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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





April 2012




News Reports and Resources


Montana Ranks Among Happiest States


This GALLUP Wellbeing study, based on daily surveys conducted through the end of 2011, presents data on the state-by-state relative wellbeing of American citizens.

Farm-Level Price Projections

Despite projected short-term decline, U.S. farm-level prices for such agricultural staples as corn, wheat, and soy are expected to sustain historic highs.

CarbonTracker Research Tool

The ESRL's Global Monitoring Division provides an online tool called CarbonTracker, which offers a variety of maps, graphs, and movies representing data from studies on world carbon emission flux through the 2000's.

Rural Population Numbers for 2010
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Though the number of U.S. citizens living in rural areas decreased 1.2% between 2000 and 2010, nearly 30% of the American population still opts for the rural life.

Girls and Boys in Math and the Sciences
Engineering Degree | READ STORY

An infographic from engineeringdegree.net compares various data between boys and girls related to math and science education.

Farmland Value by Region

According to this USDA study, the value of American farmland varies widely by region, such that national averages can be misleading. This chart displays farmland value data by region.

Job Recovery Demographics
Pew Research Center | READ STORY

This report traces job recovery patterns among the major American population demographics--by ethnicity, gender, race, and nativity--showing disparate levels of recovery across demographic lines.



President's Corner
Scholarships are still available to attend the 2012 Rural Community Conference, May 15-16 in Bozeman, MT.

We also have updated our Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios page.

Please Register today!

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

Growing Sustainable Communities

May 2-3, 2012
Sonoma County, CA
Sponsor: Applied Solutions & Sonoma County Water Agency

FRED 2012 (Focus on Rural Entrepreneurial Dev.)

May 3-5, 2012
Fairfield, IA
Sponsor: Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association

IEDC 2012: Driving Innovation and Prosperity

June 10-12, 2012
St. Louis, MO

Sponsor: International Economic Development Council

ALIA Summer Institute

June 18-23, 2012
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sponsor: ALIA Institute

Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

June 20-23, 2012
New Orleans, LA

Sponsor: Center for Community Progress

Grants and Awards

Grants for Programs With Demonstrated Success in Helping Children Thrive

Deadline: May 1, 2012

Funder: Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation

Metlife Foundation Creativity and Aging Technical Assistance Grant

Deadline: May 4, 2012

Funder: National Center for Creative Aging

Bush Fellowship Program

Deadline: March 7 to May 4, 2012; or May 9 to July 9, 2012

Funder: Bush Foundation

Rural and Low-Income School Program

Deadline: Ongoing

Funder: U.S. Department of Education

Earn a Degree While Working in Rural Community Development

Deadline: Ongoing

Funder: Rural Development Leadership Network

Rural Transit Assistance Programs (RTAP)

Deadline: Ongoing

Funder: Federal Transit Association, U.S. Department of Transportation

National/International News

Record Low Suburb Growth

Denver Post; April 5

Four-Year Low Unemployment Claims

Salt Lake Tribune; April 5

Smallest U.S. Town Auctioned for $900,000

Alternative Press; April 5

Public Lands Drilling Procedures Expedited

Helena IR; April 3

EPA Proposes New Curbs on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Christian Science Monitor; March 27

Montana News

Heritage Propane Layoffs to Oversee Student Debt

Helena IR; April 5

MT & WA Join Secure Communities

Great Falls Tribune; April 5

MT Energy Expo Sells Out

Billings Gazette; April 3

Schweitzer Backs Bison Transplants

Missoulian; April 3

Tester Backs Oil Export Ban

Billings Gazette; March 28







MSU Extension

MSU Extension Community Development | Wilson Hall 2-117 P.O. Box 172240 | Bozeman, MT 59717-2240
Tel: (406) 994-3620
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