Around The South
May 2012 Vol. 8, No. 05
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Regional Rural Development Centers to spearhead new National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center

The nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) were recently chosen by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture/United States Department of Agriculture to establish the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (or NARDeP), which will provide to policy makers timely and unbiased information on a variety of topics, including rural families, households, and economies; farm and agricultural sectors; consumers, food, and nutrition; and environment. Read more at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2012_may_nardep.html.

May 30 webinar offers latest small business research findings

Small businesses have many beneficial effects on rural communities, as they are associated with higher income levels and lower poverty, unemployment, and crime rates. In a free Southern Rural Development Center-sponsored webinar, “Big News about Small Business,” researchers Charles M. Tolbert and F. Carson Mencken from Baylor University and Troy C. Blanchard from Louisiana State University will report on nearly two decades of work on local firms’ many contributions. Get the webinar details at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2012_04_smallbusinessresearch.html.

Community Connect Grant Program informational webinar set for May 24

On May 24 from 1-3 p.m. Eastern, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host a second webinar focused on the Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program), which are made available to the most rural, unserved, and economically challenged areas to build broadband infrastructure. The webinar will inform participants about the program’s major eligibility and regulatory requirements and provide detailed guidance on submitting a successful grant application. There will also be time for participants to ask the speakers specific questions about putting together an application. Due to the limited amount of room available, interested parties must pre-register by contacting Nicole Payne at (202) 720-2281 or Nicole.Payne@wdc.usda.gov or Carla Johnson at (202) 720-0667 or at Carla.Johnson2@wdc.usda.gov. The Audio Conference and WebEx information will be provided prior to the workshop.

USDA-ERS atlas provides rural and small town America socioeconomic data

The Economic Research Service has released its Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America, allowing rural residents and community and business leaders to view the diversity of challenges and opportunities across America’s counties and within different types of rural regions. The objectives of the Atlas are:

  • To provide a spatial interpretation of county-level, economic and social conditions along four dimensions: people, jobs, agriculture, and county classifications
  • To highlight the value of the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey as a new source of county data and to bring together data from several different Federal sources
  • To allow the use of socioeconomic indicators jointly with ERS county typologies to better understand the diverse opportunities and challenges facing rural regions and communities.
Check out the new atlas at http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/ruralatlas/index.htm.

REMINDER: 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..

Other Items of Interest

Ax won't fall on rural post offices

The U.S. Postal Service is backing off a previous plan to close thousands of post offices, and will instead cut hours at 13,000 rural facilities in an effort to save $500 million a year. Get the details at http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/09/news/economy/postal_service/index.htm.

IRP RIDGE Center invites applications for two 2012-13 Visiting Scholar Programs

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications from both US-based food assistance scholars and U.S.-based social science scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to visit the IRP RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research for one week during the 2012-2013 academic year, interact with its faculty in residence, and become acquainted with the staff and resources of the Institute. The deadline to apply for both opportunities is June 30, 2012. Download the application information.

Gulf Coast residents remain worse off emotionally post-spill

Residents of Gulf Coast-facing counties continue to suffer from lower overall emotional health, as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Emotional Health Index, in the two years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Those living in non-Gulf states and inland counties in the same Gulf Coast-facing states have shown no such drops in Emotional Health Index scores in the aftermath of the oil spill. Get the full survey results at http://www.gallup.com/poll/154475/Gulf-Coast-Residents-Remain-Worse-Off-Emotionally-Post-Spill.

Conferences and Trainings

Cambio de Colores 2012-Latinos in the Heartland

June 13-15, 2012
Columbia, Missouri

2012 National Value Added Conference

June 24-26, 2012
Traverse City, Michigan

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

2012 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

Instructor, Instructional Design, University of Arkansas

View announcement for posting number 0060553

Resident Director, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Clemson University

View announcement for posting number 11507

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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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