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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.
Rural Housing and Economic Development Call for Proposals
NARDeP (National Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Center) seeks proposals for a book chapter and policy brief describing research and/or outreach programs that address problems associated with housing and economic development in rural areas of the United States. Inadequate housing in many rural areas tends to impair opportunities for healthy living and suppresses economic development. We have special interest on work from the disciplines of economics, family and consumer science, planning, sociology or related fields.
Stronger Economies Together Heading into Phase V
Stronger Economies Together (SET) celebrates its fifth year by entering into Phase V. The program is now in place in 30 states with the addition of regions in Iowa and North Dakota. Phase V also includes regions located in Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Virginia.
SET is an initiative that enables communities in rural America to work together to develop an economic development blueprint that strategically builds on the current and emerging strengths of their region. Launched in 2010 by USDA Rural Development and the nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers and their land-grant university partners, SET has provided the specialized training and technical assistance to help rural areas compete in the global job market by pooling their resources across county boundaries.
Creating Opportunity and Prosperity through Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections
From the National Association of Development Organizations
Metropolitan and rural America are highly connected and interdependent. To succeed, metropolitan America needs a healthy and sustainable rural economy and culture, and in turn rural America needs vibrant, well-functioning cities and suburbs to thrive and flourish. Yet, the prevailing national narrative pits urban versus rural for investments and public resources. A new issue brief from the NADO Research Foundation describes some ways in which regional development organizations and other regional entities are recognizing the importance of connecting rural regions and urban centers.
Why Some Return Home to Rural America and Why It Matters
Continued population loss in rural communities is caused as much by low in-migration as by high out-migration; in remote rural communities lacking natural amenities, return migrants make up a large share of total in-migration. Return migrants potentially play a critical role in rural areas in slowing population loss, rejuvenating the population base, and generating jobs.
SRDC Partnering with University of Kentucky and RCPNC Announce Funding Opportunity for Organizations Interested in Child Nutrition Programs
In partnership with the Southern Rural Development Center, the Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center (RCPNC) at the University of Kentucky is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for organizations interested in improving the coordination of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Child Nutrition programs and other nutrition assistance programs. The goal in improving coordination is to increase participation in these programs.Government or non-profit organizations at the state or local (city or county) level located in in 324 persistently poor counties in 15 states may apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding. Special consideration will be given to areas with large Native American populations and Tribal districts. A list of eligible counties is at www.rcpnc.org.
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.
USDA Announces Available Funding for Farm Bill Broadband Loan Program
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of loans to build broadband in rural areas, along with changes to the program required by the 2014 Farm Bill.
"USDA is committed to providing broadband to rural areas," Vilsack said. "Broadband is as vital as electricity was 80 years ago. Since 2009, USDA investments have delivered broadband service to 1.5 million households, businesses, schools, libraries and community facilities. But our work is not done. With program improvements and available funding made possible by the Farm Bill, we can continue our work to make broadband more accessible to those who live and work in rural areas."
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Workforce & Community Development Extension Specialist
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) at Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Workforce and Community Development Extension Specialist. The position is a member of the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) and reports to the ECDI Director. ECDI is a joint initiative of ACES and Auburn University (AU) Outreach. The position has statewide responsibility to provide workforce and community development programs to Alabama residents. The specialist is an effective leader and team player who will integrate programming objectives with current Extension and ECDI personnel and who will foster team collaborations.
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Area Agriculture Economics Specialist
This position is located in Stephens County, Duncan, Oklahoma and serves the SW Extension District. Provides educational leadership to county, district, and statewide OCES programs in the area of agricultural economics. The area specialist plays a critical role in interdisciplinary teams to develop the objective and comprehensive information needed by agricultural producers, natural resource owners, and agribusiness owners to make decisions to help improve agricultural income, sustainability, and the rural economy. This position participates as a cohesive team member with other area specialists, state specialists, county educators, and district staff. A resume, a cover letter (which includes interests and background) and a list of three references with addresses and email addresses are required to complete the application process. In addition, official transcripts, with year terminal degree granted, are required and may be scanned and attached or mailed to: 235 Ag Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078, attention Amy Phipps. Ref ID req499.
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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.
Extension as Urban Policy Advisors Workshop: Sacramento, CA
December 1-2, 2015
This workshop is geared for Cooperative Extension professionals working in metropolitan communities to learn about why working at the policy level is important (relative to direct education programming); understanding how governmental systems are organized, what makes good policy, how to use science in policy development, local examples of policy development and hands-on exercises. The Extension as Urban Policy Advisors workshop will precede the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL: HTTP://NUELACTION.ORG) network meeting, Dec 2-5, 2015 also in Sacramento, CA.
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Extension Climate Science Conference: Bozeman, Montana
December 8-10, 2015
The 2015 Extension Climate Science Conference will be December 8-10, 2015 in Bozeman, MT at the Montana State University Student Union Building (SUB). You'll learn about: Climate Science Basics, Montana and Regional Climate Trends, Stakeholder Perspectives, Tools and Resources for Extension Programming, Effective Communication Techniques, and Program-focused Discussions and Opportunities to Collaborate. Please join out list for updates: email@example.comRead more »
New Partners for Smart Growth: Portland, Oregon
February 11-13, 2016
The New Partners Conference is heading back to the West Coast – Portland – after stops in America’s Heartland, the Rockies and the Chesapeake Bay over the past three years. The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for New Partners 2016 is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities, “underscoring this year’s stronger emphasis on implementation. The program will feature tools, strategies, focused training and new technologies that will help communities NOW.Read more »
12th Annual Tri-State Diversity Conference : Hebron, KY
February 18 – 19, 2016
The Tri-State Diversity Conference is hosted by four land grant universities from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is designed for administrators, faculty, and staff from Cooperative Extension, research, and academic programs; private and public university representatives; K-12 educators; community outreach leaders; health and social services professionals; employers and supervisors; human resource staff; elected and appointed officials; and all others wanting to expand diversity efforts and increase cultural understanding in their communities and workplaces.
Proposals for presentations are being invited for the 2016 conference on best practices, curriculum models, research, professional development training, and success stories for implementing diversity initiatives in a variety of settings as it relates to this year’s conference theme, “A Healthy Perspective on Diversity-Progress, Partnerships, and Possibilities.” The Planning Sub-Committee is seeking proposals for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of diversity learning. These proposals are peer-reviewed and you will be notified by August 1, 2015 if your presentation has been selected for presentation at the 2016 conference.Read more »
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!
Why Local Food MattersSeptember 10th, 2015, 10 a.m.
This webinar will provide an overview of what we know about changing consumer demand, some of the drivers behind these changes in demand, and how USDA Ag Marketing Services Local Food Research and Development Division is trying to help farmers and food marketers take advantage of the recent surge in local food demand through grant assistance, primary data collection, applied research on emerging business models, technical assistance, and market facility design.
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Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and CareAugust 18, 2015, 1 p.m
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No Safety, No Health: A Conversation About Race, Place and Preventing ViolenceAugust 18, 2015, 1 p.m.
Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health DisparitiesSeptember 1, 2015, 1 p.m.
Skillful Facilitation in Natural ResourcesJune 16, 2015, 1 p.m.
Naming and Addressing Racism: A PrimerRead more »
Community Health Needs Assessments in Rural Communities using Principles of Community Based Participatory ResearchJune 9, 2015
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Strategies for Developing Successful CRED Extension Programs: Perspectives of a Program LeaderJune 15, 2015
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