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.
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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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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The Ridge Center for Targeted Studies: Request for Proposals
Deadline May 8, 2014
The purpose of the RIDGE Center for Target Studies is to invest in innovative social sciences-based research that explores the food and nutrition assistance challenges of rural people and places. The program is especially interested in a wide array of topics and issues. Proposals that focus on racial/ethnic populations, as well as low-wealth individuals/households, are strongly encouraged.
Cooperative Extension: A Century of Innovation
Cooperative Extension celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014; the Land-Grant System will be reflecting on the first century of accomplishments and preparing for a second century of education. This commentary is the first in a series of six throughout the year that will analyze the rich history of Cooperative Extension, examine its role in contemporary society, and help us collaboratively envision the future of this unique American educational endeavor.
Bonnie Teater Award Nominations are Due March 31
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 2014. This award will go to a distinguished individual with a superior lifetime work and who has made an important contribution to the Extension Community Development area.Read more.
Informing Decision Making for Better Community Behavioral Health Outcomes
CAPE’s new collaborative three-million dollar project involves helping communities overcome their struggles with behavioral health problems. This project will organize information for leaders, who have difficulty keeping up with the needs of the vast majority, by tapping into land grant university resources across the country. The program will give leaders access to accurate data so they can efficiently aid those in need.
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NARDEP Publishes Energy Policy Briefs
The National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center is organized by the Regional Rural Development Centers to provide information about the increasingly contentious and complex agricultural and rural development U.S. policy issues.Read more.
Entrepreneurs & Their Communities - New Resources
New resources are available to support entrepreneurs and their communities. Among these are a webinar series, a blog, Facebook page, and Twitter. Explore these new resources through the links below.
- Webinar Series 2:00 p.m. ET/ 1:00 p.m. CT/12:00 p.m. MT/11:00 p.m. PT
- January 9 – Crafting a Consistent Marketing Message
- February 13 – Blogging for Food
- March 13 – Incorporating Video in to the Marketing Strategy
- Join the sessions - https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop
- Blog - http://entrepreneursandtheircommunities.wordpress.com/
- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eXtensionentrepreneurs
- Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/extbizteam
Shideler Receives 2013 Bonnie Teater Award
Oklahoma State University Extension Economist David Shideler received the 2013 Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award at this year’s Galaxy Conference. Shideler’s list of accomplishments includes more than125 reports on retail analysis, economic impact analysis and sustainable community/strategic planning. Additionally, he has developed curriculum for the National e-Commerce Initiative of the Southern Rural Development Center.
Center Releases New Policy Resources
The National Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP), coordinated by the four Regional Rural Development Centers, has announced its new web-based publications series. Authored by top researchers from around the country, NARDeP offers sources of policy insights such as policy briefs, data briefs, and working papers on a number of timely rural issues.
Broadband Availability: Geography Matters
Across the board, rural areas lag urban ones in their access to broadband. A first-of-its-kind map and a state-by-state chart compute the geographical difference in “availability,” which is the first piece of the rural broadband puzzle. Check out this Daily Yonder article, based on a report funded by the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy (NARDeP) Center.
Reminder: Program Leadership Network conference registration now open
Online registration and conference information is now available for this summer’s Joint Meeting of the Southern Region Program Leadership Network, Association of Extension Administrators and Association of Southern Region Extension Directors, set for Aug. 19-23 in Nashville. This year’s theme is “Connecting Our Communities: Preparing for the Next 100 Years.” As the Land Grant System celebrates its first 100 years of the Smith-Lever Act, we look forward to what the next century will bring. Advances in technologies, changes in communities, and expanded partnership opportunities are among just a few of the possibilities as we move forward.
ReadyCommunity program seeking new state teams
The ReadyCommunity process complements and adds greater depth to FEMA’s 2010 publication “Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans: Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101”. ReadyCommunity has been pilot tested in seven locations across the nation, and will continue to train teams to begin the ReadyCommunity process in fall 2013. Applications are now being accepted for facilitator training, which takes place Sept. 23-25. Four person teams from the participating states are recommended, including an Extension person who will lead the initiative and an emergency manager from the proposed pilot site. All 50 states are eligible to attend the ReadyCommunity Facilitator Training, however rural areas are specifically targeted for inclusion in this training. Application deadline is July 8, 2013.
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SET expands again in its fourth year
Stronger Economies Together (SET) celebrates its fourth year by expanding to new regions in 2013. Five states previously involved in SET (Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas) have been selected to expand to additional regions. Two new states, Nebraska and Illinois, join SET, an initiative that enables communities and counties in rural America to work together on a regional basis to develop an economic development blueprint that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of their region.
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