(The festival occurs in two blocks: June 27-July 1 and July 4-8.)
The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., celebrates the folkways and honors tradition bearers from across the United States and around the world. Nearly 1 million people visit the festival, held every year since 1967.
The 2012 festival includes “Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150.” The programs celebrates 150 years of partnership among universities, the USDA and communities.
“Campus and Community” will focus on four themes that reflect the current work of public and land-grant universities and the USDA: reinventing agriculture, sustainable solutions, transforming communities and building on tradition. Each theme area of the program will allow visitors to interact with university and USDA staff, professors, students and community members highlighting exciting research and engagement projects. More than 20 land-grant and public universities will participate in this year’s Festival.
The festival includes music, demonstrations, lectures, food, and a host of other activities. All events are free.
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Wednesday, 06.27 - Sunday, 07.08
(The festival occurs in two blocks: June 27-July 1 and July 4-8.)
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo offer financial assistance to communities for help in environmental stewardship: supporting sustainable agriculture, conserving land and water resources, restoring natural habitat and more. Non-profits, state, tribal and local governments, and educational institutions eligible. Awards $25,000-$250,000. Match required. Pre-proposals due July 2, 2012.
Wednesday, 07.11 - Thursday, 07.12
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, ND: Teachers of grades 1-6 may earn one graduate credit for this outdoor course focusing on wildlife, prairie grassland and wetland habitat. Take part in outdoor activities and discover project ideas and resources that can be used in the classroom. Register: 701-442-5474 ext. 117.
Hot, dry conditions have significantly impacted crops across wide areas of the U.S. in 2012. While some areas have received rain, many are experiencing conditions not seen for many years.
As a service to our members and certificants, the American Society of Agronomy is offering a webinar for Certified Crop Advisers, Certified Professional Agronomists, ASA Members, and the broader agricultural community on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. A panel of experts will discuss a number of drought-related topics, including assessing crops and their condition, management recommendations for various situations, risk management, and insurance. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.
Shawn Conley, PhD, Soybean and Wheat Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Emerson Nafziger, PhD, Professor of Crop Sciences and Extension Agronomist, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign,
Chad Lee, PhD, Grain Crops Extension Agronomist, University of Kentucky, and
Brian Fuchs, MS, Climatologist, National Drout Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska
Tim Hoffmann, Director of Product Administration and Standards, USDA Risk Management Agency
As a special program, this webinar is being offered at no charge, but pre-registration is required. Once registered, the webinar system will send participants a confirmation email with instructions about how to connect.
Date: Wednesday July 11, 2012
Time: 12 Noon to 1:30 pm Central Time, 1:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern, etc.
Cost: No Charge
Format: Webinar Panel Discussion using GoToMeeting software
National experts will discuss the theory and practice of engaging young people as a means to securing the economic and social future of your community and region; and local practitioners from West Texas and the High Plains will tell how they've done it ... and why. The event is free to attend, there is no advance registration required, and the forum is open to the general public. This is a follow-up to "Solving the Brain Drain" forum held last Fall.
Thursday, 07.12 - Sunday, 07.15
Part exhibition, part Wild West show, part competition. Authentic cowboys and cowgirls compete on horseback in a timed shooting event with 45-caliber single-action pistols for real wild West entertainment. Concessions, seating and parking is available. Phone: (406) 580-2788 or (406) 570-6456, Copper Spring Ranch, 599 Hightower Road, Bozeman, MT 59718.
The Whippoorwill Festival is a four day outdoor festival that features over 65 workshops on earth-friendly living skills, such as backyard chickens, raised bed gardening, composting toilets, finding edible and medicinal plants, making clothing out of discarded and thrift store clothes, dumpster diving, etc.
Evening entertainment is folk and Appalachian music with the Reel World String Band, the Tillers, Appalatin, Sugar Tree and Jack Herranen. Family friendly and low cost. Tent camping just outside Berea, KY
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, July 12th, the White House Business Council, the Delta Regional Authority, the White House Rural Council, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, will host a Rural Economic Forum at Ole Miss in Oxford Mississippi. Among many topics important to entrepreneurs in rural areas, the White House and Administration officials will discuss the Administration’s support for policies that grow our economy by harnessing the potential of entrepreneurs and small business owners in rural communities.
The Oxford Rural Economic Forum is the eighth of a multi-city series designed to connect entrepreneurs and business owners to the local and national resources and the networks they need to grow, hire and innovate; and to discuss ways to enhance their success. Previous Economic Forums were held in New York City in February; in Birmingham, Alabama, Los Angeles, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada in March; as well as Phoenix, Arizona, in April and Kansas City, Missouri and Detroit, Michigan in May.
