Around The South
January 2020 Vol. 16, No.1
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Nominations Open: Bonnie Teater Lifetime Achievement Award 2020

Deadline to apply: March 13, 2020

Each year, the SRDC honors someone who has excelled in community development work within Extension Service in the South. On even numbered years, we seek to honor a person with the Bonnie Teater Community Development Lifetime Achievement award. We need your help! Nominations are now open, and the attached document describes the process and timeline. Please consider nominating someone that has excelled in this arena.


  • Be currently employed by one of the 30 Land-Grant Universities located in the Southern Rural Development Center region or retired within the last 12 months
  • Serve as an administrator, specialist or agent who has worked in the Extension CD area for at least 10 years at the state, multi-county and/or county levels
  • Have an impressive portfolio of Extension-related programs and publications

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Upcoming Webinar: 2020 Census

January 30, 2020 @ 10a.m CT/11a.m. ET

With the 2020 Census drawing near, now is the time for anyone interested in promoting participation to learn about several action items they can initiate. This webinar will address the why, what, and how of the Census and present possible activities and connections to encourage participation. Since the Census only occurs once every ten years, it is extremely important for every person in every community be counted.

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NIFA Seeking Hall of Fame Nominations

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking nominations for the NIFA Hall of Fame, which was created at the agency's five-year anniversary. Inductees into the NIFA Hall of Fame have worked, coordinated, or supported activities exemplifying NIFA’s synergy of excellence in any combination of research, education, and extension approaches on local, regional, national, or international levels. Inductees have also demonstrated a measurable and positive impact on the lives of citizens and NIFA's mission to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges.

Nominations must be submitted no later than February 12, 2020. Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at the annual NIFA Day of Appreciation tentatively scheduled for April 2020.

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Coming Together for Racial Understanding 2nd Train-the-Trainer Event

In October of 2019, a second Train-the-Trainer workshop was held as a part of the Coming Together for Racial Understanding. This event included teams from six additional states. From both trainings there are now 26 states participating in this project. Following the train-the-trainer workshops, all states are expected to 1) engage professionals within the CES system in the home state dialogues and 2) host a dialogue in at least one community.

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Job Announcements

Assistant Professor, Quantitative Methods – North Carolina A&T University

The Assistant / Associate Dean and Professor, Extension Family & Consumer Sciences and College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, is responsible to the Dean of UT Extension (75%) and the Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (25%) for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the Family & Consumer Sciences component of UT Extension and outreach efforts of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. The Assistant / Associate Dean also serves as the Statewide Family and Consumer Sciences Program Leader and Family & Consumer Sciences Department Head. The University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the university. For more information contact Dr. Matthew Devereaux at 865-974-7384 or mdeverea@utk.edu

Associate Administrator – Virginia State University Extension

The Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education at North Carolina A&T State University is seeking candidates for a 9-month, tenure track position of Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods /data analytics, with a track record of work on big data and potential for excellence in teaching, research and providing service to the department, college and the university.

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2020 Extension Leadership Conference: San Antonio, TX

February 12-13, 2020 | Registration Now Open!

The Conference Theme will be: 2020 a Vision for the Future. The conference Capnote Speaker will Dr. Scott Reed who will be the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement Emeritus of Oregon State University Extension. The committee is seeking an additional keynote speaker. We will again have Concurrent Sessions that will have the best of Extension presenting leadership development success stories

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Public Issues Leadership Development Conference: Arlington, VA

April 5-8, 2020

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National Health Outreach Conference: Kansas City, MO

May 13-15, 2020

Mark your calendars for the 2020 National Health Outreach Conference! The conference will be held May 13-15, 2020 at the Marriott on the Plaza in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. With the theme of “The Grand Challenge: Building a Healthy Future for All,” there will be sessions related to Nutrition, Health, 4-H Youth Development, Workforce Development, Human Development, and many other topics.

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National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Annual Conference: Portsmouth, NH

May 31 - June 3, 2020

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International Workshop on Agritourism: Burlington, VT

October 27-29, 2020
Call for Proposals: Due by January 31, 2020

The 2020 International Workshop on Agritourism (IWA) will be held October 27-29 at the Hilton Burlington Hotel in downtown Burlington, Vermont, USA. The University of Vermont Extension local host committee is working on developing an exciting program for participants which will include educational sessions on pertinent industry topics, poster presentations, hands-on workshops and farm tours, networking events, and time with our exhibitors and sponsors. We invite you to extend your trip on either end of the Workshop to explore the bountiful farms, culinary experiences, arts, and other attractions in Vermont and surrounding states and provinces.

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2020 Census

January 30 @ 10am CT/11am 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

March: Equipping Georgia's New Farmers for Success

Webinar Recording

April: Building a Regional Coalition for Natural Resource Conservation

Webinar Recording

May: Community Food Systems: A Space for Ecology, Justice, and Markets

Webinar Recording

June: Telling the Whole Story: Economic Contribution and Cotton Cooperatives

Webinar Recording

July: Creating Bridges for the Rural Retail Workforce: Bringing Businesses and Employees Together to Identify Long-Term Employment Solutions for Rural Retail

Webinar Recording

National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series:

The “But for” Principle: Getting to Your Impact

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Data Visualization: Decision-Making Tools and Methods for Communities

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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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