Around The South
March 2015 Vol. 11, No. 3
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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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 health, 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

RIDGE Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program

This grant program is intended to invest in graduate students attending universities in the U.S. who are pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the research priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. Deadline date for submissions is May 20, 2015
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The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies Grant Program Advancing Social Sciences-Based Research on Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges in Rural America

The purpose of the RIDGE (Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics) Center for Targeted Studies is to invest in innovative social sciences-based research that explores the food and nutrition assistance challenges of rural people and places. The program is interested in a wide array of topics and issues. Proposals that focus on Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, and other racial/ethnic populations, as well as children and low-wealth individuals/households, are strongly encouraged. Deadline date for submissions is May 15, 2015.
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Department of Health and Human Services - CDC and Prevention - Building Capacity of Professional Planners to Address Public Health Goals

CDC’s Healthy Community Design Initiative is part of the National Center for Environmental Health's Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services. The Initiative works to improve public health by: Linking public health surveillance with community design decisions; improving community design decisions through tools such as Health Impact Assessment; Educating decision makers on the health impact of community design; Building partnerships with community design decision makers and their influencers. Proposal due date is May 15, 2015.
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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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Assistant Dean for Extension / ANR Program Leader

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Dean for Extension. This position will also serve as the. Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader. The Cooperative Extension Service outreach activities at the University of Georgia are among the most extensive and successful in the nation, including county operations and programs in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, forest resources and the environment.

Qualifications:  The position is open to candidates who have a terminal degree and who can qualify for the rank of Professor or Senior Public Service Associate. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience and can demonstrate expertise in the development and implementation of successful agricultural extension/outreach programming. The successful candidate must have the ability to interact and communicate effectively in a culturally and ethnically diverse community, work with state leaders and function effectively as a part of the college senior administrative team.
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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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Strategies for Investing in Rural America

Tuesday, April 14 from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Rural America has many competitive economic advantages derived from its unique land, location, resource, and knowledge assets. The 2015 Jon Brandt Public Policy Forum will discuss economic opportunities afforded by the synergies among rural innovation, entrepreneurship, and infrastructure that contribute to more productive rural economies. The Forum will explore choices that can boost the kind of growth in rural America that will support U.S. economic vitality and competitiveness.
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SET Multi-State Conferences

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 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 Extension Professionals (NACDEP) Conference

May 17 – 20, 2015

NACDEP is holding its conference, Building a Rock Solid Future, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Registration for the 2015 NACDEP conference is now open! Be sure to register by April 17. For the early bird pricing. A block of rooms have been reserved for May 16, 2015 - May 20, 2015. The Conference team has negotiated a special room rate that will be available until April 24th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Booking a reservation from our site is simple. To begin the process, click here to "Book a Room" and receive your group's preferred rate.
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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 multi-state 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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2015 National Extension Tourism Conference

October 27-29, 2015

Join us for the 2015 National Extension Tourism Conference: Coast to Coast Tourism Matters in Galveston, Texas at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center. At the conference you will hear from top professionals, participate in interactive tourism presentations and learn about current tourism development best practices. You will meet people from across the nation and learn what extension is doing for local communities and businesses. Field experience tours of local tourism destinations included. The National Extension Tourism (NET) Conference Program Committee invites proposals for the 2015 NET Conference. The committee encourages all proposal submitters to “connect” their work in tourism and recreation development to the conference’s theme Coast to Coast Tourism Matters.

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Grow your Business – Online Presence Strategies

April 9, 2015 & May 14, 2015
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Broadband Inventories and Mapping

March 11, 2015 
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Webinar: HEARTH Act

February 11, 2015                                                                                                                                                                        Learn more.

Calculating What to Save for Retirement

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

January 28, 2015
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The Business of Broadband – Getting Started

January 20, 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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