Monday, September 23, 2013

OK Recycling Conference & Weekly Publications, Learning, and Funding Update

Reminder:  Oklahoma Recycling Conference, “Recycling Trends: Past, Present & Future,” OSU Conoco-Phillips Alumni Center, Stillwater, Oklahoma, Thursday, October 17, 9:00am – 3:30pm


Lodging: Rooms have been reserved at the Best Western Cimarron Hotel & Suites for the night prior to the conference, Oct. 16, at $89 single/king or $99 double/queen, plus taxes. This offer is guaranteed if reserved by Oct. 3; call 405/372-2878 and mention the OKRA or Oklahoma Recycling Association room block.


Free Post-Conference Compost Education Workshop: Stan Slaughter will present "Best Practices in Compost Education" from 3:45-4:45pm.  Whether you register for the conference or not, you may join us for this free workshop that explores many innovative approaches used by top programs around the country.  


Stan Slaughter, the US Composting Council’s 2000 Educator of the Year and veteran compost education consultant, will craft an experience that is fast paced and fun. Slaughter has been contracted as Kansas’ statewide waste reduction educator for the past 16 years and has been touring the country as a free-lance composting and recycling educator for more than 20 years.  Arrive at 3:30pm for free refreshments.  No pre-registration necessary for this post-conference workshop.


For the latest full conference agenda, registration fees and more, visit:


To register for the full conference online, visit: (new interface this year! Please email if you are having any issues registering online).


Exhibitors may also register online. Exhibit space is limited.  For additional exhibit information, contact Exhibitor Chair Ian Groshong:


Our 2013 Oklahoma Recycling Conference Sponsors:


Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality
Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority

OSU Physical Plant Services

Choctaw Nation

City of Stillwater

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful
OGE Energy Corp.

Republic Services

SWANA Oklahoma Chapter
Waste Connections Of Oklahoma

Natural Evolution, Inc.

United Engines


From our colleagues at USDA-RD:



Training and Employment Notice 25-09 announced the release of the paper, “Think Entrepreneurs: A Call to Action – Integrating Entrepreneurship into the Public Workforce System Throughout America.”  


Kauffman Foundation Announces Grant to Startup Genome to Grow and Study World’s Largest Maps of Local Entrepreneur Communities - may be of interest to the Boards and American Job Centers which have explored (or plan to explore) entrepreneurship and self-employment in their communities delivered through the public workforce system.  This new Kauffman-supported effort may also be of interest to EDA (cluster mapping website, CEDS), NACCE/Coleman Grant Finalists, SBA’s SBDCs and other supports for entrepreneurship, and BusinessUSA.

Nonmetro poverty at its highest in more than 25 years - Nonmetro areas have had a higher rate of poverty than metro areas since the 1960s, when poverty rates were first officially recorded. Over time, the difference between nonmetro and metro poverty rates has fluctuated, falling from an average difference of 4.5 percentage points in the 1980s to a record low of 1.6 percentage points in 2010, as the metro poverty rate rose faster than the nonmetro rate over 2006-10. Because of the uneven economic recovery following the 2007-09 economic recession, nonmetro poverty rose slightly in 2011 (to 17.0 percent) and again in 2012 (to 17.7 percent), while the poverty rate fell slightly in metro areas. As a result, the nonmetro poverty rate is at its highest level since 1986 and is now 3.2 percentage points higher than the metro poverty rate. From Rural Poverty and Well-Being topic page on the ERS website.

Participation in USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program shifts to child care centers

In fiscal 2012, on a typical day, USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provided meals and snacks to more than 3.4 million children at family day care homes and nonprofit child care centers, homeless shelters, and after-school programs. The program also provided subsidized meals for 118,530 older or functionally impaired adults at adult day care centers. The total cost to USDA for CACFP in fiscal 2012 was $2.8 billion—96 percent of which covered children’s meals and snacks. Since 1992, the average number of meals served per day to children in family day care homes and child care centers has risen from 1.2 to 1.9 billion. In 2012, 70 percent of meals were served in centers, reflecting growing numbers of children attending child care centers and fewer family day care homes participating in CACFP. In 1996, reimbursements from USDA to family day care homes shifted from a single rate to a two-tiered system with higher reimbursements for homes serving primarily low-income children. Eligible centers continued to be reimbursed by USDA on a sliding scale based on the child’s family’s income. There is a chart is from the Child Nutrition Programs: Child and Adult Care Food Program topic page on the ERS website.





