Around The South
November 2016 Vol. 12, No. 10
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SERA 47: Strengthening the Southern Region Extension and Research System to Support Local & Regional Foods Needs and Priorities Launches

With nearly all of the SRDC’s 13 states represented, the newly formed SERA 47 held its first annual meeting to begin work on the five identified goals. With 45 people in attendance, the two day meeting resulted in solid plans to move this important work forward around these goals:

Identify the top 10 pressing issuesin food systems work within the region to direct future Extension and Research activities.

Create learning communitiesaround high-priority needs in the food system in the next three to five years.

Design a user-friendly repositoryof local foods system resources that meet the needs of Extension and Research professionals in the land-grant system.

Strengthen the capacity of research and Extension professionals in the Southern Region for gathering, communicating, and promoting impactdata and analyzing secondary data through identification and sharing of common measures, resources, and tools.

Identify successful processes, collaborative leadership, networking frameworks, creative staffing, and organizational structuresof land-grant universities participating in the development of local and regional food systems.
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Stronger Economies Together Featured in Recent NIFA Blog

As the Stronger Economies Together (SET)program prepares to launch its seventh year, a number of regions are showing marked success in fostering regional economic development partnerships. Launched through a joint partnership of USDA Rural Development, NIFA, the four Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs), the Purdue Center for Regional Developmentand the Cooperative Extension Service, SET is now in over 30 states and nearly 100 regions. With this partnership, regions of three or more neighboring rural counties coordinate to identify their collective economic strengths, develop an action plan and build on those assets to find a competitive edge for economic growth.One example of successthrough the SET program is in Oklahoma where the Drying Canola Project was able to diversify agriculture, produce better crops and will gain an estimated $7.2 million in additional income.
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Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:

Considerations in Managing Oil and Gas Development and Forest Resources

December 15th, 2016 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

Rachel Carter of Mississippi State University will be giving an overview of resources for planning for oil and gas development on forestland. She will also discuss whathas been learned during our outreach work on the topic in Mississippi and where Extension agents and Landowners can find information on the topic and where they should look to have various questions answered

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Community Resources Network Webinar Series:

EPIC: Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities

December 14, 2016, 2:00 pm CT, 3:00 pm ET

This webinar will introduce the EPIC Program and, highlight a case study entitled,Economic Resiliency: Economic Development and Diversity through “Industrial Ecology,”which provides an overview on how University of Oregon business school students enrolled in a course on Industrial Ecology and worked with the City of Salem, Oregon to analyze how the waste products of one industry could be utilized as inputs to another.The EPIC Program is an innovative partnership framework where a university provides direct support to a city, tribe, or other local government to assist in implementing priorities and projects that align with sustainability and resiliency goals identified by the community itself.
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Grant Connections

NIFA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $16.7 million in competitive grant funding to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by families and households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The funding will be awarded to eligible nonprofits and governmental organizations through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program, administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Deadline for application is December 12, 2016.
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Job Opportunities

Managing Editor: Journal of Human Sciences and Extension

JHSEis a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal focused on disseminating knowledge and information to academicians, educators, and practitioners.The Managing Editor will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief to handle the day-to-day operations of JHSE. The Managing Editor’s responsibilitieswillinclude receiving manuscript submissions and overseeing the peer review process through assignment of manuscripts to an Associate Editor in the appropriate content area(approximately 60 new submissions per year); working with Editor-in-Chief to makefinal editorialdecisionsregarding revision, rejection, or acceptance of submitted manuscripts;maintain manuscript inventory;coordinating any special issues collaboratively with an invited guest editorand the Editor-in-Chief;communicatingwith authors,potential authors, and Associate Editorsregarding all aspects of the review process;editing and formatting accepted manuscripts for online publication; andworking with Editor-in-Chief and webmaster to finalize online publication of accepted manuscripts.The role of Managing Editor will bea volunteer position(as is the role of Editor-in-Chief); no compensation is provided.Deadline for application is January 31, 2017
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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

National Association of Extension Program Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP): Ridgedale, MO

Decemeber 6-8, 2016

The NAEPSDP is soliciting proposals for presentations at the 2016 NAEPSDP Annual Conference. The theme for the 2016 conference is “Sustaining Connections: Reaching New Heights Together.” Presentation proposals will be accepted from NAEPSDP members and nonmembers alike for four different tracks and four different session types. Proposals from graduate student research or projects are encouraged. All presentation proposals must be submitted by no later than Friday, August 19, 2016

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16th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Saint Louis, MO

February 2-4, 2017

The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for the 2017 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring a stronger emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities NOW! The program will span three full days with post-conference events scheduled for Sunday, February 5. The main program will kick off on Thursday morning, February 2, with a plenary starting at 10:00 am, and continue through Saturday afternoon, closing at 4:00 pm. The schedule includes a dynamic mix of plenaries, breakouts, implementation workshops, focused training sessions, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and coordinated networking activities. It will also feature exciting tours of local model projects in and around the greater St. Louis region.

