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Explore these Rural Futures Institute Grant Opportunities


The Rural Futures Institute is now accepting applications for the third round of RFI Competitive Grants.  This is an opportunity to turn your research and teaching ideas into action that can have an impact on rural people and places.  As you develop your proposals, keep in mind they are looking for BOLD, INNOVATIVE and TRANSDICIPLINARY project ideas.

There are two types of grants you can apply for:

1. Research & Engagement  — The purpose of the RFI Research & Engagement Grant is to foster the development of research and engagement work that addresses critical challenges and opportunities facing rural Nebraska and the Great Plains. These grants are to function as “seed grants” that are designed to lay the foundation for larger requests to funding sources external to the University of Nebraska. Pre-proposals are due December 19, 2014.

2. Teaching & Engagement — The purpose of the RFI Teaching & Engagement Grant is to foster the development of teaching and engagement work that establishes a tradition of faculty-led community engagement and service learning programming. Community engagement and service learning pedagogies develop a structure that forms partnerships between faculty and community agencies/programs and also encourages college student involvement in providing services to meet the community’s needs. Proposals are due January 30, 2015.

You can find the full timelines and more information for both grant programs on their website:

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MINK: Not the Animal-The Amazing Region Poised for Economic Growth!

Plan the future of MINK (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas) 

The upcoming four-state strategic planning conference for counties and businesses along the Missouri River Corridor is quickly approaching. The conference is November 17-18, at the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City, NE (Woo Hoo-this awesome event is going to be here!!)

Strategic planning in the fifty-mile corridor on each side of the Missouri River crosses many local community, county and state boundaries.  Extension professionals from four states, through their access to research-based information systems, will lead a two-day retreat for MINK members and anyone else interested in helping develop the MINK Corridor.

By collaboratively identifying the strongest, regional development focus and developing a plan to be collectively implemented, local communities can eventually increase their business profitability through the heightened awareness of a regional brand and identity. Actions communities can take to increase their market strategies and services across state lines will be identified so profitability and sustainability can be more fully implemented.

 According to Beverly Maltsberger, Extension Community Development Specialist, the focus of the strategic planning will be:

  • Identifying and engaging regional representation that will unite around the economic strategic planning process.
  • Assisting with the interpretation of data to focus on the best decisions for economic development.
  • Developing the mission and message that will attract investors, stakeholders and citizen support.
  • Developing an economic strategic plan for the region with associated actions necessary for implementation.
  • Incorporating good practices and associated tools for attracting and securing public and private investments.

Cost for the conference is $55. Registration deadline is November 3. For more information and a registration brochure, visit our website at “MU Extension in Buchanan County”. To register for the conference, contact the University of Missouri Extension center at 816-279-1691, or .

Register Soon!  Pre-registration is required by November 3.

Looking forward to seeing you at Kimmel on November 17 & 18!!

-Dr. Connie

Join us on November 17 and 18 to create the future of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas!

Join us on November 17 and 18 to create the future of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas!

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Human Resources + Agriculture = HR4Ag Video Series!

Are you a farmer or producer looking for help with human resources?  If you are, keep reading.  This post is for you!

We have heard that some of you need assistance with employee and family business issues, so we are creating online tools designed to help!

Our goal is to make tools you can and want to use to grow your businesses, and we need your help to do it right.

All we need is your willingness to watch a short video and provide us with some feedback.

Please click on this survey link – HR4ag Video Survey  to participate in our anonymous survey.

Your quick response is appreciated.  We will have the survey open until Friday, October 31st.

Thank you in advance for your help.  Your candid responses will be extremely beneficial to our team as we look to build a high quality, informative and responsive educational tools for you!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

-Dr. Connie

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Evaluating social media activity in Extension educational programming


Evaluating social media – great approach!

Originally posted on Next Generation Extension:

Recently, eXtension’s Learn (webinar series) provided a webinar on Evaluating social media activity in Extension educational programming. The presenters provided a nice qualitative approach to data mining for evaluation of social media for various programs they work with.

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Big RED Talks Goes Live!

Big_RED_TalksBig RED Talks is an innovative project designed by faculty from Nebraska Extension.  This project is designed to use videos as a needs assessment to serve as a basis for future Nebraska Extension program direction.

So what are we talking about?  Well we want to know what Nebraskans want to learn, what they think their children need to learn and how they prefer to learn.  We want to know what they think about entrepreneurship, community, local foods, agriculture etc.  And, we want to know how we can better help Nebraskans reach their goals!

…In essence this really isn’t about us (Nebraska Extension)…it’s about Nebraskans.

Visit to read or contribute your thoughts to what Nebraska should be doing, learning, living, and growing.


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