Around The South

Compiling SRDC and national news, recent publications, upcoming conferences and events, and job opportunities, this monthly newsletter furnishes a brief overview of announcements from the Southern region.

Recent Issues
June 2016 Main Topics

Stronger Economies Together Phase VI Regions Announced

The SRDC and USDA Rural Development are pleased to announce the Stronger Economies Together (SET) Phase VI Regions. These multi-state initiatives will receive specialized coaching, data analysis and technical assistance in order to design and implement a high quality regional economic development plan. Selected regions are North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council (IN), Ozark Foothills (MO), East Central New Mexico (NM), Central South Carolina SET Collaborative (SC), Glacial Lakes (SD), Texas Forest Country Partnership (TX) and 7 Rivers Alliance-Monroe, Juneau, Jackson (WI). One region, Region 4 Northern Collaboration (MI), will join the new Leaders in Economic Alliance and Development (LEAD) program, a technical assistance and leadership initiative.

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Dr. Ronald Hustedde 2016 Bonnie Teater Award Recipient

The SRDC is proud to honor Dr. Ronald Hustedde as the 2016 recipient of the Bonnie Teater Community Development Educator Lifetime Achievement Award. Hustedde is an Extension Professor in the Department of Community & Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky. Working in Extension for 25 years, Hustedde has been recognized for his work in community development both nationally and internationally. Throughout his impressive career he has written many publications, the most impactful being his SRDC training manual Public Conflict: Turning Lemons into Lemonade.
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Launch Issue

May 2016 Main Topics

Sheldon Jones Receives Honor on Behalf of All Four Regional Rural Development Centers

Sheldon Jones was honored at the Western Rural Development Center annual board meeting on behalf of all four Regional Rural Development Centers for his outstanding contributions to their collective work. Jones has served on all four RRDC boards as the Farm Foundation Representative for nearly eight years. This honor comes as Jones is stepping down from the Farm Foundation to take on a new position in North Carolina. Reflecting on his time with the RRDC Jones said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed addressing the challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities your regions had addressed individually and collectively.”

LEAD, a SRDC Pilot Initiative Is on the Way to “Renew the New River”

As one of the SRDC’s six Leaders in Economic Alliance Development (LEAD) pilots, New River Valley Initiative in Virginia has made huge strides. The regional team is now diligently working on using the LEAD planning process to focus on increasing environmental stewardship in the New River Watershed through expansion of the highly successful ReNew the New program in Giles County, which was founded by Anne Goette. Through LEAD this work will now expand the cleanup project to include Floyd, Montgomery and Pulaski Counties as well as the city of Radford. Many people are coming together to clean up the 350 mile river, with an eye on increasing tourism growth in the region. #LEAD
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Launch Issue

April 2016 Main Topics

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:

Tourism in Extension: How We Assist Landowners, Communities and the Public at Large

June 22nd, 2016 11:00am CT/Noon ET

Miles Phillips and Stephen Brueggerhoff of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will discuss their Extension work in Tourism. If you would like a background on this material follow the links below for a short video from both of them. https://youtu.be/eqJ7omyRB00 and https://youtu.be/_JyGlaa-8Kk

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SRDC Co-Sponsoring the 2016 NACDEP/ANREP Annual Conference:

June 26-29, 2016: Burlington, Vermont

This year’s 2016 joint conference theme, “Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources & Community Development.” For the first time, National Association of Community Development Extension Professional (NACDEP) and Association of Natural Resource Extensional Professionals (ANREP) are teaming up for a Joint Annual Conference June 26-29, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in beautiful and vibrant Burlington, Vermont. Between our memberships, we are anticipating over 350 attendees, providing an excellent opportunity to broaden your Extension Network, present and learn from your peers, and learn from an expanded topic menu. Our Burlington location features an impressive diversity of both established and new, innovative and best practice programs from community and economic development, forestry, water quality, housing, local food, social justice, place making, environmental education, arts and culture, sustainability, public and private initiatives – plus many more. Registration for the conference opens February 15th, 2016.
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Launch Issue

March 2016 Main Topics

SRDC 2015 Annual Report Released: Cultivating Prosperity in Rural Communities

SRDC is constantly moving forward to create a better future for a better South. The 2015 SRDC Annual Report captures how to create communities 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. Please take a look and explore the accomplishments and highlights in the 2015 SRDC Annual Report.

