Compiling SRDC and national news, recent publications, upcoming conferences and events, and job opportunities, this monthly newsletter furnishes a brief overview of announcements from the Southern region.
Heirs' Property Receives SERA 49 Designation
Building from the previous Heirs' Property working group, Southern Extension and Research Activity (SERA) 49 was officially approved in 2023. To see the full write up, please visit: https://srdc.msstate.edu/sites/default/files/2024-01/SERA-49-app-doc.pdf
To learn more about Heirs' Property, visit: https://srdc.msstate.edu/programs/heir_property
Recently Released: Collaborations that Work Full Report
In 2023, the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) worked with 1890 and 1862 Cooperative Extension Service leaders across the Southern Region to gain insights from collaborations that work among the South's 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Universities (LGU).
To see the results from the effort and read the full report, please visit:
Listening Session Voluntary Opportunity on Rural Population Change
The Rural Population Research Network (RPRN) is leading an effort to identify the issues diverse rural stakeholders see as top priorities for understanding population change. They are inviting Extension colleagues working with rural people and places to participate in one hour online listening sessions on challenges and opportunities related to population change in any of the four following areas:
Agriculture and Food Systems (February 8 @ 11am ET/10am CT/9am MT/8am PT)
This session will focus on how population changes in rural America affect agricultural regulations, loss of farmland, farmland preservation, housing, value-added production, labor shortages, etc.
Community and Economic Development (February 15 @ 11am ET/10am CT/9am MT/, 8am PT)
This session will focus on how population changes in rural America affect local tax bases, development vs. gentrification, job opportunities, financing public services, recruiting employers, affordable housing, etc.
Environment and Natural Resources (February 22 @ 11am ET/10am CT/9am MT/ 8am PT)
This session will focus on how population changes in rural America affect delivery of water and/or sewer services, infrastructure costs and maintenance, environmental preservation, lack of capacity to maintain, protect, and/or provide clean and affordable water, etc.
Health, Health Care, and Disability Services (February 29 @ 11am ET/10am CT/9am MT/ 8am PT)
This session will focus on how population changes in rural America affect aging populations' health care services, opioid crisis management, access to and affordability of health care services, deficit of health workers, etc.
Please register for the session(s) most closely aligned with your areas of expertise and interest for sharing.
Your insights will be used to inform future research on these topics. Findings from the sessions will be used to produce a public report, presentations, and publications identifying topics of interest and priorities for future applied research. Findings will also help guide the work of the Rural Population Research Network and be shared with stakeholders including participants, state and federal agencies, and philanthropic organizations.
If this is something you would be interested in participating in, please register using the following link: REGISTRATION.
***These focus groups are part of a research study that has been reviewed by The Pennsylvania State University, University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, Mississippi State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s HRPP/IRB. Participation is strictly voluntary. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Dr. Danielle Rhubart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Arkansas Extension Launches EDA Center for Rural Resilience and Workforce Development
Staff Spotlight: Dr. Frank Seo, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture