Around The South
November 2018 Vol. 14, No. 11
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

National CRED Indicators Team Webinar:
What’s Your Program Worth? Evaluation Strategies for Documenting the Dollar Value of Extension Programs

November 20, 2018 @ 1pm CT/2pm ET

Extension stakeholders, most notably county commissioners, often need to justify their decisions to continue funding Extension and need more than evaluation data on program outcomes. They want to know the economic benefits of their Extension funding in their communities. This webinar provides two case studies of evaluation efforts to document the return on investment of Extension programming. Both of these efforts combined quantitative and qualitative methods to collect data on the dollar value of Extension programming.

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Southern CRD Webinar:
Community Engagement through Partnership

December 5, 2018 @ 11am CT/12pm ET

As Extension Specialist our engagement with reputable partners will allow us to broaden the impact in the communities we serve and increase our volunteer base. This webinar will provide you with information on establishing a partnership with the IRS through their Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Because of the local and national advertisement, we receive from this partnership we are afforded the opportunity to advertise the value of the County Extension Agents. The community is provided accessibility to receiving tax preparation, the Extension Agent is trained to become Certified Tax Preparers and most important, citizens on a limited and fixed budget save money with the FREE tax preparation.

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Growing Mississippi’s Local Foods Industry Webinar Series

The MSU Extension Local Flavor team will launch a new webinar series that focuses on assisting food businesses, agricultural producers, food hubs, processors, and others operating in the local foods industry in Mississippi. A total of 11 webinars have been organized and more will be added in the coming weeks. Each Zoom webinar will begin at 11am CT/12pm ET.

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USDA and ONDCP Unveil Latest Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Epidemic

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) unveiled a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse is a first-of-its-kind, one-stop-shop for rural leaders looking for Federal funding and partnership opportunities.

The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse was developed by the Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group. In May 2018, the ONDCP stood up the Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group to help address the opioid crisis by improving coordination and reducing potential overlap among federal agencies responding to the crisis in the Nation’s rural communities.

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Regional Spotlight

Employee Feature – Mark Latimore, Fort Valley State University

Dr. Mark Latimore Jr., elected to serve as member of the Policy Board of Directors Board of Agriculture Assembly

Dr. Mark Latimore Jr., Fort Valley State University’s Extension administrator and director of land-grant affairs, was recently re-elected to serve on a national board that influences policy and funding for land-grant institutions and the clients they serve.

Following the election, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Policy Board of Directors Board on Agriculture Assembly named Latimore to serve on the board from 2017-2019. He began his term November 2017.

APLU’s Board of Agriculture Assembly Policy Board of Directors is responsible for creating a five year strategic plan that governs and guides leaderships at land-grant institutions, particularly Cooperative Extension and agricultural research. Some of the goals of the organization include identifying current and emerging challenges and opportunities, along with seeking additional resources through partnerships.

One of the key issues discussed among the Board of Agriculture Assembly is the upcoming Farm Bill. In previous years, members of this board were influential in shaping policies within the Farm Bill.

“Many of the members serving on the board work closely with legislators who draft the Farm Bill, which is critical to the success of programs that are directly and indirectly effected by agriculture, such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and Cooperative Extension,” Latimore said.

FVSU, the 1890 Land-Grant University in Georgia, is one of 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) designated by Congress to provide research based education in the areas of agriculture and human development to underserved audiences through outreach programming.

The Cooperative Extension Program, operated at each land-grant institution, assists diverse audiences with emphasis on those who have limited social and economic resources. For more information about APLU, click here.


Grant Connection

FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program

Deadline to apply: December 4, 2018

Farm to School programs support local communities through a variety of activities, including taste tests, farm visits, local purchasing, and farmers and producer training. USDA will award up to $7.5 million in competitive grants to eligible entities through the Farm to School Grant Program in fiscal year (FY) 2019. Each grant helps implement Farm to School programs that increase access to local food in eligible schools, providing students with quality meals at a reasonable cost while also supporting local producers. In FY 2018, USDA awarded 73 grants across the United States. The RFA includes three tracks—Implementation, Planning, and Training. These will support a variety of projects and implementation stages. Each track provides funding for a specific range of activities.

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Job Announcements

IT Administrator II: University of Tennessee Extension Western Region

This position is responsible for the proactive support and administration of all the computer systems and networks for Western Region Extension for the Institute of Agriculture (UTIA). The systems include desktops, laptops, tablets, and systems used by the county offices and the Research and Education Center (REC) locations. These systems and the associated networks are critical to meeting the business objectives of Extension and must be supported on a 24/7 basis. The position is responsible for establishing the strategic vision for systems and network hardware, application software, security infrastructure, and operating systems.

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Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, College of Family & Consumer Sciences: University of Georgia

Deadline to apply: January 30, 2019

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) and UGA Extension seek a nationally recognized leader in university outreach, extension and related scholarly endeavors to serve as Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach with rank of Professor with tenure. Allocation of effort is 75% public service and outreach and 25% applied research.

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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

Annual Professional Agricultural Workers Conference: Tuskegee University

December 2-4, 2018

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) is a forum committed to a world that values and promotes equal opportunity equitable access to information and technology for sustainable development of communities and natural resources. The conference began in 1942 mainly with Tuskegee University and local and state support and participation. It is now national in scope including representatives from the national land grant community, and from the state, federal, and private sectors. The 2018 PAWC will be held in December 2nd to 4th at the Kellogg Conference Center, Tuskegee University.