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SRDC Co-Sponsoring the 2016 NACDEP/ANREP Annual Conference:

June 26-29, 2016: Burlington, Vermont

This year’s 2016 joint conference theme, “Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources & Community Development.” For the first time, National Association of Community Development Extension Professional (NACDEP) and Association of Natural Resource Extensional Professionals (ANREP) are teaming up for a Joint Annual Conference June 26-29, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in beautiful and vibrant Burlington, Vermont. Between our memberships, we are anticipating over 350 attendees, providing an excellent opportunity to broaden your Extension Network, present and learn from your peers, and learn from an expanded topic menu. Our Burlington location features an impressive diversity of both established and new, innovative and best practice programs from community and economic development, forestry, water quality, housing, local food, social justice, place making, environmental education, arts and culture, sustainability, public and private initiatives – plus many more. Registration for the conference opens February 15th, 2016.
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Launch Issue

January 2016 Main Topics

BONNIE TEATER AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE MARCH 31ST

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 2016. The following provides specific information regarding this important award and the deadline date for nominations to be received. The award is for superior lifetime work by an individual (not a team) who has made an important contribution to the Extension Community Development (CD) area. The award comes with a $500 stipend.

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SRDC CO-SPONSORING THE 2016 NACDEP/ANREP ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

June 26-29, 2016: Burlington, Vermont

This year’s 2016 joint conference theme, “Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources & Community Development.” For the first time, National Association of Community Development Extension Professional (NACDEP) and Association of Natural Resource Extensional Professionals (ANREP) are teaming up for a Joint Annual Conference June 26-29, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in beautiful and vibrant Burlington, Vermont. Between our memberships, we are anticipating over 350 attendees, providing an excellent opportunity to broaden your Extension Network, present and learn from your peers, and learn from an expanded topic menu. Our Burlington location features an impressive diversity of both established and new, innovative and best practice programs from community and economic development, forestry, water quality, housing, local food, social justice, place making, environmental education, arts and culture, sustainability, public and private initiatives – plus many more. Registration for the conference opens February 15th, 2016.
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Launch Issue

December 2015 Main Topics

SRDC Announces New Director for the Center

SRDC is pleased to announce the selection of its new director, Dr. Steve Turner, who has served as head of the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics for 12 years. Dr. Turner will officially begin as the Center’s director Jan. 1.

Turner, a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, came to MSU in 2003 after a 17-year career at the University of Georgia as a professor in its Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. During Turner’s tenure, the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics has averaged seven awards, 104 undergraduates, 20 graduate students, 24 refereed journal articles, and $664,161 in external grants and contracts per year.

His previous organizational leadership appointments include one year as president of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association and three years as chair of the Board of Directors for the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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National CRD Webinar Series Continues: Shoestring Evaluation:
New Hampshire’s Experience Measuring CRED Impacts with Limited Resources and Expertise

This webinar will share with you how a fledgling CRED program (with few resources and no evaluation expertise) targeted its evaluation efforts to craft a compelling story, how that compelling story led to investment in new and expanded programs, and future plans for scaling up New Hampshire’s CRED evaluation capacity.  All while still considering limited expertise, time, and resources.

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Launch Issue

November 2015 Main Topics

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues: 
Developing and Implementing an Effective E-Commerce Program:

December 16th, 2015 9am CT/10am ET

This webinar will discuss how to effectively use the Internet and broadband technologies that are crucial for many rural small businesses; however, many of these businesses do not have the necessary experience or knowledge. This webinar will introduce the Oklahoma State University E-Commerce program that addresses this gap by providing businesses with the tools and hands-on experiences necessary to become active online.  This webinar will highlight workshops, teaching approaches, success stories and evaluation metrics. 

