News

News about the southern region and the programs, projects, and partnerships of the Southern Rural Development Center.

  1. Recently Released Product: Area and Road Ruggedness Scales Data

    November 1, 2023

    The USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS) has recently released the new Area and Road Ruggedness Scales data product. This product provides measures of topographic variation, or “ruggedness,” for census tracts across 50 States and Washington, DC. The data file includes geographic identifiers, including the vintage 2010 census tract, county, and State identifiers, as well as region and rurality codes. These identifiers can be used in mapping applications and to explore various spatial categories. Continue reading Recently Released Product: Area and Road Ruggedness Scales Data
  2. Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) & Land-Grant Universities (LGUs) Investments in Rural America

    November 1, 2023

    The RRDCs, established through the Rural Development Act of 1972, have been building capacity in rural places alongside the nation’s Land-Grant University system for more than 50 years. The Centers link research with outreach in the areas of rural economic development, forming a one-stop-shop connection to the nationwide network of land-grant college and university researchers, educators, and practitioners. Continue reading Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) & Land-Grant Universities (LGUs) Investments in Rural America
  3. National Broadband Navigator Webinar

    October 30, 2023

    National Broadband Navigator Webinar aims to enhance broadband connectivity and development projects in areas currently underserved by high-speed broadband. The central focus of this webinar will be introducing an innovative public spatial analysis tool, the BEAD Broadband Navigator, developed in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. Continue reading National Broadband Navigator Webinar
  4. National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Launches BEAD Initial Proposal Progress Dashboard

    October 23, 2023

    NTIA has launched a new BEAD Initial Proposal Progress Dashboard that the public can use to monitor the progress of states and territories as they work toward implementing the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. For the first time, the public will have insights into each of the 56 eligible states’ and territories’ progress toward submitting their initial proposals for the BEAD program by the December 27, 2023 deadline. Initial Proposals are critical plans that show how each state or territory will spend millions – or billions – of funding to expand high-speed… Continue reading National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Launches BEAD Initial Proposal Progress Dashboard
  5. Recently Released Article: America’s Farmers are Getting Older, & Young People Aren’t Rushing to Join Them

    October 12, 2023

    Authors David R. Buys, Associate Professor of Health, Mississippi State University, John J. Green, Director of the Southern Rural Development Center… Continue reading Recently Released Article: America’s Farmers are Getting Older, & Young People Aren’t Rushing to Join Them
  6. SRSA Abstract Deadline Extended

    October 5, 2023

    The deadline for the Southern Rural Sociological Association 2024 Conference Abstract Submission has been extended to October 16, 2023. Learn more about the abstract submission, details, and registration for the 2024 conference. Continue reading SRSA Abstract Deadline Extended