Around The South
February 2019 Vol. 15, No. 2
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Southern CRD Webinar:
Empowering Minority Students with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

February 28, 2019 @ 2pm CT/3pm ET

The United We Can (Unidos Se Puede) program in Tulsa, OK, empowers black and Latino/a students with skills and resources to pursue higher education. The foundation of the program is an entrepreneurial mindset: a way of thinking that uses critical thinking, problem solving and creativity to see opportunities, learn from failure, and build ones self-efficacy. While these are critical to starting and running a successful business, they are also tools for a successful life. On the foundation of this mindset, the program erects three pillars of programming: success coaches, family workshops, and a summer academy. Students and parents learn essential skills, increase family cohesion, develop positive peer relationship that reinforce and support an entrepreneurial mindset. Evaluations of the program suggest that participants have better school attendance, higher grades, and lower participation rates in negative behaviors.

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Now Accepting Nomination for the 2019 Bonnie Teater Early Career Achievement Award

Deadline to Apply: March 30, 2019

Each year, the SRDC honors someone who has excelled in community development work within Extension Service in the South. On odd numbered years such as this one, we seek to honor a person with the Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement award. We need your help! Nominations are now open, so please consider nominating someone that has excelled in this arena.

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SRDC Welcomes New Contracts & Grants Specialist

SRDC is pleased to announce that Emily Green has joined our team as a Contracts & Grants Specialist. Emily is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and recently graduated in May 2018 from Mississippi State University with the International Business Program, majoring in Finance and French. She then started her Masters of Public Policy and Administration in Fall 2018. Emily comes to us from the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development where she was an office associate. On behalf of the entire SRDC staff, we are happy to welcome Emily to our team!

USDA Launches High-Speed Broadband e-Connectivity Resource Guide

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a new toolkit to help support the deployment of high-speed broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities. The e-Connectivity Toolkit features 27 USDA programs that support broadband deployment. The easy-to-use resource is a simple guide that allows customers to identify their type of e-Connectivity project and locate resources the federal government offers for planning, equipment, construction, research and other e-Connectivity projects. The toolkit highlights examples of how e-Connectivity resources are being used to increase access to broadband services in rural communities. It is free and available to the public online, and can be easily printed for offline use.

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Regional Spotlight

Solid Waste Management Program – Oklahoma State University

The solid waste management program is operated under a grant from the United State Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD). The program provides technical assistance on solid waste management to tribal and rural communities, with an emphasis on areas of less than 2,500 residents. This program empowers OSU county extension educators to reach out to their communities by providing two in-service trainings on waste management each year. Popular topics include the recycling hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle – in that order) and composting basics. Additionally, the program works with the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to provide 2-4 environmental law enforcement workshops annually. These workshops cover topics such as illegal dumping and open burning, and have averaged 40 attendees each over the past 3 years. The program also delivers waste management presentations and workshops to tribal and community groups whenever they are called upon to do so. Currently, the program is working with the Oteo-Missouria tribe of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Blue Thumb Program to organize an education and stream clean-up event in the Red Rock area in March 2019. Several other events and trainings are schedule to take place in 2019, including a popular “trash-off” poster contest for K-12 students in one rural community.

Apart from providing trainings and workshops, the solid waste program also works with other environmental organizations across the state to organize conferences and work on projects that ensure environmental sustainability. Currently, they are conducting an economic analysis of the options available to a small-town construction and demolition landfill that is struggling to stay open. Additionally, the program plays an active role in planning several annual conferences on solid waste management topics. These include the Oklahoma Recycling Association (OKRA), the Oklahoma chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), and the Oklahoma compost conference. One hallmark of OSU’s solid waste management program was the development and distribution of free educational materials on recycling – affectionately known as our “recycling trunks.” The 5 trunks are strategically located across the state, and each includes interactive material for K-12 audiences and a wide array of products made from recycled materials. We allow educators and teachers to keep the trunks for 3 weeks at a time for use in formal and informal educational settings. Finally, since technology and social media are the order of the day, the program utilizes these tools for outreach. In particular, they are used to post popular articles on waste management, notify followers about upcoming events and conferences, and highlight any changes happening across the waste industry. The program has a website, two Facebook pages (one specific to composting), and a Twitter page where a wide variety of material is posted.

The OSU Cooperative Extension solid waste program covers all of the 77 counties in Oklahoma and is led by Keima Kamara (Assistant Extension Specialist) and is overseen by Brian Whitacre (professor).

Employee Feature – Keima Kamara, Oklahoma State University

Keima Kamara serves as an Assistant Extension Specialist for the solid waste management program at Oklahoma State University (OSU). She uses applied research to prepare solid waste educational materials for rural and underserved communities. This includes making presentations, giving workshops that promote appropriate waste management techniques, and delivering information on other environmentally friendly topics to local residents as well as state, regional and national audiences. Keima works with other solid waste experts across the state to organize trainings and conferences focused on rural Oklahomans. Keima represents the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service on state and regional committees that derive rural waste policy. She serves as board member for both the Oklahoma Recycling Association (OKRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA, Oklahoma Chapter). She is also part of the committee that plans the Oklahoma compost conference and is a member of Oklahoma Environmental Educators, the national chapter of SWANA, and the International Solid Waste Association. She manages the solid waste program website, social media platforms and ensures that information reaches targeted audience. Prior to working with OSU extension, Keima served as volunteer for the Oklahoma Blue Thumb program and was engaged in stream monitoring and watershed education/outreach.

Keima is originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa. She holds a Master’s degree in environmental science from Oklahoma State University and environmental management degree from Njala University in Sierra Leone. In her home country, she worked with rural communities as an extension intern for water quality and biodiversity. Keima is currently engaged and has a beautiful baby girl.

Grant Connections

Upcoming Funding Available from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy for Opioid Response

There will be an upcoming funding opportunity from the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Approximately 75 grants of up to $1 million over a three-year period will be given to rural communities as a part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) to enhance and expand substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), service delivery in high-risk rural communities

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Job Announcements

Assistant Professor, Community Food Systems – University of Florida

University of Florida, IFAS job opportunity, Ph.D. required. Family Youth & Consumer Sciences Dept. is seeking a well-qualified candidate to support Extension and research activities that focus on enhancing opportunities for Florida’s family and youth to engage in and benefit from evolving urban/community food systems programs and activities.

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Assistant Professor, Farm Management/Agricultural Finance – Oklahoma State University

This is an 11-month, tenure-track appointment consisting of approximately 75% Extension and 25% research. Outstanding candidates at the Associate Professor rank may be considered for the Rainbolt Chair of Agricultural Finance.

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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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Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Annual Meeting: Portsmouth, NH

June 9-11, 2019

The Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting from Sunday, June 9, 2019 through Tuesday, June 11, 2019, with a post-conference workshop to be held June 11-12, 2019. This year’s conference will feature selected paper sessions, a poster session, discussion symposia, and workshop sessions.

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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: 

Empowering Minority Students with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Feb. 28th @ 2pm CT/3pm ET

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Water for Agriculture Project: Voluntary Stewardship Program

Feb. 19th @ 12pm CT/1pm ET

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National Farm to School Network

Farm to School Resource Roundup
Feb. 27th @ 2pm CT/3pm ET

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Trending Topics: NFSN Partner of the Year
Mar. 7th @ 12pm CT/1pm ET

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Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

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

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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