Around The South
October 2012 Vol. 8, No. 10
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

RIDGE Center awards 2012 grants for food and nutrition assistance research

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC, in partnership with the Economic Research Service, is pleased to announce the 2012 slate of three doctoral dissertation grantees and four regular competitive grants program recipients. These innovative social sciences-based research projects exploring the food and nutrition assistance challenges facing key populations in rural America are slated to be completed fall 2013. See the list of awards.

SRDC board and TOAC meet this month

The Southern Rural Development Center's Board of Directors and Technical and Operational Advisory Committee (TOAC) will come together on October 23-25 in Frankfort, Ky., to take part in its annual meeting. TOAC will review the past activities of the Center and will work in partnership with the staff to develop a new plan of work for the coming year. The Board will examine the fiscal health of the Center and formally approve its 2013 budget and work plan. Both committees are constituted of representatives from region's 1862 and 1980 land-grant institutions and private/philanthropic organization leaders. The SRDC is grateful for the support and commitment of the Board and TOAC members to the ongoing work of the Center.

Free webinar focuses on social media skills

The upcoming eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar, "How Social Networking Can Promote Local Economies," is set for Thursday, November 8. Led by Casey Hoy, professor and Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management at The Ohio State University, the webinar will showcase tools that can help small business owners market their products. View the article here.

Other Items of Interest

More than 16 million American children in poverty in 2011

According to the American Community Survey data released in September, the overall child poverty rate rose slightly last year from 21.6 to 22.5 percent. In 2011, the South remained home to the greatest number (6.9 million) and the greatest percentage (25.1 percent) of poor children. A new Carsey Institute report also explores young child poverty and deep poverty, based on the latest data. Find out more.

Top rural critical access hospitals announced

The National Rural Health Association recently announced the 59 best critical access hospitals in the country based on financial stability, quality and a "patient perspective index." See the complete lists.

Community Development Society conference to focus on regionalism

Save the date for the 2013 Community Development Society annual meeting as it comes to the Southern region July 20-24, 2013. The conference will be held at the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C., with the theme, "Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation Through Regional Collaboration." Get more details.

Conferences and Trainings

WEBINAR: How Social Networking Can Promote Local Economies

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Casey Hoy, professor and Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management at The Ohio State University
Agriculture in its many forms still accounts for approximately one-third of the Ohio economy. Healthy agroecosystems, however, require a number of connections, or reconnections, of farms with: people and communities, economic opportunities, biodiversity, healthy soils. Through various grants, the Agroecosystems Management Program of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center is developing social networking tools to build local economies starting with food systems but also the advanced energy and renewable bioproducts that come from agriculture. This free presentation will describe the work in connecting entrepreneurs along supply chains leading to collaborative business networks that improve agroecosystem health.

Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC)

70 Years of Partnership and Struggle for Agricultural & Rural Development in the Southern Region, Nation, and World
December 2-4, 2012
Tuskegee University, Alabama
Download Call for Papers (Abstract due Oct. 20)

WEBINAR: Best Practices in Food Safety for Processors

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Londa Nwadike, UVM Extension Food Safety Specialist
Explore common regulatory issues and safe food handling requirements. Geared to new producers and those considering a food processing business, this free presentation will provide information on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), which are the basic sanitary and processing requirements necessary to ensure the production of safe and wholesome food. They are a key pre-requisite for HACCP programs and are essential to meeting FDA and USDA food safety requirements.

Southern SAWG Conference

Practical Tools & Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms
January 23-26, 2013
Little Rock, Arkansas

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

New Partner for Smart Growth Conference

Building Safe, Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Communities
Feb. 7-9, 2013
Kansas City, Missouri

9th Annual Tri-State Diversity Conference

Bridges to Cultural Inclusion
February 21-22, 2013
Hebron, Kentucky

Community Development Society Annual Conference

Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation through Regional Collaboration
July 21-24, 2013
Charleston, South Carolina

Job Opportunities

Assistant to the Director of Extension, Mississippi State University

View announcement for posting number 6890

Associate or Full Professor of Demography, University of Texas at San Antonio

Download information

State Specialist for Community Health, Kentucky State University


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