• 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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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.

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

WEBINAR: Cooperative Extension Framework for Health and Wellness


Webinar goals are:

1. Raise awareness of the framework and approval by ECOP as an early step in mobilizing the Extension system around health and wellness of the American population.

2. Encourage participants to use the framework to plan and report on health and wellness programming.

Members of the ECOP Health Task Force will explain the framework, why it came to be and the vision for improving the public's health as a result of educational programming in the priority areas. Ideas for how to use the framework in local and state program planning will be shared. Participants will engage in answering key questions developed by the team using polling via Connect.

Learn More    |    June 26, 2014    |    Time 9:00am - 10:00am