Around The South
July 2012 Vol. 8, No. 07
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

NARDeP Center releases call for proposals on broadband policy

The new National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy (NARDeP) Center, funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and jointly managed by the four Regional Rural Development Centers, has released a call for proposals for a white paper focusing on "Broadband Access, Adoption and Application: Policy Challenges and Options."

The NARDeP Center's purpose includes providing timely and unbiased information on agriculture and rural development issues to policy makers. In light of the significant national interest and investment being made in broadband expansion into rural America, it is essential to examine policy and program options that can spur the growth of broadband access and use by rural people, farm/nonfarm enterprises, and places. Application deadline is Aug. 17, 2012.
Download the call for proposals.

SET expands to boost economic development planning in 26 states

Seven new states have joined Stronger Economies Together (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. These states join the 19 others that have participated since its 2010 launch.
Read more.

New RIDGE information brief explores school meal program effects

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies has released its first Food Assistance and Nutrition Information Series brief based on its competitive doctoral dissertation grants program, which began last year. Based on the research of Kristen Capogrossi of Virginia Tech, "The Influence of the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program on Child Weight and Academic Achievement," explores the how these programs affect misnourishment and performance in the classroom, especially for low-income and rural children.
Read the report.

Life expectancy for rural men below national average

Men in most rural and exurban counties lives shorter lives, on average, than do men in the nation as a whole, according to SRDC Assistant Extension Professor Roberto Gallardo and Bill Bishop. Their Daily Yonder article breaks down the longevity rates in these counties, with counties in the Delta and coal regions of Southern Appalachia having the shortest life expectancy for males.
Get the details.

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 now!

Other Items of Interest

Locally grown promotions drive marketing efforts in Kentucky and Tennessee

The efforts to promote local produce in two Southern states are going strong, with the Pick Tennessee Products and Kentucky Proud programs making a financial impact.
Read more.

Updated USDA 2012 Food Environment Atlas online now

First released in 2012 and now updated with 168 searchable factors, the Food Environment Atlas is an online mapping tool that compares the food environment at the county level across the country. In addition to the number and types of food stores and restaurants, price data for food, and information about participation rates for nutrition benefits like SNAP, the new map features new data on numbers of vegetable farms, fruit orchards, and greenhouses growing vegetables or herbs. You can also see how many farmers markets are in each county (including the number per 1,000 residents), which counties have food hubs, how many farms are participating in agri-tourism and how many farmers sell their products directly to consumers. Merge this with data about the availability of food stores and restaurants, food prices and taxes, use of food assistance programs, and other socioeconomic and demographic statistics, and suddenly you have a deeper understanding of how Americans experience food environments county by county in map form.
Begin exploring the atlas.

Linton named dean of NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dr. Richard Linton, a nationally recognized food-safety authority who serves as professor and chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University, has been named dean of North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Sept. 15. Linton, who holds his bachelor's degree in biology and his master's and Ph.D. in food science all from Virginia Tech, has also served as director of the Center for Food Safety Engineering, professor of food science, and unit leader at Purdue University. Congratulations on your new appointment, Dr. Linton!

Conferences and Trainings

Community Development Society Annual International Conference

July 21-25, 2012
Cincinnati, Ohio

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program Stakeholder Workshop

Monday, July 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. EST
Webinar connection: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/bfrdpwebinar/

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) was authorized in Section 7405 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 3319). Section 7410 of the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (Pub .L. No. 110-234) (the Farm Bill) amended Section 7405 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 thereby extending funding for BFRDP through FY 2012. Furtherance of the program beyond FY 2012 depends on farm bill action. While continuation of the program remains unknown, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is proceeding with a BFRDP workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to obtain stakeholder feedback on the last three years of the program for use in the preparation of future Request for Application (RFA) should the program be continued.

Participants are encouraged to use the FY 2012 RFA as a guide:

More information about the program and recordings of previous stakeholder workshops are available at:

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!

Virginia Rural Summit

Sept. 11-12, 2012
Roanoke, Virginia

National Small Farm Conference

Sept. 18-20, 2012
Memphis, Tennessee

Future of Workforce Development

Sept. 19-20, 2012
Kansas City, Missouri

National eXtension Conference

Oct. 1-4, 2012
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Southern Rural Sociological Association Annual Meeting

Social Stabilization in the Twenty-First Century: The Role of Rural Communities
Feb. 2-5, 2013
Orlando, Florida
Download Call for Papers (Abstract due Oct. 31)
Download Award Nomination Information

Job Opportunities

Head, North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University

View announcement for posting number 6674

State Specialist for Community Health, Kentucky State University


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