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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Launch Issue

December 2014 Main Topics

Phase V of SET Launching in January 2015

Stronger Economies Together, a partnership between Cooperative Extension Service, USDA RD, the four Regional Rural Development Centers, NIFA, and Purdue Center for Regional Development, is launching Phase V. SET V is taking a brand new approach based on an extensive review of the program. Significant improvements to engage participants has been made; a civic engagement module added which will increase stakeholder involvement and buy-in; and a more streamlined approach which reduces the number of modules and gives greater flexibility to adapt to the capacity of that region. Most importantly, significant time will be devoted to launching the plan into implementation.
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Local Food, Local Places: Bringing Expertise and Creative Thinking to Community Economic Development

Around the country, communities are seeking creative approaches to integrating entrepreneurship, environmental management, public health, and other place-based considerations into successful economic planning. Local food development can be one strategy. The White House Rural Council and six federal agencies have selected 26 communities to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing direct technical support and expertise to community partners integrating local food systems into regional economic action plans.
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Understanding Communities - Online course offers tools for community development

January 15, 2015
Would you like to understand how communities work? Are you curious about why good ideas sometimes fall flat? Do you watch groups struggle to make decisions without adequate data? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions we invite you to register now for Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics. The seven-week series begins January 15, 2015 and concludes February 26, 2015. Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics including demographics, economic development, strategic planning and power structures. Sign up early before December 19, 2014.
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Launch Issue

November 2014 Main Topics

Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program

This program represents an exciting opportunity for Extension in the Southern region to provide leadership in developing the program and providing program support to farmers and other groups in rural and urban areas that are seeking to better connect consumers and producers through local food markets. It is also an exciting opportunity for farmers, farmer organizations, and related eligible groups to receive grant writing support and technical assistance in this program.
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Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development.

A newly updated publication, Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development, is a one-stop guide to find the details about federal programs and how to apply for them. The publication provides a description along with eligibility and application requirements for each of nearly 70 individual programs. They range from grants and loans to technical assistance and informational resources. Federal programs can be a helping hand for people who want to develop innovative, sustainable, enterprises in agriculture and forestry.
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Rural America at a Glance, 2014 Edition

While urban employment now exceeds pre-recession levels, rural employment remains well below its 2007 peak. Median income in real terms has fallen in both rural and urban areas since 2007, with the drop in rural incomes slightly greater. The total rural population has declined slightly for several years, as slowing natural population growth fails to offset net migration away from rural areas; this is the first time rural population declined since data became available in 1950 that could detect such a trend.
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Launch Issue

October 2014 Main Topics

CAPE Project: Community Behavioral Health Early Warning Systems

Call for Proposals
Deadline: November 19, 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.
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New Partners for Smart Growth Conference – Pre Conference Workshops

January 29 - 31, 2015
A significant factor in this event’s tremendous success is its appeal to so many different disciplines. The conference will draw a national audience of local elected officials and city and county staff; state and federal agency leaders; professionals in planning, transportation, public health, landscape architecture, architecture, public works, parks and recreation, and crime prevention; realtors, developers, builders and bankers; advocates for equity and environmental justice, youth, older adults, and walking and biking; labor representatives; school leaders and staff; environmentalists; and all others committed to building safer, healthier and more livable communities everywhere. Early Bird rates will be available from October 6 – November 10. Regular rates will apply from November 12 through the January 5 registration deadline.
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The 2015 National Health Outreach Conference

Call for Proposals
Deadline: October 1 – October 31, 2014
A call for presentations from a wide variety of professionals that are doing work fostering health and wellness for individuals, families and communities is now open. The goal is to build a collaborative approach with organizations achieve a healthier and safer America. Professionals may include, but are not limited to: university faculty in medical and other academic institutions; public health professionals; local, state and federal agency partners; practitioners in the health care industry; students and Cooperative Extension professionals. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Atlanta, GA, on May 6 – 8, 2015.
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Launch Issue

