Around The South
july 2018 Vol. 14, No. 7
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC is Pleased to Award Dr. Notie Lansford with the Bonnie Teater Lifetime Achievement Award

The Southern Rural Development Center is proud to honor Dr. Notie Lansford as the 2018 recipient of the Bonnie Teater Community Development Lifetime Achievement Award. Lansford is a Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University.

Since 2006, Dr. Lansford has served as the director of the Oklahoma State University’s County Training Program (CTP), which provides training and technical assistance for county government elected officials and their employees. For this program, Dr. Lansford teaches or co-teaches twelve short-courses and multiple workshops, provides program development, technical assistance, and handbook materials, and leads the applied research efforts. He also holds leadership roles with the Local Government Extension Training network and the Ag Bank Management Simulation program. As professor of the undergraduate rural appraisal course, Dr. Lansford has been instrumental in leading the department’s efforts to develop an appraisal minor at Oklahoma State University.

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Understanding Communities: Online Course Offers Tools for Community Development

The four Regional Rural Development Centers and a team of nationally recognized Community Development professionals are presenting Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, a unique seven-week online course beginning Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and concluding Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics including demographics, economic development, strategic planning and power structures. Supplemental resources and online discussion opportunities will be available on the course website. Participants are encouraged to log in at their convenience throughout the course to explore these topics further, pose questions, investigate additional resources and visit with colleagues in similar situations. All sessions are recorded and available on the website. Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics is an introduction to community development. It is appropriate for individuals working with community groups in any subject area.

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Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:
CPTED, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

July 24, 2018 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

Practitioners, volunteers, and users can learn how design, management, and positive use of the environment can reduce fear of places & discourage opportunities for crime. In turn, they can sustain or improve the quality of public spaces and places in our communities and their intended benefits. Basic CPTED concepts & case studies will be highlighted.

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Overview of Local Food Systems Training Program

Sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Clemson Cooperative Extension, and Virginia Cooperative Extension, this Overview of Local Food Systems Training Program is appropriate for those who are just getting started in their local food systems career, or for those who have experience but want to gain a broader or more complete perspective. The following professional development courses focus on core competencies, identified by a national group of local food leaders (NAFSN, 2017), needed to support high functioning and sustainable local food systems development.

These courses are designed for working professionals and utilize various types of engaging activities, including lectures, readings, forum posts, podcasts, and virtual field trips. The estimated time for completion is 15 hours for Foundations in Local Food Systems Development, and approximately eight (8) hours for each of other courses. These are "asynchronous" self-paced, online courses, meaning that there are no scheduled meeting times. Once open enrollment is available (anticipated spring 2018), you can sign up when you are ready to start and begin interacting with the learning content at your own pace.

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Grant Connection

Tribal College Research Area of Expertise Award

Deadline to apply: August 30, 2018

NIFA has published a new RFA in the Tribal Research Program. The Tribal College Research Area of Expertise Award provides between $200,000 and $500,000 to enhance existing research capacity at 1994 Land-grants that have or are developing focused areas of expertise in one or more of the food, agricultural, natural resource and human (FANH) sciences. This grant is intended to support a research endeavor where existing research, extension and education resources have already developed some level of expertise in areas that is important to their students and communities they serve. All applications must include at least one research collaborator from the approved list of research institutions. Collaboration with 1862 or 1890 land-grant institutions, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), non-land-grant colleges of agriculture, or the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program is a requirement.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Foundational and Applied Science Program

Deadline to apply: September 30, 2018

The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. 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. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA).

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Job Announcements

Associate State Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development – University of Florida

Deadline to apply: August 10, 2018

University of Florida/IFAS Extension seeks to fill a 12-month, 100% Extension, permanent-status accruing State Specialized Extension Agent position to serve as Associate State Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development. The Associate Program Leader will 1) conduct programming, create resources, and conduct evaluation in the area of volunteer management or an alternative program area suggested by applicant; 2) facilitate/coordinate collaboration and cooperation among state and county faculty/staff in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating 4-H Youth Development programs; 3) ensure that 4-H Youth Development programming across all focus areas includes explicit, intentional youth development; and 4) coordinate the implementation of programmatic, risk management, and youth protection policies.

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2018 Urban Food Systems Symposium: Minneapolis, MN

August 8-11, 2018

Our goal is to bring together a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and the role they play in global food security. This symposium includes knowledge on: urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty.

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Data Science for the Public Good Symposium: Arlington, VA

August 9, 2018

Please join us for this summer's Data Science for the Public Good (DSPG) Symposium where our DSPG students and fellows will present their research projects. This symposium will highlight how the DSPG program equips new generations of scientists with the skills they need to develop data-driven policy and decision-making.

2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit: Arlington, VA

September 15-18, 2018

USDA’s 2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit (“Summit”), conducted in partnership with the Food Distribution Research Society, National Value-Added Agriculture Conference, Farmers Market Coalition, and Farm Credit Council. This Summit, the first of its kind in the United States, will feature topics on new resources intended to assist farmers market managers and direct marketing farmers; recent research and data on direct-to-consumer (DTC) markets; and technical assistance workshops led by USDA staff and FMPP grantees.

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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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National Sustainability Summit: Tampa, FL

April 16-19, 2019

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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Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

CPTED, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

July 24th, 2018 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

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Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

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

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