Around The South
September 2015 Vol. 11, No. 8
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

South Region CRD Webinar Series Launches with YELP on October 16th

The Southern Region is planning a yearlong webinar series to showcase Community & Resource Development (CRD) programs across the region. The first of these scheduled for October 16th at 10:00 a.m. Central/11:00 Eastern, the Youth Engagement Leadership Program (YELP) is a Kentucky youth leadership program that builds partnerships with local Cooperative Extension agents, the local school district, elected officials and the business community. The program began in 2013 as a pilot project with Appalachian Regional Commission and has now expanded to 5 counties as of August 2015 with 5 additional counties scheduled to being in the fall of 2016. The program takes place during the school year and includes 6 modules: Leadership Essentials & Service Learning, Local and State Government, Cultural Amenities, Health & community, Agriculture and Food Security, and Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development. The program concludes with group presentations on ideas to stimulate the economic growth and improve the quality of life in their community. Join the webinar to learn more. “If adults only knew what we were capable of, they would see we have a lot to offer.” - Pashley Griffith                                    
Webinar Link | Learn More About YELP

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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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.                                   
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Grant Connections

Building Healthy Communities in the South & Appalachia – Call for Proposals

The Health Impact Project will award seven grants of up to $45,000 to help communities identify their most pressing health equity challenges and the factors outside of the health care sector that help drive them (for example, housing or education). Grantees will develop outcome-based goals and a clear, community-driven plan of action to improve health equity. Grants are available in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Applicants from outside of the public health sector are encouraged to apply, and experience conducting health impact assessments is not required. An informational webinar is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Sept. 30, 2015.                      
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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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Job Opportunities

Community & Economic Development Field Specialist

The role of the Field Specialist will be to provide educational outreach, technical assistance, and project implementation support that builds community and regional leaders' capacity to implement effective strategies to grow and sustain the economy and strengthen communities. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, economic development, business retention and expansion, regional collaboration, and stakeholder engagement to enhance implementation of community and regional projects and plans. Specific job functions will include: Provide community development, planning, and economic development technical assistance and support to communities, businesses, and organizations in the region, support the Regional Planning Commission in a process to engage stakeholders in updating the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), support Sullivan County in helping the regional health council's plan and implement actions focused on community health and well-being, support regional efforts to foster workforce development (the posting ID number for this position with UNH is 0903185).
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Dean & Director Job Opening in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The University of Georgia invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean and Director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Dean and Director serves as the chief academic officer of the College and the director of both Cooperative Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Stations. This individual is responsible for all instruction, research, and extension programs, and has full budget authority over the financial affairs of the College, including the Experiment Stations and Extension statewide. The Dean is also the College’s liaison with commodity and constituent groups across the state.
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Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Oklahoma State University

The department is searching for an outstanding scholar and teacher with a focus in Sustainability or Coupled Human-Natural Systems using Quantitative Methods/Modeling, Geographic Information Systems, and/or Remote Sensing. Specialties in energy, agriculture, water resources, or climate variability are preferred. Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses and to secure external funding would be an advantage. The successful candidate will teach courses that involve geospatial technologies and will be expected to develop an excellent instruction program and a research agenda that supports these specializations and the outreach/land grant mission of the university. This position offers an attractive start-up package and supports a National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant by providing applied research and educational programs that integrate geography, sociology, agriculturalenvironmental-resource economics, and ecology in a team environment that includes collaborators at the University of Oklahoma, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and the University of Tulsa.
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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.

Learn More About The Conference.
Learn More About Call for Proposals.

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: extensionclimatescience@montana.edu

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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.

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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.

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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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2016 National Health Outreach Conference: Roanoke, VA

April 5 – 7, 2016

Health literacy is emerging as a leading issue affecting U.S. consumers' health. It has been shown to be a stronger predictor of a person's health than age, income, employment status, education level, or race. To best meet the health literacy needs of consumers, Extension educators can use best practice guidelines for improved health communications to develop effective educational materials, which include getting to know the target audience; sending clear, actionable message(s); and using appropriate formatting with meaningful visuals. Extension educators can apply these best practice guidelines to better promote health-related behaviors and communicate science more effectively to consumers. Proposal deadline October 16, 2015.

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South Region CRD Webinar Series – YELP

October 16th, 2015, 10 a.m. Central/ 11am Eastern
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Why Hackers Love Your Small Business

October 2nd, 2015, 11:15 a.m. Central/ 12:15pm Eastern
Here’s the link to the Google+ Event
Here’s the link to the YouTube page


Why Local Food Matters

September 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 Care

August 18, 2015, 1 p.m
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Naming and Addressing Racism: A Primer

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Community Health Needs Assessments in Rural Communities using Principles of Community Based Participatory Research

June 9, 2015
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Strategies for Developing Successful CRED Extension Programs: Perspectives of a Program Leader

June 15, 2015
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