• 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

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