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Rural Stress: Promising Practices & Future Directions: Atlanta, GA

December 10-11, 2018

Rural America faces many challenges: challenging economics, rising suicide rates and the growing opioid epidemic. Land-grant institutions are uniquely positioned to impact community wellness in rural America at the local level. The University of Georgia invites you to join representatives from across rural America to have a conversation, explore best practices and learn from industry and academic experts.

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2018 NAEPSDP Annual Conference: Alexandria, VA

December 10-13, 2018

“Extension Excellence: Breaking Down Barriers”

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National Summit for Gateway Communities: Shepherdstown, WV

December 11-13, 2018

This three-day summit will bring together gateway communities, their partners and experts from conservation, community and economic development, recreation and tourism, planning, and other creative fields to highlight success stories and lessons learned while engaging in robust discussions that lead to specific actions for invigorating the future of gateway and rural communities.

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Farm Stress Management Summit: East Lansing, MI

January 24-25, 2019

Michigan State University Extension has developed the Farm Stress Management curriculum that provides two workshops and corresponding materials to help farmers and those who work with them learn techniques to manage stress and help those in need access resources. Summit participants will earn a certificate allowing them to teach two flexible workshops in the curriculum.

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Extension Leadership Conference sponsored by JCEP: San Antonio, TX

February 6-7, 2019

The conference Keynote Speaker will be Grace Gorrell who is a former faculty member at the University of Kentucky. Since retiring she has begun a business "Leading with Grace".

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National Land-Grant Diversity Conference: Hebron, KY

February 7-8, 2019

The Conference is hosted by five land grant universities from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is designed for public and private university administrators, faculty, and staff; research and academic programs; K-12 educators; community leaders; health and social services professionals; employers and supervisors; human resource staff; elected officials; and all others with diversity interests. The goal of this diversity conference is to learn more about ourselves and others, to network, and to link resources to integrate diversity into programs, policies and practices for creating community well-being.

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Small Business Institute Conference: Orlando, FL

February 14-16, 2019

"The Magic of Small Business"

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National Sustainability Summit: Tampa, FL

April 16-19, 2019

This national conference will bring leading sustainability and energy educators and practitioners together to showcase land grant university Extension and research program successes, share challenges, and identify opportunities to strengthen our collective impacts. Participants will hear from dynamic plenary speakers with expertise in sustainability and energy issues, enhance their professional knowledge and skills through pre-conference educational tours and/or mobile workshops, attend inspiring abstract presentations and networking sessions, and learn from local exhibitors and sponsors. Extension professionals from all national associations will benefit from the cross-disciplinary and process-oriented structure of the joint Summits.

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National Urban Extension Conference: Seattle, WA

May 20-23, 2019

The National Urban Extension Conference is the only national gathering of Extension professionals who serve our cities. The 2019 conference, “Innovation in the City: A Land Grant University Experience”, will highlight strong urban programming and Extension’s opportunity to support the university-level mission of our land-grant universities in our metropolitan regions. With urban focused sessions, mobile tours, networking opportunities, social events, and exhibits the conference aims to both educate and inspire.

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Community Development Society 50th Anniversary Conference: Columbia, MO

Call for Proposals, Deadline: November 30, 2018
July 14-17, 2019

The 50th anniversary of the international Community Development Society (CDS) is a golden opportunity to express and explore the extreme relevance and responsibility of the community development field and CDS to be proactive change agents, to help create conditions for and help foster shared and welcoming communities, and to cultivate a future in which community is the pathway through rising chaos and insularity across our world.

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Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Conference: Astoria, OR

October 8-10, 2019

Join colleagues including University Extension and Sea Grant professionals, other faculty, agency, students and industry representatives working on tourism and outdoor recreation. Present and learn about research, case studies, sustainability and funding modes, educational program materials etc. Open to all interested individuals. Mobile presentations will visit coastal community projects and environments.

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WEBINAR SERIES

National CRD Indicators Webinar:

What’s Your Program Worth? Evaluation Strategies for Documenting the Dollar Value of Extension Programs

November 20, 2018 @ 1pm CT/2pm ET

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Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

Community Engagement through Partnership

December 5, 2018 @ 11am CT/12pm ET

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Other: 

Growing Mississippi’s Local Foods Industry Webinar Series

How to Build a Profitable Food Business Brand in 11 Easy Steps
Dec. 6th @ 11am CT/12pm ET

Growing Your Local Foods Business Brand
Dec. 13th @ 11am CT/12pm ET

Registration Link

ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

October: Does Extension Need Highly Visible Educational Programs Beyond the Farm, Familes and Youth?

Webinar Recording

September: Chalk and Talk: A Different Approach to Community Engagement

Webinar Recording

July: CPTED, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Webinar Recording

June: Financial Capability as Community Development

Webinar Recording

May: Increasing Stakeholder Involvement to Build Capacity and Promote Sustainability of Healthy Communities

Webinar Recording

April: Leadership Development: A Process of Un-Doing Understanding

Webinar Recording

March: The Opioid Epidemic: Considering Extension's Role and Virginia's Multi-Faceted Approach

Webinar Recording

February: Creating a Sense of Community through the 5 C's of Social Capital and Cultural Competency

Webinar Recording

January: How Can I Be of Service? Determining the Best Role for Community Engagement

Webinar Recording

National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series:

Understanding and Evaluating Collective Impact Initiatives

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

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Submit Announcements

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


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