Around The South
January 2019 Vol. 15, No. 1
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Digital Ambassadors a 4-H Tech Changemakers Project

SRDC is partnering with Microsoft and 4-H for the Digital Ambassadors a 4-H Tech Changemakers Project to empower youth to help close the broadband internet gap. This partnership will elevate teens as teachers to provide training and communication to assist adults in their community with increasing their comfort level in utilizing new technology. This will allow the adults to truly adopt and use technology to improve their opportunities and outcomes. The effects of this work will be felt in education, workforce development, and community sustainability. In addition to programmatic training, the youth leaders will be trained as spokespeople to lift up and expand the youth voice in this critical conversation. The goal is that their experiences, as well as hopes and dream for their community, are heard.

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Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues into 2019
Exploring Ways to Engage Limited Resource Communities in Disaster Education – Strategies from the 1890 EDEN Advisory Group

January 22, 2019 @ 1pm CT/2pm ET

The 1890 EDEN Advisory Group was formed in response to foster better 1890 LGUs participation in EDEN and to devise a coordinated strategy to create and deliver effective educational programs and training that targets limited resource audiences. It is widely known that limited resource communities are often the least prepared, lack disaster resources and/or do not receive the timely assistance necessary to promote disaster resilience in their communities. The purpose of the webinar is to delve into strategies for providing disaster education resources to a diverse clientele, the kind of partnerships needed at the state level to support this work, and lessons learned in emergency planning and preparedness that empower communities to be resilient during disaster-related events.

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Countering the Geography of Discontent: Strategies for Left-behind Places

A new report from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, “Countering the Geography of Discontent: Strategies for Left-behind Places,” provides recommendations to improve outcomes of economically struggling regions. These include: boosting digital skills; ensuring businesses in lagging regions have access to capital; reducing gaps in broadband; identifying “growth poles” that can support regional growth; and helping Americans move toward opportunity.

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Regional Spotlight

Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program: A Comprehensive Training Program for Beginning Farmers – University of Georgia

Across the United States and in Georgia, the number of small- and medium-sized farms is declining, and the average age of farmers is on the rise. Although we need new farmers, the barriers faced when trying to grow new agricultural businesses from the ground up can be formidable. In response to this need, the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program was developed by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and its partners to provide a comprehensive training program for beginning farmers. This project is funded by USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program.

James Morgan, County Coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, implemented the effort in Dougherty County which was selected as a host site for year two of this grant funded program. In order to offer a variety of farm business and production trainings, James invited other county agents and extension specialists to share their expertise with participants on topics such as soil health and fertility, fertilizer and amendments, cover crops, groundcovers for small fruit, crop rotation, pest management, pesticide safety, crop selection, seasonality, vegetable propagation, seeds, transplants, small fruit production, equipment and tools, drip irrigation, tillage, post-harvest handling, food safety, marketing and crop plans.

Twenty-eight people from 12 counties participated in part one of the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program in Dougherty County which focused on small farm business planning. Only 18 of those 28 participants indicated that they were currently farming. The other ten had a desire to start a farming operation but had not done so at that point. Part two of the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program focused on small fruit & vegetable production or small ruminants production. Nineteen people from eight counties participated in part two of the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program in Dougherty. Thirteen of those19 participants indicated that they were currently farming. The other six had a desire to start a farming operation but had not done so at that point.

"Many of the young people interested in farming don't come from a farming background," said Julia Gaskin, director of UGA's Sustainable Agriculture Program. "We have been very interested in developing a comprehensive training program to help this group and those currently farming that want to improve their operations." Other Georgia counties participating in the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program include Screven County, Carroll County and metro Atlanta. Georgia Organics is leading the Hands-on Training for farmers interested in small fruit and vegetable production that will offer internships and/or mentoring experiences. The University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UGA Small Business Development Center, Georgia Organics, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Fort Valley State University and AgSouth Farm Credit, along with other partners, are developing the training and mentorship program to help beginning farmers become sustainably successful farmers.

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Employee Feature – James Morgan, University of Georgia

James Morgan is a native of Orangeburg, SC. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters in Agricultural Education from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Before moving to Georgia, James spent two years working as a County Extension Agent at South Carolina State University 1890 Extension Program in Orangeburg. He joined University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in March 2000. As a County Extension Coordinator in Dougherty County, James has provided leadership in the urban horticulture program, 4-H livestock program, as well as the commercial industry in row crops and pecans. James coordinates a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program, conducts educational programs for homeowners and the landscape industry and facilitates production meetings with UGA specialists for farmers.

James is well-known for educational outreach to beginning farmers, coordinating the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program in southwest Georgia. This project is funded by USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program and includes three training steps: small farm business planning, small fruit & vegetable production or small ruminants production, and hands-on production training. Mr. Morgan educates those interested in starting a farm business or those who have recently begun or have been farming less than ten years and want to improve their operations. He partners with the Small Business Development Center of the University of Georgia so that new farmers understand market feasibility, balance sheets, income statements, risk management, marketing and technology, as well as preparing a business plan. James recognizes that developing the next generation of farmers is extremely important for the sustainability of agriculture.

Photo: James shares expertise in agriculture with farmers and homeowners at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia.

Job Announcements

Assistant Professor in Community-Engaged Research, University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Department of Community & Leadership Development (UK-CLD) seeks candidates to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Community-Engaged Research in Community Development. UK-CLD is a multidisciplinary social science unit within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE), with a mission to strengthen the capacities of individuals, organizations and communities to act on their shared visions and challenges. The successful candidate will initially divide his/her efforts among research (55%), instruction (40%), and service (5%).

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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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Community Food Systems Program Annual Event: Des Moines, IA

March 29, 2019

The goal of the Community Food Systems Program annual event is to engage, support, and inspire individuals from all areas of Iowa’s food system in conversation about community food systems. Workshop topics may include technical support on starting school gardens, food hubs, or shared use kitchens, sharing educational materials, feasibility of new businesses, and general programming ideas.

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National Sustainability Summit: Tampa, FL

April 16-19, 2019, Registration now open!

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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National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals 2019 Conference: Asheville, NC

June 9-12, 2019

Homegrown to New Heights in Asheville, North Carolina June 9 - 12, 2019. The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals invites you to participate in a few days of learning, networking, great food, inspiring and thought-provoking sessions in the beautiful city of Asheville. The conference hotel is Renaissance Asheville, in the heart of downtown and the excitement of this eclectic community.

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Community Development Society 50th Anniversary Conference: Columbia, MO

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

Call for proposals now open! Deadline to apply: March 8, 2019
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: 

Exploring Ways to Engage Limited Resource Communities in Disaster Education – Strategies from the 1890 EDEN Advisory Group

Jan. 22nd @ 1pm CT/2pmET

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Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

December: Community Engagement through Partnership

Webinar Recording

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

Webinar Recording

October: Citizenship in Action: How Extension Can Engage and Educate Voters on Ballot Issues

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:

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

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Evaluating Community Development Impacts Using Qualitative Indicators

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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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