Around The South
April 2015 Vol. 11, No. 4
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC Partners With University of Kentucky to Establish National Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center through USDA Grant

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and University of Kentucky officials announced the establishment of the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The center will use cutting-edge solutions in child nutrition to reduce child food insecurity in states with the highest number of persistently poor rural counties. Currently, about 85 percent of all persistently poor counties in the United States are in rural areas, and children are one of the most vulnerable groups living in rural areas.                                   
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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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Latinos in the New South:  Inclusive Research & Extension Programming
October 5-7, 2015 | Nashville, TN

Join colleagues from the South for a dynamic conference focused on building partnerships, addressing challenges, sharing resources and research, and engaging the Latino community!
About the Conference: SERA-37, the Latinos in the New South coalition, seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Southern region’s land-grand institutions and other partners to address critical, contemporary issues in response to the growing Hispanic/Latino population in the South.
Proposal Submission deadline: June 1 submit your presentation, poster, or workshop proposal using the attached form to: Lupita Fabregas at lupita.fabregas@okstate.edu. See below for complete instructions.

ERS has developed ZIP-code-level Frontier and Remote Area (FAR) Codes

To assist in providing policy-relevant information about conditions in sparsely-settled, remote areas of the U.S. to public officials, researchers, and the general public, ERS has developed ZIP-code-level frontier and remote area (FAR) codes. The aim is not to provide a single definition, but to meet the demand for a delineation that is both geographically detailed and adjustable with reasonable ranges, in order to be usefully applied in diverse research and policy contexts. This updated set of codes, based on urban-rural data from the 2010 decennial census, provides four FAR definition levels, ranging from one that is relatively inclusive (12.2 million FAR level one residents) to one that is more restrictive (2.3 million FAR level four residents).
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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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Job Opportunities

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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Assistant Director for 4-H Programs

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) (www.aces.edu) at Auburn University is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Director for 4-H Programs. This 12-month administrative position will be located at Auburn University and fit within the organizational structure of ACES. The Assistant Director position reports directly to the ACES Associate Director. The position is classified as an Extension Specialist with an ACES administrative appointment. Tenure and faculty status may be granted by the appropriate Auburn University College depending upon the applicant’s scholarship record. The Assistant Director will be an active member of the ACES System Program Team.
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Extension Journal, Inc. Seeks Proposals for Editorial Oversight

Extension Journal, Inc. seeks proposals for editorial oversight and practices for publication of the corporation’s flagship product, the Journal of Extension. The Journal of Extension (JOE) creates opportunities for professionals and students to publish intellectual, creative work; nurtures and develops emerging scholars and new authors in the publication process; encourages professional development; and advances the theory and practice of the Cooperative Extension System. Request for Proposals Due: May 31, 2015
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National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) Conference

May 17 – 20, 2015

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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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Community Development Society 2015 Conference: Lexington, KY

July 19 – 22, 2015

The Community Development Society has a history of encouraging community transformation through creativity and imagination. The CDS conference provides an excellent environment for community developers to share experiences, research, and strategies through a vast array of events including preconference workshops, panel sessions, keynote speakers, mobile learning workshops, poster sessions, networking receptions and presentations. Elements of creative expression will be infused throughout the 2015 CDS conference to highlight the conference theme. Registration opens in May!

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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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Extension Sustainability Summit 2016: Portland, OR

April 5 – 7, 2016

Held for the first time in 2013, this popular event promises an exciting two-day Summit addressing sustainability and Cooperative Extension's outreach activities and opportunities. Plus field trips! And all the local foods and sustainably-created fun the Rose City has to offer!

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Grow your Business – Online Presence Strategies

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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