Around The South
May 2013 Vol. 9, No. 5
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Program Leadership Network Conference Registration Now Open

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 Aug. 19-23 in Nashville. This year’s theme is “Connecting Our Communities: Preparing for the Next 100 Years.” As the Land Grant System celebrates its first 100 years of the Smith-Lever Act, we look forward to what the next century will bring. Advances in technologies, changes in communities, and expanded partnership opportunities are among just a few of the possibilities as we move forward.
Register by July 15 for the early bird discount!.

Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

Social networking sites have grown more important in recent years as a venue for political involvement, learning and debate. Can online engagement lead to offline action? The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project explores how civic engagement has changed in the digital age.
Get the details. .

“Are you a Supermarket Vendor or a Super Market Vendor?” webinar airs June 13

The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series finishes the season with presentations of interest to farmers' market vendors and farmstand owners. A free June 13 webinar, “Are you a Supermarket Vendor or a Super Market Vendor?” will be hosted by with Ginger Myers, UMD Extension Marketing Specialist.
Find out more.

Other Items of Interest

Rural Unemployment Falls, but Jobs Decline

Rural unemployment is down a bit from last year. However, a majority of rural counties actually have fewer jobs now than they did in March 2012. The losses are worst in the nation’s most rural counties.
. Read more in the Daily Yonder story..

USDA Announces New Rules to Fund Broadband Service in Unserved Rural Communities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new rules to better target Community Connect broadband grants to areas where they are needed the most. The United States Department of Agriculture remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
Get the details..

SNAP: New Rules Aim to Expand Access to Farmers’ Markets

The fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods you can find at farmers’ markets are the foundation of sound nutrition so the USDA is working hard to expand access to farmers’ markets for those participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Read more..

Conferences and Trainings


June 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. (ET)
Ginger Myers, UMD Extension Marketing Specialist

While marketing your products at a farmers market is a great way to sell direct to customers and garner instant feedback about your products, it does require you work at providing customers with the best shopping and purchasing experience possible, if you want repeat business. Simply putting your products out and waiting for customers to make their selections and then pay you is the same as shopping at the supermarket. That's called transactional marketing. Instead, provide customers with a great shopping experience anchored by high quality products and you'll become a super market vendor. This is relationship marketing where the customer experiences a value-add connection with you as the producer. This presentation examine the traits of highly successful market vendors including market organization, display techniques, signage, communications at the market and through social media, and the vital customer service techniques used by super market vendors.

12th annual Cambio de Colores conference

Latinos in the Heartland: Positive Steps toward a Pluralist Society
June 12-14, 2013
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Community Development Society Annual Conference

Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation through Regional Collaboration
July 21-24, 2013
Charleston, South Carolina
(Scholarship application deadline is April 30)


Tourism: Building Lasting Relationships
August 6-9, 2013
Detroit, Michigan

Job Opportunities

Program Leader for Community and Agriculture Research Development

West Virginia State University

Senior Associate Dean for Extension and Associate Director (Full Professor)

University of Florida

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