Friday, August 28, 2015

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Tuesday, 08.04

The outreach meeting will provide an opportunity for bankers, consumer and community groups, and other interested persons to present their views directly to senior management and staff of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the Agencies) on any of the Agencies’ regulations. As this outreach meeting will focus on the effects of banking regulations on rural banks and their communities, the Agencies have requested that panelists give attention to these issues.

The meeting will consist of panels by bankers and consumer and community groups to present particular issues. There will be limited time after each panel for comments from meeting attendees. In addition, there will be a session at the end of the meeting during which audience members may present views on any of the regulations under review. The Agencies reserve the right to limit the time of individual commenters, if needed, in order to accommodate the greatest number of persons desiring to speak.


Kansas City, MO

Thursday, 08.06 - Sunday, 08.09

Around the globe, official definitions of “rural” vary, and each definition has implications for how we understand and give meaning to rural spaces and places. In the U.S. and Canada, official definitions of rural places are based on population size: the U.S. defines rural as locations with 2,500 or fewer residents, while Canada classifies rural based on population size but also on density of 400 or fewer residents per square kilometer. In other countries, rurality includes both population size and more qualitative concepts. In England, for instance, rural classification is based on distance from services, while in India, rural is defined as sites where a majority of male workers are employed in agriculture or related occupations. These definitions identify rural spaces by population, occupation and gender and each designation implies much about rural life. Density of population is closely tied to density of acquaintanceship; distance to services may imply inequities in terms of access to valued services such as health care. In other words, defining the rural also specifies some features of the lived experience of those who inhabit rural spaces.

Making sense of rural experiences requires understanding the diverse geographies, economies, and communities that make up rural places. After all, rural landscapes include sites of high-amenity recreation, industrialized agriculture production, chemical processing plants, prisons and pocket-size organic farms. And these sites are undergoing significant change. As rural populations age and rural communities confront the emergent complexities of contemporary life, the lived experience of rurality is undergoing rapid transformation.

What social, economic and political factors are shaping and re-shaping the lived experience of rural populations? How are rural populations responding to and adapting to these changes? How are these changes transforming rural landscapes? And, finally, how might these changes challenge the ways we all understand and define rurality? At our next annual meeting we will explore these and many related questions. We look forward to seeing you in Madison!


(All day)
Madison, Wisconsin

Thursday, 08.13 - Sunday, 08.16

It's Good 2 Be Young In The Mountains is a four day event happening August 13 -16, 2015 in Harlan, Kentucky. IG2BYITM is a conference that feels like a festival and will host a range of conversations, artists, musicians and young people from across Appalachia and the nation.

As young people, we often feel like we have been underrepresented in other forums across the region, so we are creating our own conversation. We face many obstacles, some historic, some new. Some of us have gone away to college, and have been unable to find work to return home to after graduation. Some of us have stayed in the mountains and watched our peers pack up and leave. We want to come together to inspire each other and create unity in our region.

We want to listen to each other, learn from each other and from those with more experience than us. We are daring to say that it can be good to be young in the mountains. We will make it so.


(All day)
Harlan Civic Center. Harlan, Kentucky

Friday, 08.21 - Sunday, 08.23

(All day)
Heath Fairgrounds, Heath, Massachusetts

Monday, 08.24 - Thursday, 08.27

The Arthritis, AgrAbility, and Rural Health Conference is an exciting opportunity for rural professionals and farmers alike!  The AARH Conference will assist rural professionals in becoming more aware of evidence-based strategies to aid farmers and ranchers battling the many forms of arthritis and other disabilities, while aiding farmers in learning how to adjust their operations to maintain their independence and success despite a disability.

This conference is open to anyone interested in, or currently involved in, working with rural populations regarding health care, arthritis, and/or disabilities.  Farmers, ranchers, gardeners, and consumers will have a dynamic set of speakers and presentations, while extension educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, state departments of health, rheumatologists, vocational rehabilitation staff, farm business representatives and others will have a separate set of topics and speakers.  Conference meals will allow all attendees the chance to network and mingle, and all attendees will be provided the chance view vendor, non-profit, and agricultural exhibits.

Several keynote speakers, educational sessions, networking opportunities, and farm workshops will be presented.  A full-day of agricultural, farm, and tourism stops are included in the conference.

The AARH Conference is made possible through the National AgrAbility Project, with planning by the Arthritis Foundation, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, and the University of Tennessee.

Conference Objectives

  1. Discuss practical application regarding the effects of arthritis and other disabilities on farm workers and families in rural America.
  2. Present current research regarding arthritis and medication, assistive technology, programs, health services and biomedical practices.
  3. Network with professionals from the health/agricultural industries for resource sharing.
  4. Develop partnerships between health and agricultural/rural organizations.
  5. Provide education and awareness training to those who live in rural areas and suffer from arthritis and other disabilities to be good self-managers of their condition, and to understand how to most effectively manage the workplace and activity schedule in a way which minimizes the effect of the disease on their health and daily quality of life.

Help employers understand how workplace modifications and encouraging employees to practice good self-management may result in benefits for both the employer and employee.

Educate and protect farm youth/children on the topics of farm safety, disabilities, and ergonomics.


(All day)
Downtown Hilton, Knoxville, Tennessee