Around The South
August 2018 Vol. 14, No. 8
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Webinar: Marketing Cooperative Extension Organizations and Extension Local Foods Educational Programs

In this webinar, discover how Extension Services are using Facebook, Twitter, and websites to market ANR, 4-H, FCS, and Community Development Programs, and the types of content Extension Services are using to promote Local Foods Extension Programs.

This research was created as part of Sera 47 - Strengthening the Southern Region Extension and Research System to Support Local & Regional Foods Needs and Priorities. This applied research was financially supported by Mississippi State University Extension, the Department of Agricultural Economics, and the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University.

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Call for Proposals Now Open: National Sustainability Summit and National Extension Energy Summit

Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2018

Share your experiences, stories, and insights at the inaugural National Sustainability Summit (NSS)—formerly the Extension Sustainability Summit—and biennial National Extension Energy Summit (NEES). Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Southern Rural Development Center in partnership with USDA-NIFA, this joint conference will be held April 16-19, 2019 in Tampa, Florida.

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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Broadband Speed: FCC Map vs. Experience on the Ground

To construct its current map of who has broadband, the FCC relies on the self-reported data of Internet service providers. Another set of data developed through an open-source speed test indicates that the typical Internet user has a much different online experience.

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USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Seeks Stakeholder Input on Food, Agriculture Priorities

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and agriculture. A series of four in-person listening sessions hosted in different regions across the country and submission of written comments will offer two ways to share your thoughts and ideas.

NIFA wants to hear from you about priorities and opportunities in agricultural sciences. This will help inform NIFA on prioritizing science emphasis areas, identifying gaps in programming, and determining which programs are redundant or underperforming. Along with input from NIFA employees, your feedback gathered throughout the initiative will be used, in the context of NIFA’s current science emphasis areas, to identify gaps in current portfolios and potential investment opportunities.

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Regional Spotlight

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention (SFLR) Program is part of a project that recently received national recognition. The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) announced the national SFLR Program as a 2018 recipient of the Secretary’s Awards for Public Philanthropic Partnerships. UAPB is one of eight SFLR project sites nationwide that provide legal assistance and educational guidance on sustainable forestry practices to African American landowners.

According to an Endowment press release, the award administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the Council of Foundations recognizes innovative partnerships that focus on housing and community development for low and moderate-income families.

The SFLR program is a partnership of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service and USDA Forestry Service. It was launched in 2013 as an effort to aid African American landowners in turning their forested properties into economic assets.

To date the program’s eight project sites operate in seven states and serve more than 800 landowners who own a combined 68,423 acres. The program helps to ensure that this land will continue to belong to its historical landowners.

“The SFLR program at UAPB aims to provide African American landowners in Arkansas with resources and support required to resolve common Heir property issues, as well as sustainable forestry education and technical assistance in forestland management,” said Dr. Henry English, head of the Small Farm Program at UAPB.

This project is designed to build relationships between landowners, UAPB and participating partners to resolve heir property issues and increase the sustainability and profitability of privately owned, rural forestland. In addition to attending educational workshops, landowners can receive one-on-one assistance to assess the status of their land and identify the steps they should take to improve it.

Through participation in the forestry stewardship program, landowners receive a management plan that address all aspects of growing timber on their property. This includes soil type, growth potential, harvest cycles, wildlife habitat, threatened and endangered species, forest health and historic sites on the property.

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Grant Connection

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

Extension Agent, University of Hawaii

There are a number of different Extension Agent positions open at the University of Hawaii including Livestock, Agricultural Finance, Edible Crops, Ornaments and Landscape, etc.

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Juntos Program State Extension Assistant, North Carolina State University

The Juntos Program services Latino youth and their families with the goal of preventing High School dropout and promote higher education. Juntos 2nd goal is to increase parent involvement. The Juntos program reaches these two goals through, 4-H Clubs, family nights, success coaching/mentoring, and summer programing.

This Juntos State Program Extension Assistant will manage grant funded Juntos sites in the state of North Carolina, which can serve anywhere between 300 to 600 youth and families depending on grants available. The incumbent will support and supervise the work of all NC Juntos staff to ensure that grant requirements and deliverables are met.

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Precision Agriculture Specialist, Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is searching for a Precision Agriculture Specialist. The position will be located at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center (TAREC). This is a calendar year, non-tenure track Administrative and Professional faculty (AP) position with a 50% extension and 50% research appointment.

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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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Impact Collaborative Summit: Indianapolis, IN

October 16-18, 2018; Deadline to Register: September 20, 2018

The Impact Collaborative Summit is a three-day event available to all member institutions that includes an Innovation Kit Workshop and Designathon Two. The event is hosted twice annually and includes: Day One: Innovation Kit Workshop; Day Two: Designathon Two (Part I); Day Three: Designathon Two (Part II). Institutions have the ability to send project teams to the Impact Collaborative Summit to work together on ideas to move their institutional goals forward.

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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

Call for Proposals: Deadline October 1, 2018
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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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

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

View all the webinars from the 2017-2018 series!

Stay tuned for information about the upcoming 2018-2019 Southern CRD Webinar Series!

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Other: 

Marketing Cooperative Extension Organizations and Extension Local Foods Educational Programs

September 6th @ 11am CT/12pm ET

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National Public Issues Education Consortium Webinar Series on Economic Vulnerability and Poverty

Sept. 12th @ 12pm CT/1pm ET
Sept. 19th @ 12pm CT/1pm ET
Sept. 26th @ 12pm CT/1pm ET
Oct. 3rd @ 12pm CT/1pm ET

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

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


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