Around The South
November 2014 Vol. 10, No. 9
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program

This program represents an exciting opportunity for Extension in the Southern region to provide leadership in developing the program and providing program support to farmers and other groups in rural and urban areas that are seeking to better connect consumers and producers through local food markets. It is also an exciting opportunity for farmers, farmer organizations, and related eligible groups to receive grant writing support and technical assistance in this program.
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Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development.

A newly updated publication, Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development, is a one-stop guide to find the details about federal programs and how to apply for them. The publication provides a description along with eligibility and application requirements for each of nearly 70 individual programs. They range from grants and loans to technical assistance and informational resources. Federal programs can be a helping hand for people who want to develop innovative, sustainable, enterprises in agriculture and forestry.
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Rural America at a Glance, 2014 Edition

While urban employment now exceeds pre-recession levels, rural employment remains well below its 2007 peak. Median income in real terms has fallen in both rural and urban areas since 2007, with the drop in rural incomes slightly greater. The total rural population has declined slightly for several years, as slowing natural population growth fails to offset net migration away from rural areas; this is the first time rural population declined since data became available in 1950 that could detect such a trend.
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New Partners for Smart Growth Conference – Pre Conference Workshops

January 29 - 31, 2015

A significant factor in this event’s tremendous success is its appeal to so many different disciplines. The conference will draw a national audience of local elected officials and city and county staff; state and federal agency leaders; professionals in planning, transportation, public health, landscape architecture, architecture, public works, parks and recreation, and crime prevention; realtors, developers, builders and bankers; advocates for equity and environmental justice, youth, older adults, and walking and biking; labor representatives; school leaders and staff; environmentalists; and all others committed to building safer, healthier and more livable communities everywhere. Early Bird rates will be available from October 6 – November 10. Regular rates will apply from November 12 through the January 5 registration deadline.
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Conferences and Trainings

Farm to Table Conference 2014 “Nutrition, Health, and Sustainability from the Ground Up!”

December 2–4, 2014

What is unique about this year’s conference? This year we are trying to go more in-depth on the topic of soil health and biology. Dr. Ingham of Soil Food Web will help “demystify” soil biology and explain the many ways promoting soil life can increase soil productivity and agricultural profitability. Dr. Ingham is the primary author of the excellent Soil Biology Primer, and is world-famous for providing information that is both technically rigorous and highly practical.
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Joint Council of Extension Professionals Leadership Conference 2015

11-12 February 2015

This year our nationally known keynote speaker is, David Horsager. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a producer, professor, business strategist and National Best-Selling author of The Trust Edge.
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2014 National Rural Housing Conference

2-5 December 2014

At the National Rural Housing Conference 2014 – the rural affordable housing industry’s most valuable educational and networking experience – more than 700 industry experts will share insights on how to retool our collective talents, rebuild the innovative spirit that got us where we are, and renew our passion for the mission that guides us.
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Job Opportunities

Associate Dean for Extension and Professor - State Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development, Families and Communities

Deadline: 12/04/14

The University of Florida is hiring an Associate Dean and Professor that has shown an outstanding performance record in previous employment and a demonstrated commitment to the Extension philosophy and mission. For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by December 4, 2014. The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined, and nominations are welcomed.


Qualifications: A PhD in a field relevant to 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences or Community Development areas (foreign equivalent acceptable). The successful candidate must have a proven record of Extension leadership and must be eligible for tenure at the full professor rank in his/her appropriate academic department.
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Community Development Extension Associate

Deadline: 12/03/2014

The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) seeks a highly qualified individual to join our leadership team as an extension associate. CEDIK is a unit in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment with faculty and staff in several academic departments. Work responsibilities will include direct assistance with community facilitation and training efforts, as well as assisting with the development and implementation of trainings for Extension and other professionals.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Community and Leadership Development, Sociology, or related degree from a 4 year institution of higher learning is preferred. Must have experience in Micro Soft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Must be organized, able to prioritize work, and work on multiple projects simultaneously. Must work well as a team player, and perform well under deadlines.
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Economic Development Extension Associate

Deadline: 12/03/2014

The Community Development Extension Associate will work closely with the CEDIK leadership team to expand the reach of program specialists and Extension community development across the Commonwealth by expanding on existing extension programming, as well as assessing and responding to emerging community development needs and opportunities.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Community and Leadership Development, Sociology, or related degree from a 4 year institution of higher learning is preferred. Must have experience in Micro Soft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Must be organized, able to prioritize work, and work on multiple projects simultaneously. Must work well as a team player, and perform well under deadlines.
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Grant Connections

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Deadline: 12/15/2014

To increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The program will test strategies that could contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants that would inform future efforts, and develop effective and efficient benefit redemption technologies
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WEBINARS SERIES

Youth Programs That Create Impact

December 1, 2014
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Working Families + Tax Credits = Increased Economic Opportunity: What Cooperative Extension Professionals Need to Know About Tax Time (Including the ACA Premium Tax Credit)

December 3, 2014
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Work for Extension?: What Librarians Can Do for You

December 11, 2014
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Financial Recovery After Disaster: Family Financial Toolkit Videos

December 16 at 10:00 am CST, 2014
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Heart of the Farm – Why Women’s Unique Family and Farm Business Roles Matter

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Archived Webinars

Webinar: HEARTH Act

October 30, 2014

Keeping Your Financial Records Secure

October 30, 2014

How to Use Images in Social Media Activities to Increase Engagement and Outreach

November 5, 2014

How to select the best imagery for your remote sensing project

November 6, 2014

CAPE Project: Technology-Assisted Care Interventions – Enhancing Treatment and Recovery Support Services, with Nancy Roget.

November 10, 2014


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