PAA rural demography briefing

The Population Association of America

Small Towns/Big Changes: The Shifting Demographics of Rural America

The Population Association of America is pleased to sponsor this expert panel discussion regarding changing demographic & socio-economic characteristics of rural America. The speakers will address different facets of rural life in America, including the impact of immigration on rural communities, the needs of veterans, and rural health and mortality trends. 

Monday, April 3 12:00 to 1:15 pm. Rayburn House Office Building

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SNR Call for Book

SNR Call for Books and Book Reviewers for

Under Fire: Environmental Protection in a Turbulent World 

The Book Review Editors of Society & Natural Resources kindly request proposed reviews (and reviewers) for books and other media that explore how societies achieve protection of the environment and natural resources in hostile political environments. Hostile political environments could mean political parties actively working against environmental interests, and/or competing concerns are vying for resources which could otherwise be used for protecting the health of people and the environment. We hope to gain insights from lessons at a variety of different spatial and cultural contexts with an eye to those that are scalable and broadly applicable in multiple locations around the world.

For consideration, please send a brief cover letter proposing a book/ media title and how that work (or works, in the case of proposed review essays) complements the theme of Under Fire to the following link by April 2nd, 2017.  Prospective reviewers should be fully independent from the authors of works proposed for review. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, prospective reviewers should include a brief CV with their cover letter. SNR seeks career scholars and practitioners for book/ media reviewers. Doctoral students and recent postdoctoral fellows are also invited as long as they include a midcareer or senior scholar as co-reviewer.

If proposal is accepted, SNR's Book Review Editors will reply with a formal invitation to submit a review. Review proposals that don’t fit within the theme of Under Fire are welcome also. For publisher’s guidelines on book reviews, please visit this link. 

For questions and assistance, please contact

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces New Funding Opportunities

NIFA announcement

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces New Funding Opportunities

Contact: Sally Gifford, 202-720-2047

NIFA Announces $1.8 Million for Research on Next Generation Pesticides

WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.8 million in available funding to research new, environmentally friendly pesticides and innovative tools and strategies to replace an older treatment, methyl bromide. Funding is made through NIFA’s Methyl Bromide Transition Program.

Read the full announcement here.

NIFA Announces $320,000 in Funding for Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk Sustainable Community Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $320,000 in funding to develop and deliver educational programs that equip at-risk youth with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, and contributing lives. The funding is made available through the Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk Sustainable Community Projects (CYFAR SCP) grant, which is funded through section 3(d) of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, administered by NIFA, and authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Read the full announcement here.

Society & Natural Resources New Book Editors
Society & Natural Resources is delighted to welcome and introduce its new Book Review Editors team: Dr Kerry Ard, Ohio State University; and Dr. Kishi Animashuan Ducre, Syracuse University.  Commencing their new roles last month, Drs. Ard & Ducre will take the lead in continuing and further developing SNR's strong tradition of reviews of books and other media related to current social science research and thinking on timely environmental and natural resources issues, policies and practices around the world, SNR publishes both solicited and unsolicited book reviews and review essays.  See the journal's website for review guidelines; for additional information, please contact SNR's new Book Review Editors at
2017 SAFRIG Student Paper Award

2017 SAFRIG Student Paper Award

The Sociology of Agriculture and Food Research Interest Group (SAFRIG) will present a Student Paper Award in Columbus at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society. Requirements for this award include that the paper: 1) is authored by a student or group of students (no faculty co-authors), 2) focuses on an agrifood topic, and 3) uses the Rural Sociology journal guidelines for style, formatting, and references. Papers will be particularly competitive if they demonstrate effective use of innovative theories and/or methods. In order to compete, all authors must be members of the Rural Sociological Society. The winner or winners will receive a certificate and monetary award. The winner(s) must present the paper at the RSS Annual Meeting, and the award will be presented during the SAFRIG Business Meeting. Submissions for this competition should be sent as an e-mail attachment by May 15, 2017 to Dara Bloom at

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