Around The South
March 2013 Vol. 9, No. 3
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Farewell and Thank You

This is the last newsletter that will be released in my role as director of the SRDC. I am departing the Center at the end of the month and will start in my new job at Purdue University on April 1. I want to thank all of you I worked with personally, or those I have met by phone or email, for the support you have given the Center and me over the course of my career at Mississippi State University. Many of you have worked tirelessly with the SRDC staff to advance community development research and Extension programs in the South. I can attest to the fact that our collective efforts have left an imprint on the work of many of our land-grant colleagues and partners across the nation. Please help us keep the important work of the SRDC going strong. Despite the fiscal challenges facing many of our land-grant schools, there is no better time than now to invest in the synergistic work that the Center brings to fruition in the South and beyond on a consistent and high quality manner. Linking the talents of our land-grant colleagues and external partners is what the Center does best – something that we desperately need in times of federal cut-backs and state funding challenges. Best wishes to all of you, and please feel free to send me an email at ljb@purdue.edu. Take care and thank you for the opportunity to serve as SRDC director for nearly 16 years.

Bo Beaulieu

Nominations for 2013 Bonnie Teater Community Development Award due April 1

This year's Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award will honor an administrator, specialist or agent in the Southern Region who has achieved great things in Extension community development with less than 10 years on the job. Named in honor of Ms. Teater, an SRDC staff member for more than 30 years, the award comes with a $500 stipend. Nomination deadline is Monday, April 1, 2013.
Get the details.

Deadline nearing for RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies research grant proposals

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC, in partnership with USDA Economic Research Service, has released its 2013 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.
Download the RFPs here.

USDA Rural Development release new definition of “rural”

Late last months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report on how it might redefine "rural" for its development programs. Read these recommendations to Congress, as per the 2008 Farm Bill, which could take effect March 28, 2013.
Read the report.

Other Items of Interest

Census: Record 1 in 3 counties now dying off, hit by aging population, weakened local economies

A record number of U.S. counties – more than 1 in 3 – are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere. New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish growth levels since the Great Depression.
Read more.

USDA releases report on the growing importance of food hubs in rural America

The USDA recently released a report, “The Role of Food Hubs in Local Food Marketing,” which provides a comprehensive look at the economic role, challenges and opportunities for food hubs in the nation's growing local food movement. The food hubs are a part of a distribution system designed to move locally produced food into mainstream markets by supplying chains for goods to go from farms to the table efficiently.
View the full report.

Updated state fact sheets available

The Economic Research Service State Fact Sheets provide information on population, income, poverty, food security, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports, for each state in the United States. The State Fact Sheets have been updated with 2007-11 education levels from the American Community Survey; 2011 poverty rates; and 2011 per capita income, earning per job, and number of jobs. Links to county-level data are included when available.
Visit the site.

Conferences and Trainings

Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference

Resilience and Rebuilding for Low Income Communities: Research to Inform Policy and Practice
April 11-12, 2013
Washington, D.C.

2013 National Urban Extension Conference

Urban Extension:Relevant, Reliable, Responsive and Remarkable
May 6-9, 2013
Overland Park, Kansas
Save $50 on early-bird registration through March 31.

Community Development Society Annual Conference

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


Tourism: Building Lasting Relationships
Detroit, Michigan

Job Opportunities

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