Around The South
August 2011 Vol. 7, No. 8
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

e-BEAT initiative launched to encourage broadband adoption in Mississippi

The SRDC and Mississippi State University Extension Service this month officially launched the Extension Broadband Education and Adoption team, called e-BEAT, to help communities across the state gain access to broadband services.

Funded by the Office of the Governor and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the project relies on six regional broadband education coordinators to deliver sound information, education and assistance to the unique needs of each region of the state. Read more at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_08_ebeat.html.

More Turning the Tide on Poverty pilot sites see results

The SRDC initiative to enhance distressed communities has seen its pilot programs in five states accomplish a variety of community and economic development goals in the past year. Tide thrives because local talent and resources come together to fight poverty in their own backyards. Discover how residents in Alabama's Dallas and Perry counties, Louisiana's St. Landry and Tensas parishes and Lauderdale County, Miss., have worked to improve their hometowns. View all the reports at http://srdc.msstate.edu/tide.

Triumph over Tragedy webinar set for Aug. 17

The SRDC will sponsor a Triumph Over Tragedy webinar led by Dr. Brenda Wiens on Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. CST (2:30–4:30 p.m. EST) to assist communities in responding to large-scale disasters. Get the details at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_08_triumph.html.

2011 Joint Meeting of PLN, AEA and ASRED approaches

The upcoming annual Joint Meeting of the Program Leaders Network, Association of Extension Administrators and Association of Southern Region Extension Directors is set for Aug. 22-26 in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference will strengthen Extension education programming throughout the region by promoting multistate cooperation, anticipating emerging program issues and needs, and implementing action processes to address them in a timely manner. Register now at http://srpln.msstate.edu/.

USDA Rural Development and EPA to work together in promoting sustainable rural water and wastewater systems

More than 97 percent of the nation's 160,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and 78 percent of the nation's 15,000 wastewater treatment plants are less than one million gallons per day. With a Memorandum of Agreement signed recently, the two agencies will assist these rural systems in implementing strategies and tools to allow them to achieve short- and long-term sustainability to ensure the protection of public health, water quality and sustainable communities. Read more at http://water.epa.gov/type/drink/pws/smallsystems/partners.cfm#moa.

Other Items of Interest

What's Driving Food Prices in 2011?

A new report from Farm Foundation, NFP finds that while some of the same factors that drove commodity and food price increases in 2008 are at work today, new and very different factors have also emerged. Two persistent demand shocks -- corn for biofuels production and soybeans for China -- have pushed commodity price increases in recent months. Other factors include weather-related production shortfalls, changes in cropping patterns, and a weak and volatile U.S. dollar. The report, "What's Driving Food Prices in 2011?" is now available on the Farm Foundation Web site at http://www.farmfoundation.org/webcontent/Whats-Driving-Food-Prices-in-2011-1742.aspx?z=85&a=1742

Upcoming NIFA grant to fund gardens in urban and rural areas

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2011 Request for Applications (RFA) for the People's Garden Grant Program (PPGP). The program is designed to facilitate the creation of produce, recreation and/or wildlife gardens in urban and rural areas, which will provide opportunities for science-based informal education. This program is a joint initiative supported by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Food and Nutrition Service, Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service, in addition to NIFA. Successful applicants will provide micro-subgrant support to smaller local projects. Application deadline is Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=KzYXTv7Q09w7VLvlxsh43vTsqnhLDwp10CGNxXsTQ1PGVLxSF4RX

Godfrey appointed UVI Agricultural Experiment Station director

Dr. Robert W. "Bob" Godfrey began his appointment July 1 as director of the University of the Virgin Islands Agricultural Experiment Station. Godfrey, an animal science professor, has served as assistant director since 2001. He joined UVI AES in 1993. Congratulations, Bob!

Funding Opportunities

SRDC's Grant Connections: Rural Development Funding Opportunities


The SRDC staff compiles Grant Connections primarily for the faculty of land-grant colleges and universities in the South to provide funding information in support of activities in agricultural economics, education, human sciences, rural sociology, youth development and other related disciplines.

Conferences and Trainings

2011 Joint Meeting Program Leadership Network, AEA and ASRED

Cooperative Extension GPS: Guiding and Producing Solutions
August 22-26, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas

What Works! 2011

The Future of Entrepreneurship and Community Development in the Northeast
September 18-20, 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities
February 2-4, 2012
San Diego, California

Job Opportunities

Instructor of Instructional Design, University of Arkansas

View announcement for posting number 0060553

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