September 2014 Main Topics

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.
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An Extension Education Program to Help Local Governments with Flood Adaptation

Education is an important tool to increase the capacity of local government officials for community flood adaptation. To increase the effectiveness of the programs, future workshops should strive to increase participant knowledge retention over time and actively recruit participants with a low level of starting knowledge of streams and flooding.
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Training Materials Developed for Latino Entrepreneurs

Extension has created a training program that is designed to help assist current and potential Latino immigrant entrepreneurs in starting businesses in Arkansas. All items were designed with the ultimate goal of providing business owners with worksheets and an organizational system that can be used to write a business plan.
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Launch Issue

August 2014 Main Topics

Bonnie Teater Awards and NACDEP Southern Awards

SRDC would like to congratulate Alan Barefield for receiving the prestigious Bonnie Teater Lifetime Achievement Award, and also a congratulations to the National Association of Community Development Extension Professional award winners from the South.
Read more below about the awards and their recipients.
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Sustainable Food Systems

We often forget that the birth of Extension was accompanied by a great sense of urgency, and the need to create a more ordered food system informed by scientific research became a paramount national goal in America. Again, we face that same sense of urgency today, as we contemplate the need to feed a projected global population of 8 billion in 2025, and as we try to determine how to meet the new and evolving needs of communities, while we struggle with limited resources and capacity.
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Energy Extension is Central to Sustainability

Not only is energy uniquely tied to sustainability, but also energy in itself is a broad and diverse issue. Looking to the past for guidance, the Extension system has a long, if intermittent, record of offering programming on energy problems. The evolution of energy technology and policy has increasingly empowered individuals, enterprises, and organizations with new energy choices. Extension model of offering unbiased, research-based information through local connections still remains a strong vehicle for future energy education and outreach.
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Launch Issue

June 2014 Main Topics

Extension has a 100-Year History Working on Water Issues

Water is the key to life and also a recourse that must be properly stewarded. Only 1.3 percent of water in the world has the potential to be useful for people and ecosystems in our ground and surface waters. The role of Extension in water sustainability issues is many-fold. Indeed, Extension has been working in these issues since its inception, as water is integral to agricultural production and quality.
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Nearly two-thirds of rural U.S. counties have lost population since 2010

New regional patterns of growth and decline emerged in recent years. Areas of population decline appeared for the first time in the eastern United States. In the Mountain West, population growth also slowed considerably, and in some cases turned negative. In contrast, an energy boom has spurred population growth in sections of the northern Great Plains that had previously experienced long-term population declines
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The Sustainability Revolution

We are in the middle of the most profound social transformation of our time, the sustainability revolution. Sustainability is often confused with only ecological concerns, but sustainability values represent the broadest context of issues. We have to know where Cooperative Extension fits into this picture. Extension has ingrained cultural values which can greatly benefit our sustainability outreach efforts. We have an established presence in most areas of the United States which has always made a positive difference.
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Launch Issue

May 2014 Main Topics

Choices Magazine: Opportunities for Rural Development in Cooperative Extension's Second Century

Extension addresses eight key priority issues for a stronger rural America. While the focus is on the extension system, viable investments in extension must be supported through complementary invest ments and activities in the Agricultural Experiment Station system. The nation’s future potential for exports depends in large measure on our ability to efficiently and flexibly connect rural areas to international markets.
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Study of Rural Transportation Issues

Read the reviews on transportation and its effect on rural communities, with an emphasis on agricultural transportation. The report looks in depth into each of the four major modes of transportation commonly used by agriculture in the United States: trucking, railroads, barges, and ocean vessels, examining each in the light of its ability to meet rural America’s transportation needs now and in the future.
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Development of a University Undergraduate Course Sequence About the Extension System

Many undergraduates are interested in community-based programming, but at most land-grants undergraduates have little contact with Extension. This article describes a grant project that developed tw o undergraduate courses about Extension and community-based, experiential education.
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