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Around The South
September 2020 Vol. 16, No.8
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Online Course

The Southern Rural Development Center is seeking candidates for its Director’s position. Please see the attached announcement and share with anyone that may be interested. The SRDC’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of the region's 30 land-grant institutions to address critical contemporary rural development issues impacting the well-being of people and communities in the rural South. This includes both Extension and research efforts.

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Mindfulness and Self-Care for Farmers

September 30, 2020 @ 12pm CT/1pm ET

This webinar will cover the ways farmers can take care of themselves to protect their physical and emotional health through the seasons. Here, Kara Dodson will review yoga postures, movements, and other forms of bodywork that can help to relieve stress; heal tired, aching muscles and tendons; and restore energy. Dodson will also cover the reasons why self-care should be a priority for all farmers and the ways that taking care of one's body and mind can improve the vitality and viability of life on a farm.

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State Broadband Policies: What Impacts Rural Availability?

October 1, 2020 @ 12pm CT/1pm ET

This 20-minute webinar, followed by discussion and Q&A, will present recent research examining how various state level policies have affected rural broadband availability. Implications for Extension educators will be emphasized. This webinar will be based upon the presenters' recently-published study on state broadband policy, "State broadband policy: Impact on availability."

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Job Opportunities

Director & Professor – Southern Rural Development Center

The Southern Rural Development Center is seeking candidates for its Director’s position. Please see the attached announcement and share with anyone that may be interested. The SRDC’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of the region's 30 land-grant institutions to address critical contemporary rural development issues impacting the well-being of people and communities in the rural South. This includes both Extension and research efforts.

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Extension Agent, Community Development – Prairie View A&M University

The Extension Agent, under general supervision, implements and plans educational programs and activities in assigned program areas. Supports and assists in the implementation of educational programs and activities in program areas for which other staff members have assigned leadership responsibilities.

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Grant Connections

Sea Grant National Federal Partnership Liaisons Competition

Deadline to apply: November 3, 2020

In an effort to increase collaboration and effective use of federally-funded ocean, coastal and Great Lakes research, the NSGO is looking for proposals to develop National Federal Partnership Liaison positions in coordination with other federal agencies or programs whose project goals align with and support national Sea Grant focus area or vision plan goals. We expect to fund 2-3 liaisons at up to $100K of Sea Grant federal dollars annually for four years. State match of 50% of NSGO funds and ‘substantial’ federal partner funding required.

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Centers of Excellence Program at 1890 Institutions

Deadline to apply: November 18, 2020

The intent of the 1890 COEs Program is to provide support for Centers of Excellence that were originally established in 2015 in conjunction with the 125th Anniversary of the Second Morrill Act of 1890. The 1890 COEs are hosted by 1890 Land-Grant Institutions with the goals of: 1) increasing profitability and rural prosperity in underserved farming communities; 2) addressing critical needs for enhanced international training and development; and 3) increasing diversity in the science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics (STEAM) pipeline.

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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

Rural Renewal Symposium

October 13, 2020 - Virtual

The Rural Renewal Initiative inspires, empowers, and coordinates rural renewal research at Oklahoma State University and beyond. The Rural Renewal Initiative supports interdisciplinary research by funding seed grant projects seeking to improve the lives of people in rural communities and providing them with trained student research scholars to lead community-engaged and participative research. The Rural Renewal Initiative will host its inaugural Rural Renewal Symposium online on October 13, 2020, to expand and empower its network of collaborating faculty, students, and community leaders. The symposium will feature the research of faculty, research scholars, and other technical and social scientists who have conducted research in and for rural communities.

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National Urban Extension Leaders Conference

May 18-20, 2021 - Virtual

A virtual conference will take place in May 2021 while the face-to-face conference has been postponed until May of 2022.

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International Workshop on Agritourism: Burlington, VT

Postponed to August 31 - September 2, 2021

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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WEBINAR SERIES

Other: 

Mindfulness and Self-Care for Farmers

Sept. 30th @ 12pm CT/1pm ET

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State Broadband Policies: What Impacts Rural Availability?

Oct. 1st @ 12pm CT/1pm ET

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series 2020: 

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

Webinar Recording

March: The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing: Addressing Housing Issues from the Bottom Up

Webinar Recording

April: Rural Resiliency - How to Support Mental Health in Rural Communities

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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Submit Announcements

Job announcements and other items of interest may be sent to Katherine Spiering for possible inclusion in future issues.


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