Around The South
May 2016 Vol. 12, No. 4
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Sheldon Jones Receives Honor on Behalf of All Four Regional Rural Development Centers

Sheldon Jones was honored at the Western Rural Development Center annual board meeting on behalf of all four Regional Rural Development Centers for his outstanding contributions to their collective work. Jones has served on all four RRDC boards as the Farm Foundation Representative for nearly eight years. This honor comes as Jones is stepping down from the Farm Foundation to take on a new position in North Carolina. Reflecting on his time with the RRDC Jones said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed addressing the challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities your regions had addressed individually and collectively.”

LEAD, a SRDC Pilot Initiative Is on the Way to “Renew the New River”

As one of the SRDC’s six Leaders in Economic Alliance Development (LEAD) pilots, New River Valley Initiative in Virginia has made huge strides. The regional team is now diligently working on using the LEAD planning process to focus on increasing environmental stewardship in the New River Watershed through expansion of the highly successful ReNew the New program in Giles County, which was founded by Anne Goette. Through LEAD this work will now expand the cleanup project to include Floyd, Montgomery and Pulaski Counties as well as the city of Radford. Many people are coming together to clean up the 350 mile river, with an eye on increasing tourism growth in the region. #LEAD
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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.


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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-county 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. #SETPHASE6

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Four Fellowship Opportunities to Advance Innovation for U.S. Cooperative Extension

The eXtension Foundation is looking for four new fellows. Three will be selected for eXtension’s 2016 fellowship program, based on their submission of a plan of work that begins August 2016 through July 2017. The purpose of this fellowship is to identify and test innovative ideas and working with eXtension’s i-Three Innovation Lab. The fourth fellow will be partnering with the secretariat of Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition. To be eligible, applicants must be employees of a U.S. Land-Grant University. This fellowship will focus on applied innovation in the access and use of open data linking research and U.S. Cooperative Extension information. The deadline for applications is July 7, 2016.

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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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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Foundational Program

The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details). Deadline for application is August 31st, 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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Job Opportunities


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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Economic Assessment of Local Foods Workshop: New Orleans, LA

September 30 – October 1, 2016

This workshop will precede the Food Distribution Research Society Annual Conference. Participants will be introduced to the new USDA-AMS Toolkit, presented with a typology and benchmarks for local food initiatives to assist in comparing and standardizing data collection, provided insight into using these tools for technical assistance and evaluation of local food activities and taught advanced topics of the AMS Toolkit, along with exercises demonstrating their implementation using new benchmarks.

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

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

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Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age and Rural Communities

August 16th, 2016 10:30am CT/11:30am ET

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National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series: 

Other Webinars: 

Reaching Urban Veterans through Urban Horticulture

June 21st, 2016 12pm PDT/2pm CT

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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:

The Impact of Latino-Owned Business on Local Economic Performance

May 23rd, 2016 Noon CT/1pm ET

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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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