• National Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center Established

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  • Latinos in the New South: Inclusive Research & Extension Programming

    October 5-7, 2015 Nashville, TN

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  • SET PHASE V Launching in 13 States

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Young entrepreneurs prove influential in rural towns' futures

The future of small rural towns lies in the hands of skillful young entrepreneurs who are eager to succeed with local businesses.

However, it is often difficult to attract young people to move to or stay in rural communities upon high school graduation. Clearly, It is the perceived lack of careers that causes many rural youth to believe that they must leave their hometowns and never return. Thus, rural communities must provide appealing career opportunities to increase young adult population.

Also, in order to develop future entrepreneurs, communities must take action early within their education curriculum, incorporating entrepreneurship and leadership courses, community service involvement, and peer networking.

To view the full article by Craig Schroeder, visit Daily Yonder

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

Latinos in the New South: Inclusive Research & Extension Programming

October 5-7, 2015 Nashville, TN

Join colleagues from the South for a dynamic conference focused on building partnerships, addressing challenges, sharing resources and research, and engaging the Latino community!

Proposal Submission deadline: June 1 Submit your presentation, poster, or workshop proposal using the attached form to: Lupita Fabregas at lupita.fabregas@okstate.edu See the attachments for complete instructions.

About the Conference: SERA-37, the Latinos in the New South coalition, seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Southern region’s land-grand institutions and other partners to address critical, contemporary issues in response to the growing Hispanic/Latino population in the South.

Objectives • Provide scholars, Extension personnel, other outreach professionals, administrators, and practitioners with a forum to discuss best practices, state or multi-state initiatives, research projects, and Extension programing targeting Hispanics/Latinos in the South. • Stimulate the formation of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.

Proposals Information   Proposal Form |    May 1, 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

NACDEP Conference Registration Open

May 17 – 20, 2015

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals 2015 conference registration is now opem. Be sure to register by April 17 for the early bird pricing. The conference will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas. The theme for this year is Building a Rock Solid Future. For more infomation on booking a hotel room please visit DoubleTree by Hilton.

Learn More    |    March 13, 2015

NET 2015 Call for Proposals

The NET 2015 Call for Proposals is now open. A 400 word abstract should be submitted through our online form at

tx We are pleased to have Keynote Speakers Carol Patterson of Kalahari Management and Kelly De Schaun of the Galveston Parks Board & CVB confirmed for the conference and are finalizing an exiting and engaging set of field programs for the first day of the conference! Initial information is posted on the conference web site.

Please find the attached information regarding The National Extension Tourism Conference (NET 2015)  http://extensiontourism.net , being held in Galveston, Texas October 27-30, 2015.   This is an outstanding opportunity for both service providers and tourism businesses to share their success stories, programs and research with others who are interested in tourism activities.  Please share with anyone who may be interested


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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