Around The South
June 2014 Vol. 10, No. 5
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Extension has a 100-Year History Working on Water Issues

Water is the key to life and also a recourse that must be properly stewarded. Only 1.3 percent of water in the world has the potential to be useful for people and ecosystems in our ground and surface waters. The role of Extension in water sustainability issues is many-fold. Indeed, Extension has been working in these issues since its inception, as water is integral to agricultural production and quality.
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Nearly two-thirds of rural U.S. counties have lost population since 2010

New regional patterns of growth and decline emerged in recent years. Areas of population decline appeared for the first time in the eastern United States. In the Mountain West, population growth also slowed considerably, and in some cases turned negative. In contrast, an energy boom has spurred population growth in sections of the northern Great Plains that had previously experienced long-term population declines
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The Sustainability Revolution

We are in the middle of the most profound social transformation of our time, the sustainability revolution. Sustainability is often confused with only ecological concerns, but sustainability values represent the broadest context of issues. We have to know where Cooperative Extension fits into this picture. Extension has ingrained cultural values which can greatly benefit our sustainability outreach efforts. We have an established presence in most areas of the United States which has always made a positive difference.
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Conferences and Trainings

NACDEP 2014 - The Art of Reinvention

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals
June 22-25, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI

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Community Development Society 2014 Conference

Keynote speaker Chad Predgracke. Pregracke organizes community cleanups across the country through his non-profit, Living Lands & Waters.
July 20 – 23, 2014
Dubuque, Iowa

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Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting

Equity, Democracy, and the Commons: Counter-narratives for Rural Transformation
July 30 - August 3, 2014
New Orleans, LA

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Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor – Nonprofit Leadership and Management in Rural and Urban Communities

The University of Florida is offering a 12-month tenure-accruing position in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, assigned 65% Extension and 35% research. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.
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Program Director, V.G. Young Institute of County Government

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is pleased to announce the opening for the position of Director, V.G. Young Institute of County Government. A Masters Degree in Education, Public Administration, Political Science, or related field is required. Doctorate Degree in Education, Public Administration, Political Science, or related field is preferred
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Grant Connections

Funding Available for Advanced Communications in Rural Areas

USDA is accepting applications for grants to enhance telecommunications and broadcast services in rural areas.
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Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects

OCS seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities
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WEBINARS SERIES

Peaks and Pitfalls of Extension Scholarship in an Online World

July 14, 2014
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Small Steps to Health and Wealth

July 29, 2014
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Archived Webinars

How to Run Meetings that Don’t Leave Introverts Out

May 6, 2014

Blogging for Food

February 13, 2014

Crafting A Consistent Marketing Message!

January 9, 2014


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Job announcements and other items of interest may be sent to Rachel Welborn for possible inclusion in future issues.


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