Tuesday, March 26, 2013

FW: Publications, Learning, and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-RD; of special note, there are resources for Community Gardening, local foods and social media.


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC [mailto:Suzette.Agans@wdc.usda.gov]
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2013 12:36 PM
Subject: Publications, Learning, and Funding




Community Gardening Resource - Are you working on a community garden project and need assistance? Check out the American Community Gardening Association's website.  


The States Leading the U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence - Exhibiting know-how and innovation, U.S. manufacturers are adding to their payrolls and economic growth across the nation. We have identified 19 states where manufacturing is leading the way... Read More.   By: Mark Crawford/Area Development Magazine

Beginning farmers are less likely to inherit or purchase land from a relative than are established farmers - Beginning farms (those with an operator with 10 or fewer years of experience) made up 21 percent of all family farms in 2010, and since they are smaller, on average, than established farms, they accounted for 10 percent of the value of production on family farms. Beginning farmers often report that their biggest challenge getting started in farming is access to enough capital and farmland to operate at a size capable of earning a sufficient profit. Not surprisingly, beginning farm operator's households have lower farm and nonfarm net worth than established farm households. While most beginning farms include some operator-owned land, they are more likely than established farms to have only rented land. For U.S. farmers, in general, the most common way to have acquired "owned land" for their operation is to have purchased it from a nonrelative. But established farms of all size classes are more likely than beginning farms to have inherited or purchased their owned land from relatives. A chart is drawn and available from Beginning Farmers and Ranchers at a Glance.





eXtension Learning -- Thirty-five (or more) different learning events in March are listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org) for your own learning or for you to share with your audiences. By participating in an event you can extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest.  https://learn.extension.org/


Webinar: Tech Tuesday: Pinning for Good – How Nonprofits Can Use Pinterest to Raise Money, Create Awareness and Do Good, 3/26/2013 - 3PM ET

Julia Campbell - J Campbell Social Marketing. To register:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/115234465.  In this free webinar you will learn how to use Pinterest to promote your cause, to gain a dedicated following and to raise more money....read more.

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Webinars: Data Gets Grants, 3/27/2013 - 3PM ET

Mark Goldstein - Communication Mark.  To receive grant funding, it is necessary to submit a proposal that identifies and successfully documents a dire need....read more.

To register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/195712393

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Webinar: Stronger Than Ever: Creating Green Jobs for Low-Income Individuals, March 28th at 2:00 pm to 3:30pm Eastern

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/274747960    


Join us for a thought provoking conversation with nonprofit leaders that are creating meaningful employment for low income individuals.  This webinar is the first in series of webinars hosted by the Academy for Green MicroEnterprise Development and Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), an award winning CDFI. 

Guest Speakers: 
Adrienne Farrar Houël is President and CEO of The Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc., a nonprofit community development corporation that creates new green businesses and jobs to employ disadvantaged area residents. GBCE enterprises exemplify the "triple bottom line" of environmental sustainability, family economic self-sufficiency and neighborhood development.  GBCE, which has created two green nonprofit businesses, is creating a Green Business Hub that will provide the market research that identifies opportunities for new nonprofit green businesses. 

Terry McDonald is Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County OR.  His organization has created non-profit businesses to employ disadvantaged individuals and to provide revenues for the charitable goals of SVDP.  Many of these businesses are based on "waste stream diversion" activities such as recycling glass into decorative objects, mattress components, and freon and oil recycling, among many other things.


This webinar is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs Program. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


WEBINAR:  Poverty & Other Socioeconomic Distress in the North Central Region: Assessing Trends,  April 11, 2012 (Thursday) 3:00 PM – Eastern Time



The U.S. experienced a dramatic shift in the well-being of its communities and people over the last decade during the 2007-2009 Great Recession. The rise in poverty diverges from the prosperous 1990s when poverty rates fell nationally and particularly for rural Americans. This webinar addresses the new geography of poverty that has emerged in the last decade.  Using a series of maps, we document patterns of poverty and other distress across the U.S.  We take a detailed look at North Central Region, focusing on poverty, unemployment, and household income over time.  We highlight both points of distress as well as new points of prosperity in the region and provide a discussion of why some places have gained and others lost during the last decade.


About the Speakers:

Linda Lobao is Professor of Rural Sociology, Sociology, and Geography at the Ohio State University. She is a past-President of the Rural Sociological Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has published three books, the most recent, The Sociology of Spatial Inequality, an edited volume with (Gregory Hooks and Ann Tickamyer) and over 70 journal articles and book chapters. She is a current co-editor of the journal, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society. Her research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Appalachian Regional Commission, and other sources. Her research interests center on poverty and other inequalities across localities and on the role of government in alleviating poverty.

