Around The South
April  2016 Vol. 12, No. 3
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:

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

June 22nd, 2016 11:00am CT/Noon ET

Miles Phillips and Stephen Brueggerhoff of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will discuss their Extension work in Tourism. If you would like a background on this material follow the links below for a short video from both of them. https://youtu.be/eqJ7omyRB00 and https://youtu.be/_JyGlaa-8Kk

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SRDC Co-Sponsoring the 2016 NACDEP/ANREP Annual Conference:

June 26-29, 2016: Burlington, Vermont

This year’s 2016 joint conference theme, “Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources & Community Development.” For the first time, National Association of Community Development Extension Professional (NACDEP) and Association of Natural Resource Extensional Professionals (ANREP) are teaming up for a Joint Annual Conference June 26-29, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in beautiful and vibrant Burlington, Vermont. Between our memberships, we are anticipating over 350 attendees, providing an excellent opportunity to broaden your Extension Network, present and learn from your peers, and learn from an expanded topic menu. Our Burlington location features an impressive diversity of both established and new, innovative and best practice programs from community and economic development, forestry, water quality, housing, local food, social justice, place making, environmental education, arts and culture, sustainability, public and private initiatives – plus many more. Registration for the conference opens February 15th, 2016.
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Coaches Gear Up for Stronger Economies Together (SET), Phase VI

Nine states are gearing up to expand SET to new multi-state regions. Training for the coaching teams was held during the first week of May, preparing Cooperative Extension Service and USDA Rural Development to co-lead these initiatives within their respective states. Participating states for this phase are: Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

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Southern Region Convenes around Local Foods Efforts

Land Grant University professionals from 12 southern states convened to solidify plans around some of the Southern region’s top priorities to build capacity around local and regional food systems. Viewing through a wide angle lens that encompasses work with farmers/producers, processors, community, family, and individual consumer choices, the 55 person planning team identified the following goals to help build land-grant capacity in research and Extension over the coming months and years:

  • Identify the “top 10” most pressing challenges of local foods
  • Form learning communities around these top issues along with other challenging areas
  • Develop impact measures that can be used across the region
  • Investigate organizational structures around local foods within the land-grant system to identify best practices.
  • Expand a growing resource repository for Extension and research products around local foods This team will be continuing this work in the months ahead.
  • Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services

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Child Poverty in Rural America

Learn more on the needs, challenges, and experiences of rural children and families living in poverty, and how poverty affects their health. Offers recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop appropriate and integrated health and human service delivery programs, and to create flexible grant opportunities that will reach children and families in need.

Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services

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SRDC 2015 Annual Report Released: Cultivating Prosperity in Rural Communities

SRDC is constantly moving forward to create a better future for a better South. The 2015 SRDC Annual Report captures how to create communities by the variety of Extension and Research activities spearheaded by the Center over the past year in partnership with its land-grant university colleagues and key external collaborators The report devotes special attention to SRDC projects that broaden the voices of the people who are working together to make life better for their communities and regions. Please take a look and explore the accomplishments and highlights in the 2015 SRDC Annual Report.

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Grant Connections

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety Challenge Area

This AFRI Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. This requires an understanding of the interdependencies of human, animal and ecosystem health as it pertains to foodborne pathogens. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce foodborne illnesses and deaths by improving the safety of the food supply, which will result in reduced impacts on public health and on our economy. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants that address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Food Safety RFA for details). Deadline for application is August 3rd, 2016.
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Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program

The primary objective of the RCDG program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals and businesses in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses through Cooperative Development Centers. Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on grants.gov. Deadline for application is June 20th, 2016.
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Rural Health & Safety Education Grant Opportunity

The RHSE program proposals are expected to be community-based, outreach education programs, such as those conducted through Human Science extension outreach, that provides individuals and families with: Information as to the value of good health at any age; Information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health; Information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact on human health; Information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners. Deadline for application is June 1st, 2016.
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Job Opportunities


8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Madison, WI

June 2-4, 2016

Cafeterias in schools and early care and education locations, colleges and universities, hospitals and other institutional settings serve tens of millions of Americans every day, placing the farm to cafeteria movement at the forefront of the fight to end obesity and strengthen local food systems. Join us for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference and see how you can change the culture of food and agricultural literacy across America.

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2016 NACDEP/ANREP Annual Conference: Burlington, VT

June 26-29, 2016

For the first time, NACDEP and ANREP are teaming up for a Joint Annual Conference June 26-29, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in beautiful and vibrant Burlington, Vermont. Between our memberships, we are anticipating over 350 attendees, providing an excellent opportunity to broaden your Extension Network, present and learn from your peers, and learn from an expanded topic menu.

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79th Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting: Toronto, Canada

August 7-10, 2016

2016 RSS Annual Meeting Call for Papers, Posters, and Organized Sessions. The theme of the 2016 conference is Understanding Rural Social Class in an Era of Global Challenge and will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 7 - 10 August 2016. The call for papers deadline is Friday, February 5, 2016 11:59 pm (EST).

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2016 SR-PLN, AEA & ASRED Joint Meeting: Nashville, TN

August 22-26, 2016
Creating New Harmonies: Addressing Regional Opportunities

Registration for the conference is now open.

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SERA-37 Annual Meeting: Nashville, TN

August 25-26, 2016

This conference focused on immigrant integration in new destination areas. It brings together folks from NGOs, service providers, educators, researchers, policymakers, students and others to discuss the research and best practices that are working to help strengthen our communities and empower our community members.

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7th National Small Farm Conference: Virginia Beach, VA

September 20-22, 2016

At the conference, through short courses, oral and poster paper presentations, exhibits, success stories and educational tours in and around Virginia Beach you’ll: 1. Learn about innovative advances in research, extension and outreach 2. Network and strengthen existing partnerships with other small farm professionals 3.Take home new ideas that will help to ensure small farmers and ranchers in your region not only survive, but thrive in today’s economy.

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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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Southern CRD Webinar Series:

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

June 22nd, 2016 11am CT/12pm ET

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New Extension Program - Universal Design-Innovative

July 20th, 2016 10am CT/11am ET

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National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series: 

Other Webinars: 

The Impact of Latino-Owned Business on Local Economic Performance

May 23rd, 2016 Noon CT/1pm ET

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Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

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

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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:

Improving the Health and Safety of NC Farmworker: Connecting Community

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Florida’s Urban Extension Strategic Plan

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Job announcements and other items of interest may be sent to Julie Capizzi for possible inclusion in future issues.

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