WEBINAR: Register now for October's WCRL webinar on October 24th, 1-2 pm ET - Want to Know How WealthWorks?


ARTICLE: Four Ways to Remove a Board Member Board Cafe [1] • By Jan Masaoka

Occasionally, a board member needs to be removed from the board. In some cases, a conflict of interest or unethical behavior may be grounds to remove an individual from the board. In other cases, the behavior of a board member may become so obstructive that the board is prevented from functioning effectively.

The best boards often have strongly felt disagreements and heated arguments. Challenging groupthink and arguing for an unpopular viewpoint are not grounds for getting rid of a board member. But if a board member consistently disrupts meetings or is otherwise destructive and demoralizing, it may be appropriate to consider removing the individual from the board:

1. Personal intervention

2. Leave of absence

For the rest of the article and more details visit -





ARC and EPA Announce 2013 Livable Communities Partnership to Focus on Local Food Systems
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are teaming up to provide a second year of funding for technical assistance and first-step implementation efforts of Livable Communities Action Plans in four Appalachian communities. Both agencies have committed funding of up to $100,000 each. This year’s selected communities will have an interest in developing local food systems as a means of promoting economic competitiveness and economic diversification. To apply, communities in the ARC-defined Appalachian region should submit a letter of interest (no more than two pages in length) by Friday, October 4 describing the needs and goals of the community in developing a vibrant local food economy. For more information, please contact Wilson Paine at ARC ( or Ed Fendley at EPA ( 


Filmmakers From Underrepresented Communities Invited to Apply for Tribeca All Access - Five narrative filmmakers and five documentary filmmakers from the U.S. and Puerto Rico will each receive a grant of $15,000 to use toward the development, production, post-production, or marketing of their project.... Deadline: November 5, 2013


Tribeca Film Institute Opens Submissions for Documentary Fund
Grants of at least $10,000 will be awarded to exceptional filmmakers with character-driven nonfiction works in progress that sit outside the social issue landscape.... Deadline: November 5, 2013


YoungArts Foundation Invites Applications for 2014 Young Artists Prize - Up to seven hundred young artists will receive grants of up to $10,000 each and will be provided access to workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances, exhibitions, and master classes with internationally renowned artists....Deadline: October 18, 2013


Arch Coal Foundation Invites Nominations for 2013-14 Teacher Recognition Program - The program seeks nominations of outstanding K-12 teachers from West Virginia, Wyoming, and four counties in Utah (Carbon, Emery, Sanpete, and Sevier) for awards of $3,500.... Deadline: January 6, 2014


Captain Planet Foundation Offers Grants for Hands-On Environmental Education Activities
Grants of up $2,500 will be awarded to support educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through hands-on learning projects that improve the environment in their schools and communities.... Deadline: Various


Mountaineers Foundation Offers Funding for Projects to Research and Conserve Pacific Northwest Wilderness
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to organizations and agencies working to preserve the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the Pacific Northwest.... Deadline: February 1, 2014


SUMMARY: This notice extends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) application deadline for funds available under the Grant Program for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas. VA published a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register on July 9, 2013 (78 FR 41195), to announce the availability of funds for applications through September 9, 2013, 4:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The NOFA includes funding priorities for those applicants who, through innovative transportation services, will assist Veterans in highly rural areas travel to VA medical centers and other VA and non-VA facilities in connection with the provision of VA medical care. To allow applicants more time to complete the application process, VA is extending the application deadline to midnight eastern standard time on October 9, 2013. VA will consider all applications received up through the original deadline, plus those received through the extended deadline of October 9, 2013.  Click here for the docket version.



Suzette M. Agans

Community and Economic Development
Rural Development | U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Phone: 202.401.1922 | Fax 202.401.7311


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