Around The South
August 2017 Vol. 13, No. 8
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Rapid Response Team on Civil Discourse on Race Relations

Recently the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy approved the establishment of a Rapid Response Team on Civil Discourse on Race Relations. Since its creation the team, chaired by SRDC’s Program Manager Rachel Welborn, has created a website that chronicles the findings and resources developed through this effort as well as a report identifying the goals and procedures of the group.

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Incorporating Health Insurance and Health Care into Farm and Ranch Viability and Risk Management

SRDC is pleased to be partnering with HIREDnAg on an important research project looking at the intersection of farm viability and health insurance. The project is hosting a webinar for Extension, Tax, Loan, Health, and Other Professionals. The information discussed was gathered by USDA funded national focus groups, interviews, surveys around the country.
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August CRD Webinar Recording Available

Did you miss the August CRD Webinar: Choosing the Best Legal Structure for your 21st Century Small Business? It can be viewed now the SRDC website. This webinar featured Becky Bowen, a community development specialist at NC State Cooperative Extension and an attorney licensed in North Carolina, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Her presentation reviewed seven things to consider when choosing a legal structure for a small business as well as examined new economy trends in business structure choices.
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eXtension CoP Community, Local and Regional Food System Webinar

Promoting Equity in Local Food Systems through Cooperative Extension
September 6, 2017 @ 2:00pm CT/3:00pm ET

This webinar provides three examples from the Cooperative Extension System of efforts to promote equity and undo racism in local food systems. Kaitlin Wojciak, from Michigan State University Extension, will describe a recent training and learning group dedicated to exploring issues of power, privilege, and racial equity for the state’s Community Food Systems team. Shorlette Ammons, from North Carolina’s Center for Environmental Farming Systems, will discuss the Center’s efforts to embed an equity lens and practice into all areas of its work. Heather Manzo, from Penn State Extension, will describe work with an urban food policy council to engage diverse community members and positively impact equity issues in the metropolitan food system.
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Farmers’ Markets as Engines of Economic Activity: Power in Numbers

September 11, 2017 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

As we approach the end of peak season in Michigan, this webinar will celebrate the many ways farmers markets contribute to community economic development across the state. Findings from recent research projects will quantify effects from consumer, producer and community perspectives. Additionally, speakers will discuss the importance of and challenges in capturing economic outcomes of farmers market activities, and share practical tips and tools for improving the efficiency and efficacy of farmers’ market data collection. You’ll hear how we’re working to change the culture around data in Michigan and suggestions for those based in other states.
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Grant Connections

USDA, NIFA Small Business Innovation Research Program Grant

Deadline: October 5, 2017

The Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) is coordinated by the Small Business Administration and administered by 11 federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development that has the potential for commercialization and could lead to significant public benefit. The NIFA SBIR program offers two phases of investment. Phase I invests in feasibility and proof of concept studies of up to $100,000. Phase II provides grants of up to $600,000 to support project scale up, implementation, and commercialization by grantees who successfully completed Phase I. This funding opportunity supports Phase I projects in topic areas that include forests and related resources; plant production and protection – biology; animal production and protection; air, water, and soils; food science and nutrition; rural and community development; aquaculture; biofuels and biobased products; small and mid-size farms; and plant production and protection – engineering.
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Job Opportunities

Director, Program Planning and Assessment: ACES, University of Illinois Extension

Deadline to apply: September 14, 2017

The Director, Program Planning and Assessment serves as a regular, full-time, 12-month academic professional with primary responsibility for providing leadership and coordination for University of Illinois Extension’s reports to stakeholder groups, including the local, state and federal plans of work and annual reports, working with Extension staff to plan for and collect qualitative and quantitative impact reports, and designing statewide and local assessment procedures.
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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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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.

Please contact Shawn Moore, shawn.moore@kysu.edu, with questions

 

WEBINAR SERIES

Other: 

Promoting Equity in Local Food Systems through Cooperative Extension

Septmber 6th, 2017 2:00pm CT/3:00pm ET

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Farmers’ Market as Engines of Economic Activity: Power in Numbers

September 11th, 2017 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

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Incorporating Health Insurance and Health Care into Farm and Ranch Viability and Risk Management

October 10th, 2017 12:30pm CT/1:30pm 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

December: Considerations in Managing Oil and Gas Development and Forest Resources

Webinar Recording

November: Igniting the Sparl for Community Development: Developing Community Readiness

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

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:

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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