Around The South
February 2020 Vol. 16, No.2
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar

The Role of States in Expanding Broadband Access
February 19, 2020 @ 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET

The majority of states across the country are increasing resources devoted to broadband deployment, supporting digital inclusion initiatives and focusing their attention towards broadband policy coordination across different state agencies. While there is no one size fits all, states are implementing innovative approaches to increase broadband access and adoption. Join BroadbandUSA in a conversation on how broadband is being implemented at the state level in addition to research by The Pew Charitable Trusts on state broadband programs and innovative approaches to help overcome the digital divide.

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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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Regional Spotlight

Help Your Community Prepare for the 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau data helps states, counties, and communities secure federal funds and grants that support every facet of life. In addition to providing the basis for distribution of more than $675 billion of federal funds to programs, census data is used by states, counties and communities to make decisions about infrastructure, housing, public schools, public safety and disaster preparedness.

Business and real estate developers rely on this information to determine where to build new offices and homes to improve neighborhoods. This valuable data is also used to determine political representation like the number of congressional seats each state has in the House of Representatives.

Census information is vital to the future growth and development of our state. Whether it’s building a new school or hospital or repairing highways and roads, communities use census data to make decisions that impact the quality of life of your community. That’s why, it’s important that all people living in communities across the United States are counted in the 2020 Census, and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service is playing a vital role in this effort.

The 2020 Census is just a few weeks away and we’ve been working on ways to help educate the public with new tools. Starting in March, millions of people will receive communication in the mail explaining how to participate in the 2020 Census. The Community, Professional & Economic Development unit has developed a set of tools, in conjunction with a marketing campaign, to help community members understand why participation in the census is crucial for the future of their community. Ultimately, these educational tools aim to bolster participation in the 2020 Census.

2020 Census Toolkit for County Agents & Other Extension Professionals
In this toolkit, county agents and other Extension professionals will find information about the 2020 Census timeline and process, different ways the public will participate/report, and advice on avoiding frauds and scams. Professionals using these tools are encouraged to incorporate them into existing programs rather than develop new programming. That’s why, the majority of these tools can be easily customized to fit the needs of each group.

  • 2020 Census Toolkit Table of Contents
  • How to Incorporate 2020 Census Information Into Your Programs
  • 2020 Census Educational Handout
  • Newsletter Resources (blurbs and graphics)
  • Train-the Trainer PowerPoint (includes script)
  • 2020 Census Display Board
  • 2020 Census Educational Slide
  • 2020 Census Survey (designed to report census efforts into our reporting system)
In addition to the toolkit, the CPED unit also offers resources such as:
So far, our Extension colleagues have been utilizing the majority of these tools. The most popular tool has been the display board. We plan to feature our colleagues using these tools along with other 2020 Census outreach success stories on our blog and social media. To learn more about ways to create outreach resources for your community regarding the 2020 Census, please contact Emily Smith contact Emily Smith at elsmith@uaex.edu or 501-671-2138.

Grant Connections

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation

Deadline to apply: April 24, 2020

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation (RCORP-Implementation). Successful RCORP-Implementation award recipients will receive $1 million for a three-year period of performance to enhance and expand substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), service delivery in high-risk rural communities. Award recipients will implement a set of core SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery activities that align with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Five-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis.

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Job Announcements

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communications – Mississippi State University

The School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University is seeking nominations and applications for a 12-month, tenured/tenure-track, Extension and teaching position of Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education, Leadership, and Communications with an emphasis on Agricultural Leadership and Volunteer Development

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Extension Specialist I - Organic Programs – Texas A&M University

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has posted a position announcement for an Extension Specialist I –Organic Programs. The goals of this masters-level + experience position are to increase awareness of organic production in Texas, increase organic acreage in Texas, increase economic impact of organic production in Texas, and support applicants in successfully completing the organic certification process. Review of applications will begin March 1.

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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

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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February 19 @ 1pm CT/2pm ET

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Water for Agriculture Project

February 19 @ 12pm CT/1pm ET

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Southern CRD Webinar Series 2020: 

January: The 2020 Census is Upon Us: What Can You Do?

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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