This event is open to pre-credentialed media. Media interested in covering this event should RSVP HERE by Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 6pm EDT. Due to limited space, this event is by invitation only to the public. The event will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live. You can also follow the forum and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #RuralEconForum.
The White House Rural Council, the U.S. Small Business Administration and others will host a Rural Economic Forum Thursday July 12 at Ole Miss in Oxford, MS. This event is open to pre-credentialed media. Media interested in covering this event should RSVP HERE http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/mediarsvp/ruraleconomicforum/oxford/7-... by 6 pm EDT July 11th, 2012. The event, by invitation only to the public, will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live. Follow the forum and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #RuralEconForum.
Friday, 07.13 - Sunday, 07.15
There will be a tour of a new JBS packing Plant in Greeley. R-CALF's Bill Bullard will speak. Sunday there will be a cowboy church service.
Cost is $60 up to July 6th. $70 at the door. For more information, contact Tom Moulden at 970-260-6820 or at email@example.com. Or, Sadie Yates 970-442-1515; firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to register for “Digging In!,” the 6th Annual Farm to Cafeteria Conference. August 2-5 in Burlington, Vermont. Farm to Cafeteria began with the common goal of building strong communities, healthy individuals and resilient local farms.The conference will bring together food service professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers, representatives from government agencies and nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and others who are breaking down barriers and expanding the impact of Farm to Cafeteria.
Sunday, 07.15 - Wednesday, 07.18
The 37th annual institute will focus on ""Rural Social Work at the Crossroads: Building Capacity, Nurturing Sustainability." The institute is an ongoing activity of the National Rural Social Work Caucus to bring practitioners and educators together to discuss and collaborate around interests and pressing concerns of social work practice in small towns and rural communities. More information is also available on the website of the Indiana University School of Social Work, http://socialwork.iu.edu/ruralconference/.
Monday, 07.16 - Friday, 07.20
The Northwest Community Development Institute will include strategies for sustaining strong communities, classes taught by community development instructors, and time to develop networking relationships with other leaders.
To help state officials prepare for the big changes that could lie ahead with the new Farm Bill reauthorization, the Economic Research Service, Ag Clips and other organizations will host a forum for discussing congressional activities related to the Farm Bill reauthorization. Call is scheduled for July 17, 11 am, Eastern.
Please join us for a leadership summit to promote the integration of six asset building tools into direct service programs. These tools include savings and matched savings (IDAs), getting banked, managing credit and debt, free tax prep, claiming federal and state tax credits, and accessing federal and state benefits.
This event is FREE to participants. Speakers will share asset building best practices and help you learn how to assist your clients in becoming financially stable.
Who should attend: Agencies that provide human services to Wyoming, including ACF grantees - Head Start and Community Services, United Way agencies in the state, faith-based and community leaders, banks and foundations, federal organizations, state leaders, and city officials.
To register for the Leadership Summit
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Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods (RWCL) Webinar Series: Exploring Rural-Urban Linkages - A Case Study Approach with Brian Dabson and Jennifer Jensen, The Rural Futures Lab. Thursday, July 19, 2012, 1pm ET. To read more about the WCRL National Community of Practice, visit www.ruralwealth.org.
The EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities discusses tools and strategies that can help rural communities spur economic growth while maintaining their rural character. Presenters Ben Herman (FAICP and Principal of Clarion Associates, a national land use firm) and Dean Severson (AICP and Principal Agricultural and Rural Planning Analyst for the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Planning Commission) will highlight zoning strategies from EPA's recent publication, "Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Rural Planning, Zoning and Development Codes," and provide tips for implementation. Download the report from http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/publications.htm.
Thursday, July 19, 2012, 2:00-3:00 Eastern
To join this webinar, click on https://epa.connectsolutions.com/epasmartgrowth
No pre-registration is required.
Participants must also phone in. Audio is not available through the webinar.
Conference Number: (866) 299-3188. Participant Code: 2025662950
Saturday, 07.21 - Wednesday, 07.25
Celebrating Community: Sustaining Community through Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Plenary speakers, mobile learning workshops, and numerous presentations.
Sunday, 07.22 - Wednesday, 07.25
"Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor with Urgency and Persistence: A Community Youth Empowerment Conference."
Three thousand researchers, educators, policymakers, practitioners, faith leaders and advocates (including 1,000 young adult leaders) meet to focus on community and youth empowerment strategies to close the gap between "what we know works and what we actually do for our most vulnerable -- children and the poor."
