Around The South
October 2017 Vol. 13, No. 10
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:
The Role of Arts in Cooperative Extension

October 26, 2017 @ 9:00am CT/10:00am ET

This webinar will provide an overview of the role arts can play in extension. We will share strategies that have been successful in the state of Kentucky, from theater productions to pottery classes to market events for artist and crafters. The session will end with guiding principles of how arts can be applied successfully to extension work.
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A Field Guide to Ripple Effects Mapping Now Available

The second volume in the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute Program Evaluation Series focuses on the emerging evaluation technique of Ripple Effects Mapping (REM). Well-suited for evaluating group-focused efforts, Ripple Effects Mapping involves aspects of Appreciative Inquiry, mind mapping, facilitated discussion, and qualitative data analysis. Providing an in-depth examination of the origins, elements, and how-to of the REM process, the Field Guide to Ripple Effects Mapping is a step-by-step guide to successfully implementing this process with a group, collaboration, or community of choice.

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Blog Highlights Extension Program and News in Arkansas

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers a variety of community and economic development programs and resources. Too often, our clientele are only familiar with programs and resources that directly impact them. We have individual newsletters and email distribution lists focused on specific programs such as Breakthrough Solutions, the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center, LeadAR, and ballot issues education. While these sometimes reference other programs or events, clientele receiving this correspondence typically express surprise when they learn about the variety of things we do. The CED Blog was launched this year to raise awareness about Extension’s efforts towards informed and engaged citizens, skilled and visionary leaders, strong businesses and entrepreneurs, and forward-looking communities and regions. The benefits of blogging have been numerous. It has allowed us to highlight a wide range of programs in one place and is easily referenced in newsletters, emails, and social media posts. It provides an easy link for county agents and others share. It has increased search engine optimization and driven more people to our website. The process of “feeding” the blog has helped us become much more efficient and effective at posting information which benefits those we are here to serve by giving them access to the latest news in a much timelier manner.
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Louie Rivers, Jr. of Kentucky State University Awarded the 2017 Excellence in Extension Award

With visionary leadership, excellence in programming, and positive impact, Rivers has helped secure and manage more than $12 million in extramural funding to enhance Kentucky State University’s work with the small, limited-resource, and minority, veteran and women farmers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Participants of the Small Farmers Program have shown a $5,000 annual increase per participant. His leadership has impacted more the 20,000 individuals through "Third Thursday Thing", Kentucky State University’s monthly sustainable agriculture workshop. The Excellence in Extension and National Diversity awards are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) and the Cooperative Extension Section.
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Grant Connections

NIFA, Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program

Deadline: December 4, 2017

USDA recently announced more than $8.6 Million available to support community food projects. This funding is available through NIFA’s Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program, which strives to meet the food needs of low-income individuals, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their food needs, promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues, and meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs.
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USDA Farm to School Grant Program

Deadline: December 8, 2017

USDA anticipates awarding approximately $5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds. Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, or Training grant.
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Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program

Deadline: December 13, 2017

To support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The program will test strategies that could contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants that would inform future efforts, and develop effective and efficient benefit redemption technologies.
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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

Professional Agricultural Workers Conference: Tuskegee, AL

December 3-5, 2017

Theme:" Cultivating a Culture of Success through Innovation in Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resources" We invite the submissions of papers, posters, panel discussions and workshop proposals for the 74th PAWC on the conference themes.

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Joint Council of Extension Professionals Leadership Conference: Orlando, FL

February 14-15, 2018

Theme: “Balancing Tradition with Innovation" The JCEP Leadership Conference Planning Committee invites Extension educators, specialists and administrators to share their expertise in support of the 2018 JCEP Leadership Conference. The purpose of the JCEP Leadership Conference is to support Extension leadership succession planning and development nationwide across all disciplines. The JCEP Leadership Conference provides professional development that addresses leadership and management skill development critical for emerging Extension leaders.

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2018 National Land Grant Diversity Conference: Hebron, KY

February 15-16, 2018

The Conference will be held on February 15th & 16th, 2018 in Hebron, Kentucky with the theme “Intentional Connections: Education and Application in a World of Differences”. This conference is hosted by five 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, etc. Proposals for presentations are being invited for the 2018 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 areas: Immigration, Social Justice, Inclusion, and Engagement.

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Public Issues Leadership Development Conference: Arlington, VA

April 8-11, 2018

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2018 National Health Outreach Conference: Bloomington, MN

May 2-4, 2018

Call for Proposals – Deadline: October 30, 2017

The Conference will be held on February 15th & 16th, 2018 in Hebron, Kentucky with the theme “Intentional Connections: Education and Application in a World of Differences”. This conference is hosted by five 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, etc. Proposals for presentations are being invited for the 2018 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 areas: Immigration, Social Justice, Inclusion, and Engagement.

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Community Development Society’s Annual International Conference: Detroit, MI

July 22-25, 2018

Call for Proposals – Deadline: November 15, 2017

Conference Theme: Engaging in a Culture of Health: Making Waves in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Goals of the 2018 National Health Outreach Conference: fostering a culture of health through community-based strategies; encouraging health equity; creating improvement in health through disruptive change and innovation; promoting co-creation with communities to ensure relevance and reduce barriers to positive change.

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WEBINAR SERIES

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

The Role of Arts in Cooperative Extension

October 26th, 2017 9:00am CT/10:00am ET

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

August: Choosing the Best Legal Structure for your 21st Century Small Business

Webinar Recording

July: The Development of Utility-Scale Solar: Tales of Local Government

Webinar Recording

June: Utilizing Extension as a Tool to Preserve your Community's Housing Stock

Webinar Recording

May: A Comprehensive Downtown Revitalization Program for Rural Kentucky

Webinar Recording

April: Show Me the Money- Funding and Financing Community and Economic Development

Webinar Recording

March: How Latino-Owned Businesses Thrive: Comprehensive Findings from Limited-Access Microdata

Webinar Recording

January: Community-Centered Design: How to Empower Residents to Shape the Development of Their Communities

Webinar Recording

National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series:

Estimating the Economic Impact of Programs: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

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Developmental Evaluation for Cooperative Extension Community Development Programs

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

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Social Network Analysis for the Uninitiated: What is it and what is it good for?

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The Importance of Collecting Impact Numbers to Promote Community Development Work

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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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