Around The South
march 2019 Vol. 15, No. 3
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Southern CRD Webinar:
Equipping Georgia’s New Farmers for Success

March 26, 2019 @ 2pm CT/3pm ET

Agriculture has long been the most important part of Georgia’s economy with a Farm Gate Value of over $13.8 Billion. There is a growing interest in niche crops and value added products with the number of small to mid-size farms increasing. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is partnering with the UGA Small Business Development Center to train the next generation of farmers in both agriculture production as well as farm business management. Successful growers and producers are first and foremost business people. This session will discuss recent collaborative efforts to promote Georgia’s number one industry and economic driver – agriculture.

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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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New and Improved Land-Grant Impacts Website

There are big improvements to the public facing Land-Grant Impacts Website. The site has a fresh new look, better tools and search capabilities, integrated peer review, and more prominently displayed impact stories. All new statements submitted to the database will now undergo peer review before being made public on the site. This new layer of review will insure the highest quality information is being displayed. Statements from the past three years will be archived and available, but not displayed on the public site. Directors and Administrators and their associates are strongly encouraged to review the entire site to find what’s there to generate communication efficiencies and learn what colleagues are doing across the land-grant system.

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Learning and Evaluation Consultant for National Rural Assembly

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Leadership for Better Health and Healthy Communities themes are funding the National Rural Assembly to help rural leaders find their voices and to help emerging leaders build agency. The Rural Assembly is seeking proposals for consulting services. The consultant will work with project staff and other contractors to develop a framework for measuring sustainable engagement, participation, and communication toward improving the effectiveness of the Assembly. Proposals are due by April 1, 2019 and questions can be submitted via email to Marty Newell at the Center for Rural Strategies, marty@ruralstrategies.org.

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Regional Spotlight

COMMUNITY VOICES - Leadership Development for Community Decision-Making – North Carolina A&T State University

Community Voices develops leaders at the grassroots level. With generous support by W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Community Voices was designed by Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T in an effort to address the deficits in leadership in underserved areas as well as foster opportunities for residents to enhance their skill in leadership development and community decision making. Moreover, communities may not have the infrastructure to provide formal leadership development training for residents. This program offers an alternative for community groups who are interested in building their local leadership capacity to manage and direct positive change in their own towns and cities.

Two goals are two interrelated and equally important goals of the Community Voices program. The first goal is to develop new groups of community leaders who can work together with other citizens to identify, investigate, and solve problems in their communities and county using available resources and securing outside resources. This program generally appeals to individuals or new leaders who traditionally have not been played an active role in public decision making. These individuals may experience many social, economic and educational limitations. The second goal of Community Voices is to develop a shared group leadership process in which the organization and its staff can work with community groups as partners to help share programs and use resources to meet the specific needs of the wider community.

All levels of training in Community Voices are based on a participatory approach. This means that learners are actively involved in the training and the expressed needs of the group shape the focus and direction of the training. In this style of training, learners are not passive listeners to expert, but rather they actively share their knowledge, perspective, and experience to help identify and solve problems. The program uses members from the community who are trained to serve as facilitators of the program. These trainers are called “co-facilitators” because they help guide and training activities and discussions rather than lead or direct them. The participatory strategies used in Community Voices allows for the ideas of leaners to be voiced, respected and incorporated into the training – which facilitates a continued dialogue where participants learn to listen and respect the ideas of others.

Community Voices is not a leadership development program that focuses on individuals but uses a shared group leadership style where individuals learn to work together as a group and learn basic problem-solving skills in order to address issues and needs in their community and county.

Community Voices is a comprehensive, self-contained program that well-suited to work with diverse audiences. The program has used with teenagers as well as adults. The training materials are easy to understand and self-explanatory. This program gives an opportunity for community groups to take part in a self-directed training.

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Employee Feature – Mercedes Maness, University of Kentucky

Mercedes Maness is an Eastern Kentucky native with a passion for student success and community progress and is interested in applying social theory and practical processes to community issues to establish effective and sustainable solutions. Mercedes is an Extension Associate at CEDIK who holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Community and Leadership Development with a minor in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Her focus is on Youth Engagement and Rural Health.

During her first year at CEDIK she has worked closely with Melody Nall as they assist approximately 30 hospitals to complete their community health needs assessments. She helps conduct focus groups and key informant interviews and facilitates conversations with the hospital steering committee.

Mercedes was first exposed to CEDIK when she was in high school and participated in CEDIK’s Youth Engagement and Leadership Program (YELP) in Bath County, Kentucky. Once she arrived at UK as an undergraduate, CEDIK quickly scooped her as a summer Extension intern and then a part-time employee for the rest of her college career. Mercedes now leads the YELP program where she hopes to engage rural youth in both identifying and cultivating solutions to issues in their community through design and leadership development. Mercedes will be staffing CEDIK’s new Design Studio in Winchester Kentucky starting next fall.

On a personal note, Mercedes eats an apple a day and has a younger sister named Porsche.

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

Extension County Agent Positions – University of Georgia

University of Georgia Extension currently has several open county agent positions in fields such as 4-H, ANR, and FACS. Extension agents have the backing of a variety of specialists who train and support programs across the state. These UGA faculty experts are critical to disseminating research-based information to our agents across the state. In turn, agents keep specialists apprised of the latest information and needs of their clients.

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Chief Information Officer – Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University invites applications and nominations for the next Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO will provide leadership, planning and management for information technology including strategy, development, and implementation/optimization within all university IT services, including outsourced IT services. In addition, the CIO will collaborate with key stakeholders, identify risks, evaluate trends, prioritize technology initiatives and make IT recommendations as appropriate to senior leadership.

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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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2019 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference: Arlington, VA

April 14-17, 2019
Early Bird Registration open until March 22

This year's conference theme: "Enhancing Leadership Capacity for Emerging Issues"
This conference is hosted by the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP). JCEP represents the collective voice of over 10,000 professionals connecting Extension from the ground up. Our structure provides the framework to: 1) network across disciplines; 2) expand professional development opportunities beyond our individual disciplines; 3) offer opportunities for next level national leadership for association leaders, and 4) assure that Extension professionals have an active role in creating and ensuring the future of the Extension System.

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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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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

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: 

Equipping Georgia’s New Farmers for Success

Mar. 26th @ 2pm CT/3pm ET

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Research, Education, and Economics Farm Bill Listening Session

Mar. 21st @ 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

February: Empowering Minority Students with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

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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