Tuesday, 07.24 - Thursday, 07.26
Conference Theme: “Honoring Mother Earth, Preserving Our Native Teachings, Adapting for the Future,” Sky Ute Casino & Resort, Ignacio, CO.
The primary objective of the SSDPG program is to provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers through eligible cooperatives and cooperative development centers. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Each fiscal year, applications for the SSDPG program are solicited through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register.
Radical Action for Mountain Peoples' Survival (RAMPS) will host a mobilization where people will prepare to take nonviolent direct action to shut down a coal strip mine.
The United States Department of Agriculture's Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships recently announced their "Together We Can" partnership series on nourishing families. This webinar series consists of seven one-hour training sessions over the next few months to help your organization collaborate with the USDA on issues around food and nutrition.
All webinars are free and you can attend all the sessions, or just the ones most relevant to your organization and community.
If you have any questions about any of the sessions, please contact email@example.com or call (202) 720-2032.
Thursday, 07.26 - Sunday, 07.29
The Grassroots Radio Conference is a national meeting that offers people from volunteer-powered, community radio stations a chance to connect with each other, learn new skills, discuss issues, and party. This conference is for everyone interested in shaping the future of community radio and independent media.
The 2012 meeting of the Rural Sociological Society will be held at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, the society was launched in 1937. The meeting will focus on "local solutions to inequality."
Deadline = July 27.
Funding to help rural hospitals introduce or expand services, education, screenings and other endeavors aimed at improving the health of people in their communities.
MultiPlan will award four grants of $7,500 each. This change enables recipients to pursue more comprehensive programs that deliver significantly greater value to their patient communities.
Eligibility: Applying hospitals must meet these requirements to be eligible for a Rural Health Outreach Grant. See the grant application for complete details.
- The applicant must be a participating provider of the MultiPlan, PHCS HealthEOS, Beech Street or Texas True Choice networks.
- The applicant must be a hospital in a rural area with population less than 1,000 persons per square mile.
- The facility must provide acute care.
- The facility must be considered an inpatient hospital.
Friday, 07.27 - Saturday, 07.28
One of the best small town festivals in Kansas. Located in North Central Kansas, Courtland's (pop. 300) annual celebration is hosted the last weekend of July every year since 1964.
Friday night is the BBQ Masters competition, talent show, and live music in the beer garden. Saturday has general and kids parade, kid's games, live music, food, sand volleyball, road rally, 5k, 1 mile run, poker run, street dance and beer garden.
Vist www.facebook.com/courtlandfunday to view photos, news, and videos of the past CFD celebrations.
USDA Rural Utilities Service has issued a notice of funding availability (NOFA) for the Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities program. Grants are available to individuals, states, political subdivisions of states, and other entities organized under state law, including Indian Tribes. Deadline: 7/30/2012. Funds may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission or distribution facilities serving rural communities in which the average residential cost for home energy exceeds 275 percent of the national average.
Monday, 07.30 - Tuesday, 07.31
NRHA is hosting this free education and advocacy event.
Join experts in D.C. to learn how to save Medicare Dependent Hospitals (MDHs) and the Low-Volume Hospital (LVH) program, and take this important message to Capitol Hill:
If congressional action is not taken by Oct. 1, millions of dollars in reimbursements to these facilities will be lost, hospital services will be reduced, and rural hospital doors will close.
July 30 from 1 p.m.-5p.m. will be an education day at the Hall of States. Attendees will be educated on how congressional action needs to be taken to prevent millions of dollars in reimbursements to MDH and LVH facilities from being lost, hospital services being reduced and hospital doors from closing.
July 31 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. will be a shorter advocacy education session at Hall of States followed by lobbying day on the Hill. Rural health advocates from across the country will visit with their Congressional offices.
Participation in the March for Rural Hospitals is free, but you must register. 816-756-3140 x.10.
Tuesday, 07.31 - Sunday, 08.05
Founded by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, this film festival puts its emphasis on foreign films, American independents, documentaries, and films which have been overlooked.
Classic movies show free of charge on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking Grand Traverse Bay in the Open Space Park at dusk.
Panel discussions with directors, writers, actors, and other members of the film industry are offered daily, for free. And an affordable film school runs throughout the festival, offering twice daily classes for film students and film lovers.
Festival runs July 31-August 5.
State Farm and Youth Service America are offering grants of up to $1,500 for programs enhancing student achievement through service-learning in K-12 public schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Grants will engage participating teachers and students in a service and learning program that promotes academic achievement, student outcomes, and stronger communities. Deadline to apply: 7/31/2012.