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SRDC is pleased to be a Sponsor of the 2016 NACDEP/ANREP Annual Conference:

June 26-29, 2016: Burlington, Vermont

Call for Proposals

NACDEP and ANREP invite you to submit a proposal to share your successful programs, research findings, and expertise with fellow members. Networking and learning are two of the primary benefits that our associations offer our fellow members. As you reflect on this year’s 2016 joint conference theme, “Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources & Community Development,” consider the knowledge, skills, experience and expertise you have and how that can help others in our organization improve their own skills, enhance their research and programs, and strengthen Cooperative Extension and the people and communities we serve. Click Here to Submit  
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Launch Issue

October 2015 Main Topics

NIFA Recognizes SRDC on Outstanding Contributions on Annual Day of Appreciation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced NIFA Partnership Award recipients and Hall of Fame inductees, honoring those whose exemplary work has helped the agency fulfill its mission of investing in and advancing agricultural research, education, and extension.
NIFA’s Partnership Award for Multistate Efforts is granted to awardees whose projects are responding to critical needs important to each project leader’s state.  This year’s award was presented to the Stronger Economies Together (SET) Initiative, a project run cooperatively between USDA Rural Development, the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) in partnership with Purdue University.  SET aims to help rural counties overcome the economic challenges that they face. SET guides collaborations within multi-county regions, helping them to develop regional economic plans based on self-assessments of strengths and assets. Over 1,500 organizations across 54 regions in 38 states are currently engaged in plans to address needs and strengthen assets such as rural healthcare, agritourism, and entrepreneurism.
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CRD Webinar Series: Getting Community Stakeholders to Identify Water Quality Issues and Priorities Using Liberating Structures Webinar:

November 10th, 2015 1pm CT/2pm ET

Cooperative Extension professionals have a long history of providing public issues education and encouraging civic engagement with the intention of inspiring local leadership to address challenging and often controversial issues. Public issues deliberation often creates strife among community residents with different groups struggling to come to consensus on how to tackle local problems. Cooperative Extension professionals pride themselves on their “toolbox” of methods for helping communities overcome such challenges. The method of Liberating Structures is one method for hosting inclusive meetings that generate ideas from everyone rather than the vocal minority. In Arkansas, Extension specialists led local residents of impaired watersheds to set priorities for addressing nonpoint source pollution management. This is often a difficult task to achieve between a broad base of stakeholders that includes agricultural producers, land owners, conservationist and agency personnel. Arkansas Extension specialists used this method to get residents of local watersheds to see how they share common interests rather than opposing perspectives on local issues with water quality.


This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the liberating structures methods used in the Arkansas Nonpoint Source Pollution Management water quality stakeholder forums, highlights from the water quality forums, recommendations for using liberating structures in other public issue engagement forums.                               
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Launch Issue

September 2015 Main Topics

South Region CRD Webinar Series Launches with YELP on October 16th

The Southern Region is planning a yearlong webinar series to showcase Community & Resource Development (CRD) programs across the region. The first of these scheduled for October 16th at 10:00 a.m. Central/11:00 Eastern, the Youth Engagement Leadership Program (YELP) is a Kentucky youth leadership program that builds partnerships with local Cooperative Extension agents, the local school district, elected officials and the business community. The program began in 2013 as a pilot project with Appalachian Regional Commission and has now expanded to 5 counties as of August 2015 with 5 additional counties scheduled to being in the fall of 2016. The program takes place during the school year and includes 6 modules: Leadership Essentials & Service Learning, Local and State Government, Cultural Amenities, Health & community, Agriculture and Food Security, and Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development. The program concludes with group presentations on ideas to stimulate the economic growth and improve the quality of life in their community. Join the webinar to learn more. “If adults only knew what we were capable of, they would see we have a lot to offer.” - Pashley Griffith
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SRDC in Search for a 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.
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Launch Issue

