• 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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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

CAPE Webinar: Enhancing Treatment and Recovery Support Services, with Nancy Roget.

The goal of this webinar is to review research-based technology-assisted care interventions that can be added to practitioners’ tool kit to complement behavioral health treatment services. Technology-assisted care is a rapidly evolving field and can take many different forms and formats, including audio, video, animations and/or other forms of multimedia; be customized to patients; and be web-based and accessed through computers, tablets, or smart phones. This webinar provides an introduction and will showcase several technology-assisted care interventions for substance abuse treatment. November 10, 1:00 pm (Eastern)

Learn More    |    October 29, 2014

Community Behavioral Health Early Warning Systems

Call for Proposals 2014


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 to explore options for community-implemented early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness).

Individuals may participate in both competitions, but the intent of the project is to distribute the projects across different communities. An informational webinar is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Learn More    |    October 1, 2014

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