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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





October 2013




News Reports and Resources


Agricultural Essentials

The USDA has compiled a selection of charts highlighting essential details of the contemporary world and U.S. agricultural situation. These charts include, for instance, illustrations of the portion of the U.S. economy made up by agricultural markets, the division between rural and urban areas, and price changes for at home food items.

Increases in Rural Poverty

Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Although the national poverty rate has not increased, the rural or non-metro poverty rate has, such that non-metro rates are now 2.7% higher than the national average. However, the number of rural uninsured decreased by approximately 58,000 individuals between 2011 and 2012.

The Course of Global Warming

In response to a recent study released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, NASA has produced a video demonstration of predicted changes to the world climate during the 21st century. NASA reports that the sharpest temperature increases are predicted in the Northern hemisphere, and areas such as the Rocky Mountains and Northern Canada may be among the first to experience changes.

Who Doesn't Go Online?
Pew Internet | READ STORY

The Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project has published a report examining the non-internet-using portion of the American population, and why it is that they've yet to adopt the technology. About 20% of the rural population is non-internet-using, compared to only 14% of both urban and suburban populations.

Worst Case Scenarios
Top MS in Healthcare | READ STORY

This interactive infographic, drawing data from a number of sources, presents the worst states to live in under a number of categories: lightning strikes, loss of teeth, cancer death, and so forth. Montana figures among the worst states for traffic fatalities.

The Frequency of Pipeline Spills
EnergyWire | READ STORY

EnergyWire reports that the rate of spills and other accidents involving railroad transport of crude oil has spiked significantly in recent years, as corroborated by this report from Oregon Public Broadcasting. There were only one or two incidents a year in the early 1990's, whereas there were 88 separate incidents in 2012, a number of which were connected to the Bakken oil field.

Talking About Climate Change

This report by Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies investigates how and by whom climate change is being discussed in America. The study shows, among other things, that approximately 10% of Americans have contacted government officials about issues related to climate change during the past year.



President's Corner
Congratulations to MACDEP members Barb Andreozzi for receiving the NACDEP Distinguished Career Award and to Janelle Booth and Dan Clark for receiving the NACDEP Educational Piece Award western region for their work on the Montana Policy Review; both awards were presented at the Galaxy Conference in Pittsburgh, PA in September. Well Done!

Janelle Booth accepts award from NACDEP President Michael Darger Barb Andreozzi accepts award from NACDEP President Michael Darger

Our MACDEP annual meeting will be Tue. Oct. 22, 12-1:30 at the MSU SUB; we will have updates from the Treasurer, President, and all our members.

MACDEP welcomes Katie Weaver, our new MSU Extension Economic and Community Development Agent in Park County. Katie brings many years of experience with business retention, recruitment, and development, as well as strategic planning, visioning, and community action processes. Welcome Katie!

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

University Economic Development Association

October 27-30, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsor: University Economic Development Association

9th Annual Community Capitals Institute

November 11-12, 2013
Brookings, SD
Sponsor: South Dakota State University

2014 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference

March 30-April 2, 2014
Chicago, IL
Sponsor: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, et al.

International Association for Community Development

June 9-11, 2014
Glasgow, Scotland
Sponsor: International Association for Community Development

Grants and Awards

Grants to Support Local Graduation Matters Initiatives

Deadline: October 26, 2012
Funder: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Education, Community and Health Grants for FY13

Deadline: Open
Funder: RGK Foundation

After School Advantage Program

Deadline: Open
Funder: GTECH

Second Chance Fund

Deadline: Open
Funder: American Humane Society

Community Development Block Grant - Economic Development Program (CDBG-ED)

Deadline: Open
Funder: MT Department of Commerce

National/International News

Alberta Population Exceeds Four Million

Edmonton Journal; September 26

New IPCC Study on Effects and Influences of Warming

Idaho Statesman; September 26

Richter-style Scale Under Development for Wildfires

Denver Post; September 24

Three More Flood-related Oil Spills Found in Colorado

Denver Post; September 23

BNSF Touts Sufficient Means to Handle Bakken Play

Sacramento Bee; September 18

Montana News

NorthWestern Buying PPL Dams for $900M.

Great Falls Tribune; September 26

Researchers Inquiring into Whitebark Beetle Damage

Billings Gazette; September 26

$500k Grant to Improve U of M Internet Bandwidth

Missoulian; September 25

New Public Safety Laws Take Effect First of Oct

Missoulian; September 25

Missoula Mayor Pushes City to Buy Water Company

Missoulian; September 24







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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