August 2015 Main Topics

SRDC in Search for a 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.
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Rural Housing and Economic Development Call for Proposals

NARDeP (National Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Center) seeks proposals for a book chapter and policy brief describing research and/or outreach programs that address problems associated with housing and economic development in rural areas of the United States. Inadequate housing in many rural areas tends to impair opportunities for healthy living and suppresses economic development. We have special interest on work from the disciplines of economics, family and consumer science, planning, sociology or related fields.                                   
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Launch Issue

July 2015 Main Topics

SRDC in Search for a 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.
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Stronger Economies Together Heading into Phase V

Stronger Economies Together (SET) celebrates its fifth year by entering into Phase V. The program is now in place in 30 states with the addition of regions in Iowa and North Dakota. Phase V also includes regions located in Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Virginia.

SET is an initiative that enables communities in rural America to work together to develop an economic development blueprint that strategically builds on the current and emerging strengths of their region. Launched in 2010 by USDA Rural Development and the nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers and their land-grant university partners, SET has provided the specialized training and technical assistance to help rural areas compete in the global job market by pooling their resources across county boundaries.                                   
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Launch Issue

May 2015 Main Topics

Stronger Economies Together Heading into Phase V

Stronger Economies Together (SET) celebrates its fifth year by entering into Phase V. The program is now in place in 30 states with the addition of regions in Iowa and North Dakota. Phase V also includes regions located in Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Virginia.

SET is an initiative that enables communities in rural America to work together to develop an economic development blueprint that strategically builds on the current and emerging strengths of their region. Launched in 2010 by USDA Rural Development and the nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers and their land-grant university partners, SET has provided the specialized training and technical assistance to help rural areas compete in the global job market by pooling their resources across county boundaries.                                   
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SRDC is Pleased to Award Dr. Susan Jakes with the Bonnie Teater Award

The Southern Rural Development Center is proud to honor Dr. Susan Jakes as the 2015 recipient of the Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award. Jakes is a member of the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Jakes is the Associate State Program Leader of Community and Rural Development for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University. In this capacity, she provides the strategic direction for community and economic programming for Extension and is the university’s point person for integration of economic development programming with Extension’s flagship initiatives of Agriculture, Local Foods, and Youth Development.
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Launch Issue

April 2015 Main Topics

SRDC Partners With University of Kentucky to Establish National Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center through USDA Grant

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and University of Kentucky officials announced the establishment of the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The center will use cutting-edge solutions in child nutrition to reduce child food insecurity in states with the highest number of persistently poor rural counties. Currently, about 85 percent of all persistently poor counties in the United States are in rural areas, and children are one of the most vulnerable groups living in rural areas.                                   
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SRDC Partnering with University of Vermont on Research on Health Insurance and Economic Development in the Agriculture Sector

The University of Vermont was awarded a four-year, $500,000 USDA Rural Communities and Regional Development grant to investigate how health insurance options and health care reforms impact the farm and ranch population in the United States.

This grant is part of a $14 million USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture initiative to increase prosperity in rural America.  Through research led by the University of Vermont with help from SRDC, and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the study will focus on promoting rural community development, economic growth, and sustainability.
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Launch Issue

Recent Issues
March 2015 Main Topics

SRDC in Search for a 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.
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SRDC Partnering on National Project to Support Local Foods

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced a partnership through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project to conduct workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program.
The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized the Farmers Market Promotion Program to fund farmer-to-consumer direct marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism.
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Launch Issue

January 2015 Main Topics

SRDC Partnering on National Project to Support Local Foods

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced a partnership through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project to conduct workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized the Farmers Market Promotion Program to fund farmer-to-consumer direct marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism.
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Bonnie Teater Award Nominations Due April 1

The Southern Rural Development Center is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award for 2014. This award honors the work of a "rising star" who has already achieved great things in his/her early career in community development.
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