Around The South
February 2015 Vol. 11, No. 2
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC in Search for a New Director

The search for a Director for the Southern Rural Development Center continues. This is a 12-month, tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics. The faculty member in this position serves as Director of the Southern Rural Development Center. As one of four regional centers, the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) works with 13 Southern states, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands to initiate, foster, and facilitate regional research and education efforts that contribute to an increased quality of life for residents of the Southern region. The SRDC is partially federally funded and hosted by Mississippi State University.
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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 2015. 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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SRDC Partnering with University of Vermont on Research on Health Insurance and Economic Development in the Agriculture Sector

The University of Vermont was awarded a four-year, $500,000 USDA Rural Communities and Regional Development grant to investigate how health insurance options and health care reforms impact the farm and ranch population in the United States. This grant is part of a $14 million USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture initiative to increase prosperity in rural America. Through research led by the University of Vermont with help from SRDC, and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the study will focus on promoting rural community development, economic growth, and sustainability.
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Intelligent Community Institute Call for Proposals

This call for proposals is intended to produce a series of white papers that either conduct research relevant to rural areas and the digital age or document rural case studies. One (1) white paper will be funded for each of the following topics: Agriculture (including precision ag), Local government/Civic Engagement (including use of Big Data), Economic Development (including use of Big Data), Education (including workforce development), Healthcare (including telehealth, telemedicine). Although the white paper(s) should be targeted for non-academic audiences, the process will be subject to academic peer-review standards (see deliverables below). White papers will be posted on the Institute’s website and disseminated via ICF’s international network. Mississippi State University is one of the sponsors helping Intelligent Community Institute with this research.
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Grant Connections

USDA Announces More Than $160 Million Available in Funding for Food and Agriculture Research, Education, and Extension

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $160 million in funding for research, education, and extension projects that address key challenges affecting U.S. agriculture production. NIFA will fund the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).
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USDA Announces $9 Million to Support Community Food Projects Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $9 million in funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems. NIFA is funding the grants through the Community Food Projects program (CFP), authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill).
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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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SET Multi-State Conferences

March 23-24, 2015 in Roanoke, VA and April 27-28, 2015 in Oklahoma City, OK

Since its inception, over 50 regions in 28 states have walked through the steps of regional planning using the Stronger Economies Together (SET) process. This year, regional teams and coaches are invited to come together to learn from each other’s work, navigate paths through common challenges, and explore new opportunities. A half-day pre-session is offered to SET coaches to provide time for sharing, skill-building, and networking together. Then a full-day of engaging workshops and interactive sessions designed for regional teams arm participants with new skills, tools, and connections to strengthen their regional work..

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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 sessions, and poster sessions.
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National Association of Community Development Externsion Professionals

May 17 – 20, 2015

Registration for the 2015 NACDEP conference is now open! Be sure to register by April 17. for the early bird pricing.

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2015 National Value Added Agriculture Conference

May 18 – 20, 2015 Austin, TX

The 17th Annual National Value Added Agriculture Conference will feature current issues that impact the value added of food and agricultural systems, food security, and rural development. The recent farm bill, food waste, labor issues, functional foods, technology and big data, the adaptability and resilience of the food and agricultural system in the new century are among the topics to be discussed toward the goal of designing and building a sustainable regional food network and agricultural systems. Hosted by: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University
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Shaping the Future: Leadership for Inclusive Communities: Kansas City, MO

June 10 – 12, 2015

Cambio de Colores is a multistate conference about integration of immigrants in new destinations in the Midwest. It is a professional development opportunity that engages practitioners, researchers, and those working with immigrant communities in sharing experiences and knowledge that facilitate the integration of immigrants in new settlement areas.

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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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