Around The South
APRIL 2012 Vol. 8, No. 04
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

New National e-Commerce Extension Initiative learning module helps local governments get online

Every day, community organizations, government officials, business owners and educators are faced with the challenge of connecting with their constituents and clientele. The new learning module, "eStrategies for Local Governments: Getting Your Community Online," will help answer a variety of questions: What kind of presence should you have? Who will manage it? How much time will it take? Who decides what material goes on the site? Whether your community is seeking to upgrade its existing presence on the World Wide Web, or if you are discussing the concept for the very first time, this course serves as a launching point to learn more about Internet usage trends, steps to developing a community site, website management, and online marketing. Check out the curriculum developed by Dave Shideler and Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University; Connie Hancock, University of Nebraska; and Michael Wilcox, University of Tennessee, at htt p://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/curricula/egovernment/index.html.

Register now for 2012 Program Leadership Network conference

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 August 20-24 in Orlando, Fla. This year's theme is #cesvalue: Advancing Cooperative Extension's Mission. Learn to use Twitter, Facebook, Four Square, YouTube, Linkedin, Pinterest, G+ and other tools for supporting the work and mission of Cooperative Extension professionals. Discover what tool to use for what job and learn how these new vehicles can help meet clientele needs, support an organization's mission and tell the Cooperative Extension story. Register by July 15 to receive the early bird discount at http://srpln.msstate.edu/conferences/12pln/info.html.

Getting Older, County by County

The median age of most every U.S. county is growing older. Rural counties, however, have the oldest median age — and the gap between rural and urban counties is growing. Read more about the graying population in a Daily Yonder article by the SRDC's Bo Beaulieu and Roberto Gallardo at http://www.dailyyonder.com/getting-older-county-county/2012/04/09/3882.

SRDC report examines broadband use by local governments

Local municipal governments are providing insight into their use of the Internet so the SRDC's Extension Broadband Education and Adoption Team (e-BEAT) can develop recommendations to improve services to residents and businesses. Less than half of the responding city clerks from every incorporated city and town in Mississippi reported having a city website or offering online services. Learn how e-BEAT plans to help change that at http://msucares.com/news/print/commnews/cn12/120315.html.

College degree gap widens between cities and rural America

SRDC assistant extension professor and economic development specialist Roberto Gallardo and the Daily Yonder found that in rural counties, a higher percentage of adults have college degrees than in the past. But, the increase has lagged in the South and West, while graduation rates have increased faster in the Northeast and the Midwest. Read more at http://www.dailyyonder.com/map-rural-college-graduates/2012/04/08/3879.

GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING: RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC research grant proposals due in May

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC, in partnership with USDA Economic Research Service, has released its 2012 request for proposals for both its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program and its regular Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges in Rural America Research Grant Program. Now in its second year, the Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program supports research in the United States by graduate students pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. Students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education who have reached the "All But Dissertation" stage are eligible to apply. Proposals must be postmarked by May 18. The Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges in Rural America Grant Program seeks to invest in innovative research that explores the social science-based dimensions of the food and nutrition issues impacting residents or communities in rural America. The program is especially interested in proposals that focus on Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, and other racial/ethnic minorities, as well as children and low-wealth individuals/households. Proposals must be postmarked by May 4. Get full information on these opportunities at http://srdc.msstate.edu/ridge/grants .

Free webinar offers latest rural wealth creation research

A free webinar, "Rural Wealth Creation: Concepts, Strategies, and Measures," set for Tuesday, May 1, presents research recent findings that seek to understand how different types of wealth, including human, natural, social, and other forms of capital, can be conceptualized and measured, or how they interact to determine the dynamics of rural economic development. USDA Economic Research Service researchers will discuss what wealth is in a broad sense, why wealth creation is important for rural development, how it can be created in rural communities, and how its accumulation and effects can be measured. Get the details at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2012_04_ruralwealthcreation.html.

Other Items of Interest

A guide on the path from poverty

In North Carolina, a rural community organization adds to its food mission strong guidance for low-income families to the tax credits, college aid, and other benefits that can boost their prospects. Read more at the Daily Yonder at http://www.dailyyonder.com/guide-path-poverty/2012/04/02/3846.

USDA and the American Association of Community Colleges sign agreement to increase access to education, underscores Rural Council goal to strengthen the rural economy

Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager last week announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the American Association of Community Colleges that is designed to highlight one of the goals of the White House Rural Council—to expand access to training and higher education for rural citizens and strengthen the rural economy. Get the full story at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=truecontentid=2012/04/0116.xml .

Conferences and Trainings

Cambio de Colores 2012-Latinos in the Heartland

June 13-15, 2012
Columbia, Missouri

Community Development Society Annual International Conference

July 21-25, 2012
Cincinnati, Ohio

Rural Sociological Society 75th Annual Meeting

July 26-29, 2012
Chicago, Illinois

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting

Aug. 12-14, 2012
Seattle, Washington

2011 Joint Meeting Program Leadership Network, AEA and ASRED

#cesvalue: Advancing Cooperative Extension's Mission
August 20-24, 2012
Orlando, Florida
Register by July 15 for Early Bird Discount!

National Small Farm Conference

Sept. 18-20, 2012
Memphis, Tennessee

National eXtension Conference

Oct. 1-4, 2012
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Job Opportunities

Assistant/Associate Extension Professor- Health Education Specialist, Mississippi State University

View announcement for posting number 6237

Assistant Extension Professor-Community Economic Development, Mississippi State University

View announcement for posting number 6251

Assistant/Associate Professor, Human Nutrition and Social Health Extension Specialist, Auburn University


Associate Dean, Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota


Associate Extension Administrator, Kentucky State University


Instructor, Instructional Design, University of Arkansas

View announcement for posting number 0060553

Management Analyst, Texas AgriLife Extension Service


State Specialist for Community Health, Kentucky State University


Vice Chancellor for Development, University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture


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Job announcements and other items of interest may be sent to Meaghan Gordon for possible inclusion in future issues.

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