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2017 National Health Outreach Conference: Annapolis, MD

May 2-4, 2017

The conference theme ‘Navigating the World of Health: A Sea of Opportunity’ will set the stage as we explore new ideas, best practices, promising research, and innovative educational outreach. This conference seeks to provide a multi-disciplinary and ecological view of health and wellness research, practice and outreach education. The conference will offer a combination of workshops, seminars, research updates, theoretical perspectives, and thought-provoking dialogue to fully engage participants in the dynamic and complex world of health. Using the Social Ecological Model as our framework, the conference tracks will offer opportunity for participants to gain new perspectives on how the multifaceted nature of our society, and how each sector influences health.

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Engaging in Collective Purpose 2017 Urban Extension Conference: MPLS/St. Paul, MN

May 7-11, 2017

The conference program will take place Monday, May 8-11th and preceded by the National Urban Leaders meeting on Sunday May 7th. The conference will provide opportunities for Extension professionals from all program areas to share their research and innovative educational strategies that address the needs of urban, suburban, and peri-urban populations as well as urban-rural interdependencies. The program planning committee plans for participants to learn about cutting edge research and to see innovative outreach efforts that successfully transfer research-based information to various urban clientele. Proposals may be for presentations, workshops, posters, and panels (defined below) for the 2017 Conference. Abstracts that highlight research and/or outreach activities that involve partnerships between practitioners and Extension professionals are especially encouraged. We are also looking for innovative ideas that are just that, ideas; which can be presented in an Ignite format. Deadline for proposals is September 30th, 2016

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NERCRD Rural Business Innovation and Economic Development Workshop: Charleston, WV

May 15-17, 2017

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD) is pleased to announce a new conference in its acclaimed What Works workshop series. The conference theme this year is Rural Business Innovation and Economic Development, and the event will be held in conjunction with Create West Virginia’s Universal Design conference, at the Civic Center in Charleston, WV on May 15-17, 2017. 1 The conference seeks to answer the question, How do we (re)create buildings, communities, learning places, programs and products to better meet needs of 21st Century people? To this end we seek presentations that may include papers, posters or educational (Extension) programs addressing some aspect of new or innovative product development in a broad sense. Topics may include new products, services (such as agri-tourism) or business processes, including those based in the arts, or creative ways of valorizing while preserving natural assets, including wilderness trails, whitewater rafting and the development of other nature-based recreational opportunities. Submission deadline is December 13, 2016

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NACDEP and CDS Joint Conference: Big Sky, MT

June 11-14 , 2017

The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals and the Community Development Society are hosting a joint conference under the theme, "Big Skies/Bold Partnerships Moving Mountains Together".

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National Extension Tourism Conference: Princeton, NJ

August 8-10, 2017

Experience tourism in the 21st Century in New Jersey, engaging with current research, program models and business development in tourism.

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WEBINAR SERIES

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

Considerations in Managing Oil and Gas Development and Forest Resources

December 15th, 2016 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

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National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series: 

Documenting Community Outcomes with Surveys: A how-to on designing questions & collecting data

February 6th, 2017 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

November

Webinar Recording

October: Local & Regional Foods: Connecting Regional Efforts

Webinar Recording

August: Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age and Rural Communities

Webinar Recording

July:Using Aging-in-Place to Connect At-risk Youth and Seniors

Webinar Recording

June:Tourism in Extension: How we Assist Landowners, Communities and the Public at Large

Webinar Recording

April: Bricks to Clicks | Using Facebook to Market Your Business, Community or Local Government

Webinar Recording

March: You've got the Position, Now Make Sure You Have the Talent

Webinar Recording

February: Community Food Systems and Healthy Food Access Initiatives

Webinar Recording

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

January: Disaster Planning for the Prairie View A&M University Region

Webinar Recording

December: Developing and Implementing an Effective E-Commerce Program

Webinar Recording

November:  Getting Community Stakeholders to Identify Water Quality Issues and Priorities Using Liberating Structures Webinar:

Webinar Recording

October:  South Region CRD Webinar Series – Youth Engagement Leadership Program

Webinar Recording

National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series:

The Importance of Collecting Impact Numbers to Promote Community Development Work

April 25th, 2016 10am CT/11am ET

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Shoestring Evaluation: New Hampshire’s Experience Measuring CRED Impacts with Limited Resources and Expertise

Webinar Recording

Evaluating for Public Value through Impact Narratives Webinar

Webinar Recording

Other Great Webinars:

Reaching Urban Veterans through Urban Horticulture

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The Impact of Latino-Owned Business on Local Economic Performance

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Improving the Health and Safety of NC Farmworker: Connecting Community

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Florida’s Urban Extension Strategic Plan

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