• 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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  • Phase V of SET Launching in January 2015

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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.

Bonnie Teater Award Nominations are Due April 1

Bonnie Teater Award Nominations are Due March 31

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 2014. This award will go to a distinguished individual with a superior lifetime work and who has made an important contribution to the Extension Community Development area.

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

Rural America at a Glance, 2014 Edition

While urban employment now exceeds pre-recession levels, rural employment remains well below its 2007 peak. The total rural population has declined slightly for several years, as slowing natural population growth fails to offset net migration away from rural areas; this is the first time rural population declined since data became available in 1950 that could detect such a trend. This report highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on the U.S. rural economy, including employment, poverty, and population trends.

Learn More    |    November 11, 2014