Around The South
January 2015 Vol. 11, No. 1
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC Partnering on National Project to Support Local Foods

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced a partnership through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project to conduct workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program.

The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized the Farmers Market Promotion Program to fund farmer-to-consumer direct marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism.
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Bonnie Teater Award Nominations Due April 1

The Southern Rural Development Center is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award for 2014. This award honors the work of a "rising star" who has already achieved great things in his/her early career in community development.
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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 various areas: 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

Community Behavioral Health Early Warning System -Index Partner Communities - Call for Proposals 2015

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Regional Rural Development Centers are partnering to implement a national program of early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness). Increasing behavioral health issues impose costs on communities via treatment, law enforcement, and long-term impacts on individual and family productivity. The incidence of these issues and how they are expressed varies by place and across time, so local monitoring and intervention techniques are important.       
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Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

18 million in funding to help educate, mentor and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers is available through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). Proposals are due March 13, 2015. A general overview webinar is scheduled February 11, 2015 and a veteran-specific webinar is set for Feb 17, 2015 (time TBD).   
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Small Business Administration Veteran Business Outreach Center Program Grant

Febuary 17, 2015

The purpose of this Program Announcement is to invite proposals from Public and Private organizations/institutions in all SBA Regions to provide counseling, training, technical and financial skill development, comprehensive business assessments and mentoring to veteran, service disabled veteran, active duty, Reserve, Guard, and military spouse/survivor entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in starting new or expanding/diversifying established small businesses. This Program Announcement is subject to the availability of funding. Proposals responding to this Program Announcement must be posted to www.grants.gov by 11:59 pm on February 17, 2015. No other submission will be permitted. Proposals after the stipulated deadline will be rejected without being evaluated.
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ArtPlace America is investing $18M in community planning and Development Organizations

March 12, 2015

ArtPlace is accepting applications for its Community Development Investments - a new grant program offering $18million to place-based NGOs with a primary mission of community planning and development.  The program combines financial resources with advice from national experts to help organizations sustainably incorporate arts and cultural strategies into their work.  Applications are due on March 12th

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Job Oppertunities

Assistant Dean for Extension and Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

The College of Human Sciences (CHS) at Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) are seeking applications for the position of Assistant Dean for Extension and Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Programs.  This 12-month, tenure-track position aligns the visions and directions of the CHS and ACES.  The successful candidate will implement leadership that enhances collaborative research and programming among ACES, academic programs, and allied programs.  Review of applications begins March 2, 2015.

Qualifications:  A PhD degree in Family Consumer Sciences or closely related field required.

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Economic Development Specialist at Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development

Specialist will design and implement projects addressing economic and community development needs across Virginia on subjects such as research commercialization, manufacturing extension, distributed research centers, strategic innovation partnerships, asset-based development, entrepreneurship, and strategic planning. Qualifications: Experience with applied research or technical assistance projects in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting. Experience with research and practice grounded in economic concepts and their application. Possess exemplary communication and analytical skills. Demonstrate capacity as a highly organized, creative, entrepreneurial self-starter, capable of contributing to a team. Advanced degree in planning, public administration, business, economics or a related field, completed by June 1, 2015.
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Calculating What to Save for Retirement

February 3, 2015
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February 11, 2015
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Easy as PIE Webinar Series: January—Public opinion of genetically modified food

January 28, 2015
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Marketing Your Products - Turning Samples into Sales

January 20, 2015
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Developing a Personal Asset Allocation Strategy

January 13, 2015
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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, 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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