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The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released the 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) for the AgrAbility competitive grant program. Applications are due April, 30 2018. To view Funding Opportunity Announcement: To view NIFA Funding Opportunity Page for AgrAbility: To view the AgrAbility grant opportunity in Institutions eligible to apply as leads are 1862 and 1890 Land-Grants. However, 1994 LGUs and Hispanic-serving institutions not LGUs are eligible to apply as co-leads/partners. The funding is for up to 4 years, at $180,000 per year. No indirect cost are allowed on any application. NIFA will host a Webinar for interested applicants on March 15th (Thursday), 2018, at 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST.  The webinar will focus on general guidelines for the program and on the 2018 application process. Webinar connection details: Teleconference: 1-888-844-9904 Access Code: 48 96 371 Host Password:  804 85 77
Farmer-to-Farmer Webinar on March 15 - Please join USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to receive information concerning university opportunities in the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm (eastern) at Zoom Link: F2F provides technical assistance from U.S. volunteers to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses and other agriculture sector institutions in developing and transitional countries with the goal of promoting sustainable improvements in such areas as food security and agricultural processing, production, marketing, and youth development. Average length of assignments is three weeks and the program covers all international travel, in-country costs, visas, immunizations, health insurance, etc. Representatives from USAID and three of the organizations implementing the program (ACDI-VOCA, Winrock and CNFA) will discuss how programs are developed in host countries, what type of individuals they’re seeking, what it’s like to serve in the field, how to apply, and more. The F2F program is especially interested in attracting extension professionals who have both the technical knowledge and the requisite skills to transfer that expertise to others. Sourced from ECOP Monday Minute

As homelessness rises nationwide, Las Vegas is taking a gamble on a new way of helping the homeless. But some say it's money that could be better spent. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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For decades, the benefit of engaging citizens in government programs has been an axiom familiar to all public managers. In theory, but often not so much in practice, early involvement of affected residents and beneficiaries should shape program design, build buy-in and smooth adjustment to changes brought by program execution. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Governing
With high-power validation from an international colleague - London Mayor Sadiq Khan - three-dozen American mayors immersed themselves in four days of discussion and experience at this year's South by Southwest festival of technology, policy and the arts. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Governing
New census population projections confirm the importance of racial minorities as the primary demographic engine of the nation’s future growth, countering an aging, slow-growing and soon to be declining white population. The new statistics project that the nation will become “minority white” in 2045. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings
Today’s economy appears to be booming, as judged by continued job growth, household income gains, and historically high stock prices. Yet underneath the headline numbers America’s progress remains uneven: economic divides are growing between the coasts and the heartland, technology and other sectors, and the rich and the poor. This uneven progress reflects the accelerating pace of economic change that people and places across the nation now confront. Leaders in our major cities and metropolitan areas, centers of economic disruption and opportunity, are looking for insights and strategies to adapt. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings

It's difficult to put a price tag on global warming, but the effort can help manage risks. Scientists warn that the effects of climate change will lead to an increasing number of extreme weather events. Economists, in turn, warn that those changes will have a huge financial cost. Follow this link to read the complete story.

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While white gentrification is often cited in stories about urban change, racial minorities are driving the population growth of young adults in many of America’s urban and suburban areas. Follow this link for the complete story. Sourced from Brookings
As urban and suburban areas move to meet the demands of a growing innovation economy, a new how-to guide provides a framework for measuring and targeting resources for inclusive economic development. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings