The University of Kentucky for projects that creatively increase coordination among USDA nutrition assistance programs. The Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at The University of Kentucky will announce available funding on July 24, 2015,The project is aimed at providing nutrition assistance to families who live in 324 persistently poor counties across 15 states. Organizations in those eligible counties may apply for $50,000 total to implement their project, and up to 25 grantees will be selected. 

Learn More    |    July 22, 2015

Latinos in the New South: Inclusive Research & Extension Programming DATE CHANGE


Hotel : The Florida Hotel
1500 Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL  32809

August 27 : Meeting Noon – 5:00 (lunch provided)
August 28 : Meeting 8:00 – 1:00

Shuttle : The hotel is located 6 miles from the Orlando International Airport.  Transportation from the airport to the hotel is provided by Mears Transportation.  $30 round trip for shuttle service, or $27 one-way for taxi.  Call Mears Transportation Group at 407-423-5566 to book your pick up or visit online at http://www.mearstransportation.com/global/orlando/.

Learn More    |    June 24, 2015

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

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