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

SRDC Items of Interest

Phase V of SET Launching in January 2015

Stronger Economies Together, a partnership between Cooperative Extension Service, USDA RD, the four Regional Rural Development Centers, NIFA, and Purdue Center for Regional Development, is launching Phase V. SET V is taking a brand new approach based on an extensive review of the program. Significant improvements to engage participants has been made; a civic engagement module added which will increase stakeholder involvement and buy-in; and a more streamlined approach which reduces the number of modules and gives greater flexibility to adapt to the capacity of that region. Most importantly, significant time will be devoted to launching the plan into implementation.
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Local Food, Local Places: Bringing Expertise and Creative Thinking to Community Economic Development

Around the country, communities are seeking creative approaches to integrating entrepreneurship, environmental management, public health, and other place-based considerations into successful economic planning. Local food development can be one strategy. The White House Rural Council and six federal agencies have selected 26 communities to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing direct technical support and expertise to community partners integrating local food systems into regional economic action plans.
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Understanding Communities - Online course offers tools for community development

January 15, 2015

Would you like to understand how communities work? Are you curious about why good ideas sometimes fall flat? Do you watch groups struggle to make decisions without adequate data? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions we invite you to register now for Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics. The seven-week series begins January 15, 2015 and concludes February 26, 2015. Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics including demographics, economic development, strategic planning and power structures. Sign up early before December 19, 2014.
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New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

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. January 5, 2015 is registration deadline.
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Conferences and Trainings

Joint Council of Extension Professionals Leadership Conference 2015

February 11–12, 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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National Extension Energy Summit 2015

April 7 – 10, 2015

The National Extension Energy Summit (NEES) 2015 is an opportunity for Extension professionals to share experiences and information, learn from successes and challenges, and build new partnerships for energy programs. The Summit will bring together expertise from Extension supporting: sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency, biomass energy programs, and other exciting energy area.
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National Urban Extension Conference 2015

May 4 – 7, 2015

Extension professionals who work in urban/suburban communities are the target audience for this conference. We also welcome extension partners from collaborating agencies and organizations, extension volunteers, local advisory board members, and others with an interest in urban extension programs. Join us for presentations and workshops as your colleagues share their knowledge and experience with you. There will be 60 minute workshops, 30 minute road runner sessions with similar goals being paired together for 60 minute session, and poster sessions.
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Grant Connections

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

December 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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Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Funding Opportunity Announcement USDA, DOE

February 23, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science hereby announce their interest in receiving applications for genomics- based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of fuels such as ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks. Research is sought on bioenergy plants with improved resistance/tolerance to disease and disease complexes. Research to overcome these biological barriers to the low-cost, high-quality, scalable and sustainable production of bioenergy feedstocks using the tools of genetics and genomics are encouraged.
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WEBINARS SERIES

Developing a Personal Asset Allocation Strategy

January 13, 2015
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Marketing Your Products - Turning Samples into Sales

January 20, 2015
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Easy as PIE Webinar Series: January—Public opinion of genetically modified food

January 28, 2015
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Calculating What to Save for Retirement

February 3, 2015
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Archived Webinars

Youth Programs That Create Impact

December 1, 2014

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

Work for Extension?: What Librarians Can Do for You

December 11, 2014

Financial Recovery After Disaster: Family Financial Toolkit Videos

December 16, 2014

Heart of the Farm – Why Women’s Unique Family and Farm Business Roles Matter

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


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