Around The South
September 2017 Vol. 13, No. 9
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

National CRD Indicators Team Webinar:
Estimating the Economic Impact of Programs: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

October 3, 2017 @ 1:30pm CT/2:30pm ET

This webinar will provide a brief overview of approaches used to estimate program impact. How IMPLAN has been used in Extension will be shared as well as best practices and lessons learned. Presenters are Nancy Bowen and Greg Davis. Nancy Bowen is a Community Economics Field Specialist focusing on community economic development programming and issues affecting communities throughout Ohio. Specialization areas include impact analysis, community and regional planning, BRE, entrepreneurship, and renewable energy development. Greg Davis serves as Assistant Director, Ohio State University Extension - Community Development. In this capacity he leads field-based Extension specialists and educators engaged in the development of community, organizational and individual capacity to improve civic, environmental and economic conditions throughout Ohio.
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Family Heir Property Collaborative at Florida A&M University

A new initiative, the Family Heir Property Collaborative at FAMU was recently launched by the Cooperative Extension Program at Florida A&M University. The purpose of the collaborative is to utilize several research-based approaches to address lost wealth building opportunities and low rates of intergenerational transfer of wealth due to ownership of Family Heir Property (FHP) in Florida and around the south. Family Heir-Property (FHP) is a type of property ownership and transfer that causes significant poverty for millions of Black Americans in the southeastern United States (US). Poverty occurs because ownership and use right (title) to FHP is ambiguous preventing its use as a wealth-building and transfer tool. This is inconsistent with the economic purpose (surplus value or future value) of property in most industrialized countries like the US. The collaborative will be housed in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences and led by Dr. Sandra Thompson. Dr. Thompson’s research dissertation, “The Contextual Meaning Given to the Family Heir Property Title Clearing Process” (2017) documented that FHP owners have difficulty starting and completing county-based FHP title clearing processes and that contextually appropriate processes (simple, informative, and affordable) would likely increase the number of FHP owners that clear title to their property.

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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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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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North Carolina AGInnovation Center Grand Opening

The Sandhills AGInnovation Center in Richmond County North Carolina opened its doors for the first time on September 8, 2017. This center has been designed to connect farmers to valuable resources such as a variety of equipment, facilities, and services to create and expand opportunities for farmers in the region. Susan Kelly, the North Carolina State University Richmond County Extension Director, has been instrumental in shepherding the project as an outcome of the Stronger Economies Together (SET) initiative in the Sandhills Region. SET is a partnership between Cooperative Extension Service (such as North Carolina State University), USDA Rural Development and the four Regional Rural Development Centers with leadership from the Southern Rural Development Center. Launched in 2010, SET is now in its seventh phase and continues to produce success stories like the one in the Sandhills Region.
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Huffington Post’s Listen to America Bus Tour

The Huffington Post bus will be visiting 25 cities across the country this fall to interview people about what ‘being American’ means to them. Through this tour, the Huffington Post is hoping to rebuild trust in the media and find out what issues unite us as a country.
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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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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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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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WEBINAR SERIES

National CRD Indicators Webinar:

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

October 3rd, 2017 @ 1:30pm CT/2:30pm ET

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Other: 

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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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

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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