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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





October 2016


News Reports and Resources


U.S. Low-Power FM Radio Stations
Pew Research Center | READ STORY

More than 750 new low-power FM (LPFM) community radio stations have been licensed to join the FM airwaves since 2014, according to the Federal Communications Commission. This has nearly doubled the total number to more than 1,500 LPFM stations across the U.S. and its territories.


fm radio


Book Reading 2016 
Pew Research Center | READ STORY

A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats. But while print remains at the center of the book-reading landscape as a whole, there has been a distinct shift in the e-book landscape over the last five years. Americans increasingly turn to multipurpose devices such as smartphones and tablet computers – rather than dedicated e-readers – when they engage with e-book content.


book reading

Rural Jobs Expand at Less Than Half the Rate of Metro Job Creation
The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Rural America added 124,000 jobs in July 2016 compared to the same period last year. But the growth continues to be slower than in more populated areas. What could this economic news mean in the November election?




2016 Credit Card Debt
Wallet Hub | READ STORY

With the global economy in flux and debate raging over the timing of Federal Reserve rate hikes, data that speak to the financial health of the average American household can be quite telling. The fact that U.S. consumers racked up a record-setting $34.4 billion in credit card debt during the second quarter of 2016 represents serious cause for concern. This is the largest second-quarter debt build-up since at least 1986 when quarterly statistics first were logged.

credit card debt

10 Companies That Control Almost Everything We Eat and Drink
Collective Evolution | READ STORY

Oxfam International created the infographic that exposes an inconceivable reality: Just 10 main corporations manufacture the majority of what we purchase at the market. 


control food

Earth's Unprecedented Warm Streak Continues
Mashable | READ STORY

When it comes to Earth's climate, even the records themselves are breaking records now. Earth just experienced its hottest August on record, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This means the planet has set a record warm monthly temperature record during every month for the past 16 consecutive months — an unprecedented warm streak, according to NOAA. The year-to-date is also record warm, as was the June through August period, known as meteorological summer in the Northern Hemisphere. 


warm temperatures







Our MACDEP Annual Business Meeting will be Wed. Oct. 26, 11:45 to 1:10pm at MSU in SUB Ballroom D; Please submit any agenda items. We will also have a MACDEP social on Tues. Oct. 25th, 6:00pm at Copper Grill in Bozeman.

The Call for Proposals for the 2017 CDS-NACDEP Conference will be released Oct. 15. More information is available at our website www.2017CDS-NACDEP.org or at the Community Development Society and National Association for Community Development Extension Professionals.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President


2017 Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Conference

April 24-28, 2017

Minneapolis, MN

Sponsor: AIAEE

National Urban Extension Conference 2017

May 8-11, 2017

Bloomington, Minnesota

Sponsor: University of Minnesota

2017 CDS - NACDEP Conference

June 11-14, 2017

Big Sky, MT

Sponsor: CDS / NACDEP


HHS: Rural Policy Analysis Program

Deadline: November 14
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

IMLS: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Deadline: January 13
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services

IMLS: National Leadership Grants for Libraries

Deadline: January 13
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services

Social Demography Professor

Assistant Professor
Oregon State University

Community Economics Educator

Economic Development
University of Minnesota Extension

national news

The U.S. and the Philippines: A Complicated Friendship

ABC News, October 4

Hurricane Matthew Slams Haiti

ABC News, October 4

Top Greek Officer Urges Global Response to Refugee Crisis

Fox News, October 4

The Crisis Hitting Aleppo is Staggering

CNN, October 4

South-South Cooperation

Devex, September 27

London Housing Prices Drive 30-Year Olds Out of the City

Planetizen, September 27

An App to End World Hunger

NY Times, September 27

U.S. to Deploy Anti-Missile System in South Korea

Reuters, September 27

montana news

NorthWestern Energy Requests $10.9 Million Price Hike

KBZK, October 4

Bear Safety Advice

KPAX, October 4

Housing Adults in Youth Prisons

NBC MT, October 4

The Public's Health

MT Standard, October 4

"Clown Hysteria" Hits Great Falls

KXLF, October 5

Lifting China's Beef Ban

Billings Gazette,

September 27

Chromium 6 in Montana's Water

KPAX, September 27

Oil Prices Tank as Hopes of Production Freeze Fade

KTVQ, September 27


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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