Mark Partridge is the Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University. He is an Affiliate for the Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto, Faculty Research Affiliate, University of Alberta and adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Professor Partridge is co-editor of the Journal of Regional Science and is the co-editor of new the Springer Briefs in Regional Science. He has published over 100 scholarly papers and coauthored the book The Geography of American Poverty: Is there a Role for Place-Based Policy? Professor Partridge has received research funding from many sources including the Appalachian Regional Commission, Brookings Institution, European Commission, Infrastructure Canada, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His research includes investigating rural-urban interdependence and regional growth and policy. Dr. Partridge served as President and is a Fellow of the Southern Regional Science Association.

Richard Goe is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Sociology Program at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. His published research has appeared in Social Forces, Rural Sociology, Urban Affairs Review and Regional Studies, among other journals. He has served as an Associate Editor of the journals Rural Sociology and Sociological Inquiry. His research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Research Initiative, and The U.S. Department of Energy, among other sources.  His research focuses on development issues facing rural and urban communities and regions.

Michael Betz is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Ohio State University in the Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics Department.  Dr. Betz has published in peer reviewed academic journals such as Growth and Change, International Regional Science Review, and American Journal of Agricultural Economics. His research focuses on the dynamic relationship between rural and urban areas, regional and urban growth, and migration patterns in the United States.


Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar.

To join the webinar go to http://connect.msu.edu/ncrcrd, "enter as a guest" is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on "Enter Room". You are now in the meeting room for the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and archived at http://ncrcrd.msu.edu/ncrcrd/chronological_archive.


MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) through Coursera beginning in May titled "Sustainability of Food Systems: A Global Life Cycle Perspective."  Over 4,500 students from around the world are already enrolled.  It's completely free and open to anyone.  Our University doesn't make any money on it -- it's just meant to educate.  This course explores the diversity of the foods we eat, the ways in which we grow, process, distribute, and prepare them, and the impacts they have upon our environment, health, and society. We will also examine the challenges and opportunities of creating a more sustainable global food system in the future.  Taught by Jason Hill, University of MN

Here's the link: https://www.coursera.org/course/globalfoodsystems Starts May 2013





South Arts Invites Applications for Literary Arts Touring Program
Grants of up to $2,500 will support programs that engage writers from outside the applicant's state to give readings and conduct educational workshops or similar events.... Deadline: May 1, 2013


University of Rhode Island Seeks Proposals for 2013 Visual Arts Sea Grant Program - Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to professional visual artists in New England for projects that illustrate themes related to the ocean environment and coastal communities.... Deadline: May 21, 2013


Active Schools Acceleration Project Invites Applications From K-12 Schools - The ASAP Acceleration Grant program will provide $1,000 in seed money to elementary schools nationwide to implement one of three signature ASAP physical activity programs.... Deadline: April 22, 2013


World Hunger Leadership Challenge Accepting Student Entries for World Hunger Service Learning Projects - More than 435 teams comprised of students between the ages of 13 and 18 will be awarded cash prizes for service learning projects that raise awareness of world hunger.... Deadline: April 19, 2013


Caplow Children's Prize Invites Proposals for Best Plan to Save Children's Lives
Individuals, nonprofits, government agencies, and for-profit companies are eligible to receive $1 million to directly execute interventions with a high likelihood of success for children from birth to age 5.... Deadline: May 1, 2013 (Pre-registration)


Ray C. Anderson Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry for Environmental Grants Program - Grants of between $2,000 and $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofits conducting environmental, economic, and social sustainability initiatives in the United States....Deadline: Open (Letters of Inquiry)


Appalachian Health Career Scholarships

The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) at the University of Kentucky is administering scholarships where funding has been provided by the New York Community Trust, to Appalachian students seeking education in health or a health‐related field. Because of the shortage of health care providers in the Appalachian region, along with the expected retirement of many physicians and an aging population that demands more health care, the need to educate and then retain young health care professionals is a real priority. Scholarships are allocated for full‐time students with a maximum award of $2,500 per semester. Part‐time students are eligible to apply for partial scholarships.
Students must be from an ARC defined Appalachian county to be eligible.  The 2013-2014 academic year scholarship application is now available. All materials need to be postmarked by 5/31/13.  Please, no calls or emails on the status of your application.  All applicants will be notified by mail once scholarships are awarded.

Suzette M. Agans
Rural Development | Community and Economic Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Stop 3254 | Washington, D.C. 20250
Phone: 202.401.1922 | Fax 202.401.7311

"Committed to the future of rural communities"
"Estamos dedicados al futuro de las comunidades rurales"


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